What we’re reading
- Tram drivers to strike over installation of infra-red beams to check they are are awake.
- This is what it's like to be a young chef in London.
- Could building homes over London's open railways solve the capital's housing shortage?
- Six things learnt at cycling's Six Day London.
Things to do
RARE BOOK FAIR: Looking for first editions, unusual maps or manuscripts from around the world? Browse all this and more at the Chelsea Book Fair. Chelsea Town Hall, £10, book ahead, until 4 November
VEGAN PIZZA: West London's vegan pizza crew Pickywops head to Camberwell, popping up at Spike + Earl. Vegan pizza and boozy cocktails, means good times. Spike + Earl, just turn up until 4 November
MUSEUM OF DRUG POLICY: This pop-up is the go-to place for free drugs advice and open discussion about drugs policies around the world. Plus, see archival material, hard-hitting photos and more from this project which first launched in New York last year. 47-49 Tanner Street, free, just turn up, until 5 November
WORLD PRESS PHOTOS: This annual exhibition always manages to leave us in awe at both the scene being photographed and the lucky sod that managed to be at the exact right moment at the exact right time to capture it. Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, free, Just turn up, until 20 November
MUSEUM OF WITCHCRAFT: It's witching season at The Viktor Wynd Museum, which is full of bewitching objects such as charms from a black magicians altar and haunting photos of haunted objects. The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, free, book ahead, until 28 February
FIREWORKS & STUNT SHOW: Expect funfair rides, two stunning fireworks displays and if you see a man leaping from a 60ft tower in flames, don't panic, it's the stunt act. Wandle Park, Croydon, £5, book ahead, 5pm
FIRST FRIDAYS: A chance to check out Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? after hours or unwind in the bar or reading room. Wellcome Collection, free, just turn up, 6pm-10pm
PUPPET THEATRE: A fairytale poem dreamt up by poet Wendy Cope and acted out by puppets on a magical barge floating on Little Venice. Puppet Theatre Barge, £12, book ahead, 7.30pm
10TH BIRTHDAY: Get your glad rags on and make your way to Paper Dress Vintage for a fabulous night of go-go dancing, a 12-piece brass band, plus free shots on arrival and birthday cake. £6, book ahead, 7.45pm-3am, until 4 November
COMEDY: Joe Bor, a regular on the comedy club circuit hosts this night of laughs featuring absurdist comic Ben Target, Aussi experimentalist Sarah Bennetto and hilarious stand-up from Tania Edwards. Chickenshed Theatre, £10, book ahead, 8pm
BANG SAID THE GUN: Get ready to shake makeshift maracas, stamp your feet and generally cause a din at London's most raucous poetry night. Sharing their words with you tonight are Gwyneth Herbert and Elvis McGonagall. Soho Theatre, £15, book ahead, 11.30pm
Good cause of the day: supper club fundraiser
Enjoy a three-course veggie meal made from ingredients that would otherwise have ended up in the bin, plus a welcome drink and a glass of wine at this supper club, which is raising money for food waste warriors Food Cycle Lewisham. Archibald's Catford, £27.14, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.
Nothing says Christmas like a special screening of everyone’s favourite love story: Love Actually. The film will be accompanied by a fun and fascinating talk about the psychology of love from evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin, giving you a great insight into why some of us are luckier in love than others. And as an extra special festive treat, every ticket includes a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and a very festively decorated venue. Get tickets
Have you heard of Bitcoin and Ethereum? Perhaps because it's been in the news a lot recently due to spectacular price rises. But what exactly is Bitcoin? How is Ethereum different? Is it too late to get involved, or is this just the beginning? In this talk, Owen Barnes will cover the essentials of cryptocurrencies, assuming you have no prior technical knowledge. By the end you should have the tools and confidence you need to participate in the biggest technological shift since the creation of the Internet. Get tickets
Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets
Are we all a bit more polyamorous than we admit? Our diverse definitions of infidelity are brought under spotlight by comedian, writer and broadcaster, Rosie Wilby, as she presents some of the surprising results of a survey she conducted as research for her book, ‘Is Monogamy Dead?’. Perhaps the wide variety of connections we experience deserve more language, like a ‘love affair friendship’? Get tickets