What we’re reading
- Flight of the Conchords to play London in 2018.
- These are the ten London neighbourhoods with the most £10m plus homes.
- The XX are headlining All Points East, a new festival coming to Victoria Park in May.
- Hidden vaults next to London Bridge revealed.
Things to do
TWILIGHT ABSEIL: Soak up gorgeous views of the London skyline as you dangle from Anish Kapoor's big red slide-sculpture after enjoying a drink at the bar to settle your nerves. ArcelorMittal Orbit, £85, book ahead, until 28 October
SOVIET POSTERS: Historic artefacts from the October Revolution of 1917 are rare but one medium that did survive is the poster. See original vintage Soviet prints at this London gallery and poster restoration shop to mark the 100 year anniversary. Antikbar, free, just turn up, until 7 November
HONEY TASTING: Did you know that Covent Garden shoppers share St. Martin’s Courtyard with 150,000 busy bees? Today you can taste honey, make beeswax candles and hear talks from local beekeepers in celebration of National Honey Week. St. