What’s On this week

David Bowie Walking Tour

Celebrate the Brixton-born superstar by exploring the Starman’s life from birth to stardom.

Starts in Brixton, with his roots and his family history, the house he was born, his first primary school and Jimmy C’s famous David Bowie mural. Then to Soho where he made his classic albums, and the inspiration for Ziggy Stardust – visit the studio where Bowie recorded some of his most famous songs, to Tin Pan Ally once trodden by Bowie and friend Marc Bolan and stand in the spot where David posed for the cover of ‘Ziggy Stardust’. Saturday 10.30am, £37.27


Comedy at The Signal, Forest Hill

January 11
An evening of stand-up comedy.
Headlined by the award-winning Carl Donnelly, featuring Jeff Innocent, Jake Farrell and Peter Flanagen (from 8pm for £5). Look out for Signal Screenings too, Forest Hill’s brand-new independent cinema every Wednesday at 7pm, with Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas on 23 January and more (£3 entry including popcorn or £10 with popcorn and a burger).

7 Devonshire Road, Forest Hill SE23 3HE

Open Mic

Poets, singers, dancers, rappers and actors age 11-17 get up on stage to practice their performances, and they need your support. Brixton Youth Open Mic for young people to hone their skills.

Ritzy (Brixton), Saturday, free entry, just turn up, 1pm-3pm.

Mozart Requiem

Enjoy a free concert of Mozart’s Requiem, performed by voluntary amateur musicians and singers.

St John’s Church (Waterloo), Saturday, free, just turn up, 5.30pm-7.30pm

Mamahood Winter Pop-up, East Dulwich

Until mid-February.
A showcase of 80 mother makers and creative small businesses run by mums all under one roof. Jewellery by Dotty Cuckoo, clothes by Little Knittle, art by Red Face Prints and more. Open from Monday to Saturday from 9.30am-5.30pm and 11pm-4pm on Sunday.

7 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich SE22 8EW

Poetry Prize

The lowdown on The T.S. Eliot Prize shortlist from poetry critic Jeremy Noel-Tod.

Southbank Centre, Sunday, £10, book ahead, 2pm

Robinson Crusoe at Greenwich Theatre

Until January 13
Andrew Pollard returns to write and directs an action-packed adventure with pirates, romance, exotic creatures and songs-a-plenty as Robinson Crusoe takes to the seas to find lost gold and battles a wicked Pirate Queen on the way. Tickets £29, concs £20, kids £15.

Crooms Hill, Greenwich SE10 8ES

Tate Late

Tate Modern stays open late for hip hop karaoke in the Terrace Bar. Try to match the rhymes of your favourite rapper in front of the crowd.

Tate Modern (Bankside), Saturday, £10, book ahead, 7pm-11pm


by Daniel Kitson at Battersea Arts Centre

January 8-13
KEEP. by Daniel Kitson is a new show about how much past the present can contain and how it’s impossible to know where looking back will lead, regret and staring again. KEEP. is about the things in Daniel Kitson’s house, and the stuff in his head. Tickets £12. Performances at 7.30pm (2.30pm Sunday matinees).

Lavender Hill, Battersea SW11 5TN

Ballroom Get Down

It’s a marathon not a sprint at Royal Festival Hall’s Clore Ballroom with funk, soul and hip-hop DJs, and the all-styles dance battle at the end of the evening.

Royal Festival Hall’s Clore Ballroom, Belvedere Road, South Bank, Friday and Saturday 7pm, Free.

Aspects of Love at Southwark Playhouse

January 7-February 9
Running for a limited season from 7 January until 9 February. Directed by Jonathan O’Boyle (Rain Man, Hair and Pippin) this new production will mark 30 years since the original production first opened, in 1989. With music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Don Black and Charles Hart and based on the novel by David Garnett, the musical is set in France in 1947 and features Love Changes Everything, Seeing Is Believing and First Man You Remember.

77-85 Newington Causeway, Elephant & Castle SE1 6BD


Wassailing is an ancient tradition which involves singing to apple trees for a good harvest. Join the local community to celebrate the new year, with live music, Morris Men, choirs, local cider, and blessing of the trees in the orchard. East Greenwich Pleasaunce (Westcombe Park), Sunday, free, just turn up, 1pm-3pm.

Also take part in a mass-pruning session with The Friends of Agnes Riley Gardens and The Orchard Project, who’ll be dishing out tips on how to cut their apple and pear trees. Then warm up after at a traditional Wassail with live music from the Balham Ukelele Society, singing, a fire and mulled cider and apple juice. Wrap up warm, now.

Atkins Road, Clapham Park 2pm. Free.

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