What we’re reading
- Amazon parcels in London to be delivered by bus to cut number of vans clogging streets.
- Film company behind Love Actually to open school in London.
- Gilbert & George are turning an east London brewery into an art gallery.
- Trust, trade, and civic responsibility: A manifesto for the City of London's future.
Things to do
WANDSWORTH CHRISTMAS FAIR: Stock up on jewellery, toys, gadgets, Christmas cards and decorations, fashion items, beauty products, books gifts and much more at this festive fair, plus enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles at the preview evening tonight. St Luke’s Church, Battersea, £12 on the door, until 15 November
MICHAEL BOND MEMORIAL: A chance to pay your tributes to the well-loved creator of Paddington and Monsieur Pamplemousse. Expect readings and music in celebration of Bond's 60-year career. St Paul's Cathedral, free (donations welcome here), book ahead, 11am-noon
UNDERWEAR PARTY: When it comes to dressing sustainably, underwear is often the last thing we think about. That's about to change with Lara Intimates, a collection of pretty ladies' undies made from luxury, surplus material. You can shop the collection and have a bra fitting at these fit parties. Simmons Bar Soho - Top Floor, free, book ahead, 5pm-7pm
COVENT GARDEN LIGHTS: Another week, another Christmas light switch on. This time it's the turn of the pretty lights at Covent Garden, led by the cast of the West End musical 42nd Street and special guest Pudsey. Covent Garden Market, free, just turn up, 5.30pm-6pm
THINKING STAGE: Join author and executive editor of the Economist Daniel Franklin for an evening predicting what fresh horrors and exciting innovations 2050 might bring. We Work Old Street, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm
SCIENCE SHOWOFF: Get your geek on at this nerdy comedy show featuring the UK's funniest BAME (British, Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) scientists. Star of Kings (King's Cross), £6.60/£8, book ahead, 7pm
SING ALONG: Swap your morning shower warbles for a (hopefully) tuneful sing-along with likeminded vocalists. learning tips and tricks as you go. This time the theme is Queen. The Dead Doll's House (Islington), £15, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
FLOATING WORLD: Don a kimono and enjoy a Japanese feast before trying your hand at Shunga — the celebrated erotic art of Japan. The Lacy Nook (Stoke Newington), £47, 7pm-10.30pm, until Thursday 16 November
COMEDY: Fill up on delicious Mediterranean nosh before settling in for a night of laughs featuring two professional comedians. Grove bar and restaurant (Hammersmith), 7.30pm-9.30pm
FOLK MUSIC: Hear the highly praised folk trio Lady Maisery perform music from their latest album Cycle, which won 'Best Album' at the 2017 Radio 2 folk awards. The Bedford, £14, book ahead, 8.15pm
Good cause of the day: Postcard art auction
See if you can guess which postcard has been created by a big shot artist (such as Maggi Hambling, Grayson Perry or Damien Hirst) and which has been created by emerging talent before making your bid on the 16 November. Money raised goes towards the Hepatitis C Trust. UNIT LONDON (Covent Garden), Free, just turn up, 6pm-9pm
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