What we’re reading
- London mayor to draw up charter regulating pseudo-public space.
- Life on London's first Aids ward.
- Harrods is getting a £200m redesign to appeal to Asian shoppers.
- First glimpse of how Wembley Boxpark will look as developers announce it will be biggest site yet.
- Barnet council has decided a name for its new mainline station.
- The Courtauld Gallery is closing for two years for a £50m revamp.
Things to do
SOUND BATH: Swap the roar of the Underground for some therapeutic gong sounds, Tempur foam pillows and lavender eye masks at London's latest relaxation fad, sound baths. Devonshire Club (Liverpool Street), £30, book ahead, 1.30pm/5.30pm/7pm
SOUNDS LIKE CHRISTMAS: Christmas at the V&A has kicked off approximately a month early, but we're not complaining as it means squeezing in lots of fabulously festive events, such as the intriguing, Singing Tree, which is illuminated by being fed with your words. The V&A, various prices, book ahead, until 6 January
MRS DALLOWAY: Enter Clarissa's world of flowers, old memories and lost loves as she prepares to throw a party for high society in this stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf's well-known novel Mrs Dalloway. The Ambassadors Theatre, £14, book ahead, 2.30pm
CHRISTMAS AT THE CHEESEGRATER: Skyscrapers are getting in on the festive action too this year. Head up to the 28m high open atrium at the Leadenhall Building, where German-style, fairy-lit wooden chalets are peddling international cuisine and homemade gifts. The Leadenhall Building, free, just turn up, until 22 December
TASTER EVENING: Looking for a gift for a vino drinker or one for purely selfish reasons? Either way, Bedales Wines is inviting you to drink your way around 12 delicious new additions to its wine list. Bedales, Spitalfields Market, £10, book ahead, 4pm-8pm
GoT FILM MARATHON: Winter is coming, so you're probably looking for something to fill that big Game of Thrones shaped hole in your life? GoT fans should tune into this free film marathon of ALL seven seasons. There will be pizza breaks to keep you going. The Prince Charles Cinema, free, book ahead, 7pm, until 30 November
HACKNEY SOCIETY: Got love for Hackney? Spread it at this panel discussion, marking the Hackney Society's 50th birthday, where you'll hear from contributors to the book: Hackney: Portrait Of A Community 1967 - 2017. Pages of Hackney, £4, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
CIRCUS NOIR: This modern Gypsy jazz trio sounds like they can liven up even the gloomiest of Mondays. And they're playing in a badass venue — the world's oldest surviving music hall. Wilton's Music Hall, free, just turn up, 7pm
MAN UP!: Settle in for a night of short documentaries exploring what it's like to be a man in 2017 in London, plus see archival footage of men throughout the decades for comparison. Hackney Picturehouse, £5, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
TORYCORE: Got something to say about the Conservative leadership? So have this trio of politically charged actors, but instead of getting into a Twitter spat they've curated this punk-fuelled night of politics, activism, theatre and music. Roundhouse (Camden), £10, book ahead, 8pm
Good cause of the day: Italian Christmas Bazaar
Stock up on Italian gifts, food and more at this festive bazaar raising funds for Il Circolo's projects and charitable activities, in collaboration with the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute. Chelsea Old Town Hall, free, just turn up, until 28 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