What we’re reading
- Check out this anatomy-style tube map.
- Was a dolphin spotted in the Thames?
- Plans for new film studio in London edge closer.
- London market demolition triggers UN investigation into area’s gentrification.
Things to do
FIRST THURSDAYS: Join the hoards of tote-bag swinging arty types who descend on London's galleries after hours, or book a bus tour if you want to cover more ground. Various venues, free, just turn up, every first Thursday of the month
WAHACA'S DAY OF THE DEAD: Expect reenactments of traditional ceremonies, plenty of tacos and all the tequila you can handle at the Mayan jungle, which has opened in the tunnels underneath Waterloo, in celebration of Mexico's traditional Day of the Dead. Funds support victims of the recent Mexico earthquakes. The Vaults (Waterloo), £27.50, book ahead, until 4 November
HACKOUSTIC VILLAGE: Hear sonic experiments, play with sound installations and expect lots of experimental instruments at this four-day event. Musical genius or a cacophony? You decide. The Old Truman Brewery, £10/£6, book ahead, 10am-6pm, until 5 November
MOROCCAN MEDINA: Add a dose of Morocco to your winter at Queen of Hoxton's Moroccan Medina themed winter rooftop. Enjoy views over the City as you tuck into themed nosh including halloumi fries, and plenty of warming cocktails. Free entry, just turn up, from 4pm (until Spring 2018)
SKYLIGHT: Pretty much any activity is made instantly more fun when it's plonked on a rooftop. That includes ice skating, especially when there's fondue, mulled wine and cocktails involved. Skylight, Tobacco Dock, free entry (charge for activities), 5pm-11pm, (opens today for the winter season)
CHISWICK FIREWORKS: Wrap up warm and head to Chiswick Park to see one of London's largest free fireworks displays, choreographed to music. Face painting, food stalls and performers will also be present. Chiswick Park Enjoy-Work, free entry, just turn up, 6pm-8pm
CLOSING PARTY: You've got until Sunday to see this photography exhibition inspired by The Beatles' album Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, and until 2am tonight to party like it's the 1960s. The Book Club (Shoreditch), free, book ahead, 6pm-2am
BOULDER FUN: If you've got a competitive streak and you're a dab hand at climbing, this indoor bouldering competition is for you. Expect prizes for pros and food and drink provided by Grow. Hackney Wick Boulder Project, £10, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm
DAY WITH THE DEAD: A delirious animation, a Russian film, a catalogue of images and a talk on London's cemeteries make up this evening, marking the one event we'll all attend eventually — morbid much? Whitechapel Gallery, £9.50/£7.50, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
PEOPLE'S QUESTION TIME: Got a burning question for Sadiq Khan, or a bone to pick about transport, safety, air quality or housing in the capital? Don't hold back at the People's Question Time. Richardson Community School (Dagenham), free, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
13 PERCENT PRESENTS: Women make up just 13% of the total number of writers, composers and music publishers, according to PRS. This new live music night is all about providing a space to challenge that stat. Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, £8.13, book ahead, 7.30pm-11.30pm
Good cause of the day: Rock out to raise money for the UCL Institute of Neurology
Get your groove on to the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Stones, Guns 'N' Roses and more at this rock party, in support of the UCL Institute of Neurology. Trapeze Basement Club, £15-£25, book ahead, 7pm-1.30am
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
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
How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets
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
Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets