What we’re reading
- Are you living in one of London's happiest boroughs?
- Inside London's colourful Latin market, threatened with demolition.
- 'Love seats' and the quintessential Royal Suite: a first look inside London's Admiralty Arch hotel.
- London joins Breath life campaign to tackle air pollution and improve road safety
Things to do
PHOTO POSTCARDS: See striking images from upcoming talent alongside titans of the photography world, all on a postcard. Photography lottery tickets can be bought for £50 if you want to be in with a chance of winning one of the postcards. The Print Space, free, just turn up, 9am-7pm, until 25 October
GARFIELD: This multi-sensory exhibition involves all the five senses in an attempt to trigger positive emotions, which we all need on a Wednesday morning. Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf, free, just turn up, 10am-6pm, until 15 October
WAR HORSE MUSIC: If you fell in love with the stage production of War Horse then you'll enjoy this evening of live music and readings in homage to the award-winning adaptation. V&A Museum of Childhood, £10, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm
BRASSIERE ZEDEL: If you haven't visited this beautiful 1930s art deco restaurant yet, what have you been doing with your London life? Pop your Zedel cherry at this performance of Words Laid Bare and book a dinner reservation if you're feeling extra flush. Brasserie Zédel, £20, book ahead, 7pm
PHOTO CHAT: Simon Frederick is chief judge of Sky Arts Master of Photography and creating the hit tv series Black Is The New Black. Hear him talk about his experiences in this event celebrating Black History Month as part of Best of Brittannia. The Boiler House, The Old Truman Brewery, £5.77, book ahead, 7pm-11pm
KNIGHTS TEMPLAR TALK: Hear TV historian Dan Jones chat about his latest book about the Knights Templar, a wealthy, powerful and secretive part of the military. Parish of Old St Pancras, £10, book ahead, 7pm
TAKE A MINUTE: Here's a shocking stat for you: The biggest killer of men under 45 in the UK is suicide. Tonight you can see a piece tackling this issue from Cardboard Citizens based on interviews and workshops carried out with those affected by male suicide. Pleasance Theatre, free, book ahead, 7.30pm
SLEEPING TREES: With just a live score to aid them, the multi-award winning comedy trio take on three of their favourite film genres: western, mafia and sci-fi. Dugdale Centre, free, book ahead, 8.40pm-9.40pm
LATE NIGHT JAZZ: The Electric Dreams project sees British-Bahraini trumpet and flugelhorn player Yazz Ahmed collaborate with her favourite musicians to create a concert that is spontaneous and unique. Royal Albert Hall, £15, book ahead, 9.30pm
Art review: Nailed portraits
Nails punch into wood and create stunning large scale portraits; the technique is highly skilled and the results are impressive. The nails also reflect the Minkisi figures from Congo where nails hammered into these spiritual vessels gives them strength, a power that Alexis Peskine is trying to transfer back into black people today. Alexis Peskine: Power Figures at October gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, WC1N 3AL. Until 21 October, free ★★★★☆ (Tuesday-Saturday) Tabish Khan
Food review: All aboard the vegan-hype train
Wagamama is the latest brand to jump aboard the vegan hype train, with the launch of a brand new vegan and vegetarian menu. That’s perhaps a little disingenuous, however, as most of the items were either previously served, or had small tweaks to make the cut. The one brand new vegan dish here is the Kare Burosu Ramen. Thinly sliced mushrooms, shichimi coated tofu, udon noodles sit in a curried broth with a noticeable chilli kick. The pressure is on this one dish, but it delivers perfectly. We’re not so talented with chopsticks and a wooden ladle, so made a bit of a mess as we slurped down the delicious broth and noodles. For drinks, try the lime infused Kansho beer, made by the Meantime Brewing Company, to balance out the spice. The rest of the food menu is solid if not spectacular. We expected more from the Gyoza but stick to just the ramen and you’ll leave satisfied. Wagamama, various locations, ★★★★☆ Harry Rosehill
Theatre review: New play uncertain of its direction
Simon Stephens’ Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle explores the rapport that develops between 42-year old Georgie (Anne-Marie Duff) and 75-year old Alex (Kenneth Cranham), with their connection deriving in part from their past failed relationships. It is well acted, humorous and frequently charming, but the attempt to universalise their situations by linking them to Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle — the more you know about one aspect of a particle or person the less you can know about another — undermines their deeply personal nature. Still, Marianne Elliott’s Spartan staging proves highly effective and Nils Frahm’s music is excellent. Heisenberg: The Uncertainty Principle, Wyndham’s Theatre, Charing Cross Road, WC2H 0DA, £19.50-£65 3 October 2017-6 January 2018 ★★★☆☆ Sam Smith
Theatre review: Killer commute
There are jobs you’ve never heard of, and then there are those you wish you hadn’t ever heard of. In 31 Hours, John, Ste, Neil and Doug work in Cleaning Operations — their role is to clean up the aftermath of suicides on the UK rail network. Hurtling like a high speed train, we are given brief glimpses into the four workers’ lives and the intersecting lives of the suicide victims. The staccato dialogue and restless direction from story to story that underpins the theme can feel frustrating (and the stone strewn set can be distracting, with each movement accompanied by a crunch). At others, Kieran Knowles’s sparse writing lingers in the air and is something to be savoured. The main power and tragedy lies in his painstaking research into the motives and banal reality of each suicide. The name of the station kerb stone; the last point of contact between this world and the next for many victims, is called a ‘coping stone’. 31 Hours, The Bunker Theatre, 53a Southwark Street, SE1 1RU, until 28 October (no shows Monday) £15-£19.50 ★★★☆☆ Belinda Liversedge
Good cause of the day: Register for the RSBC Blindfold Run
Registration is now open for the Blindfold Run, a five or ten kilometre run through Queen Elizabeth Park, which raises money for a better future for blind children. Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, registration £7.50/£15, fundraising target £100/£200, book ahead, 11am-2pm, 5 November
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