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...
London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books... Get tickets
How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets
Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets
Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you'll be standing up and paddling solo, and there's plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required. Get tickets