Things to do today in London is sponsored by Mealfix.
What we're reading
- The Elizabeth line: coming to you soon in Latin.
- Northern line extensions begin.
- How has London changed since the filming of The Crying Game?
- A political spin on La La Land.
- Prince Charles praises the Black Cultural Archives.
- Pigeons are costing Southwark a LOT of money.
- Ever go to Boombox?
Things to do
LUNCHTIME MUSIC: Enjoy a lunchtime concert marking One Day Without Us, a day to stand in solidarity with the world's immigrants and refugees. The World Harmony Orchestra will be performing works by migrant and refugee composers. The Wiener Library, Free, book ahead, 12.30pm-1.30pm
ALIENS & STUFF: Louise Banks (Amy Adams) leads a team of investigators when huge spaceships land in 12 locations in the world. In Arrival, it's up to Banks and her crew to communicate with these extraterrestrial visitors. Prince Charles Cinema, £8.50/£4.50/£11.50/£9, book ahead, 1.45/6pm
BREXIT IMPACT: Brexit is on everyone's minds, whether you voted in or out. Join Lindsey Naylor as she discusses The Impact of Brexit on the City of London. LSE, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.45pm
SUMMER NIGHTS: Go through the journey of love with Sarah Connolly's Nights of Summer, featuring Berlioz's song cycle, Les nuits d'été. Based on the poems of Théophile Gautier, Berlioz takes us through the six stages of love, which should be fun. Southbank Centre, from £10, book ahead, 7pm
SALSA NIGHT: Dance the stress away on Monday evening and learn to salsa with Nana y la Esencia. Whether you can dance or not, classes are for everyone. Waterstones Piccadilly, £10, just turn up, 7pm
POETRY: Join poetry legend Michael Longley for The W G Sebald Lecture on Monday. Longley will be reading from, and commenting on, his youthful versions from Sextus Propertius and will progress onto later poems. British Library, £12/£8, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
MONDAY NIGHT LAUGHS: Have a giggle this Monday with Right Funny Comedy. With stand up from a talented line-up including Chris Betts and Jake Howie, there could be worse ways to start your week. Hawkins Forge, Free, just turn up, 7.30pm
MAGIC LANTERNS: It's your last chance to follow the trail at The Magical Lantern Festival to see lantern installations themed on the Silk Road and the Chinese Year of the Rooster, (oh, and the Houses of Parliament). You can also enjoy ice skating, food from around the world and funfair rides. Chiswick House Gardens, £16.50/£10.50, book ahead, until 26 February
LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY: Make your commute to work more interesting with the Landscape Photographer of the Year exhibition at London Bridge station. Lose yourself in the stunning images captured by talented photographers. Free, just turn up, until 11 March
FALLING SHAWLS: Learn about traditional Sami shawl-making with Sami artist Outi Pieski's installation, Falling Shawls. The installation is a combination of hundreds of fringe elements to make a coloured three-dimensional drawing. Southbank Centre, free, just turn up, until 31 December
Looking for lunch inspiration? MealFix is your new best friend
If you pick up the same meal deal every day, it's time to shake up your lunchtime. Check out MealFix, a new lunch subscription service that gives you restaurant dishes at reduced prices. Pre-order your meals at the start of the week from restaurants such as Absurd Bird, Ethos and Pilau, then simply turn up each day, skip the queues and collect your dish of choice.
As MealFix works directly with establishments, it can offer exclusive pricing only available to members. You can even set a budget each week to make sure you don't spend too much on food. There's no long-term commitment and you can pause or cancel your subscription at any point. Mix up your midday and join MealFix.
Stage review: Fresh and clever
Silesia? Where’s that? Not only can Lost Watch Theatre find it on a map, they have formed a special society to promote its national heroine, Rosa Rauchbach. Five performers, equipped only with brooms, tell the astonishing, true story of the British POW who escaped more than 200 times to meet his Silesian lover. Lost Watch are fresh, clever and know how to switch moods at the drop of a hat. A funny, dark and important exploration of nationalism… with disco interludes. Flew the Coop, New Diorama Theatre, 15-16 Triton Place, NW1 3BF. From £14/£12.50, until 4 March ★★★★☆ Tom Bolton
Art review: Sinfully beautiful
Mary Magdalene lies prone and barely clothed as her sister implores her to turn her back on sin. While in the background Virtue expels Vice from the scene. It's a powerful scene by the relatively unknown Italian painter Cagnacci. And it's back in the UK for the first time in 30 years. Cagnacci's Repentant Magdalene, Room 1, The National Gallery. Free, until 21 May ★★★★☆ [Open every day]
Good cause for the day
QUIZ NIGHT: Help out the Women's Trust with their Fabulous Fundraising Pub Quiz. Grab your friends, and show off your general knowledge (however much you've got). Green Man, £22, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm, 23 February
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way. Get tickets
Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets
Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets
Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets