What we’re reading
- Plan to sell part of London Underground fleet branded ‘quite mad’.
- Inside London's only college for young people with autism.
- Kensington Roof Gardens to close after more than 35 years.
Things to do
NEW LONDON MODEL TALKS: Head along to this lunchtime talk to get the lowdown on the latest developments and architectural achievements shooting up in London. It's also an opportunity to check out New London Architecture's very cool interactive model of central London. New London Architecture, free, just turn up, 12.30pm-1pm, (every Friday until December 2018)
BEER ADVENTURES: Screw dry January, download the Beer Adventures App and make your way around east London's brewpubs, a great bottleshop and some lovely little boozers serving the very best in modern craft beer. Various venues, £3.99, book ahead, 2pm-6pm
CRIME SCENE LIVE: Live out all your CSI career dreams in the stunning surrounds of the Natural History Museum, where a pricey stone has been stolen and a killer is on the run. After a welcome drink, you must play detective to bring the criminal to justice. Natural History Museum, £60, book ahead, 6.30pm-10.30pm
SUPERHEROES AND THE LOST FAIRYTALE: Platinum Performing Arts' annual urban pantomime sees Batman and his superhero mates battle the dark forces to save the lost fairytales. Oh yes you will! Laughter guaranteed. Millfield Theatre, £12, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm, until 21 January
POETRY: Poets Julia Bird and Mike Sims are inviting you to toast the last of the twelve days of Christmas with seasonal tipples, Georgian games, readings of Keats's poems and letters and a Twelfth Night cake if you get peckish. Keats House, £10, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
RURAL SYRIA: The lovely Good Hope Cafe brings the rural delicacies of Syria to south London every Friday. The four-course feast includes flame-grilled aubergine and an endless supply of hummus to start. Check out the mouthwatering menu here. £14.92-£29.27, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
A NIGHT AT THE OPERA: Settle in for a night of classical opera from St Martin's soloists, who will be performing well-loved arias by Mozart, Puccini and Bizet. St Martin-in-the-fields, various prices, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm
FLOATING COMEDY CLUB: Let The Boat Show Comedy Club liven up this bleak January, then boogie your blues away at Popworld Nightclub on-board the Tattershall Castle. Bottoms up. R.S. Hispaniola/Tattershall Castle (Victoria Embankment), £11-£16.50, book ahead, 8pm-11pm
BOWIE'S BIRTHDAY PARTY: Don't forget to request your favourite Bowie tunes on the Facebook event wall before rocking up to this party in celebration of the legendary late singer. Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, £5-£7, book ahead, 9pm-3am
PIRATE RADIO PARTY: This late night jam takes punters back to a time when stations such as Rinse FM were at risk of closure from both the police and rival stations. Camden Assembly, £5-£15+bf, book ahead, 10.30pm-3am
Good cause of the day: Charity concert for Grenfell Tower Fire Aid
Treat your ears to the sounds of the Knightsbridge Philharmonic Orchestra, who are performing at this charity gala to raise funds for those affected by the Grenfell Tower tragedy. The event is free but donations are very much appreciated. The money will be donated via the British Red Cross. St Stephen's Church, donation, just turn up, 6pm-8.30pm
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