What we’re reading
- London councils and cops are confiscating homeless people's tents.
- Crossrail starts restoration of Kingsway Subway.
- Gideon Mendel’s heart-wrenchingly tender portraits of a 90s AIDS ward.
Things to do
FREE 'SUCCESSWICH': They say the first meal of the day is the most important and it tastes even better when it's free. Nab your free sub courtesy of street food vendor Sub Cult and LinkedIn, who chose the dopamine-inducing ingredients. Boxpark (Shoreditch), free, just turn up, 8am-11am, until 3 November
WORLD VEGAN DAY: Celebrate World Vegan Day by gorging on FREE vegan pizza. Hurry and tell your vegan mates before the dough runs out. The Stable (Kew Bridge), free (purchase a drink to claim your free pizza), just turn up, 6pm-11pm
PARENT'S CRAFT CLUB: These craft and jewellery making sessions are perfect for anyone who wants to regain a hobby after having kids. Good Hope Cafe (Lewisham), £11.21, book ahead, 1.30pm-3pm
LATE BOOK BROWSE: Are your bookshelves looking bare? Browse literature with a glass of wine in hand and enjoy 10% off your purchase. London Review Bookshop, free, book ahead, 6pm-8pm
GREAT BRITISH BUILDINGS: Join this talk on arts, heritage and architecture with the brains behind the capital's most exciting prize-nominated buildings. RIBA, £5-£10, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm
FERMENTATION WORKSHOP: Apparently home-made probiotics and pickled veg are all the rage. Learn how to make your own and to take home at this beginners workshop. Pride Kitchen, £60, book ahead, 7pm
SUGAR SKULL MAKING: Use beads, buttons, feathers, sparkles and embroidery to create your own sugar skull mask to mark Mexico's traditional Day of the Dead festival. Drink, Shop & Do, £15, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
LINKIN PARK CHARITY GIG: Many were devastated by the death of Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington. Relive the band's back catalogue and raise money for Mind Mental Health charity at this tribute gig. 229 Great Portland St, £16.52, book ahead, 7pm-11pm
SEX RE-EDUCATION: Leave prudery at the door at this sex discussion and re-education with three artists. Toynbee Studios, £5, book ahead, 7.30pm
HIDDEN WOMEN: Thought design was a man's world? Think again. Hear from a creative director, a project leader and a zine collective, all of whom are brilliant, talented designers, who also happen to be women. Peckham Pelican, free, book ahead, 7pm, multiple dates
Good cause of the day: Movember shave off
You know it's November when men everywhere start sprouting moustaches (whether it suits them or not). The reason is to raise awareness and tackle men’s health issues on a global scale. This Movember, The Nomad Barber in Shoreditch is offering free wet shaves on the 1 November. Plus, whoever raises the most money via the Movember fundraising site will win a specially designed Oris Movember watch. Nomad Barber (Shoreditch), free, book ahead, all day
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