What we’re reading
- Photographer Will Scott celebrates architecture of London Underground.
- How London's old bookshops stay open.
- One in every 200 people in UK are homeless, according to Shelter.
- Transport for London 'to cut 1,400 jobs'.
- The most beautiful room in London you probably didn't know about.
- The Shard is suing three 'urban climbers' who scaled it this summer.
- Now that Oxford Street is being pedestrianised, what's happening to all those buses?
Things to do
FLAVOUR GALLERY: This gallery isn't showing any old painting in a frame. This is art that changes colour, emits smell and reacts to you in the room. Once you've played with the art there are expertly mixed cocktails to be had. The Hoxton Basement, £15, book ahead, until 17 December
WINTER FOREST: Snuggle up at the Tipi Cinema in front of The Lion King, Back to the Future or Gladiator (book ahead) or fill your bags with hand-made gifts and artisan food and drink at the Nordic-inspired market next to Liverpool Street station. Exchange Square, free entry, just turn up, until 12 January
SUPERBUGS: Most of us are used to hearing about the ominous antibiotic-resistant superbugs via the news, but this exhibition delves into the scientific research behind the bugs and how to combat them. Science Museum, free, just turn up, until Spring 2019
TALES FROM THE SHED: Kids won't be told to 'shush' at this show, where they are encouraged to join in and help create the story alongside the actors. Wilton's Music Hall, £6, book ahead, 11.30am, until 11 November
ESSEX ROAD WALK: The only way is Essex Road on this tour, where you'll encounter an innovative market, an early care home and an amazing Tudor tavern. Islington Green, £12/£9, book ahead, 2.30pm-4pm
ORGANIC LIES: Are your cupboards full of organic produce? Are you being duped by farmers? Find out at this talk exposing the facts and debunking myths surrounding the organic label. Barnard's Hall, free, book ahead, 6pm-7pm
ART BUS TOUR: Six stops, ten exhibitions to choose from, three hours of gallery hopping and one route master make up this tour of west London's art scene. The Palm Tree Gallery, free, book ahead, 6pm-9pm
SUPERPOSITION: Poet, playwright and pole dancer Chanje Kunda uses erotic dance, science and words in a bold, unapologetic celebration of the female body. Stratford Circus, £13-15, book ahead, 7pm, repeated tomorrow
ASTROPHOTOGRAPHY: Avid stargazers should head to this late where you can wander around the Insight Astronomy Photography of the Year 2017 exhibition and chat to members of the Flamsteed Astronomical Society. Royal Observatory Greenwich, £15, book ahead, 7pm-10.30pm
LITERARY SALON: Ascending the 202ft high Monument tower is no easy feat but pair the climb with tales about the City and nature and you'll be at the top in no time. The Monument, £20, book ahead, 7.15pm-8.15pm
FRESH COMEDY MEAT: Watch wet-behind-the-ears comedy acts work on their 'tight fives' at the legendary King's Head pub, in Crouch End. There will be laughs. There could well be some awkwardness too. £4, tickets on the door, 8pm
Good cause of the day: make your own necklace or key ring to help Good Life London charities
Create your own jewellery inspired by the current installation in the Window Box Gallery at Ace Hotel London. Sales from your ticket go to grassroots charities supported by Good Life London. Ace Hotel London, £20, 7pm-9pm
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