Things to do today in London is sponsored by Mealfix.
What we're reading
- The threat of strikes is looming over the night tube.
- Unsurprisingly, London drivers spend the most time in traffic in the UK.
- Rogue landlords and their multiple occupation scam.
- Might want to find a bench...
LISTENING BOOTH: To celebrate the upcoming BRIT awards, a traditional red phone box has appeared just across from the Crown & Anchor, in Covent Garden. Inside, you can listen to music from previous awards winners without distraction. Free, just turn up, 10am-6pm
POPUP: Coinciding with his exhibition, Miró and Life in General , a John Baldessari pop-up shop is open for a limited time at the Marian Goodman Gallery. Get your hands on mugs, posters, t-shirts, totes and more. Marian Goodman Gallery, free, just turn up, 10am-6pm [Tuesday-Saturday, until 25 February]
FREE CONCERT: Head to Lauderdale House in Waterlow Park to feast on a lunchtime classical music concert. Lauded musician Stephen Hose will perform works by Mozart, Brahms and Debussy. Lauderdale House, free, book ahead, 1.15pm-2pm
SHIPWRECK!: Learn the history of shipwrecks from the first world war. Genealogist Dr Simon Willis guides you through the records of destroyed ships and those who were lost on board. The National Archives, free, book ahead, 2pm-3pm
GIMME DANGER: Jim Jarmusch's latest documentary tracks the career of legendary rock-n-roll group The Stooges. Regent Street Cinema, £12/£11/£8, book ahead, 6.30pm
COGNAC AND CHOCOLATE: The UK's top chocolatier, Paul A Young, is hosting a fine chocolate and cognac event. It's in collaboration with La Maison Rémy Martin, at their Soho pop-up. 147 Wardour Street, £12, book ahead, from 7pm
COMPUTER HUMANS: There is widespread agreement that the human brain has computer-like qualities. Join Daniel C Dennet to find out the brain's way of redesigning its software with If our brains are computers, who designs the software?. The Royal Institution, £14/£10, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
RAILWAYS' WORLD DOMINATION: In 1830, the world's first railway opened between Liverpool and Manchester. By the end of the 19th century, there were over 200,000 miles of track spanning the globe. Railway historian Christian Wolmar charts how iron tracks took over the world at such a pace. The British Library, £10/£8/£7, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
SEX ED FOR GROWN-UPS: For today's men, masculinity is softening and they're far more open to new experiences. Kissing and Cuddling and Pegging, Oh My! explores new sexual paths for many young men. The Book Club, £7/£5, book ahead, 7.15pm-11pm
POLITICS & LAUGHS: With everything going on in the world right now, it's lucky you've got Lolitics to get you through it. Celebrate left-wing politics and the comedy club's 6th birthday this Tuesday. FYI: lots of free cake will be available. The Black Heart, £5, just turn up, 7.30pm
MealFix: the death of the humble cheese sandwich?
Say goodbye to pre-made pasta pots and soggy sarnies for your workday lunch. How do you fancy buttermilk fried chicken, bean burgers, and tapas instead? If it sounds appealing, check out MealFix.
You can pre-order restaurant dishes at bargain prices and collect your chosen lunches throughout the week — no waiting involved. You'll be a member of the MealFix club, which means you can get exclusive prices on top-notch nosh while saving time and money. MealFix is on a mission to champion local independent eateries while giving you a great value, gourmet lunch. It's goodbye to long queues and hello to fast, fresh, quality lunch.
Stage review: tick this off your bucket list
Theatre Ad Infinitum explore dreams, systems, and the price others pay for the way we live, in this bold and beautiful production. With stunning movement, music, and a headstrong young girl leading the way, Bucket List takes you to a faraway Mexican town to show you the impact of your little luxuries back home — and it should be top of your list this week. Bucket List, Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill, SW11 5TN. £15/£12.50, Until 4 March ★★★★☆ Savannah Whaley
Art review: last chance for some Japanese Bondage
PIXELS AND BONDAGE: Marble sculptures appear pixelated with black and white patterns, while ritualised Japanese bondage is performed in the space. Mat Chivers's art is bubbling with ideas in this thoughtful show — watch this video for more on what to expect. Mat Chivers: Harmonic Distortion, PM/AM gallery, 259-269 Old Marylebone Road, NW1 5RA. 25 November-28 February, free. ★★★☆☆ [Monday-Saturday]
Good cause for the day
SAVING PANGOLINS: When one thinks of illegal animal trafficking, creatures such as elephants, tigers and rhinoceroses come to mind. However, the world's most poached and trafficked animal is actually the pangolin. This dinner at ZSL discusses what needs to be done to save the 'scaly anteaters' from facing extinction. ZSL, £35, book ahead, 6pm-7.45pm
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