What we’re reading
- 22 average London tourist photos created by layering hundreds of photos of iconic London attractions on top of each other.
- 100 years of women's suffrage marked with women artists filling London Underground.
- 'You can't afford to get upset': behind the scenes with London's 999 operators.
- Peek inside the oldest house still standing in the City of London: Farringdon's 41-42 Cloth Fair.
- The top London dining neighbourhoods of 2017.
Things to do
TOWER OF LONDON ICE RINK: Although some of London's rinks stay open into spring, today's your last chance to glide around the Tower of London's moat. Head there this evening when the castle walls will be illuminated by hundreds of pretty snowflakes. Tower of London, £15, book ahead, 11am-9pm
KEW GARDENS: Make your way to Kew Gardens for a morning storytime session, winter flower making, or brush up on your nature knowledge on a group tour of the Davies Alpine House. Today is the last day of Kew's winter programme, which means we're one step closer to Spring. Hurrah! Kew Gardens, £13, book ahead, 10am-3.30pm
THE CITY IS OURS: It's your last chance to catch this engaging exhibition exploring the challenges faced by cities around the world and some of the solutions being implemented. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 10am-6pm
WESTMINSTER TREASURE HUNT: See the London sights on this treasure hunt. Once you've booked you'll receive your treasure hunt pack. Complete the route on your own, in a couple or as a group and don't forget to let the organisers know what time you start so they can book you a table at the finishing Treasure pub, where you'll get 20% off your bill. Big Ben, £14.99-£34.99, book ahead, 10am-10pm (and various other dates)
CROYDON WINTER FESTIVAL: Croydon Winter Festival packs up its fairground rides, Bavarian bar, grotto and ice rink after today so you'd better get a move on. Ashburton Park, £9.95/£7.95, book ahead, noon-10pm
RAPUNZEL: Puns abound, but no cliches can be found in this theatre performance of Rapunzel. Today is a relaxed performance, designed to welcome people with an Autism Spectrum, sensory or communication disorder or learning disability. Read our four star review here. Theatre Royal Stratford East, £10-£32, book ahead, 1.30pm-4.30pm today, until 13 January
VEGAN TAKEOVER: If you're going vegan for 2018 (or just for January) head to Walthamstow Village, where Plant Dawgs is serving up its plant-based take on the hot dog. The Nag's Head, (Walthamstow), just turn up, Mondays throughout January
AFTERTHOUGHT: Give your mental health a little TLC at this meditation session led by AfterThought. Once you're feeling suitably relaxed, local clinical psychotherapist Becca Allgood-May will chat about the benefits of CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy). R.A.W Lab (Royal Albert Wharf), £5 (cash only), just turn up, 7pm
MUNDO LINGO: Made a New Year's Resolution to learn a new language? This couldn't be easier in London, where around 300 people from all over the world meet regularly to learn each other's lingo. Join the Mundo Lingo Facebook group to be in the know about future events. Tonight's meeting is at Edgars Bar (Broadway Market). Free, just turn up, 7pm-11pm
JOSEPH MORPURGO: Better snap up tickets for this monstrously funny, multimedia comedy performance from Joseph Morpurgo. They won't hang around for long. Read our four-star review of Hammerhead. Soho Theatre, from £9, book ahead, 8pm, until 6 January
Good cause of the day:"Rebuild, Rise Up!", a Hurricane Benefit
Hurricanes Irma and Maria left Caribbean cities and islands devastated. The issues might seem far away but the help doesn't have to be. In fact, you only need to go as far as Ronnie Scott's. On Sunday (7 January), musicians are coming together for a night of blues and soul, with all proceeds going towards the Anguilla Foundation, in partnership with Anguilla Red Cross. Ronnie Scott's, £100-£150, book ahead, 6.30pm, 7 January
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
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
Tripping as treatment? It exists, and scientists at some of the world's most prestigous universities are studying the benefits of single-use psychedelic sessions to treat severe mental health conditions. But do hallucinogenic drugs have a place in our hospitals? Initial results have been positive, but how do these sessions work? What do these scientists use? What do the participants themselves have to say? Clinic Psychologic Dr Rosalind Watts leads this fascinating talk into the potential successes and pitfalls of using psychedelics in medicine, using her own personal experience as a "trip-sitter" at Imperial College London. Get tickets
We’re fed up of bog standard London tours. Been there, done that. So how about learning some more about the history and surprisingly dynamic modern politics of London’s public toilets? This 1.5hr walking tour covers iconic London from a whole new perspective, as you learn about ‘spending a penny’ at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and explore the capital’s most patriotic toilet. The tour ends in the Cellar Door Cocktail bar, a former gentleman’s lavatory. Delightful. Get tickets