What we’re reading
- Petrol and diesel cars set to be banned in parts of east London with £130 fines for motorists who flout rules.
- Spotted at a Lewisham bus stop.
- Homeless people woken at 4.30am and evicted from Stratford Centre.
Things to do
ACAB: Last year we joined London's subvertisers, who take it upon themselves to hack London's ad spaces. Now you can see an entire exhibition dedicated to anti-police subvertising art. At the launch of ACAB tonight expect spoken word by Potent Whisper, followed by DJs Cruffatin Mode and Rude Audio and Rinngs. Flaxon Ptootch, Kentish Town, free, just turn up, until 28 February
DESTINATIONS THE HOLIDAY & TRAVEL SHOW: Sitting at your desk dreaming of your next holiday destination? With more than 550 travel brands present and 50+ hours of free expert talks and panel sessions (including with celebrities such as Rick Stein and Michael Portillo), you could turn those dreams into a reality. Olympia London (Kensington), £11, book ahead, 10am-5.30pm, until 4 February
LGBT HISTORY MONTH EXHIBITION: See two exhibitions opening just in time for LGBT History Month. From Bedroom To Battleground provides a platform for the stories of young LGBTQ+ people. Out And About turns to the older generation to create a wallpaper bursting with stories, illustrations and patterns. Hackney Museum, free, just turn up, 5.45pm-7.30pm
FIRST THURSDAYS: Follow the tote-swinging, hip looking crowds through the streets of east London every first Thursday and you'll find free booze (if you're quick enough) and eclectic contemporary art. Whitechapel Gallery (and other galleries around the area), free, just turn up, 6pm-9pm
VEGAN TAP TAKEOVER: Head to Camden to get your fill of delicious vegan beer and food on the final night of BrewDog's vegan tap takeover. BrewDog Bar Camden, free entry, just turn up, 6pm-midnight
FROMAGE A TROIS: Take part in a DIY mozzarella masterclass (in a waterproof playroom — in case things get messy) and indulge in the French cheese specialty, aligot, at this fromage feast hosted by Shoreditch restaurant Rascals and cheesemonger The Urban Cheese Maker. Rascals, from £29, book ahead, 6.30pm-10.30pm, every Thursday until 29 March
SOCIAL HOUSING DEBATE: With the housing crisis still in full swing, this panel looks at the legacy of pioneering British architect Neave Brown, who passed away last month. How can his housing ideals and innovative architectural philosophy offer solutions for today? RIBA, £25/£20/£16, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm
SPARK-A-OKE: Writers Sophia Blackwell, Susie Boyt, Paul Burston and other wax lyrical on the genius of the late novelist Muriel Spark, who would be turning 100 today. The Bookseller Crow On The Hill (Crystal Palace), free, just turn up, 7.30pm-9.30pm
BEING LGBTQ LAUNCH: Watch music vids from Russia's 90s gay scene, hear a reading of feminist sci-fi stories from Central Asia and see a performance from Poland's most famous drag queen, to celebrate the launch of a new project celebrating LGBTQ culture from The Calvert Journal. The Queen Adelaide (Cambridge Heath), free, book ahead, 8pm-3am
DECONSTRUCTING PATTERNS: Who knew a fruit fly could be so beautiful? Enter a world of microscopic patterns not usually seen by the naked eye in this stunning exhibition, which muses on the relationship between artists and scientists. The Francis Crick Institute (St Pancras), free, just turn up, until 1 December
Good cause of the day: Self portraits in social care
This exhibition from London organisation Certitude and photographer Dean Belcher goes beyond the headlines to show the human face of social care and shine a light on the lives sometimes forgotten or mistreated. Certitude helps people with learning disabilities and provides crucial mental health support. As well as checking out the exhibition you can support their work by donating here. Various libraries around Hounslow, free, just turn up, until 28 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