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...
London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books... 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
How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets
Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you'll be standing up and paddling solo, and there's plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required. Get tickets