What we’re reading
- Have you spotted this Russian-themed train on the London Underground?
- In photos: a day in Soho.
- Heathrow third runway consultation reopened after new evidence.
- How the river Ganges was brought to London.
Things to do
STILL BLACK: A poignant film exploring what it's like to be black and queer in America, followed by an open chat about gender, identity and race. Tavistock Centre, free, book ahead, 6pm-9pm
WILD CAFE BIRTHDAY: Go wild for cacao at this yoga party in celebration of the Wild Food Cafe's sixth birthday (though check the event page to see who it is suitable for and how to prepare for the Cacao Ceremony before attending). Wild Food Cafe (Neal's Yard), £35/£30, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm
DRAWN AT THE TOWER: Put your drawing skills to the test in this women and witchcraft-themed class, where dramatic costumed figures are your subjects. Tower of London, £25, book ahead, 6.45-9pm
CLOSING PARTY: Tate Modern's fantastic Soul of a Nation exhibition spanning 20 years of black art has sadly come to an end but not without throwing a massive closing party. Spiritland (King's Cross), free, just turn up, 7pm
FUTURE VISIONS: The future might be looking apocalyptic at the moment but a talk from science-whizz Jim Al-Khalili and his panel of horizon scanners might help put things into perspective and reveal what's next in the realms of climate change, genetic editing and smart materials. Royal Institution, £16, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
MOTION: This two-woman show goes behind the biggest stories and darkest secrets of the professional cycling world. Drayton Arms Theatre, £10/£6, book ahead, 7pm, until 6 November
DROP IN DRAWING: Pick up a pencil and learn the basics of fashion illustration from Mel Rye, who has a decade's worth of experience. Paper Dress Vintage (Hackney), £15/£12, just turn up, 7pm-9pm
MONET'S THAMES: Monet was a big fan of the Thames and painted it many times. Hear about his fascination with the river and London fog at this talk, as part of the Talks by the Thames season. Chiswick Pier Trust, £3, book ahead, 7.30pm
SCRATCHED: Unburden your housemates or your parents and show off your script at this scratch night instead. You'll get constructive feedback from fellow creatives instead of eye rolls. The Water Rats (Gray's Inn Road), free, just turn up, 7.30pm-10.30pm
ROCKY HORROR SCREENING: Grab some nibbles, grab a beer and settle in for a screening of the 1975 cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Effra Social (Brixton), free, just turn up, 8pm-11pm
Good cause of the day: Join an apple harvest to support London's orchards
Escape the London smog, get some exercise and collect apples that will be smushed up into juice and cider to be sold for the benefit of community orchards across London. Roding Valley Park, free, book ahead, 10.30am-2.30pm
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