What we’re reading
- Flight of the Conchords to play London in 2018.
- These are the ten London neighbourhoods with the most £10m plus homes.
- The XX are headlining All Points East, a new festival coming to Victoria Park in May.
- Hidden vaults next to London Bridge revealed.
Things to do
TWILIGHT ABSEIL: Soak up gorgeous views of the London skyline as you dangle from Anish Kapoor's big red slide-sculpture after enjoying a drink at the bar to settle your nerves. ArcelorMittal Orbit, £85, book ahead, until 28 October
SOVIET POSTERS: Historic artefacts from the October Revolution of 1917 are rare but one medium that did survive is the poster. See original vintage Soviet prints at this London gallery and poster restoration shop to mark the 100 year anniversary. Antikbar, free, just turn up, until 7 November
HONEY TASTING: Did you know that Covent Garden shoppers share St. Martin’s Courtyard with 150,000 busy bees? Today you can taste honey, make beeswax candles and hear talks from local beekeepers in celebration of National Honey Week. St. Martin’s Courtyard rooftop, free, just turn up, 11am-2pm
GLASS ROOM: This cool pop-up tech store is on a mission to make us rethink our relationship with the tech we use on a daily basis. It examines data collection, mass surveillance and the power of the tech giants through artworks, interactive videos and projects. 69-71 Charing Cross Road, free, just turn up, noon-8pm, until 12 November
HAUNTED CINEMA: Imagine finding yourself in the scariest scene of your favourite horror film. That's what's being pitched at the virtual reality Haunted Cinema, which includes an interval (to recover your nerves or run away). Go along, if you dare. 68a Neal Street (Covent Garden), £18, book ahead, every hour 1pm-10pm, 25-29 October
WHY CREATE? He created the toe-tapping tune that had everyone dancing along in YouTube videos and today chart topper Pharrell Williams is chatting with music tech company ROLI's founder, Roland Lamb about the power of creativity and how we can all increase our creative output. Hackney Empire, free, book ahead, 6.30pm
SISTER SOLIDARITY: Scrub up on your feminist history at this pop-up display which delves into the women's movement from the 1970s up until the present day. Bishopsgate Institute, free, just turn up, 6.30pm
ART CHAT: She's the fag-smoking, straight-talking artist who sculpted Trafalgar Square's Oscar Wilde tribute and tonight Maggi Hambling is chatting about her latest work 'Edge', as part of this new series of inspirational talks. Sarabande: The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation, £5.89-£53.44, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
STANLEY'S FILM CLUB: With Black History Month in full swing, this film club is screening Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend, followed by a Q&A with the director Esther Anderson. Perfect Taste is serving up curried goat and steamed fish if you get peckish. Holy Innocents, £10/£8, book ahead, 7.45pm
Good cause of the day: Galapagos Day
If you give a toss about the environment you'll enjoy this event. Hear Liz Bonnin, presenter of BBC Galapagos, chat about her travels around the Islands, learn about sustainable tourism and listen to a panel discussion on marine plastics, with all proceeds going towards the Galapagos Conservation Trust. Royal Geographical Society, £30, book ahead, 6pm-10pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way. Get tickets
Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets
Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets
Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets