Things to do
LONDON BOOKSHOP CRAWL: Londoners are encouraged to get out and explore their local independent book store on the London Bookshop Crawl. Freebies and discounts are on offer in the stores, and it’s a chance to meet fellow book lovers. Various locations, register to redeem perks and discounts, 8-10 February
BEER FEST: Head out to Stoke Newington for two days of supping drinks produced by small, independent beer and cider makers at Stokey Beer Fest. Your ticket includes a third of beer from each of the 12 producers. Seven Sisters Brewery, £15-£25, book ahead, 8-9 February
MUNDO LATINX: Film, photography, illustration, textile and fashion design are all used to raise questions around the topic of representation and identity in new exhibition Mundo Latinx. All work is by contemporary artists, and shows some of the realities faced within Latin America and the Latinx diaspora. Fashion Space Gallery (Oxford Street), free, just turn up, 8 February-4 May
BEDROOMS OF LONDON: Photographs of the bedrooms of London children are on display at the Foundling Museum from today — specifically, the living spaces of London’s most disadvantaged children. Bedrooms of London highlights the damaging consequences of living in such conditions. Foundling Museum (Bloomsbury), included in admission (£10/£7.50), just turn up, 8 February-5 May
SWINGING LONDON: Mary Quant and Terence Conran are the main subjects of this new exhibition about 1950s and 1960s London, although fellow members of their Chelsea set get a look in as well. Fashion, textiles, furniture, lighting and homewares are all used to tell the story of creative output throughout this period. Fashion & Textile Museum (Bermondsey), £9.90/£8.80/£7, book ahead, 8 February-2 June
NELSON MANDELA: More than five years after his death, the story of political prisoner turned South African leader Nelson Mandela is told. Video clips, photographs, letters and other objects about Mandela’s life go on display in this new exhibition. Leake Street Gallery (Waterloo), £12-£27, book ahead, 8 February-3 June
ARMY HORSES: During the first world war, there was unprecedented demand for horses in the army, particularly as tactical shortcomings during the Boer War had been identified and rectified. In this talk, find out how the demand was met and how the horses were cared for. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book ahead, 11.30am
FRIDAY LATES: The magnificent Strawberry Hill House stays open late for a chance to explore the current Lost Treasures exhibition. During the event, research experts lead pop-up masterclasses about some of the objects in the exhibition, which belonged to original owner Horace Walpole but were sold off after his death. Strawberry Hill House (Twickenham), £16, book ahead, 6pm-9pm
TIM WATERSTONE: The founder of the bookstore chain recalls the childhood experiences that led him to open his first bookshop in 1982. He also talks about other factors that helped the chain’s success. British Library, £12/£10, book ahead, 7pm-8.15pm
MINNIE LANSBURY: Janine Booth, author of a new biography about Minnie Lansbury, tells the story of the young woman, a leading suffragette and an alderman on the first Labour-led council in the Metropolitan Borough of Poplar who died at the age of 33. UCL Institute of Education(Bloomsbury), free, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
LONDON STORIES: Celebrate the launch of London Transport Museum’s new exhibition London Stories at a late night opening. London Stories features entries from the Poster Prize for Illustration, the theme for which was tales about London. Tonight, hear talks about London architecture and steamy romance, tour the exhibition with one of the judges, visit a temporary tattoo parlour, and more. London Transport Museum (Covent Garden), £15/£12, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
HEARTBREAK HOTEL: The Heartbreak Hotel opens its doors in Shoreditch, launching a 7-day festival that explores heartbreak. Tonight’s launch party is on the theme of break-ups, with burlesque, spoken word, drag, comedy and musical performances all on that theme. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), £10, book ahead, 7.30pm
PATRICK MONAHAN: Comedian Patrick Monahan Dugdale performs his new stand-up show, #Goals — something we all have in life, with some of us more successful at achieving them than others. Centre (Enfield), £14, book ahead, 7.45pm
Good cause of the day
A new exhibition of Scottish wildlife photography opens today, with a talk by photographer Lynn Stout and a presentation about Wildlife Trusts. All profits from the event go to the Scottish Wildlife Trust — find out more and book.
What we’re reading
- The pound is worth almost 20% more in the north than in London.
- A Margaret Thatcher statue rejected by London will be erected in her home town of Grantham.
- In search of the lost palace of Wanstead Park.
- Footballer Billy Bonds will be honoured with a stand named after him at the London Stadium.