What we're reading
- Why Brexit hasn't deterred Chinese investors from pouring billions into the London skyline.
- London is no longer the most expensive place in the country to buy beer — cheers to that!
- Anti-Trident protestors are up in arms as the world's largest arms fair arrives at ExCel.
- The London 2012 team insists that their bid for the Olympics was clean.
Things to do
CITY LIT: Why not try a range of taster courses and workshops that are available at City Lit? They're hosting two open days so you can try before you buy. Chose from acting, maths, pilates, Swedish, photography, art history and much more. City Lit (Covent Garden), free entry but £10 per class, book ahead, 10.30am-9.30pm, repeated tomorrow
CHINESE FOOD FEST: Upgrade from your weekly Chinese takeaway to this food festival on the banks of the Thames. There's more than just mouthwatering nosh too — artesian products, pop-up bars and live music join the line up. Potters Field Park (London Bridge), free entry, just turn up, noon-10pm, until Sunday
WALKING TOUR: This is the second part of a walking tour about Nell Gwynn, the mistress of King Charles II. Don't worry if you missed the first part though — these walks can be enjoyed together, or standalone. Holborn station kiosk (Kingsway), free, just turn up, 1pm
CRAFT ACADEMY: To celebrate the launch of Craft Academy's first brewing course, there's a launch party featuring live music, DJ sets, and BBQ. Florence Pub, free, just turn up, 4pm-10pm
ARACHNE GARDEN PARTY: Bring along a picnic blanket, sit back and enjoy a plethora of poems and stories brought to you by Arachne Press. There's also live music and refreshments for a small donation. Manor House Library, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm
FRIDAY NIGHT SKATE: Got energy to burn? Get your skates on for the London Friday Night Skate, a free, group skate — everyone's welcome, as long as they've mastered the basics of skating. It starts at Hyde Park Corner, with specific route information published mid-week. A word of warning — if the weather's iffy, check before you go, as it's sometimes cancelled. Free, just turn up, 8pm
ROGUE ONE: The Charlton and Woolwich film festival kicks off with a showing of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Not a sci-fi fan? Why not check out the line-up for the rest of the festival. Building 10 (Woolwich), free, just turn up, 8pm
NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD: Music was so much better when [insert artist] was around. As the UK's only club night paying homage to late artists, bands who have split and one hit wonders — this is your perfect chance to relive those musical memories. Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, £7, book ahead, 9pm-3am
BEACH PARTY: Pretend you're in the 'Miami of the Middle East' for a night, as the vibrant Tel Aviv comes to London for a glitzy party. It's cheaper and more convenient than hopping on a plane, right? Coronet London (Southwark), £16.50-£37.80, book ahead, 11pm-6am
Art review: Beckenham beckons
How do we bounce back from adversity? How do artists bounce back? This gallery celebrates its 20th anniversary with a group show containing work by Grayson Perry and an in situ work by our favourite commuter artist, Liz Atkin. Plus it’s a chance to visit the fantastic Museum of the Mind in the same building. It’s how well you bounce at Bethlem Gallery, Bethlem Royal Hospital, BR3 3BX.Until 28 October, free. ★★★☆☆ (Wednesday-Friday & first and last Saturday of the month)
Food review: a must do for brunch fanatics
Bottomless brunches are now all the rage in central London, but sometimes it’s nice to get back to our brunching roots with some solid breakfast grub — and the company of some seriously cute poodles. We can’t guarantee the poodles will be there every time, but Alma Cafe is pet friendly and several canine friends came in and out while we chowed down on delicious runny yolk Eggs Benedict with oodles of tangy hollandaise sauce, and the chef’s special of smoked salmon on sourdough with little bursts of juice from pomegranate jewels. It went down a treat with the freshly made apple and mango juices. The light and airy cafe itself is a gorgeous little find in Barnes, and the deli offerings are worth a second visit for lunch. Alma Cafe, 2-3 Rocks Lane, Barnes, SW13 0DB ★★★★★ Eleana Overett
Good cause for the day
BREAKFAST RUN: Don't worry if you're not too quick on your feet — there's a range of distances to choose from at this breakfast run, and the course is totally flat, so you can run as fast or slow as you like. And if you need a bit of motivation to get to the end... there'll be a picnic waiting for you. Clapham Common, from £16, book ahead, 9am-1pm, 24 September
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