Things to do this week is sponsored by the Design Centre.
THE WINTER FOREST: It's your last chance to wander around this pretty pop-up forest market, snuggle up in front of festive flicks in the Tipi Cinema or sip mulled wine in the Hideaway booths before they're packed up for the year. Exchange Square (Broadgate), free (charge for cinema), just turn up, until 12 January
GRINNING MAN: As one character comments in this show, "prepare to shit kittens." The Grinning Man is a dark and magical tale of a boy with a perpetual grin. But it's definitely dark. And if you like that sort of thing, you'll love this. Trafalgar Studios, £15-£85, book ahead, until 17 February
DESIGNS OF THE YEAR: The Design Museum is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its annual Designs of the Year exhibition, with over 60 shortlisted innovations on show. We're regular visitors and we think it's one of the best years yet for this exhibition, all housed within curvy walls made from recycled newspaper. Design Museum, £10, book ahead, until 18 February
HAMILTON: Hamilton is slick, lavish and a glorious parade of movement and dance: Andy Blankenbuehler's seamless choreography is a constant athletic cavalcade. Read our full five-star review here and download the Hamilton app to be in with a chance of buying £10 tickets. Victoria Palace Theatre, various prices, book ahead, until 30 June 2018
Monday 8 January
BOWIE'S BRIXTON: Hardcore Bowie fan? Don't miss this musical tour around the Starman's home turf, accompanied by live performances of his songs, anecdotes and a panel talk at the Ritzy Cinema. The panel line-up includes Bowie's close friend and collaborator George Underwood, The Brian Duffy Archive and Brixton Academy founder Simon Parkes. Brixton station, £31.94, book ahead, 10am-2pm
LDN TALKS: Attend fun, informal yet informative talks on cryptocurrencies, plastic pollution in our oceans and one which asks: are normal people sane? today at various venues around London. Various venues and prices, book ahead, 7pm
NEON NAKED LIFE DRAWING: Neon needn't be confined to warehouse raves. This experimental life drawing class combines UV light, reactive body paint and flamboyant accessories to get your creativity flowing. Leave the glow sticks at home. The Duke of Wellington (Dalston), £12, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm
Tuesday 9 January
THE ONE FESTIVAL: Better snap up tickets for this feast of theatrical gems — it's the last year the festival, which sees each piece performed by one super talented actor, is running. Space Arts Centre (Mudchute), £12/£8, book ahead, 4pm matinees/7.30pm
NIRVANA TASTING SESSION: You can have a dry January and drink beer too, once you've discovered the delights of Nirvana's o% and low alcohol brews as this tasting session. Plus, there'll be vegan cheese pairings if you're doing Veganuary too. Strongroom Bar, £11.39 - £16.79, book ahead, 6.30pm, 9-10 January
ESSENTIAL ELLA: A night of jazz and soul performed by The Fourth Choir and special guests, who are paying tribute to one of jazz's greatest star Ella Fitzgerald. Jazz Cafe, £12, book ahead, 7pm-11pm
HERETIC VOICES: Whittled down from 1,136 submissions, these three new plays present the best in what the monologue form has to offer. 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
New year, new look for your home?
A new year calls for many things, but most importantly, it’s a chance for a fresh start — and that goes for your home, too. Soak up design inspiration at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour, which kicks off 2018 with a winter sample sale.
Browse 38 participating design showrooms — including names such as Decca, Poliform and Nina Campbell — showcasing an extensive range of contemporary and classic furniture, lighting, hardware, carpets and fabrics. With discounts of up to 90%, and inspiration galore, there’s sure to be something to suit all budgets and tastes.
The event takes place at the Design Centre from 8-12 January 2018, (Monday 8 January trade preview) including late night opening on Thursday and a special Saturday opening on the 13 January. Click here to start your design journey and find out more.
