Things to do today is sponsored by the Museum of London.
What we’re reading
- Oh dear. London set to drop from third to sixth place in list of world's most popular tourist destinations.
- Abba-themed restaurant gets green light despite complaints from residents.
- Banning bikes from Oxford Street is a disaster for London cycling.
- Have your say on proposals for a new river crossing between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf.
Things to do
SMALL PUBLISHERS FAIR: Flick through work by exciting new authors, pick up gifts for literary-minded friends and settle in for readings and talks at this fair, championing the small presses and indie publishers. Conway Hall (Holborn), free entry, just turn up, 11am-7pm, until 11 November
CITIZEN FESTIVAL: Forget Mills & Boon, this new literature festival is all about tackling the big themes: nationality, identity and belonging. Hear author chat from Lionel Shriver, Ben Okri and more. The University of Liverpool (London Campus), various prices, book ahead, until 11 November
MADE IN PRAGUE: The 21st edition of this film festival celebrates cutting edge filmmakers from Prague, organised by the Czech Centre London. Regent Street Cinema, £12/£11, book ahead, 10-12 November
Learn to code like a pro at this free family festival
Head to the Museum of London this weekend for a free festival exploring all things technology. Celebrate your City has hands-on workshops and activities for all ages, to get the whole family’s cogs whirring.
Learn how to code with festival partners Raspberry Pi or unscramble hidden messages in a family adventure game — you'll have to do some serious team work to free the illustrious inventor. Maybe you’d like to sit down and enjoy a storytelling session on the history of communication; delve back in time and explore the development from printing press to today’s digitally-centred world. Help build a giant renewable factory using recycled materials, or use GPS technology to track your footsteps around the museum.
Most activities are drop in, and all are free. Take a look at what’s on and get your tech head on.
HANDMADE IN BRITAIN: Looking for Christmas gifts or something a little more selfish? Stock up on one-off items from highly skilled designers at this Chelsea craft fair. Chelsea Old Town Hall, various prices, book ahead, 10-12 November
URBAN PHOTO FEST: For some, the city is just a functional space we move through, but there are artists, photographers and researchers who see it as their lifeblood. Join them at the Urban Photo Village for workshops, exhibitions and events meditating on the theme Cartographies. Various venues, free, book ahead, until 15 November
CHRISTMAS MARKET: Browse Christmas gifts, pop into Santa's Grotto and stick around for comedy, cabaret and burlesque performances popping up from now through until the new year at Christmas in Leicester Square. Until 6 January
GARDEN MUSEUM LATE: It might be autumn but you can still fill your head with beautiful blossoms at this little oasis of a museum after hours. Pop into the cafe for seasonal dishes if you're peckish. The Garden Museum (Lambeth), £10, book ahead, 10.30am-9pm
FUNNY WOMEN AWARDS: End your week in fits of giggles as comedians compete for your laughs tonight at the Funny Women Awards. Hoxton Hall, £12, book ahead, 7.30pm
HIDDEN JAZZ CLUB: Fed up with formal jazz nights where no-one mingles? The Hidden Jazz Club brings starstruck, slightly tipsy audiences and talented musicians together to hang out in between sets. Crate Brewery, £15, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm
LIVING DEAD: A fun club night playing a blend of music from the legends we have lost and bands who lost their record labels to those, who have well...lost their way. Bloomsbury Bowl, £5, book ahead, 9pm-3am
Good cause of the day: Dia de los Muertos Women for Rwanda supper club on 11 November
Sup on home-made, South American sharing dishes, enjoy a home-made piñata, and end your evening with a late-night boogie at this supper club raising money for a community of Rwandan women. Shoreditch, £30, book ahead, 7pm-10pm, 11 November
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Fancy some Dim Sum fun? From making and rolling the dough to preparing the fillings and forming the parcels, William will show you everything you need to know to become a Dim Sum pro. William will also teach you the etiquette of Dim Sum - learn what to order and how to order, in Cantonese! Get tickets
Could you spent hours on end satiating your morbid curiosity by researching serial killers? Hey, you're not alone. Insight into the criminal psyche is a fascinating topic and one covered in this talk by retired police officer, Paul Harrison. You'll encounter the stories of three of the UK's worst serial killers, from their childhoods to their crimes. With over four decades of experience in the Criminal Justice system, join Paul to work through the facts, uncover the details, and get inside the heads of these killers to discover what truly motivates a murderer. Get tickets
Ever fancied yourself as Robin Hood? Join the 2020 archery team in London Bridge and discover how to shoot. The 1.5 hour 'get started in archery' class will teach you how to shoot (relatively) accurately as well as the scoring system and key archery terminology. The session finishes with a mini-competition where you can show off your new-found skills. Get tickets
We all know Soho is changing - and fast. But does the Soho of decades past - fiercely independent, occasionally seedy, always flamboyant - still exist? Antony Robbins claims it does - if you know where to look. A former director at the Museum of London, Robbins now leads walking tours of Soho, delving into the area's past and present. His Sex, Death and Shopping tour covers scandals of yesteryear through to present-day erotica - taking in hidden gardens, sinister histories, and little-known facts of famous places. A bit sinister. A bit salacious. And exceedingly well-tailored. It's a tour to have you falling in love - or lust - with this part of London all over again. Get tickets