Things to do today in London is sponsored by Roundhouse.
What we're reading
- A very long bus queue at Grove Station.
- The busy life of a Londoner.
- Moneysupermarket claims Ilford has the UK's highest burglary rate.
- A rare moment of clear skies in London this week.
- Fogs and smogs of Londons gone by.
- Mayor and the City of London Corporation pledge £180m for Museum of London move
Things to do
WICKED WEST END: Learn secrets of Soho and Covent on a free walking tour. See where the Rolling Stones and the Beatles performed, and explore the glamour of the Theatreland. Free, book ahead, 2.30pm-4.30pm
PIZZA AND COCKTAILS: 70s themed restaurant-bar, Bobby Fitzpatrick relives the loud aesthetics and party-life of one of history's most vibrant decades. Enjoy pizza, cocktails and groovy vibes at West Hampstead's newest addition. Monday-Wednesday 4pm-11:30pm; Thursday 4pm-1am; Friday & Saturday noon-1am; Sunday noon-12am
POEMS NOT BOMBS: Bring along your poems on the theme of Poems Not Bombs for a group reading at Poets' Church. Have a glass of wine or two at this laid back open mic night. Free (donation for wine), just turn up, 6.30pm-9pm
SCIENCE MUSEUM LATES: Go back in time with Science Museum's childhood-themed late night opening. Revisit your youth at Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery. Enjoy a scientific see-saw and toy car racing. Dance like no one's watching at the silent disco. Free entry, just turn up, 6.45pm-10pm
SOLO CABARET: In his solo cabaret show, Actually, I-Do, Ido Gonen explains what it's like to be a gay man in the Israeli military, the Captain Hook, Leon Czolgosz and a tap-dancing Nazi and how a Eurovision Song Contest fits into all of this. See Gonen make his debut at The Pheasantry, Chelsea. £13, book ahead, from 7pm
BURNS NIGHT: Don your best tartan, and enjoy whisky tastings, traditional music and food with Queen of Hoxton's Burns Night in the Wigwam. There will, of course, be a reading of Address to a Haggis. Free entry, just turn up, 7pm-10pm
FREE COMEDY: Have a giggle with Beth Vyse and Lucy Pearlman's hilarious show at Hackney Picturehouse. Watch as Olive Hands decides to run for president. If Trump can do it, so can she. An evening of chaos described as having "cult written all over it". Free, book ahead, from 7.30pm
SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY: Last chance to lose yourself in Zara Hussein's sculptural installation, Numina, at Barbican. It combines designs of the Islamic world with modern digital arts. Free, just turn up, until 25 January
WORKING THE WALBROOK: Museum of London's latest display has artefacts from the lost Walbrook valley and beyond, from over 170 years of excavation in London. Items include gardening tools dating back to Roman times. Free, just turn up, until 26 March
CARTOONS: The Cartoon Museum launches a brand new exhibition this Wednesday. Future Shock: 40 Years of 2000 AD celebrates one of Britain's publishing phenomenons. 2000 AD's iconic characters, including Judge Dredd, have had a lasting impact on popular culture. See 80 pages of original artwork displayed from each decade of the comic. £7, £5, £3, book ahead, until 27 April
Enjoy London-Indian fusion music at Roundhouse
Fancy being part of an intimate-seated concert at Camden’s Roundhouse? Look no further than In The Round, a series of gigs this January and February.
The line-up features styles from all over the world — for music that crosses India, Indonesia and London, check out Susheela Raman and Sam Mills, along with the fantastic Ghost Gamelan Orchestra on 1 February.
If multi-instrumentalists, virtuoso South Asian percussion, strings, wind and electronics sound up your street, you'll be wowed by this lot. With bright sounds and colourful rhythms, this is music that takes you all the way to Indonesia and back, without leaving London.
Book here for the performance on 1 February.
Stage review: Depression based comedy with Chris Gethard
A comedy show about depression is a tough sell. That's the theme of Chris Gethard's new show, Career Suicide. It's all true and has parts that will bring you close to tears (not of joy), taken from Gethard's battle with depression, alcoholism and suicidal tendencies. When the laughs do come, they're huge and worth the wait. So join Gethard as he takes you on a tour of life in New Jersey, breaks out a spot on Morrissey impression and meet his wondrous but terrible shrink Barb. Career Suicide, Soho Theatre, Wardour Street, W1. From £8, 24 January-4 February [Excluding Sunday 29 January] ★★★★☆ Harry Rosehill
Art review: All women photography
This collection of images is from the National Museum of Women in the Arts so it's unsurprisingly all by women. Some are excellent, like the grand interior by Candida Hofer and the awkward early teens by Rineke Dijkstra. Others are less impressive. A real mixed bag. Terrains of the Body: Photography from the National Museum of Women in the Arts at Whitechapel Gallery. Free, until 16 April ★★★☆☆ [Tuesday-Saturday]
Good cause for the day
VOLUNTEER FAIR: Looking for something rewarding to do? Volunteer for Hackney, and either help empower people with mental health needs, improve housing estates or just help improve the community. Find the perfect role for you at the volunteer fair. Free, just turn up, 11am-2.30pm
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