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What we're reading
- Airbnb could lose $400m worth of bookings in London.
- Sadiq continues fight for TfL takeover.
- This guy climbed a London skyscraper to watch the New Year fireworks.
- A sweet goodbye to the 'Lowry of the East End', Alfred Daniels.
- London's got a Newyears Green.
Things to do
JAPANESE WEAVING: Get creative (and cosy) for the winter months at The London Loom in Hackney. Learn Japanese freestyle weaving, and make scarfs or small garments. £60/£120, book ahead, from 10am (various time slots)
TEENAGE BEDROOMS: Revisit your teen years at the Geffrye Museum with Teenage Bedrooms. Step inside the rooms of 26 London teenagers and discover why they can be "like a house inside of a house". Free, just turn up, 10am-5pm
NOCTURNAL ANIMALS: Thriller Nocturnal Animals tells the tale of an art gallery owner who receives a manuscript from her ex-husband. Starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal. £8.50/£4.50 or £11.50/£9, book ahead, 1.15pm/3.30pm/6pm/8.55pm
BUILDING ST PAUL'S: Discover the secrets of Christopher Wren's great cathedral, and its journey to becoming the landmark it is today. At the Museum of London. Free, book ahead, from 3pm
OFFSHORE ISLANDS: Explore the dodgy world of Britain's offshore tax havens. Join Kleptoscope for Britain's Offshore Islands, as it unites journalists, campaigners and academics to discuss recent research into the UK's role in the world's kleptocracy. £12.50/£10, book ahead, from 7pm
BALLROOM GET DOWN: Get active at Southbank Centre — show off your best moves with dance marathon Ballroom Get Down. Free, book ahead, from 7pm
ROALD DAHL's BIRTHDAY: In honour of Roald Dahl's 100th birthday, illustrator Sir Quentin Blake has drawn special portraits of Dahl's most famous characters. Quentin Blake: The Roald Dahl Centenary Portraits is at the British Library. Free, just turn up, until 21 May
Start the New Year right and get your travel sorted
If you should start the year as you mean to go on, how does getting organised and saving money sound?
Introducing CommuterClub, the people giving you the lower price of a yearly travelcard, but spread over monthly payments.
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2017 looks like a fun-filled and money-saving year to us — get on board with CommuterClub.
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Good cause for the day
JANUDRY: Socialise sober this month and give the money you would usually spend on booze to St Clare Hospice — thanks to Janudry.
Review: mesmerising water drops
Sebastian Gordin has created abstract vitrines where water drips down to hypnotic effect. One display is obscured by frosted glass and others are less obscured but still designed for viewers to reach their own conclusions as to what’s happening in each scene. It's all surreal, but mesmerising. Sebastian Gordin: If animals didn’t exist at Rosenfeld Porcini, 37 Rathbone Street, W1T 1NZ. Until 11 February, free. ★★★★☆ [Tuesday-Saturday]
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