What we’re reading
- Female group Bossy launch campaign to buy Theatre Royal Haymarket.
- Oooh matron! Kenneth Williams’ clock goes up for sale.
- These south Londoners want to inspire young entrepreneurs with fried chicken.
- Ghost towers: half of new-build luxury London flats fail to sell.
Things to do
IN THE ROUND: Fed up of getting your beer knocked out of your hand and getting stuck behind the tallest people at standing gigs? Well, you won't have to worry about that at these fully seated gigs. Check out the first shows here. Roundhouse (Camden), various prices, book ahead, 31 January-10 February
LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Long before smartphones and digital cameras, the only way to print an image was by hand-cutting a wooden block. This long lost industry is being unearthed in this lunchtime talk. Bring your sarnies. V&A, free, just turn up, 1pm-1.45pm
AMERICANAFEST2018: You don't need to travel across the pond to get a taste for Americana tunes as 26 of the finest emerging artists from the trans-Atlantic music scene are taking over four Hackney venues (Oslo, Moth Club, Paper Dress Vintage and Empire Bar) for this two-day festival. £25, book ahead, 6pm-11.55pm
VEGAN CELEBRATION: Veganism isn't just for January, it's for life. Just ask the Gallery Cafe, which is celebrating its permanent 100% animal-free menu tonight with a special menu and guest speakers. Everyone welcome. Gallery Cafe (Bethnal Green), £10, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm
SCIENCE MUSEUM LATE: While some reckon the future of our food supply is vegan, others think we'll be munching on insects. See if you can survive on a diet of salt and pepper crickets and BBQ mealworms at this late dedicated to the future of food and drink. Science Museum, free, just turn up, 6.45pm-10pm
NARRATING LONDON: It can be tough competing with all the London writing already taking up entire sections in bookshops and libraries, but editors Kit Caless and Gary Budden and author Eley Williams manage to get it spot on. Hear all three in discussion about London literature tonight. Bishopsgate Institute, £9/£7, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
FREUD'S WOMEN: Lisa Appignanesi will be in conversation with the fabulously eloquent psychoanalyst and author of Fat is a Feminist Issue= Susie Orbach about women's contributions to psychoanalysis. Freud Museum (Hampstead), £12/£10, book ahead,7pm-8.30pm
CONFESSIONS AT THE TOWER: On the anniversary of Guy Fawkes's hanging, settle in for unsettling stories inspired by real events that occurred within the Tower walls. With playwright and Midnight Run founder Inua Ellams curating the performers, it's bound to be one hell of a memorable evening. (18+ event) Tower of London, £25/£22.50, book ahead, 7pm-8.45pm
SPECIAL GUEST: Audience participation is crucial at this show and tell event, where 50 people get 60 seconds each to share their thoughts, skills, projects etc. Don't be shy — you might meet your next mentor or BFF. Hackney Attic, £10, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm
CLITCULTURE CABARET: A lovely line up of labia-loving ladies perform a mixture of poetry, dance and comedy tonight in celebration of the joys of being female. Balabam (Tottenham), £5, just turn up, 7.30pm-11pm
ANTHEM FOR DOOMED YOUTH: Can young people salvage their future? Are unpaid internships worse than The Somme? These are questions Ed Night is tackling with his awesome sense of humour, which has already won over audeiences at Edinburgh Fringe. Soho Theatre, £11-£15, book ahead, until 3 February
Good cause of the day: Take the #secondhandfirst pledge and shop sustainably
Browse second-hand garb from this sustainable pop-up shop run by students from the Fashion Retail Academy, with all proceeds going to Traid. As well as a string of London charity shops encouraging Londoners to recycle their clothes, Traid funds projects which improve working conditions and practices in the textile industry around the world. Rathbone Place, free, just turn up, 11am-3pm, until 2 February
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