What we’re reading
- The beautiful London floors with more Instagram followers than you.
- Tour bus used by Status Quo is a success as LGBT+ homeless shelter.
- London boroughs in GIFs – a thread.
- The London Milkman: the story behind a famous photo of the London Blitz.
- Since the scaffold has gone up on Big Ben, these tourist portraits aren't really the same.
Things to do
FBA FUTURES: Art school isn't all house parties and lie-ins you know. Find out what the art degree graduates of 2017 have been up to in this exhibition of their work. The Mall Galleries, free, just turn up, 9-20 January
MITTS AND MULLED WINE: Warm your cockles around a mulled wine while you decorate a pair of much-needed gloves. Drink, Shop & Do, free with a mulled wine/cider, just turn up, from 6pm
BITCOIN AND BLOCK CHAIN: Unless you're living in a cave, you've probably heard about cryptocurrencies or know someone obsessively checking their Bitcoin, even if it leaves you baffled. Find out what it is, how it works and how it has the potential to change everything at this free talk. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm
NIRVANA TASTING SESSION: A week into Dry January, you're probably craving the crisp, cold taste of an ice cold beer. Well, you don't have to cheat to get your beer fix with the help of Nirvana's o% and low alcohol brews. At this tasting session, there'll be vegan cheese pairings — ideal if you're doing Veganuary too. Strongroom Bar (Shoreditch), £11.39 - £16.79, book ahead, 6.30pm
CONTROL: Watch the brooding, black and white biopic of Joy Division, which traces the life and eventual suicide of singer Ian Curtis. Moth Club (Hackney), £5, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
NORDIC NIGHTS: Free cinema is exactly what the doctor ordered on a cold, skint Tuesday in January. Let The Right One In is the first film being screened as part of Nordic Nights, a weekly free screening of contemporary Scandinavian horror flicks. Genesis Cinema, free, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
CABARET CAPERY: Fresh from a run of shows at Live at Zédel, cabaret clown Andrew Pepper is propping up Wilton's cocktail bar with this intimate show of entertaining tunes. Wilton's, £12/£10, book ahead, 7.30pm (9-11 January)
CAKE COMEDY: Make the launch of this comedy/sketch night a good one. And if you're early, you can always browse the vintage garments on display on your way up. There are six acts on the lineup tonight including sketch trio Sheeps! and MC Jack Barry. Dress Paper Vintage (Hackney), £6, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm
HERETIC VOICES: See three captivating monologue performances, which have been whittled down from 1,136 submissions. Themes range from body shaming to a story of loss set on a Croydon council estate. Arcola Theatre, various prices, book ahead, 7.30pm, 9-20 January
Good cause of the day: Practice your Zumba moves and raise money for charity
Zumba is a great way to add some rhythm and fun to your fitness regime. And if you attend this dance class, you'll be raising funds for the British Heart Foundation. CJ Zumba @ Academy Mews (Camden), £5 donation, book ahead, 6pm-7pm
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