What we're reading:
- Has stagnation in public transport ended in London?
- The grassroots mission to help football rediscover its soul.
- MNEK on how the language of south London has influenced his music.
- Should we put London's place as the capital of fashion at the heart of Brexit talks?
- LSO's Simon Rattle launches east London music academy.
Things to do:
FREE CHOCOLATE: Swing by Old Street station today and pick up a bar from ethical and sustainable British chocolate maker Seed and Bean. With 22 flavours including lavender, Sicilian hazelnut, and sweet orange and thyme, there's plenty to discover. Old Street station, free, just turn up, 9am-6pm
RIDING HIGH: This week-long bike party proves that it's possible to be health conscious and a hedonist. The fun kicks off on Monday at Ministry of Sound where you work up a sweat to 90s bangers as UV lights illuminate your glitteriest outfit and Holly Madge plays the bongos. There's more themed events throughout the week, as well as non-alcoholic beer, cannabis-infused facials, and more neon than you can shake a stick at. Ministry of Sound (Elephant & Castle), £20, book ahead, 17-21 September
WASTE STREAMS: Ever wondered what a world without industrial waste look like? Get a glimpse of the possibilities of the future at an exhibition that showcases designers who see waste material as an untapped resource and harness it in new and exhilarating ways. Makerversity in Somerset House (The Strand), free, just turn up, 10am-6pm, until 23 September
RICHARD HEARNS: Explore the alchemy of painting at a new exhibition from one of Ireland's leading contemporary artists. Richard Hearns' vast oil paintings draw inspiration from martial arts and the rhythmic nature of life in Ballyvaughan — his rural home in County Clare. Cadogan Contemporary (Kensington), free, just turn up, 11am-6pm, until 5 October
JO BRAND: Mental health, mother-daughter bonds, and Morrissey feature heavily in new comedy film The More You Ignore Me. It also happens to be written by comedian Jo Brand, who is popping into Genesis for a post-screening Q&A. Genesis Cinema (Stepney Green), £5, book ahead, 6.30pm
HOW TO BECOME AN ENGINEER: It's no secret that the UK is facing a serious shortage when it comes to STEM skills. Engineer Martin Belshaw wants to change all that by inspiring a new generation of engineering greats — find out how (and maybe even find your new dream career) at this evening talk. The Royal Institution (Mayfair), £16, book ahead, 7pm-8pm
SINGLE LADIES DANCE CLASS: You'll have a long queue of admirers just begging to put a ring on it once you've learnt the moves Beyonce's smash hit Single Ladies. Maybe leave the killer heels to Bey, though. Drink, Shop & Do (King's Cross), £15, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
A TIGER IN WINTER: The London Korean Film Festival launches their 2018 programme with a premiere screening of Lee Kwang-kuk's A Tiger In Winter. A study of the perils and frustrations of creative inertia, the film follows two writers, one break up, and an escaped tiger. Get there early for the drinks reception. Regent Street Cinema (Regent Street), £8, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
TOMB RAIDER IN CONCERT: Celebrate the world of iconic action heroine Lara Craft y an orchestral concert featuring music based on Nathan McCree's famous soundtrack. For a multi-sensory nostalgia trip, projected on a giant screen are classic moments from the video game series while the orchestra does their thing. Royal Festival Hall (Southbank Centre), £30, book ahead, 7.30pm
Good cause of the day
Gear up for day of football and fun at this eagerly awaited 5-a-side women's tournament. On Saturday 22 September, Playing for Kicks will be raising funds for Imkaan — a UK-based, black feminist organisation dedicated to addressing violence against women and girls. As well as quality footie from some London and Paris-based grassroots teams, there will be DJ sets, food, and plenty of bevvies.
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books... Get tickets
Track the journey of humanity through this tour around the British Museum. The tour aims to help you understand why the world is the way it is, and show how humans learned to question absolutely everything. Get tickets
Whether you’re a pre-grated cheddar sprinkler or mimolette fan, this cheesy walking tour will delight your senses. Starting off at a cheese counter in Mayfair that has been serving for more than 300 years, you'll tour the city's best dairy delights - including Fortnum & Mason, where the royals get their fix. Get tickets
Get creative with your partner in this date night with a difference. Between you, you’ll get to create your very own piece of artwork on a large canvas. Help is on hand if you need it, but freestyle pieces are always encouraged… Get tickets