Wednesday 10 January
ARTFUL SPARK X RSC: A quarterly event in which Artful Spark reflect on the connection between tech and theatre. Today's topic is The Royal Shakespeare Company's production of The Tempest, which used real-time motion capture and projection mapping (find out what these things are at this workshop). The Barbican, £7.50, book ahead, 6pm
THINKING ALLOWED: Who is winning the culture wars? That's the question being discussed by author and journalist Afua Hirsch and arts and philanthropy advisor Munira Mirza. The debate promises to be a lively one. Frontline Club (Paddington), £12.50, book ahead, 7pm-8pm
SEX PARTY TALK & Q&A: London caters well for the sexually curious, 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, £10, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
INTRODUCTION TO SEWING: Get to grips with sewing with stretch fabric at this four-week course for beginners. By the end of the month, you'll be a sewing machine pro and have a lovely new pair of slacks. Ray Stitch (Essex Road), £195 for four sessions, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
Thursday 11 January
LONDON CHEESE TOWN: Gorge on dairy delights at this fromage-filled feast. Expect actual artisan cheese (not the Sainsbury's stuff) and a cheesy soundtrack. Brixton Rooftop, £10, book ahead, 5pm-midnight, until 14 January
LOUISE DAHL-WOLFE: Hear a lecture on the snappily dressed fashion photographer. Your ticket includes entry to the Louise Dahl-Wolfe exhibition and a complimentary drink. Fashion and Textile Museum (Bermondsey), £15/£12, book ahead, 6pm-8pm
WOMEN ON TOP: The zine Sex+ is celebrating its first birthday with a series of racy panel discussions. The first takes a look at female dominance in the bedroom and beyond. Topics of discussion include finding your style, gender equality, playing safe and what's in it for men. The Book Club, £10.83, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
Friday 12 January
ART ANTIQUES & INTERIORS FAIR: Stock up on period furniture, ceramics, glassware, paintings, jewellery and vintage textiles from more than 100 specialist dealers at this haven for anyone with eclectic taste. ExCel London, Halls 9-11, £16, book ahead, 12-14 January
DINO SNORES: Museums have upped their game since we remember dragging our feet around them as kids. Expect science shows, stand up comedy, edible insect-eating, a movie marathon and gin sampling at this strictly adults-only NHM sleepover. Natural History Museum, £180, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30am
SPINAL TAP PARTY: Don't skimp on the guyliner and get ready to whip out your best air guitar at this film screening of This Is Spinal Tap, followed by a heavy-metal piss-up in the bar. Deptford Cinema, £8, book ahead, 7pm-2am
MEMENTO: Technology, memory, poetry and music merge in this cross-disciplinary event from Poet in the City and Aurora Orchestra. Hear electronically-charged music and poetry inspired by Franz Schubert and Emily Dickinson, plus a talk on tech and memory from an experimental physicist. Kings Place (King's Cross), £14.50-£22.50, book ahead, 7.30pm
SKATE LATE: It's your last chance to glide (or push a penguin) around this pretty ice rink and tonight Mr Dukes (formerly of Bombay Bicycle Club) will be providing the soundtrack to your skate. Somerset House, £17, book ahead, 8pm
Saturday 13 January
STARTUP 2018: Get your business head in gear at the UK's biggest event dedicated to enterprising start-ups. Queen Mary University (Mile End), £10, book ahead, 10am-4pm
ARCHITECTURE OF MONEY TOUR: Gaze at the classical grandeur of the Bank of England, stroll down historic Threadneedle Street and crane your neck up at the Square Mile's iconic towers on this jam-packed tour of the City of London. Tower of London, £15-£18, book ahead, 11am
HACKNEY FLEA MARKET: Got a penchant for antique luggage, Danish decor and reclaimed industrial fixtures? Spend your weekend rummaging through salvaged treasures from more than 30 vintage traders. Abney Public Hall, free entry, just turn up, 11am-6pm, 13-14 January
LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL: See a selection of the best UK and international shorts, which tonight transport you to a refugee camp in Calais and the tough streets of Athens. Rich Mix, various prices, book ahead, 13-18 January
EMPOWERMENT POETRY WORKSHOP: Sometimes confidence comes from unexpected places. You might just leave this poetry workshop, led by Tedx speaker Yasmin Autwal, feeling empowered and inspired. Arch 5, 5 Bohemia Place (Hackney), £22, book ahead, 1pm-3.30pm
VEGANUARY SUPPER: Embracing the plant based diet for January? Head to this buffet-style supper club for meat-free inspiration, washed down with organic wine, so the hangover shouldn't be so bad. The Hornbeam Centre (Walthamstow), £25, book ahead, 7.30pm, repeated next Saturday
Sunday 14 January
BOOKBINDING: Got a thing for striking stationary? Try your hand at creating your own hand-stitched pad in this two-hour workshop. Drink, Shop & Do, £30, book ahead, 10.30am-1pm
BEEGIE ADAIR TRIO: Settle in for a night of pizza and live jazz. Tonight jazz trio Beegie Adair Trio are soundtracking your evening meal. Pizza Express Jazz Club (Soho), £25, book ahead, 8pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Fancy some Dim Sum fun? From making and rolling the dough to preparing the fillings and forming the parcels, William will show you everything you need to know to become a Dim Sum pro. William will also teach you the etiquette of Dim Sum - learn what to order and how to order, in Cantonese! Get tickets
Could you spent hours on end satiating your morbid curiosity by researching serial killers? Hey, you're not alone. Insight into the criminal psyche is a fascinating topic and one covered in this talk by retired police officer, Paul Harrison. You'll encounter the stories of three of the UK's worst serial killers, from their childhoods to their crimes. With over four decades of experience in the Criminal Justice system, join Paul to work through the facts, uncover the details, and get inside the heads of these killers to discover what truly motivates a murderer. Get tickets
Ever fancied yourself as Robin Hood? Join the 2020 archery team in London Bridge and discover how to shoot. The 1.5 hour 'get started in archery' class will teach you how to shoot (relatively) accurately as well as the scoring system and key archery terminology. The session finishes with a mini-competition where you can show off your new-found skills. Get tickets
We all know Soho is changing - and fast. But does the Soho of decades past - fiercely independent, occasionally seedy, always flamboyant - still exist? Antony Robbins claims it does - if you know where to look. A former director at the Museum of London, Robbins now leads walking tours of Soho, delving into the area's past and present. His Sex, Death and Shopping tour covers scandals of yesteryear through to present-day erotica - taking in hidden gardens, sinister histories, and little-known facts of famous places. A bit sinister. A bit salacious. And exceedingly well-tailored. It's a tour to have you falling in love - or lust - with this part of London all over again. Get tickets