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...
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