Best Of Londonist: 2-8 October 2023

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Best Of Londonist: 2-8 October 2023

Your weekly Londonist roundup, featuring Londony news and features.

A Farewell To Wilko

"I thought this was the new Woolworths to be honest."

The Massive (And Massively Controversial) Stratford Sphere

Is Vegas coming to east London?

A huge purple sphere over stratford
Image MSG Sphere London

New Barbie Exhibition To Open In London Next Year

Hi Barbie!

The head of a Barbie
Image: iStock/kaisphoto

The Vagina Museum Is Reopening In November

"We're absolutely delighted... we love a big opening!"

Image: iStock/vvmich

Where To Celebrate Diwali 2023 In London

Including the huge, free Diwali Festival.

A lady in a sari dancing for diwali in london

Leadenhall Market Is Wrapped In Giant Purple Tentacles Again

And other Halloweeny fun to be had, too.

Purple tentacles coming out of leadenhall market

New Exhibition Explores How William Shakespeare Shaped Britain’s Experience Of War

From the English Civil War to the present day. (sponsor)

You Can Play With This Miniature Tube Train At Hounslow West Underground Station

There's no way you're not pressing that button.

A lady points at a button on a model train display case
Image (c) Tube Mapper

David Attenborough Waxwork Comes To Madame Tussauds

It's the second time he's been honoured here.

An artist touches up a waxwork of David Attenborough

Save The Chewing Gum Art Trail On The Millennium Bridge

Ben Wilson's art is threatened.

Ben Wilson's chewing gum art on metal floor plate

10 Times That Fictional London Has Slipped Into Our Universe

Glitches in the matrix.

A pub in richmond with an afc richmond scarf from Ted Lasso

Where To Watch Fireworks On Bonfire Night In London 2023

Mark Guy Fawkes Night with a bang.

Loads of fireworks going off.
Photo: Arthur Chauvineau via Unsplash

Check Out This Hand-Drawn Culture Map Of London

ALL the culture. Well, a lot of it.

A close up on a section of the map showing everything from Sherlock Holmes to Oasis

Can You Set Off Your Own Fireworks In London?

DIY whizzbangs, explained.

Fireworks in a night sky
Image Shutterstock

Putney Gets New Embankment And Boat Race Marker

First of seven riverside improvements from the supersewer.

The new embankment at putney

Conkers In London: Where To Find Them, Where To Play

Our hard-hitting guide.

A boy with a mean-looking face holding a conker on a string
Image: iStock/blackjake

Halloween 2023: Parties, Events And Things To Do In London

Get your spook on.

The Top Exhibitions To See In London In October 2023

Beauty, Manga, miniatures and a whole load of art fairs.

A negative of a tree by matt collishaw
(c) Matt Collishaw

The Best Fancy Dress Shops In London

Hire or buy costumes, wigs and masks for your next party.

Two ladies in a fancy dress shop in costume

The Lost Trees Of London

The biggest and best trees that are no more.

The now-lost Hardy Tree in St Pancras churchyard

RAF Hornchurch: Visit The Fascinating Museum Of This East London Airfield

Zeppelins, Guinea Pigs and the Great Escape.

Artefacts at the Hornchurch air museum

Fantastic Firework Displays And Buzzing Bonfire Nights Near London

Whizzbangs worth leaving London for.

Image: iStock/Harriet Anderton

Last Updated 06 October 2023