What we're reading
- London breaches annual pollution levels — in January.
- A New York taxi - in London?
- London from above.
- Richmond Park or horror movie?
- Sadiq Khan takes action against anti-semitic attacks.
Things to do
HEALTHY LIFE: Head to Lower Marsh Community Market in Waterloo for Make, Do & Mend Yourself, a workshop where you will be working with natural materials to create your own handmade herbal tea bags and energy balls. Free, just turn up, noon-3pm
PIZZA JAM: For six consecutive Thursdays, pizza restaurant Voodoo Ray's in Camden is teaming up with a different street food vendor to create dinner with a twist. Tonight it's the turn of Mexican food experts Luardos. See what happens when Mexican ingredients are combined with a traditional pizza recipe. £20 for a 22" pizza (we'd suggest bringing a couple of friends to help out...), book a table, noon-10pm
AUSSIE BEER FEST: There's an Australia Day craft beer festival at Oval Space in Bethnal Green. As well as the all-important beer, tuck into barbecue food, or enjoy live music and entertainment. £7.50, book in advance, noon-midnight
ANTI WINTER BLUES: London fog getting you down? Go on a road trip with little Olive Hoover, and her family, from New Mexico to a beauty pageant in California. A sweet story about family, depression and strength, Little Miss Sunshine will warm you up on a cold winter's night. This free screening is at House of Vans in Waterloo. Free, just turn up, 5pm/7pm
GIRLS SKATE NIGHT: Get ready for House of Vans's Girls Skate Night. At this all-girl get together, you can also take part in an hour of yoga. Did we mention that there are free cocktails all night, even if you don't fancy yoga or skateboarding? Free, just turn up, 6pm-10pm
WHITECHAPEL REFECTORY: We've found your new post-work meeting spot. Whitechapel Gallery's new cafe, The Whitechapel Refectory, is now open. It opens late on Thursdays, transforming into an informal wine bar serving an assortment of charcuterie and cheese alongside a wine and craft beer list. Free entry, just turn up, 6pm-10pm
FABULOUS FACIAL HAIR: To coincide with current exhibition The Age of the Beard, the Florence Nightingale Museum hosts an evening dedicated to the finest facial hair in the Ladybird books. £8, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm
TRUMPED: A collection of 'unpresidented' shorts and short documentaries that explore the relationships of power is on offer from Shorts On Tap, a night of short films in Shoreditch. Listen to the filmmakers and special guests from around the world discuss the film and its issues after the screening. £3, book ahead, 7pm
MEMORY LOSS & THEATRE: Join Sally as she adjusts to a new life with a robot husband, fading memories and figuring out whether love can really conquer all. Spillikin has been praised as astonishing, evocative and moving — see it at Greenwich Theatre. £15/£12.50, book ahead, 7.30pm [until 28 January]
I, DANIEL BLAKE: Streatham Free Film Festival hosts a free screening of I, Daniel Blake at St Margaret the Queen Church. The film is about a man who needs financial support from the state for the first time in his life, and the struggle he has in getting it. Free (donations to Streatham Foodbank encouraged), just turn up, 7.45pm
A CAPPELLA FESTIVAL: Industry experts and performers from all over the world are descending on Kings Place in King's Cross for the London A Cappella Festival. As well as performances, the programme includes talks and workshops. Various prices, book ahead, 26-28 January
BOOK SALE: Get your hands on some bargain rare and collectible books with the Taschen book sale in Chelsea. With up to 75% off, stock up your home library with some sophisticated texts. Free, just turn up, until 29 January
Good cause of the day
MIDWINTER SWIM: There's still time to sign up for the Crisis Midwinter Swim, taking place at Tooting Bec Lido on Saturday (28 January). The 9am swim has sold out, but there are still places available on the 1.15pm swim — jump in and raise money for charity.
Stage review: Flirting, with Death
Based on the same source as the Brad Pitt movie Meet Joe Black, Death (Chris Peluso) scoops a pretty Italian noblewoman from the roadside and charms her in a weekend at her dad’s palazzo. Composer Maury Yeston (Titanic, Grand Hotel) opts for a near-operetta style and surrounds her with counts and barons and servants and a lushly orchestrated score which may charm or suffocate you — but either way, it’s a good-looking show. Death Takes A Holiday, Charing Cross Theatre, The Arches, Villiers Street, WC2. £17.50-32.50, until 4 March [Monday-Saturday] ★★★☆☆ Johnny Fox. Read more.
Art review: Bacon and Freud
Lucien Freud and Francis Bacon. Combine these two artistic heavyweights and quality is almost guaranteed. We have the contorted portraits by Bacon and the stark drawings of Freud. Sheer class. Bacon and Freud: Graphic works at Marlborough Fine Art, 6 Albemarle Street, W1S 4BY. Free, until 25 February ★★★★☆ [Monday-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