Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 13 September 2017

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MOVING UP: Are you interested in the development of London's land above stations which is so highly sought after by... well, everyone? Centre for London's new report Ideas Above Your Station is being launched with talks and an audience Q&A asking how we can make the most of the development opportunities offered by London's stations. Arup (Marylebone), free, book ahead, 8am-10am

JACK THE RIPPER: Over 100 years have elapsed since Jack the Ripper's heinous deeds, and the Whitechapel murders still captivates the publics imagination. Steve Newman has been a London tour guide for over 20 years and the Ripper tour has always been his most popular one. He's on hand to breakdown why the public are still fascinated by this enduring mystery. Shoe Lane Library, free, just turn up, 12.30pm-1.30pm

WRITING FOR BREAD: Aphra Behn, born 1640, was one of the first women in the country to become a professional writer and earn a living from it. Learn more about her life on this free walking tour, with a second part to be held later in the autumn. Holborn Station Kiosk, free, just turn up, 1pm

MASCULINITY: The National Army Museum is following up its Feminism Late with a Masculinity Late, hosting talks and creative workshops exploring society's understanding of masculinity and, in particular, its connection to the army. What does it meant to be a man in the 21st century? National Army Museum (Chelsea), £12, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm

HACKNEY ARTS: Hackney Arts Season is jam packed full of experiences designed to bring your creativity to life. Check out the events schedule, or just have a good knees-up at the launch party (age 18+). Netil360 (London Fields), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-10.30pm

Want to paint like Banksy? Learn how at PopUp Painting

SPOKEN NERD: 'Nerds' Matt Parker, Steve Mould, and Helen Arney have all appeared on various BBC panel programmes to inject the silly into the periodic table, and the nonsense into numbers. Now they've taken to the stage with their brand new tour You Can't Polish a Nerd. Until 15 September. Canada Water Library, £12, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

RYE HERE RYE NOW: Working as a creative can be a solitary affair. This new weekly event is a great opportunity to join others in the industry for drinks and discussion, and even share your projects with the group. Who knows what you could build with a little team work? John the Unicorn (Peckham Rye), free, just turn up, 7pm-10pm

MINDFULNESS: Good mental health is mental wealth, and City and Lit and Books Beyond Borders have organised a lineup of talks, debates and seminars celebrating the aspects of life that contribute to people's mental wellbeing. John Lyon Theatre (Holborn), £3/£5/£10, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

GET THE GIGGLES: The Greenwich Comedy Festival showcases some of the best comedy talent currently on the circuit, from 13-17 September. Today the spotlight is on Reginald D Hunter, Ellie Taylor, Andrew Maxwell and Kiri Pritchard-Mclean. Check out the rest of the week's lineup to see when your favourites are on stage. National Maritime Museum (Greenwich), £20/£25, book ahead, 7.30pm

PAINT LIKE BANKSY: If you're a wannabe street artist or just love a good bit of Banksy, PopUp Painting will teach you everything you need to know to unleash your creativity with a glass of wine and a paint brush. All equipment is provided. The Castle (Farringdon), £30, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm


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Bee-keeping, craft beer and farm animals

Sounds like a fun combination to us. All will be present at Harvest Stomp, a free festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to say goodbye to summer.

Think traditional village fete — jam tasting, splat the rat and Morris dancing — meets east London festival, and you get the vibe. Fuel up on craft beer and plenty of foodie options before dancing the day away to up and coming bands and local choirs, who will fill the park on 24 September.

Take part in cookery classes, or get the kids involved with an arty workshop — they may even want to have a go on the world's longest tunnel slide, the ArcelorMittal Orbit (tickets required).

Harvest Stomp is a free entry event — find out more about what's going on here.


Food review: pretty good a manger

On paper Cojean doesn't sound that different to the rest of London's sandwich-and-salad chains: chicken Caesars, smoked salmon sandwiches, bright orange and deep green juices. But the Parisian import's doing some things differently, with 10% of its profits going to charity, via a foundation with projects ranging from training programs in Calcutta and nutrition programmes in Sri Lanka to emergency assistance for homeless people in France. There are also some refreshing differences on the food front. The juices are about the same as you'd find at Crussh and similar chains — fresh, zingy and pricey. But the generic-sounding lunch options come with interesting twists and French flair: the chicken Caesar's garnished with fresh raspberries, a cream cheese sandwich is spread with honey, and the vegetarian lasagne option — currently pumpkin, spinach and hazelnut — is surprisingly low-cal but feels thoroughly rich. There's just one branch in London for now, but if it multiplies here at the same rate it has in Paris that'd be très bien in our books. Cojean, 50-52 Ludgate Hill, EC4M 7EX. ★★★★☆ Lydia Manch

Art review: abstract landscapes

Copyright Hannah Ivory Baker

Head to north London for two landscape artists with contrasting styles. Sam Peacock uses industrial techniques to incorporate items like coffee and liquorice into this work, while Hannah Ivory Baker creates wild massive landscapes in charcoal. Both sets of works bristle with intensity. From Folkestone to Cornwall - Hannah Ivory Baker & Sam Peacock at Highgate Contemporary Art, 26 Highgate High Street, N6 5JG, free. Until 24 September ★★★☆☆ (Tuesday-Sunday) Tabish Khan

Good cause of the day: go double denim with B*witched

Jeans for Genes Day is not just for secondary schoolers looking to get out of wearing their uniform for a day. Anyone can take part and help raise money to help people who have been diagnosed with the vast number of genetic disorders that have been discovered. On 22 September, denim dabblers B*witched (remember them?) headline the Clapham Grand, in aid of the charity. There are also prizes, themed cocktails (jean and tonic anyone?) and a disco.

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Love Actually


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

Bitcoin and Ethereum for Dummies


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

Take a Walk Through London's Most Historic Spots


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

Talk: Is Monogamy Dead?


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