What we're reading:
- Citymapper granted license to operate cabs in London.
- Seventies London in photographs.
- KFC's chicken crisis deemed not police business.
- Empty homes in a housing crisis — how does it happen?
- Plant-based doners as vegan kebab shop comes to London.
Things to do:
HOLOCAUST HISTORY: The Wiener Library's new exhibition looks at the fate of the many people who were never found after the Holocaust, and how the search for them continues. The Wiener Library (Russell Square), free, just turn up, until 30 May
BIG BEN: A new series of free morning talks at Whitehall will open your eyes to the history and workings of Big Ben. It may be silenced at the moment, but the city's famous clock has got a lot to say. Whitehall, free, book ahead, 10.30am-11.30am
FASHION EXHIBITION: A fashion exhibition featuring designers from all 52 Commonwealth countries, features unique pieces from designers such as Stella McCartney and Bibi Russell. The project aims to show how fashion can cross borders and create connections. Australia House, free, just turn up, midday-7pm, until 6 March
LUNCH HOUR LECTURE: Sleep and sleeplessness is the topic of conversation at UCL's lunch hour lecture. Discover if biology combined with cultural history can help explain sleep better. UCL, Bloomsbury, free, book ahead, 1.10pm-1.55pm
CERAMIC CAFE: If you fancy getting a little creative, head to Creative Biscuit Ceramics Café, which is running a late night painting evening for anyone that wants to be the next Emma Bridgwater. BYOB makes it a great alternative night out. Creative Biscuit (South Woodford), £4 studio fee, plus cost of item to paint, 6pm-10pm
BEER BONANZA: Craft Beer Rising, the UK's largest craft beer festival, is coming to Brick Lane's Truman Brewery for three days, with artisanal beers from all over the world. Tickets include a programme and limited edition glass. Truman Brewery, £15, book in advance, 6.30pm-midnight, until 24 February
WORLD WHISKIES: Travel the world via a selection of whiskies, at a masterclass of whisky sampling. From Scottish single malt to Kentucky Bourbon via Japanese whisky, you'll not only get to taste what's on offer, but also learn about the production process and history of the spirit with an expert. The Windmill, Mayfair, £12, book in advance, 7pm
RECORD REVIVAL: It's official, vinyl is back in vogue and it looks as if it's here to stay. Hear more about the Turntable Revolution from Radio 4 presenter Colleen Murphy, and learn about the journey of the record player throughout history. British Library, £10, book in advance, 7.30pm-9pm
COMEDY IN THE CRYPT: Make your way underground to St. Martin in the Fields' Café in the Crypt for a night of stand up comedy. Acclaimed comedian Glen Moore, who's written for Mock the Week and Russell Howard's Good News, is the headliner. St. Martin in the Fields, £10, book ahead, 8.30pm-10.30pm
RORYTELLING: Award-winning comedian Rory O' Keefe has developed a new way of storytelling combining theatre and comedy: Rorytelling. His show The 37th Question follows a couple who try the 36 question psychological experiment designed to make strangers get more intimate. The Vaults, Waterloo, £8, book ahead, 10pm-11pm
Good cause of the day
Black Heroes Soul Food Café provides a space for creative work and artistic expression that celebrates the talent of people from the African diaspora. Come as an audience member and enjoy an evening of performance, or contribute with a piece of spoken word, artwork or a song. All proceeds go to the Black Heroes Foundation, which aims to develop cultural awareness and promote a world where black heroes are acknowledged and respected. Black Heroes Café, Lavender Hill, £10 donation, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Fancy some Dim Sum fun? From making and rolling the dough to preparing the fillings and forming the parcels, William will show you everything you need to know to become a Dim Sum pro. William will also teach you the etiquette of Dim Sum - learn what to order and how to order, in Cantonese! Get tickets
Could you spent hours on end satiating your morbid curiosity by researching serial killers? Hey, you're not alone. Insight into the criminal psyche is a fascinating topic and one covered in this talk by retired police officer, Paul Harrison. You'll encounter the stories of three of the UK's worst serial killers, from their childhoods to their crimes. With over four decades of experience in the Criminal Justice system, join Paul to work through the facts, uncover the details, and get inside the heads of these killers to discover what truly motivates a murderer. Get tickets
Ever fancied yourself as Robin Hood? Join the 2020 archery team in London Bridge and discover how to shoot. The 1.5 hour 'get started in archery' class will teach you how to shoot (relatively) accurately as well as the scoring system and key archery terminology. The session finishes with a mini-competition where you can show off your new-found skills. Get tickets
We all know Soho is changing - and fast. But does the Soho of decades past - fiercely independent, occasionally seedy, always flamboyant - still exist? Antony Robbins claims it does - if you know where to look. A former director at the Museum of London, Robbins now leads walking tours of Soho, delving into the area's past and present. His Sex, Death and Shopping tour covers scandals of yesteryear through to present-day erotica - taking in hidden gardens, sinister histories, and little-known facts of famous places. A bit sinister. A bit salacious. And exceedingly well-tailored. It's a tour to have you falling in love - or lust - with this part of London all over again. Get tickets