What we’re reading
- Bid to extend drinks licence at Spitalfields sparks City 'superpub' fears.
- The long and confusing history that explains why Charing Cross and Embankment are so weird.
- Facebook to build giant British HQ in King’s Cross.
- Proud Camden gallery and nightclub is closing after 17 years.
- Little-known London locations that recall the fight for women's rights.
Things to do
GIANT SHOE BOX: As part of the immersive A Mile in my Shoes exhibition, a giant shoebox will be appearing in south London, bringing together 20 audio stories from refugees and migrants. The Migration Museum at The Workshop, Lambeth High Street, free, just turn up, until 25 February
PIZZA PARTY: The pizza palace of your dreams has rocked up just in time for National Pizza Day. Alongside pizza from master dough stretchers Pizza Pilgrims, L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele, Sodo Pizza and more there will be ice cream for afters from Chin Chin Labs. Diet? What diet? Hawker House, £15, book ahead, 5pm-midnight
THE EAST END IN COLOUR: You can see how buzzing the East End really was in the 1960s and 1970s thanks to David Granick, who captured the area in the warm hues of Kodachrome film (as opposed to the more muted monochrome). A collection of the photos will be available at a discounted price from Hoxton Mini Press. Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives, free, just turn up, 6pm-8pm
MONTHLY VINYL NIGHT: If you are super hip or just looking for discounted cycling accessories head to this monthly night, where you can listen to DJs spin vinyl while you browse "alternative cycling apparel" from Hackney GT. Look Mum No Hands! (Old Street), free entry, just turn up, 6pm-10pm
PHYSICS IN THE PUB: Two physicists and a comedian walk into a pub. The outcome? Not a bad joke but a night supposedly light on the science and heavy on the booze. Neutrinos are the topic of today's pub chat. The Driver (King's Cross), £10, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm
LATE DEBATE: Try on 1890s women's cycling clothes, brush up on your feminist facts and listen to an expert-packed panel as they muse on how far women's rights have come and how far they still have to go. This Late Debate is part of celebrations marking 100 years since the first women in Britain were given the right to vote. London Transport Museum, £15, book ahead, 6.45pm-10pm
JULIAN BARNES: Apparently the Man Booker prize-winning author rarely makes appearances at events like this one, so come armed with questions about his latest novel The Only Story. All Saints Church (Dulwich), £20-£30, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
VERY LOOSE WOMEN: Resonance FM is inviting you to shake your inhibitions and let rip on the themes of 'how (not) to flirt' and 'what I wanted to be when I grew up'. Contribute your stories or listen to others' at this live recording. All proceeds go to the radio station. New College of the Humanities (Bedford Square), £0-£11.37, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm
FIVE POINTS BEER PAIRING: Best arrive hungry for this one — Capish? is serving up a five-course feast paired with five beers from Five Points Brewery, with some limited edition art thrown in for good measure. Capiche? Mason & Company (Stratford), £38.23, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
Good cause of the day: Show of Hands
London is full of amazing initiatives, who use creativity for good, such as Young+ Idle (who are anything but). Every two months, the non-profit collective throws an exhibition themed around a topical issue (this one is abuses of power), with profits donated to a local Hackney charity. You get to vote for your fave artwork and even take home a piece, a young artist gains exposure and a charity receives vital funding. It's a win win win. 451 Queensbridge Road, £5.82, book ahead, 7.30pm-1am
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