What we’re reading
- Flat fare? Dodgy meter blocks rollout of London's electric cabs.
- Chicken and tunes: Nando's has opened a music studio in London.
- Heathrow Airport's short-lived railway station.
Things to do
AUSTEN THE MUSICAL: You've read the books, seen the films and the BBC adaptions, so what's left? The musical of course. AUSTEN tells the story of the author's life, with added musical pizazz. Mirth, Marvel and Maud Theatre (Walthamstow), £16, book ahead, 22-24 January
RE:SOLUTIONS FESTIVAL: Before you fall off the wagon Re:solutions Festival is here to help you keep you those January fitness promises. Today you can take part in a morning or evening yoga workshop or bliss out in a gong bath. Check out the full timetable here. Juju's, various prices, book ahead, until 31 January
MINIMALIST MOVIE POSTERS: Fancy yourself as a film buff? Have a go at matching these posters with their blockbuster equivalent. But there's a twist. The defining characteristics have been reduced to geometric shapes and simple colours. Not so clever now are we? Curzon (Soho), free, just turn up, 10am-11pm, until 31 January
ART & CREATIVITY TALK: Juggling a creative career, social life and taking care of your mental health is no easy feat. If you're feeling the burn, you'll appreciate this talk offering tips and tricks on managing the practical, physical and emotional demands of being an art professional in this modern world. Cass Art, various prices, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm
DRAWING CLASS: Love drawing, fashion and vintage? Then you're in luck as this life drawing class combines all three. Delve into the details of a particular decade and learn how the silhouette, waistline and hemline have changed over the years, before putting pen to paper. Paper Dress Vintage (Hackney), £15/£12, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
HUNGARIAN CULTURE: To you, this might be another drab Monday in January but the 22 January is a special day in the Hungarian calendar, as it's the anniversary of the birth of the Hungarian National Anthem. Head to the Hungarian Cultural Centre to join the celebrations. Free, just turn up, 7pm-9pm
SURVIVOR: Hear about the harrowing experience of living under Nazi rule from Bernd Koschland and see photos from his book Survivor: A Portrait Of The Survivors Of The Holocaust, followed by a post-talk Q&A and candle lighting. Jewish Museum (Camden), free, just turn up, 7pm-9pm
ARROWS OF LOVE: Thought guitar bands had gone the way of tattoo chokers and flares? Think again. This energetic London-based group is performing tracks from new album Product tonight. Rough Trade East, free, just turn up, 6.15pm-9pm
SHOOT FROM THE HIP: Looking for a casual comedy night with guaranteed laughs, that won't empty your bank account? Just head upstairs at this Camden gem to hear the finest improv comedy you'll find in the city without spending a penny (except on the pints). The Camden Head, free, just turn up, 8pm-10pm
SUCCUBUS JANUARY ISSUE: Lend your laughter to the launch of this new comedy night from razor-sharp women's satirical magazine, Succubus, which aims to provide a much-needed platform for female comedy writers and stand-ups. The Bill Murray, £5, book ahead, 9.15pm-10.30pm
Good cause of the day: Tuck into Hawaiian rice bowls from Ahi Poké
Purveyor of the build-your-own poké bowls Ahi Poké is launching a new branch at Old Spitalfields Market today, and to celebrate its offering a pay-what-you-want deal on Hawaiian rice bowls. The prospect of a 1p lunch might be tempting but dig deep, all proceeds are donated to the Elton John Aids Foundation, which aims to reduce the spread of HIV and lessen the pain of those living with it. Ahi Poké, 16 Horner Square, free (pay what you want), just turn up, 22 January
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