What we’re reading
- Amazon parcels in London to be delivered by bus to cut number of vans clogging streets.
- Film company behind Love Actually to open school in London.
- Gilbert & George are turning an east London brewery into an art gallery.
- Trust, trade, and civic responsibility: A manifesto for the City of London's future.
Things to do
WANDSWORTH CHRISTMAS FAIR: Stock up on jewellery, toys, gadgets, Christmas cards and decorations, fashion items, beauty products, books gifts and much more at this festive fair, plus enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles at the preview evening tonight. St Luke’s Church, Battersea, £12 on the door, until 15 November
MICHAEL BOND MEMORIAL: A chance to pay your tributes to the well-loved creator of Paddington and Monsieur Pamplemousse. Expect readings and music in celebration of Bond's 60-year career. St Paul's Cathedral, free (donations welcome here), book ahead, 11am-noon
UNDERWEAR PARTY: When it comes to dressing sustainably, underwear is often the last thing we think about. That's about to change with Lara Intimates, a collection of pretty ladies' undies made from luxury, surplus material. You can shop the collection and have a bra fitting at these fit parties. Simmons Bar Soho - Top Floor, free, book ahead, 5pm-7pm
COVENT GARDEN LIGHTS: Another week, another Christmas light switch on. This time it's the turn of the pretty lights at Covent Garden, led by the cast of the West End musical 42nd Street and special guest Pudsey. Covent Garden Market, free, just turn up, 5.30pm-6pm
THINKING STAGE: Join author and executive editor of the Economist Daniel Franklin for an evening predicting what fresh horrors and exciting innovations 2050 might bring. We Work Old Street, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm
SCIENCE SHOWOFF: Get your geek on at this nerdy comedy show featuring the UK's funniest BAME (British, Black, Asian, and minority ethnic) scientists. Star of Kings (King's Cross), £6.60/£8, book ahead, 7pm
SING ALONG: Swap your morning shower warbles for a (hopefully) tuneful sing-along with likeminded vocalists. learning tips and tricks as you go. This time the theme is Queen. The Dead Doll's House (Islington), £15, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
FLOATING WORLD: Don a kimono and enjoy a Japanese feast before trying your hand at Shunga — the celebrated erotic art of Japan. The Lacy Nook (Stoke Newington), £47, 7pm-10.30pm, until Thursday 16 November
COMEDY: Fill up on delicious Mediterranean nosh before settling in for a night of laughs featuring two professional comedians. Grove bar and restaurant (Hammersmith), 7.30pm-9.30pm
FOLK MUSIC: Hear the highly praised folk trio Lady Maisery perform music from their latest album Cycle, which won 'Best Album' at the 2017 Radio 2 folk awards. The Bedford, £14, book ahead, 8.15pm
Good cause of the day: Postcard art auction
See if you can guess which postcard has been created by a big shot artist (such as Maggi Hambling, Grayson Perry or Damien Hirst) and which has been created by emerging talent before making your bid on the 16 November. Money raised goes towards the Hepatitis C Trust. UNIT LONDON (Covent Garden), Free, just turn up, 6pm-9pm
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