What we’re reading
- Displaced Bethnal Green coffee vendor reaches fundraising target.
- Putting Crossrail back on track.
- Pollution on parts of the tube is worse than on the roads.
- Is Topshop on Oxford Circus ‘turning into a bar’?
Things to do
LONDON BLUES WEEK: Put on your red shoes and dance the blues. It’s London Blues Week, which brings performers including blues guitar prodigy Chantel McGregor, American blues singer-songwriter Sugaray Rayford and three time Blues Music Award nominee Sharrie Williams to the stage for special shows. 100 Club (Oxford Street), various prices, book ahead, 14-19 January
NEW EXHIBITION: Work by photographer Lucy Clive goes on display for one week only. Her photos capture snapshots of London life and show the beauty in every day moments that we normally miss. 50 Golborne Gallery (Westbourne Park), free, just turn up, 14-19 January
LAST CHANCE: You’re running out of time to see the work of London’s two strongest Impressionist collections side by side — while Courtauld Gallery is closed, some of its items are on show at The National Gallery. Works by Manet, Degas, Seurat, Gauguin and Cezanne all make appearances — read our review of the exhibition. National Gallery (Trafalgar Square), £7.50, book ahead, until 20 January
SHORT FILMS: Today’s picks from London Short Film Festival include three films which celebrate the Gothic genre is all its glory, a film that’ll make you realise your bad day isn’t so bad after all, and a laid-back screening for audiences on the autism spectrum. Full programme available here. Various locations and prices, book ahead, until 20 January
JEREMY BENTHAM: Not content with its famous Jeremy Bentham auto-icon, UCL has added another item to its collection; a 3D portrait of the philosopher’s head, designed so it feels like his eyes are following you around the room. Nothing weird about that, then. UCL, free, just turn up, 14 January-7 February
CHAPEL SINGERS: Give your vocal chords a work out with Union Chapel Singers. The community choir meets most weeks and sings a variety of music including pop, folk and classical. New to the whole singing thing? Don’t worry — there are no auditions, and you don’t event need to be able to read sheet music. Union Chapel (Islington), £6, just turn up, 7.30pm
PHOTOGRAPHS: Every month, London Metropolitan Archives focuses on a different art form. For January it’s photography, beginning with this event, which looks at photos in different documents from the archive’s collection. London Metropolitan Archives (Clerkenwell), free, just turn up, 2pm-3pm
POP FIT: The first of POPfit’s series of fitness events at 100 Wardour Street takes place tonight. It’s aimed at people of all fitness levels, and ditches equipment in favour of listening to natural movements of the body, combining cardio, stretching and strengthening. Ticket includes a goodie bag. 100 Wardour Street (Soho), £15, book ahead, 6.30pm
BOARD GAMES: Ditch Monopoly and Scrabble for lesser-known board games at this drop-in session led by screenwriter and board games fan Charlie Fish. Anyone for Carcassonne? Ritzy (Brixton), free, just turn up, 6.30pm
Good cause of the day
Plant-based restaurant By Chloe offers a vegan full English breakfast for January only, and for every one ordered, 50p is donated to the Veganuary charity. Read our review of the Full Brekkie, and get yourself down to the Covent Garden or Tower Bridge branches before the end of January.