Things to do today in London is sponsored by Roundhouse.
What we're reading
- A poor attempt at tackling the housing crisis in Hackney.
- Londoners set up a Southern Rail memorial.
- Where is the City of London headed after Brexit?
- A map of London's trees.
Things to do
SKI VILLAGE:Fancy going skiing but can't get the time off? Go for the second best thing at London's Vauxhall Winter Village. Alright, it may not have the snow, but with a winter sports bar, hot food stalls and a photo booth, it's got all the elements of aprés-ski. Free entry, just turn up, 11.30am-10pm
DANIEL RADCLIFFE FOR £10: Grab your preview tickets to Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead. Starring Daniel Radcliffe, Joshua McGuire and David Haig, the play returns to the Old Vic 50 years after its premiere. £10, tickets available from noon
20TH CENTURY CARTOGRAPHY: Join British Library curator Tom Harper for a talk about the most significant modern maps on display in the current Maps and the 20th Century exhibition. Free, book ahead, 1pm-2pm
HEDDA GABLER: Actress Ruth Wilson takes part in a National Theatre platform to discuss her experiences of playing the lead role in Hedda Gabler. £6/£5, book in advance, 3pm
SCRAPBOOKING: Get in touch with your creative side at Paperchase on Tottenham Court Road by taking part in a scrapbooking workshop. Find out how to make a memory book of your stray pictures, souvenirs and tickets. £20, book ahead, 5.30pm-7.30pm
UNCLE HOWARD: Regent Street Cinema hosts a screening of Uncle Howard, a film telling the story of Hollywood filmmaker Howard Brookner, who died of AIDS in 1989. Brookner's nephew goes on a journey discovering his uncle's film legacy. Various prices, book ahead, 6.30pm
FOREIGN POLICY: Explore the challenges and opportunities that foreign policy faces in the 21st century in this free lecture at LSE. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm-8pm
THIS BRUTAL WORLD: Join author and graphic designer Peter Chadwick at the V&A as he discusses how his childhood surroundings ignited his interest in concrete, music and Brutalism, leading to the publishing of his book, This Brutal World. £15, book ahead, 7pm
MEET AN ASTRONAUT: Astronaut Chris Hadfield will be discussing his life and career at New Wimbledon Theatre. Like what you hear? There's a book signing after the talk. Various prices, book in advance, 7.30pm
CHARITY COMEDY: Comedians Joe Lycett, Elis James, Dane Baptiste, Suzi Ruffell and Lou Sanders are among the names performing to raise money for Centrepoint charity at the Lyric Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue. £17.50-£32.50, book in advance, 7.30pm
BRITISH WITCHCRAFT: Head to Conway Hall to watch clips from films released at the height of the 1970s British witchcraft revival, and to discuss the cultural context of the films. £5, book ahead, 7.30pm-9pm
LIGHT FESTIVAL: See a giant glass egg, become an angel, and witness some trippy interactive art at Canary Wharf Winter Lights festival. Follow the trail among the skyscrapers (and warm up in the Crossrail Place shopping centre). Free, just turn up, dark-9pm, until 27 January
ROMANCE AT THE THEATRE: A classic love story: she thinks he's a mistake, he thinks she's perfect. Dirty Great Love Story at Arts Theatre in Covent Garden is a romantic catastrophe play about bad timing, good intentions and the question as to whether a one-night stand could last a lifetime. From £20, book ahead, until 18 March
BROTHERS IN ART: The Heath Robinson Museum's new exhibition The Brothers Robinson features works by artist and illustrator brothers William, Tom and Charles, some of which are being shown for the first time. It's been curated by Robinson family descendant Peter Higginson. £6/£5/£4, book ahead, until 26 March
WORKING THE WALBROOK: Museum of London's latest display shows artefacts from the lost Walbrook valley and beyond, from over 170 years of excavation in London. Items include gardening tools dating back to Roman times. Free, just turn up, until 26 March
Jaga Jazzist kicks off Camden’s intimate gig series
This January, Camden’s Roundhouse is bringing back its fabulous In The Round series of intimate performances in a seated concert set-up. The exciting line-up features something to tickle every music taste, from Orchestra Baobab to The Tiger Lillies.
Check out Jaga Jazzist, a Norwegian post-jazz group with electronica, rock and jazz elements. With multi-instrumentalists and hypnotic tracks from their latest Ninja Tune album Starfire as well as older pieces, Jaga Jazzist are sure to get you dancing in your seat. Book now for this exclusive In The Round gig on 27 January.
Good cause of the day
NIGHT WALK: Get fit and give to a good cause with the Big London Night Walk. Change the lives of hardworking Big Issue vendors and hear their personal insights on this 12 mile charity walk through London at night. £25 (plus £220 fundraising target), book ahead, 3 March
Stage review: Mr Swallow - Houdini. Magic. Comedy. Gold
You’ll recognise actor Nick Mohammed as the awkward IT specialist in a bit-part in Bridget Jones’s Baby, but his comedy chops won him 5* reviews and the word-of-mouth ‘must see’ hit of the 2016 Edinburgh Festival for this bizarre and perpetually hilarious contortion in which he plays a hapless actor impersonating the escapologist Houdini. Circuit comedians Kieran Hodgson and David Elms act as magician's assistants and chime in with the odd dance routine (and we mean odd). Just the new year tonic we all need. Mr Swallow – Houdini, Soho Theatre, Wardour Street, W1 £15-21. Until 18 Feb ★★★★★ Johnny Fox
Art review: The Power of the Internet
A group show looking at the terrifying impact of digital technology on our world. A campaign to buy votes, facial recognition technology that matches visitors faces to missing persons, and fake movie posters. A brilliant collection of thought provoking artworks. United We Stand at Carroll / Fletcher, 56-57 Eastcastle Street, W1W 8EQ. Free, until 4 February ★★★★☆ [Tuesday-Saturday]
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