What we’re reading
- You can now explore Europe's largest urban wetlands, in Walthamstow.
- Peckham's multi-storey creative carpark is here to stay.
- The Cinema Museum is at risk; sign the petition to save it.
- Have you locked yours? Bike thefts are on the rise.
- KFC to replace an independent bar and cinema in Borough High Street.
Things to do
HALF TERM: Looking for ways to keep the kids busy while they're off school? Our half term guide covers plenty of events, from theatre shows to animal experiences to afternoon tea — you'll find something to do, whatever their age and whatever your budget. 21-29 October
WOMEN OF GHANA: See striking photos of women from the northern region of Ghana who have overcome poverty, low levels of education and discrimination to achieve their ambitions. Deptford Lounge, free, book ahead, 23-26 October
PRINT FAIR: Pick up some funky prints for your walls, learn a new skill and try not to spend a small fortune on that Tracy Emin piece you spotted on the last day of Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair. Building 10, Major Draper Street, £5.36-£13.33, book ahead, 11am
BIG DRAW FESTIVAL: Expect to see lots of happy toddlers in cardboard box cars at ArtsDepot, which is hosting a whole day of drawing as part of The Big Draw Festival. £4 entry, some activities have additional cost, book ahead, 11am-4pm
VEGAN PIE N MASH: Looking for animal-free comfort food to keep you going through the winter months? Young Vegans Pie N Mash is opening its new shop in Camden today, with an indulgent new menu including the artillery clogging cheeseburger pie. 60 Camden Lock Place, just turn up, 11am-7pm
DISNEY FANTASIA: The highlights from Disney's Fantasia will be shown on the big screen at the Royal Albert Hall, accompanied by live music from the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra. Royal Albert Hall, various prices, book ahead, 1.30pm/6.3opm
ANIMAL COMPLEX: We like to think we're smarter than our hairier animal relatives, but is that the case? Ben Ambridge pits humans against chimps with tests that might surprise you about our place in the animal kingdom. Royal Institution, £7-£16, book ahead, 6pm
POETRY CAFE: Hear comic poet John Hegley wax lyrical on everything from potatoes to mandolins, with profits going towards the cafe's refurb costs. The Poetry Cafe, £20/£10, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm
FILM SCREENINGS: See short films from the DocHeads showreel including one shot entirely on an iPhone6 and stories where the characters are drag kings, selfie-obsessed and still wrapping their heads around Brexit and Trump. Roundhouse, £5, book ahead, 7.30pm
BIG BREXIT BAND: Does Brexit still mean Brexit when it's sung by a choir? Hear the words of article 50 set to music by Matthew Herbert who has created a political soundscape that will be released as an album the day the UK departs from the EU. Barbican, £15-£30, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm
LAUGH OUT LONDON: He's the only guy to win the Edinburgh Comedy Awards twice, and tonight surrealist comic John Kearns will have you laughing your way into Tuesday. Old Queens Head (Angel), £5.90, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm
Good cause of the day: Age Allies launch party
If you want to live in a city where there are opportunities no matter what your age, then join this launch party hosted by Age UK London, which is on a mission to make London an age-friendly city. Go along to find out more about the project. Cockpit Arts (Bloomsbury), free, book ahead, 4pm-6.30pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way. Get tickets
Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets
Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets
Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets