What we’re reading
- Check out this anatomy-style tube map.
- Was a dolphin spotted in the Thames?
- Plans for new film studio in London edge closer.
- London market demolition triggers UN investigation into area’s gentrification.
Things to do
FIRST THURSDAYS: Join the hoards of tote-bag swinging arty types who descend on London's galleries after hours, or book a bus tour if you want to cover more ground. Various venues, free, just turn up, every first Thursday of the month
WAHACA'S DAY OF THE DEAD: Expect reenactments of traditional ceremonies, plenty of tacos and all the tequila you can handle at the Mayan jungle, which has opened in the tunnels underneath Waterloo, in celebration of Mexico's traditional Day of the Dead. Funds support victims of the recent Mexico earthquakes. The Vaults (Waterloo), £27.50, book ahead, until 4 November
HACKOUSTIC VILLAGE: Hear sonic experiments, play with sound installations and expect lots of experimental instruments at this four-day event. Musical genius or a cacophony? You decide. The Old Truman Brewery, £10/£6, book ahead, 10am-6pm, until 5 November
MOROCCAN MEDINA: Add a dose of Morocco to your winter at Queen of Hoxton's Moroccan Medina themed winter rooftop. Enjoy views over the City as you tuck into themed nosh including halloumi fries, and plenty of warming cocktails. Free entry, just turn up, from 4pm (until Spring 2018)
SKYLIGHT: Pretty much any activity is made instantly more fun when it's plonked on a rooftop. That includes ice skating, especially when there's fondue, mulled wine and cocktails involved. Skylight, Tobacco Dock, free entry (charge for activities), 5pm-11pm, (opens today for the winter season)
CHISWICK FIREWORKS: Wrap up warm and head to Chiswick Park to see one of London's largest free fireworks displays, choreographed to music. Face painting, food stalls and performers will also be present. Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work, free entry, just turn up, 6pm-8pm
CLOSING PARTY: You've got until Sunday to see this photography exhibition inspired by The Beatles' album Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, and until 2am tonight to party like it's the 1960s. The Book Club (Shoreditch), free, book ahead, 6pm-2am
BOULDER FUN: If you've got a competitive streak and you're a dab hand at climbing, this indoor bouldering competition is for you. Expect prizes for pros and food and drink provided by Grow. Hackney Wick Boulder Project, £10, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm
DAY WITH THE DEAD: A delirious animation, a Russian film, a catalogue of images and a talk on London's cemeteries make up this evening, marking the one event we'll all attend eventually — morbid much? Whitechapel Gallery, £9.50/£7.50, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
PEOPLE'S QUESTION TIME: Got a burning question for Sadiq Khan, or a bone to pick about transport, safety, air quality or housing in the capital? Don't hold back at the People's Question Time. Richardson Community School (Dagenham), free, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
13 PERCENT PRESENTS: Women make up just 13% of the total number of writers, composers and music publishers, according to PRS. This new live music night is all about providing a space to challenge that stat. Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, £8.13, book ahead, 7.30pm-11.30pm
Good cause of the day: Rock out to raise money for the UCL Institute of Neurology
Get your groove on to the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Stones, Guns 'N' Roses and more at this rock party, in support of the UCL Institute of Neurology. Trapeze Basement Club, £15-£25, book ahead, 7pm-1.30am
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