Treasure hunts are fun. Engage the geek and trivia circuits of your brain, solve clues and find... well, what if you could find real live authors at the end of a trail?
The people behind CurioCity, that elegant combination of magazine and map, are putting together just such a treasure hunt at Hatchards on Saturday. Ten Londoncentric authors — including Iain Sinclair, The Gentle Author, poet Patience Agbabi, placehacker Bradley Garrett, historian Catharine Arnold and UCL's spatial analyst James Cheshire — will be hidden around the store. Solve the clues, find the writers, hear them read from their works and ask them questions. Even better: it's free and you get a glass of wine to lubricate the little grey cells.
This is also a great opportunity to explore Hatchards. Opened in 1797, it's London's oldest bookshop, something that's obvious as you climb the staircases over its five floors, poke into nooks and crannies and coo over the in-situ fireplaces (if you're into that kind of thing).