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...
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
Whether you’re a pre-grated cheddar sprinkler or mimolette fan, this cheesy walking tour will delight your senses. Starting off at a cheese counter in Mayfair that has been serving for more than 300 years, you'll tour the city's best dairy delights - including Fortnum & Mason, where the royals get their fix. Get tickets
Track the journey of humanity through this tour around the British Museum. The tour aims to help you understand why the world is the way it is, and show how humans learned to question absolutely everything. Get tickets
Get creative with your partner in this date night with a difference. Between you, you’ll get to create your very own piece of artwork on a large canvas. Help is on hand if you need it, but freestyle pieces are always encouraged… Get tickets