What we’re reading
- Could a quarter of a million homes be built above railway lines?
- London life laid bare in rubbish along the Thames.
- Booking for London's newest museum is open.
- Crossrail archaeology reveals the bleak fortunes of 16th-18th century Londoners.
Things to do
MTV MUSIC WEEK: Get pumped up for the MTV Europe Music Awards by checking out all the talks, gigs and club nights happening this week, most of which are free. Tonight there's a Geordie Shore event and a talk with Tinie Tempah. Hackney House, free or £5, book ahead, until 11 November
NORTHERN FASHION & IDENTITY: The story of the north of England is told through fashion, social documentary films and images from top notch photographers, such as Gareth Pugh and Corinne Day. Somerset House, £7/£5, book ahead, until 4 February
ART AUCTION: See and even purchase art donated by big shot artists such as illustrator Quentin Blake, sculptor Cornelia Parker and the Chapman Brothers alongside work created by Freedom from Torture’s art therapy group. Oxo Tower Wharf, free, just turn up, 11am-6pm, until 12 November
REMEMBRANCE LATE: Come and share your own poems in response to Remembrance, hear recitals from school children and hone your craft at writing workshops. National Army Museum, free, book ahead, 6pm
POET'S CORNER: Find a willing audience for your words at south London's only weekly poetry night. Black Cultural Archives (Brixton), £5.90, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm
THE GOOD IMMIGRANT: Author of The Good Immigrant, Nikesh Shukla, chats race and immigration with Barbara Roche, chair of the Migration Museum Project. Jewish Museum (Camden), £8.50, book ahead, 7pm-8pm
LIFE DRAWING: A relaxed, untutored drawing class in a colourful Tottenham cafe. This week's theme is Mexicano/Frida Kahlo. Blighty India Cafe. £10, just turn up, 7pm-9pm
GIMME SHELTER LAUNCH: After a new place to chill out and listen to live music or a welcome space to vent your frustrations at the world? Do both at this new live music and mental health night. Nightclub Kolis (Archway), free, just turn up, 7pm-10pm
ITCH + SCRATCH: A scratch night where the scriptwriters have been given a house band, a brilliant cast and set loose on the theme 'Great Britain'. See the five productions tonight. Hackney Showroom, £12, book ahead, 7.30pm
CZECH & BRITISH JAZZ: Unwind with friends at this evening of live music, featuring a UK-based jazz ensemble and a Czech trio, Fragile Bliss. Cafe in the Crypt, St Martin-in-the- Fields, £15/£13.50, 8pm
Good cause of the day: Get tickets for Shelterbox's dinner party on 12 November
Feast on a four-course dinner at this fundraiser for Shelterbox, a charity which provides aid and protection to families who have lost everything to natural disasters or conflict. Stepping up to the stoves tonight are Ravinder Bhogal, chef patron of Jikoni, Tom Oldroyd of the eponymous Islington restaurant and Dan Doherty. Magpie, £75, book ahead, 7pm, 12 November
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.
The London Undergound is over 150 years old, and it's seen a thing or two in its time. Are you brave enough to face the ghosts of the Underground? Travel through the home of the Bank's Black Nun, learn about the elderly angel who saved a tube worker from death, and come to face to face with Farringdon's screaming spectre. Bring your oyster card and discover the hidden secrets of the Underground. You'll need to have an Oyster card or travelcard for this event. Get tickets
Sex & Relationship mentor Colin Richards will will explain how our early life influences effect our attractions to others and our subsequent sexual behaviours. Colin will also then show you how by adopting a new way of listening and communicating, you can go a long way to overcoming repeated behaviour patterns to achieve the relationship and sexual connection you really want. 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
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