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Monday morning mystery
Ever wondered why there are red pillars next to Blackfriars Bridge? If you hadn't before, you are now. Start your week with a nice bit of transport trivia.
Things to do
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ART SOCIAL 15:
House of St Barnabas's week-long festival starts today, bringing art, film, music and more into the charity's Grade I-listed Georgian house, and spilling out into Soho Square. Free, prebook, 10am
East meets West at Regents Hall on Oxford Street until Wednesday with Travelista's fair of fashion, crafts and culture. There'll be designer pieces from Sri Lankan social entrepreneurs among others, the opportunity to do block printing or bindi art and Indo-British Garba and Bhangra music. Free, just turn up, 11am
OYSTERS AND PROSECCO:
Have a luxurious Monday at Mayfair's Cartizze with five Colchester oysters with balsamic pearls, tarragon and lemon, plus two glasses of Prosecco. Until 14 October. £25, prebook, 6pm
Regent Street Cinema's screening of Cartel Land takes us from Marylebone to Mexico, following drugs cartels and vigilante groups on both sides of the border. £11, prebook, 6.30pm or 8.40pm
Meet guide Richard at Green Park to find out about the extreme pleasures of Wellington's London, the gambling and degeneracy of high society Londoners at the time of the Battle of Waterloo 200 years ago. £9/£7, just turn up, 6.30pm
Hear from senior V&A curator Heike Zech at this Society of Antiquaries talk on Venetian mosaics in Victorian London and where to find them. £18, prebook, 6.45pm
Try out silk screen printing with designer Zeena Shah at Drink, Shop, Do in King's Cross and walk away with a hand-designed tea towel and tote bag. £17, prebook, 7pm
Listen to the Fauré's beautiful setting of Verlaine's poetry sung by graduates of the Royal Academy of Music at King's Place in King's Cross. £14.50, prebook, 7pm
Dr Fiona Haughey shares the secrets of the Thames foreshore as part of Lambeth Heritage Festival, a story that stretches back to the prehistoric period. Durning Library, £2 suggested donation, just turn up, 7.15pm
Plastic People brings the glories of 80s gross-out horror flick The Fly to Hackney's Oval Space terrace. Particularly unmissable for Jeff Goldblum fans. Free cocktail. £12, prebook, 8pm
Catch Leeds-based retro-rockers Fizzy Blood on stage at Surya in King's Cross, a fusion of Queens of the Stone Age desert blues and Pulled Apart by Horses punk rock'n'roll. £6, prebook, 8pm
Good cause of the day
Catch the last day of the exhibition and workshop-filled Art in Crisis at Spitalfields Market. Crisis runs a range of art classes at its eight centres across the UK, helping people build social skills and regather the confidence to move on to education and training. Last year, the charity helped 550 homeless people into secure employment. Pop in to support their work with the homeless.
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