What we're reading
- The lights have gone out in Piccadilly Circus.
- The death of dreams: rail devolution.
- Should we abandon plans for the Garden Bridge?
- Brockley in Emojis.
- 8 places to drink in public in London.
Things to do
LIGHT FESTIVAL: Canary Wharf Winter Lights festival is back, with 30 free light installations dotted around the Canary Wharf area. Don't miss the neon words floating in Jubilee Park, or the five angels dotted around Jubilee Place and Park. Free, just turn up, until 27 January (4pm-9pm, daily)
TEENAGE BEDROOMS: Revisit your teen years at the Geffrye Museum in Hoxton's Teenage Bedrooms exhibition. See photos of the rooms of 26 London teenagers and discover why they can be "like a house inside of a house". Free, just turn up, until 23 April
BEATRIX POTTER: If you're a fan of the children's author, don't miss this display dedicated to her at the V&A Museum. Beatrix Potter's London explores the role the city played in her life and work. Free, just turn up, until 28 April
INVENTION OF SCOTLAND: Author Walter Scott created a heroic image of Scotland, and continues to endure on popular imagination. Find out why with this Gresham College lecture at the Museum of London. Free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm
PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION: Dutch photographer Marie-Jeanne van Hövell tot Westerflier holds her first London exhibition at The Dutch Centre in the City, showcasing photos of Amsterdam. Dutch Ambassador Simon Smits opens the exhibition tonight. Free, just turn up, 7pm
JIM CARREY'S BIRTHDAY: Celebrate comedy actor Jim Carrey's birthday at Drink, Shop & Do in King's Cross by decorating a biscuit with his face. B-E-A-utiful. Free with a drink, just turn up, from 7pm
MIDLIFE CRISIS: Join journalists Miranda Sawyer and Marisa Bate for a discussion on life crises, including sky-high rent, internet anxiety and other challenging life moments. They will explore the struggles of life in your 40s and 50s, and 20s and 30s respectively in the 4th Estate Literary Salon at Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen. £7, book ahead, 7pm-8pm
TRUMP: The election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States has raised many questions. Explore how he will govern, shape the presidency, what his relationship with Republicans in Congress will be like and more with Thinking about the Trump Presidency at LSE. Free, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
POETRY: Enjoy an evening of poetry at Somerset House. Nowhere in Particular: The Poetry of Utopia celebrates poetry's ability to take us to another world, with performances of specially commissioned works by emerging poets. £5, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
LOLITICS: Instead of being depressed by the news, laugh at it and celebrate activism, optimism and left-wing spirit with Lolitics Comedy Club at the Black Heart in Camden. Tonight's line-up includes Andy Zaltzman. £3, just turn up, 7.30pm
Good cause of the day
NIGHT WALK: Get fit and give to a good cause with the Big London Night Walk. Change the lives of hardworking Big Issue vendors and hear their personal insights on this 12 mile charity walk through London at night. £25 (plus £220 fundraising target), book ahead, 3 March
Review: Kite Runner Flies Again
Closer to the Hosseini novel than the 2007 movie, protagonist Ben Turner hogs stage time narrating the story, instead of allowing characters to develop. But Andrei Costin’s sensitive, self-sacrificing servant boy will tug your kite/heart strings and there are still some fine, can’t-look-away moments. The Kite Runner, Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, WC1, £14.75-£91.75, until 11 March 2017 (Monday-Saturday) ★★★☆☆ Johnny Fox
Review: Exceedingly Good
Lockwood Kipling’s son Rudyard may be better known, but this exhibition focuses on Lockwood's obsession with Indian design and how he brought it to Britain. The show is packed full of books, photographs, paintings and decorative items that tell Lockwood’s fascinating story, including the controversy of his role in expanding the British Empire. Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London at V&A. 14 January - 2 April, free ★★★★☆
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