What we’re reading
- London mayor to draw up charter regulating pseudo-public space.
- Life on London's first Aids ward.
- Harrods is getting a £200m redesign to appeal to Asian shoppers.
- First glimpse of how Wembley Boxpark will look as developers announce it will be biggest site yet.
- Barnet council has decided a name for its new mainline station.
- The Courtauld Gallery is closing for two years for a £50m revamp.
Things to do
SOUND BATH: Swap the roar of the Underground for some therapeutic gong sounds, Tempur foam pillows and lavender eye masks at London's latest relaxation fad, sound baths. Devonshire Club (Liverpool Street), £30, book ahead, 1.30pm/5.30pm/7pm
SOUNDS LIKE CHRISTMAS: Christmas at the V&A has kicked off approximately a month early, but we're not complaining as it means squeezing in lots of fabulously festive events, such as the intriguing, Singing Tree, which is illuminated by being fed with your words. The V&A, various prices, book ahead, until 6 January
MRS DALLOWAY: Enter Clarissa's world of flowers, old memories and lost loves as she prepares to throw a party for high society in this stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf's well-known novel Mrs Dalloway. The Ambassadors Theatre, £14, book ahead, 2.30pm
CHRISTMAS AT THE CHEESEGRATER: Skyscrapers are getting in on the festive action too this year. Head up to the 28m high open atrium at the Leadenhall Building, where German-style, fairy-lit wooden chalets are peddling international cuisine and homemade gifts. The Leadenhall Building, free, just turn up, until 22 December
TASTER EVENING: Looking for a gift for a vino drinker or one for purely selfish reasons? Either way, Bedales Wines is inviting you to drink your way around 12 delicious new additions to its wine list. Bedales, Spitalfields Market, £10, book ahead, 4pm-8pm
GoT FILM MARATHON: Winter is coming, so you're probably looking for something to fill that big Game of Thrones shaped hole in your life? GoT fans should tune into this free film marathon of ALL seven seasons. There will be pizza breaks to keep you going. The Prince Charles Cinema, free, book ahead, 7pm, until 30 November
HACKNEY SOCIETY: Got love for Hackney? Spread it at this panel discussion, marking the Hackney Society's 50th birthday, where you'll hear from contributors to the book: Hackney: Portrait Of A Community 1967 - 2017. Pages of Hackney, £4, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
CIRCUS NOIR: This modern Gypsy jazz trio sounds like they can liven up even the gloomiest of Mondays. And they're playing in a badass venue — the world's oldest surviving music hall. Wilton's Music Hall, free, just turn up, 7pm
MAN UP!: Settle in for a night of short documentaries exploring what it's like to be a man in 2017 in London, plus see archival footage of men throughout the decades for comparison. Hackney Picturehouse, £5, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
TORYCORE: Got something to say about the Conservative leadership? So have this trio of politically charged actors, but instead of getting into a Twitter spat they've curated this punk-fuelled night of politics, activism, theatre and music. Roundhouse (Camden), £10, book ahead, 8pm
Good cause of the day: Italian Christmas Bazaar
Stock up on Italian gifts, food and more at this festive bazaar raising funds for Il Circolo's projects and charitable activities, in collaboration with the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute. Chelsea Old Town Hall, free, just turn up, until 28 November
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