What we’re reading
- The beautiful London floors with more Instagram followers than you.
- Tour bus used by Status Quo is a success as LGBT+ homeless shelter.
- London boroughs in GIFs – a thread.
- The London Milkman: the story behind a famous photo of the London Blitz.
- Since the scaffold has gone up on Big Ben, these tourist portraits aren't really the same.
Things to do
FBA FUTURES: Art school isn't all house parties and lie-ins you know. Find out what the art degree graduates of 2017 have been up to in this exhibition of their work. The Mall Galleries, free, just turn up, 9-20 January
MITTS AND MULLED WINE: Warm your cockles around a mulled wine while you decorate a pair of much-needed gloves. Drink, Shop & Do, free with a mulled wine/cider, just turn up, from 6pm
BITCOIN AND BLOCK CHAIN: Unless you're living in a cave, you've probably heard about cryptocurrencies or know someone obsessively checking their Bitcoin, even if it leaves you baffled. Find out what it is, how it works and how it has the potential to change everything at this free talk. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm
NIRVANA TASTING SESSION: A week into Dry January, you're probably craving the crisp, cold taste of an ice cold beer. Well, you don't have to cheat to get your beer fix with the help of Nirvana's o% and low alcohol brews. At this tasting session, there'll be vegan cheese pairings — ideal if you're doing Veganuary too. Strongroom Bar (Shoreditch), £11.39 - £16.79, book ahead, 6.30pm
CONTROL: Watch the brooding, black and white biopic of Joy Division, which traces the life and eventual suicide of singer Ian Curtis. Moth Club (Hackney), £5, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
NORDIC NIGHTS: Free cinema is exactly what the doctor ordered on a cold, skint Tuesday in January. Let The Right One In is the first film being screened as part of Nordic Nights, a weekly free screening of contemporary Scandinavian horror flicks. Genesis Cinema, free, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
CABARET CAPERY: Fresh from a run of shows at Live at Zédel, cabaret clown Andrew Pepper is propping up Wilton's cocktail bar with this intimate show of entertaining tunes. Wilton's, £12/£10, book ahead, 7.30pm (9-11 January)
CAKE COMEDY: Make the launch of this comedy/sketch night a good one. And if you're early, you can always browse the vintage garments on display on your way up. There are six acts on the lineup tonight including sketch trio Sheeps! and MC Jack Barry. Dress Paper Vintage (Hackney), £6, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm
HERETIC VOICES: See three captivating monologue performances, which have been whittled down from 1,136 submissions. 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
Good cause of the day: Practice your Zumba moves and raise money for charity
Zumba is a great way to add some rhythm and fun to your fitness regime. And if you attend this dance class, you'll be raising funds for the British Heart Foundation. CJ Zumba @ Academy Mews (Camden), £5 donation, book ahead, 6pm-7pm
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
Whether you’re a pre-grated cheddar sprinkler or mimolette fan, this cheesy walking tour will delight your senses. Starting off at a cheese counter in Mayfair that has been serving for more than 300 years, you'll tour the city's best dairy delights - including Fortnum & Mason, where the royals get their fix. 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
At night, the City of London is at its creepiest... discover the area's most haunted locations with paranormal writer Richard Jones, London's longest established ghost walk guide - he's been at it since 1982! You'll visit hidden passages, ancient burial grounds, haunted alleyways and ghostly passageways - all places where people have been known to capture ghostly images on their cameras. Get tickets