What we’re reading
- Enter your postcode to see what the air quality is like where you are living in Britain.
- The Bull and Mouth: A lost London coaching inn.
- “What is legacy? Can it even be measured?” On the failings of London’s Olympic Stadium.
- So long, Arthur of Arthur’s Cafe.
- London's best pizzeria is finally coming to zone 1.
Things to do
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, £12-£16, book ahead, 12-14 January
HISTORY OF VIDEO GAMES: Step back in time into a 1980s arcade, complete with retro games, such as Pacman, Donkey Kong and Space Invaders, and an exhibition documenting video game culture. The Subculture Archives (Carnaby), various prices, noon-9pm, until 11 February
FRIDAY TONIC: Got time to kill before dinner? Listen to soul-shaking horn-fuelled tunes with West African roots from Sheila Maurice-Grey, bandleader of Afrobeat band Kokoroko. Royal Festival Hall, free, just turn up, 5.30pm
WEIRD TALES: Since 1966, the Gothique Film Society has been screening double bills of ‘gothique’ films for horror enthusiasts. Tonight you can see the cheery-sounding The House with the Laughing Windows and the ominous Pillow of Death. Conway Hall, £7-£19.50, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm
WOMB 2: A new night aiming the spotlight at kickass female DJs shaking up London's arts and music scenes. Expect DJs spinning tunes into the small hours, artists creating live work and a Q&A with successful women in the music industry. That's three awesome sets for the price of none, as it's free too. Number 90 Bar & Kitchen (Hackney Wick), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-1am
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
THE ALBANY RELAUNCH: To celebrate the relaunch of one of London's longest-running comedy venues, there will be a live band, DJs and four of the best stand-ups in the business. Sack off dry January and enjoy that free glass of bubbly on your way in. The Albany (Great Portland Street), £5, book ahead, 7.30pm-2am
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
GARAGELAND: Calling all outlaws, outcasts and self-confessed outsiders. Get yourself down to the Lock Tavern for a night of punk rock, garage, rock 'n' roll and raucous, pint-sized fun. The Lock Tavern (Camden), free entry (donations encouraged), just turn up, 8pm-1am
Good cause of the day: Watch Embrace - the documentary promoting positive body image
From beach-body ready ads to airbrushed bodies in glossy magazines, the objectification and sexualisation of women is something Taryn Brumfitt wanted to unpack in this documentary about body loathing. The first 50 tickets sold will cover the costs of the screening; beyond that, Insight Therapeutic Development will donate a minimum of £5 per ticket sold to girlsoutloud.org.uk and maytree.org.uk. You'll leave with a different perspective on your body and a feel-good buzz from donating to charity. Phoenix Cinema, £15, book ahead, 10am
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
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
How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets
The London Undergound is over 150 years old, and it's seen a thing or two in its time. Are you brave enough to face the ghosts of the Underground? Travel through the home of the Bank's Black Nun, learn about the elderly angel who saved a tube worker from death, and come to face to face with Farringdon's screaming spectre. Bring your oyster card and discover the hidden secrets of the Underground. You'll need to have an Oyster card or travelcard for this event. Get tickets
Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets