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...
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
Cross gas lit alleyways and stroll by ancient pubs as you discover forgotten parts of London. See the world's smallest police station and visit London's most superstitious hotel on a walking tour covering everything weird, wonderful and London. £12 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
If you've never paired ceramics and prosecco before, why on earth not? It's a match made in heaven as Sam and Diana, co-creators of 'Make Your Own', prove at their wonderfully welcoming ceramic painting workshop. Pull up a stool, don an apron and get to work on your very own mug, plate, tile, bowl or ornament. They provide the ceramics as well as a selection of patterns, and will show you exactly how to transfer designs and paint to your heart's content. It's BYO so feel free to pop the prosecco and enjoy the company of like-minded Londoners as you get stuck into your creations. Get tickets