What we’re reading
- New Globe director to let cast pick roles and audiences choose plays.
- 'Red zone' map reveals rapid spread of Australian flu across London and UK.
- London pub goes 100% vegan and says goodbye to the meat grinder.
- Air pollution: What's being done to improve air quality in London?
Things to do
SOUND SYSTEMS NOW: As any hardcore music fan and Carnival attendee knows, Britain's sound system culture is alive and well. This exhibition and programme of events celebrates the current generation of reggae sound system operators across the UK. Professor Stuart Hall Building (Goldsmiths University of London), free, just turn up, 10 January- 12 February
WOODCUTS FROM WONDERLAND: Fall in love with John Tenniel's original whimsical wood engravings for Lewis Carroll's enchanting stories, which are on display at Eames Fine Art. Free, book ahead, 11am-6pm, until 28 January
WOMEN, PARLIAMENT & THE VOTE: Dr Mari Takayanagi of the Parliamentary Archives presents this illustrated talk on the Representation of the People's Act 1918, which gave equal voting rights to all men and some women over the age of 30. City of Westminster Archives Centre, free, book ahead, 6pm-7pm
RECLAIMING STREETS: The Reclaiming Streets campaign aims to make Poplar's roads more people-friendly. Bring your ideas for initiatives that could promote walking, cycling or communal activities to the group's meet up walk tonight. St Paul’s Bow Common Church, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm
BRAZILIAN JAZZ: Be transported to Rio via Shoreditch at this gig celebrating the sounds of South America. Tonight instrumentalist Mario Bakuna plays a repertoire inspired by the greats of Jazz and Bossa Nova. The Basement Shoreditch, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm
LIFE DRAWING GYMNASIA: The Life Drawing Gymnasia is here to take your drawing skills to the next level. Expect a flurry of dance, movement and dynamic life poses from Baleta Nuda models, plus ballet, flamenco and yoga influences set to music – all in the buff. Barons Court Theatre, £16.73-£43.61, book ahead, 7pm, until 13 January
SEX PARTY TALK & Q&A: The sexually curious are well catered for in London, apparently, but it can be a sticky subject to approach for the uninitiated. This talk lets you in on where to find everything from "massage gatherings" and masked balls to swingers parties and tantric temples, as well as what to do (or not do) when you get there. Wusi Creative Space, 4 Broadway Market, £11.35, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
SCIENCE ON SCREEN: See Oscar-winning film The Imitation Game, about genius computer scientist Alan Turing. Stick around for the post-film discussion with leading Francis Crick boffins. Francis Crick Institute (King's Cross), free, book ahead, 7pm-10.15pm
WE ARE FUNNY: Find out if this Dalston comedy night lives up to the bold claim of its title. Tonight's Headliner is Mawaan Rizwan, who recently was tasked with writing an alternative Queen's Christmas speech. Farr's School of Dancing, free, just turn up, 8pm-10.15pm
Good cause of the day: SANE volunteer evening
Make your good deed for the day signing up to become a volunteer for SANE. The mental health charity will be talking you through its services and explaining the roles available at this volunteer evening. St Mark's Studios (Islington), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm
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
Tales of torture and plagues await you on a historical walk around London -- see bombed out ruins, discover Medieval markets and even visit a Roman ampitheatre. £12 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