What we're reading
- Tom Cruise has been hanging out at the Tate Modern for his latest film.
- This lettering reflects the personality of each individual tube line.
- Guide dog camera captures angry commuter confronting a blind man on the tube.
- This guy has created a massive mural in Hackney — watch how he did it.
Things to do
BOOKS AND BIRDS: Join award-winning children's author Duncan Beedie for story-time as he reads his book The Last Chip and takes kids aged 3+ on an adventure to see if Percy the Pigeon can find some much needed grub. Discover Story Centre (Stratford). Free, book ahead, 11am
PANCAKES AT THE POET: Spitalfields' Water Poet pub is going all out for Shrove Tuesday. Get your chops around pancakes filled with sausages and caramelised onions, followed by ones filled with rhubarb and custard. Various prices, booking a table recommended, midday-9.30pm
KILLER CARNIVORES: Get the kids down to the Grant Museum of Zoology this half term to get up close to skulls and learn about how meat-eating animals catch their prey. Grant Museum (UCL), free, just turn up, 1.30pm-4.30pm
SHOULD WE VOTE ONLINE?: While it could be a more convenient way to have our say, could voting online be dangerous for democracy? Listen to the debate at the Museum of London. Free, just turn up, 6pm
TECH TODAY: How does technology play a role in art and culture? From how we consume media to the development of art, and even covering the post-truth landscape, listen to former WikiLeaks staffer discuss these timely topics. Somerset House, pay what you can, book in advance, 6.45pm-8.30pm
BLEEDING HEART WALK: For a less rose-tinted Valentine's celebration, go on this horror-filled tour where you'll hear urban legends, gruesome tales, and the secrets of the Bleeding Heart Yard and Crossbones Graveyard. £7.70, book ahead, 7pm
GALENTINE'S QUIZ: To mark 100 years of women getting the vote, celebrate girl power, and acknowledge the fact that Valentine's Day is creeping up, east end pub The Star of Bethnal Green is running a Galentine's Pub Quiz — men and women invited. Bethnal Green, free (charity collection taking place), just turn up, 8pm
PUTNEY PERFORMANCE: Richard Digance is a BAFTA winning entertainer who is a pro at everything from poetry to stories, comedy and music. Head south to hear the man who's supported the likes of Steve Martin, playing live. Half Moon (Putney), £13.20, book in advance, 8pm
CUPID MEETS COMEDY: Listen to comics whisper sweet nothings down the mic — Angel Comedy Club's Valentine's comedy special is all for a good cause, with profits going to a charity supporting young girls in poverty-stricken areas of Malaysia. The Bill Murray (Angel), £5, book in advance, 9.15pm-11pm
Good cause of the day
Make your pancake day one that gives back — when you buy a pancake at Covent Garden's Crème de la Crepe, you'll be helping to raise money for the Together Network, which aims to tackle food poverty. Dig into lemon and sugar topped pancakes that give back to the community. Crème de la Crepe (Covent Garden), just turn up, all day
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books... 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
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
Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you'll be standing up and paddling solo, and there's plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required. Get tickets