Your Sunday morning best-of-Londonist weekly round-up. This week, sponsored by dating app Happn.
- We asked, you shared: the best non-fiction books about London (good for the Christmas list).
- Who doesn't like the sound of a Fun Palace? Find out what to expect and where you can find them.
- Where to find the best Malaysian and Singaporean food in London.
- Not yet time to send in the clowns: reasons to be cheerful about London's cabaret scene.
- If you can't get to London Fashion Week in person, here's who to follow on Instagram.
- More Little London Gardens. This time we're at Dalston Eastern Curve.
- Top lunching with London's 50 best sandwiches.
- Londoners' fears immortalised in film.
- Is London about to witness the end of the community support officer?
- In pictures: last weekend's rally for refugees.
- Young people encouraged to participate in arts with announcement of new £1.4m scheme.
- Caroline Pidgeon is the new Lib Dem mayoral candidate.
- Someone's left a giant pylon in the middle of Greenwich.
- Meet the Walthamstow community being kept awake by TfL.
- 'Roasting' Routemasters are getting new windows. Yay! It'll cost us £2m. Oh.
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RUGBY: Get your World Cup fix with two pints and two bites at Dado54 in Farringdon. Pick from nachos, mozzarella sticks, fried chicken, calamari and cheese and jalapeño popits. Dates between 23 September and 9 October, times vary. Tickets £14.
OKTOBERFEST: Slap on your lederhosen and have a knees-up at Bavarian Beerhouse Tower Hill. Steins all round! Dates between 23 September and 24 October, 6pm. Tickets from £10.
FASHION WEEKEND: Dress to impress for catwalk shows, boutique shops, and panel talks from industry experts at the stylish Saatchi Gallery. From 24 to 27 September, from 11am. Tickets from £16.
DESIGN FESTIVAL: See cutting-edge design and giant installations in the industrial space of Victoria House B1 in Holborn. Designjunction also features tours, seminars, shopping and restaurants. From 24 to 27 September, 11am. Tickets £11.25.
LONDON DUNGEONS LATE: Get your spook on in this dangerous den of Victorian vice. Dress up, get Dutch courage from a complimentary gin cocktail and go on a fearsome tour accompanied by characters of the underworld. Plus pie to revive you at the end. 25 September, from 6.30pm. Tickets from £25.
SIMON SCHAMA: Hear the historian discuss his art explorations with the National Portrait Gallery at the Radio Times Festival at Hampton Court Palace. Browse the programme for loads more big names in TV, radio and books. 26 September, 2.30pm. Tickets £12.95/£6.95.
CHILLI FESTIVAL: Red Market in Shoreditch gets red hot. Have a spicy day of tastings and workshops at The Festival of Heat, with eye-watering delights from Mexico to Indonesia. 27 September, noon. Tickets £8.
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Curiouser and curiouser
- We've had an idea that really takes the biscuit: The Baker's Tube Map.
- Think you live in London? It's not always that simple, as this video explains.
- We explore the London connections in the great novel, Moby Dick.
- To celebrate the 125th anniversary of her birth, we delve into Agatha Christie's London.
- 100 inventive ideas have been shortlisted as potential solutions to help solve London's housing crisis.
- See Da Vinci and Van Gogh masterpieces recreated... out of paintbrushes.
- We took the east London office you can cycle INTO for a spin.
- Explore the funniest museum in London.
- We like Rob Brydon's teacher, but Future Conditional definitely has room for improvement ★★★☆☆
- A brush with the Old Masters at British Museum, including Da Vinci, Boticelli and Rembrandt ★★★★☆
- Hold a baby. Eat an egg. Get naked. Art at its most engaging at Stephen Friedman Gallery ★★★★☆
- It's playtime! Miss Behave's show is incredible ★★★★★
- Four designers take on the concept of migration at Design Museum ★★★☆☆
- Nicole Kidman returns to the West End as the scientist who discovered DNA ★★★★☆
- Vital work by Ai Wei Wei at The Royal Academy of Arts ★★★★★
- Exhibition of Russian spaceflight has lift off at Science Museum ★★★★★
Things to do
- Join us at Conway Hall for a powwow with the experts on London's urban wildlife.
- See three great design shows for £20 (usually £40), courtesy of London Transport Museum.
- Where to watch the Rugby World Cup (if you're not a fan, you might prefer this guide on how to avoid it).
- Know your Flumps from your Thundercats? Join the Nostalgia Quiz at Museum of Childhood.
- Loving local produce: these foodie events will leave you satisfied and smiling.
- Breaking in Brixton: street dance festival next week celebrates hip hop culture.
- Contemporary opera in a lighthouse. Because, why not?
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