What we're reading
- There's science behind those annoying tube habits.
- A first look at Spire London, the skyscraper set to be the tallest residential tower in Western Europe.
- Meet the guy who is redesigning Greenwich Peninsula.
- Clowns attended church on Sunday for the 71st Grimaldi Service.
Things to do
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DICKENS: Celebrate author Charles Dickens's 205th birthday with a guided walk around Barnet and surrounding areas. Learn about the author's birthday celebrations and visit places closely connected to his life and work. High Barnet tube station, £9/£4, book ahead, 11am
LUNCHTIME LECTURE: There has been a significant drop in crime rates over the past few decades. Join Professor Kate Bowers to find out how these rates can be kept down at this UCL lunchtime lecture. UCL, free, just turn up, 1.15pm-1.55pm
CHRISTIE'S LATES: Christie's auction house in South Kensington hosts its monthly late night opening. The theme this time is 'colour and form' — head along for an evening of talks from the likes of interior designer Rachel Bates, displays and exhibition tours. Christie's, free, just turn up, 6pm-8.30pm
CYBERSPACE: Cyberspace is a difficult area to police, and after Edward Snowden revealed the extent of surveillance, Internet experts have made it harder for security services to stop criminals. Join Professor Martyn Thomas for a talk about the dilemmas of privacy and surveillance. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm
OUTING THE PAST: Mark LGBT month with Outing the Past, a talk which aims to reframe some of the National Maritime Museum's collection from a queer perspective. National Maritime Museum, free, just turn up, 6pm-9pm
AUTHOR TALKS: Discover the secret to creating thrilling characters from acclaimed authors L.A. Larkin and Tom Wood. Join them as they take you through the dark and dangerous world of their books. Waterstones Piccadilly, free, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
CONCERT: Celebrate the Year of the Rooster at Barbican's Chinese New Year concert. The Shaanxi Broadcasting Chinese Orchestra, the Zhejiang Traditional Orchestra and other acts will perform traditional Chinese music. Barbican Centre, from £25, book ahead, 7.30pm
SPOKEN WORD: Multi-award winning poet Rob Gee takes to the stage for an evening of poetic storytelling with a comedy twist. Fancy having a go yourself? The evening ends with an open mic session. The Book Club, £5, just turn up, 7.30pm-11pm
WINTER PHOTOS: If you've not had enough of winter yet, get yourself to the Jessops #WINter photography exhibition. A selection of images capturing the beauty of winter will be on display — but you've only got this week to see them. Art Bermondsey Project Space, free, book ahead, 11am-6pm, until 12 February
LAUDERDALE EXPOSED: As Highgate's Lauderdale House reopens after a refurbishment, this photo exhibition shows the works that were undertaken, documenting the refurbishment as it took place. Lauderdale House, free, just turn up, until 26 February
Stage review: A masterclass in non-verbal acting
Philip Ridley says his plays are “like tuning forks, they vibrate with whatever’s going on in the atmosphere at the time” but The Pitchfork Disney’s meagre plot rings hollow. BAFTA-nominated Hayley Squires’s monologue kicks the stodgy opening into action to deliver a strong performance of this indulgently written piece. Lloyd’s creative use of space transports the audience into every gory detail while Shote’s Pitchfork is a masterclass in non-verbal acting. The Pitchfork Disney, Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LT. From £18, until 18 March ★★★☆☆ David Lloyd-Davies
Art review: Colourful Textiles
Designer, artist and architect. Josef Frank was a talented man and his full breadth of outputs is explored in this colourful exhibition. Textiles hang from the ceilings, paintings adorn the walls and there are showroom interiors. All bursting with colour and patterns. This small museum always does a great job with their limited exhibition space, and this is yet another successful show. Josef Frank: Patterns-Furniture-Paintings at Fashion & Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey street, SE1 3XF. £9.90, until 7 May ★★★★☆ [Tuesday-Sunday]
Good cause of the day
Give to a good cause and enjoy Valentine's Day with Believe In Magic Valentine's party in Primrose Hill. Stargaze, tuck into locally brewed craft beer or even enter a raffle, in case you're feeling lucky. Single? Then get together with your mates and enjoy a night of feel-good entertainment. From £25, book ahead, 8pm-11.30pm [14 February]
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
Whether you’re a pre-grated cheddar sprinkler or mimolette fan, this cheesy walking tour will delight your senses. Starting off at a cheese counter in Mayfair that has been serving for more than 300 years, you'll tour the city's best dairy delights - including Fortnum & Mason, where the royals get their fix. Get tickets
Get creative with your partner in this date night with a difference. Between you, you’ll get to create your very own piece of artwork on a large canvas. Help is on hand if you need it, but freestyle pieces are always encouraged… Get tickets
The City of London is home to spectacular skyscrapers, but it’s also home to some fascinating history. Join Matt on a tour of the Square Mile’s ancient alleyways, old churches and imposing architecture - including two sites associated with the occult, and one of the City's most haunting memorials to the power of the Blitz. Get tickets