Things to do today is sponsored by the Museum of London.
What we’re reading
- Oh dear. London set to drop from third to sixth place in list of world's most popular tourist destinations.
- Abba-themed restaurant gets green light despite complaints from residents.
- Banning bikes from Oxford Street is a disaster for London cycling.
- Have your say on proposals for a new river crossing between Rotherhithe and Canary Wharf.
Things to do
SMALL PUBLISHERS FAIR: Flick through work by exciting new authors, pick up gifts for literary-minded friends and settle in for readings and talks at this fair, championing the small presses and indie publishers. Conway Hall (Holborn), free entry, just turn up, 11am-7pm, until 11 November
CITIZEN FESTIVAL: Forget Mills & Boon, this new literature festival is all about tackling the big themes: nationality, identity and belonging. Hear author chat from Lionel Shriver, Ben Okri and more. The University of Liverpool (London Campus), various prices, book ahead, until 11 November
MADE IN PRAGUE: The 21st edition of this film festival celebrates cutting edge filmmakers from Prague, organised by the Czech Centre London. Regent Street Cinema, £12/£11, book ahead, 10-12 November
Learn to code like a pro at this free family festival
Head to the Museum of London this weekend for a free festival exploring all things technology. Celebrate your City has hands-on workshops and activities for all ages, to get the whole family’s cogs whirring.
Learn how to code with festival partners Raspberry Pi or unscramble hidden messages in a family adventure game — you'll have to do some serious team work to free the illustrious inventor. Maybe you’d like to sit down and enjoy a storytelling session on the history of communication; delve back in time and explore the development from printing press to today’s digitally-centred world. Help build a giant renewable factory using recycled materials, or use GPS technology to track your footsteps around the museum.
Most activities are drop in, and all are free. Take a look at what’s on and get your tech head on.
HANDMADE IN BRITAIN: Looking for Christmas gifts or something a little more selfish? Stock up on one-off items from highly skilled designers at this Chelsea craft fair. Chelsea Old Town Hall, various prices, book ahead, 10-12 November
URBAN PHOTO FEST: For some, the city is just a functional space we move through, but there are artists, photographers and researchers who see it as their lifeblood. Join them at the Urban Photo Village for workshops, exhibitions and events meditating on the theme Cartographies. Various venues, free, book ahead, until 15 November
CHRISTMAS MARKET: Browse Christmas gifts, pop into Santa's Grotto and stick around for comedy, cabaret and burlesque performances popping up from now through until the new year at Christmas in Leicester Square. Until 6 January
GARDEN MUSEUM LATE: It might be autumn but you can still fill your head with beautiful blossoms at this little oasis of a museum after hours. Pop into the cafe for seasonal dishes if you're peckish. The Garden Museum (Lambeth), £10, book ahead, 10.30am-9pm
FUNNY WOMEN AWARDS: End your week in fits of giggles as comedians compete for your laughs tonight at the Funny Women Awards. Hoxton Hall, £12, book ahead, 7.30pm
HIDDEN JAZZ CLUB: Fed up with formal jazz nights where no-one mingles? The Hidden Jazz Club brings starstruck, slightly tipsy audiences and talented musicians together to hang out in between sets. Crate Brewery, £15, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm
LIVING DEAD: A fun club night playing a blend of music from the legends we have lost and bands who lost their record labels to those, who have well...lost their way. Bloomsbury Bowl, £5, book ahead, 9pm-3am
Good cause of the day: Dia de los Muertos Women for Rwanda supper club on 11 November
Sup on home-made, South American sharing dishes, enjoy a home-made piñata, and end your evening with a late-night boogie at this supper club raising money for a community of Rwandan women. Shoreditch, £30, book ahead, 7pm-10pm, 11 November
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.
The London Undergound is over 150 years old, and it's seen a thing or two in its time. Are you brave enough to face the ghosts of the Underground? Travel through the home of the Bank's Black Nun, learn about the elderly angel who saved a tube worker from death, and come to face to face with Farringdon's screaming spectre. Bring your oyster card and discover the hidden secrets of the Underground. You'll need to have an Oyster card or travelcard for this event. Get tickets
Sex & Relationship mentor Colin Richards will will explain how our early life influences effect our attractions to others and our subsequent sexual behaviours. Colin will also then show you how by adopting a new way of listening and communicating, you can go a long way to overcoming repeated behaviour patterns to achieve the relationship and sexual connection you really want. Get tickets
Have you heard of Bitcoin and Ethereum? Perhaps because it's been in the news a lot recently due to spectacular price rises. But what exactly is Bitcoin? How is Ethereum different? Is it too late to get involved, or is this just the beginning? In this talk, Owen Barnes will cover the essentials of cryptocurrencies, assuming you have no prior technical knowledge. By the end you should have the tools and confidence you need to participate in the biggest technological shift since the creation of the Internet. Get tickets
Nothing says Christmas like a special screening of everyone’s favourite love story: Love Actually. The film will be accompanied by a fun and fascinating talk about the psychology of love from evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin, giving you a great insight into why some of us are luckier in love than others. And as an extra special festive treat, every ticket includes a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and a very festively decorated venue. Get tickets