Your Sunday morning best-of-Londonist weekly round-up. Want to get this as an email? Sign up for Sunday Best here.
- Thinking of moving out of London to save money? Find out if it's really worth it.
- Live in Ealing? See if your favourite spots appear in our Ealing photo gallery (next up: Penge)
- Halloween's coming, which means...pumpkin beers.
- Why Generation Rent is worse for children
- London's lost Yiddish theatre
- Artist Fuller spent more than a decade working on this beautiful, intricate map of London
- Six ways your caffeine craving can support social entrepreneurship.
- What can London learn from other cities around the world?
Did you know...
- ...how the Bank of England stops people from urinating outside, that John Cleese apparently pranked Michael Palin, and these other secret features of famous London landmarks?
- ...Oxford Street doesn't have to be hell. Make your shopping easier with these secrets of Oxford Street.
- ...that the Northern line is almost 125 years old? See how the world's oldest electric railway system was built.
- ...that there are so many family-friendly pubs? These are some of London's finest — just in time for half term.
- ...why major road-building schemes are coming back to London.
- London is to get a Night Mayor to help the night time economy.
- The last wooden escalator on the Underground (at Greenford) has been replaced with the first incline lift on the Underground. See it in action in our video.
- The Crystal Palace dinosaurs are to be repaired, thanks to a conservation survey by Historic England.
- TfL plans to raise £3.4bn by having 10,000 homes, shops and offices built on 300 acres of its land.
- The Orbit in the Olympic Park lost £10,000 a week in the last financial year
- 27% of Londoners live in poverty — and it's mainly working families who are affected.
- London Wildlife Trust is launching a campaign to survey populations of small mammals such as voles in west London.
Have a wild night with Londonist
Love animals and wildlife? We're gathering a selection of London's top urban wildlife experts together next week, for an evening discussing issues around London animals.
Hear from the urban birdwatcher David Lindo; Helen Babbs author of My Garden, the City and Me: Rooftop Adventures in the Wilds of London; the London Wildlife Trust director of conservation, Mathew Frith, and urban bat detective, Kate Jones.
London Is...Wild at Conway Hall, 2 November, £8/£5
- A new British Library exhibition offers an insight into West African culture ★★★★☆
- Political art with substance at William Morris Gallery ★★★★☆
- Lee Miller: more than just the woman in Hitler's bathtub, as shown in this exhibition ★★★☆☆
- Two exhibitions, two very different photographers at Science Museum ★★★☆☆
- Giacometti is known for sculpture — now National Portrait Gallery show his powerful portraits ★★★★☆
Things to do
- Ever wanted to go to the top of The Gherkin? Here's your chance and you can see excellent art too.
- No Halloween plans yet? Check out these horror film screenings in London and get booking.
- Fancy playing crazy golf in a tunnel underneath a railway station?
- Party with Pepys (and other Stuart soirées) at the National Maritime Museum.
- So many opportunities to eat and drink at fun foodie events this autumn
- Donate your old coat (or volunteer your time) to Wrap Up London.
- The first of London's Christmas ice skating rinks opens next week — get your skates on.
Tickets and offers
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If you're already getting into the swing of Christmas, get yourself down to this wreath-making workshop and make a wreath from scratch to take home with you. £29.95, 27 October
Ever fancied having a go at playing the ukulele? Head to The Goldsmith in Southwark for a two-hour taster session in which you'll master some key chords and learn to play a few songs. £25, 29 October
THE ORDINARY BOYS:
Remember The Ordinary Boys? Well, they're back, with a new album and a tour — and they're coming to Brixton Jamm this week, showcasing new songs and old hits. £12, 30 October
For Halloween, Regent Street Cinema hosts an all-nighter of scary films, including Christine, Tourist Trap, Halloween III, Salem’s Lot and Zombie Flesh Eaters. £25, 31 October
KIDS PIZZA CLASS:
Struggling for half term ideas? Take the kids along to a pizza-making class at Mayfair Pizza Co. They'll be dressed like proper pizza chefs to make their pizza, and will be given a special certificate afterwards. £15, 31 October/11 November
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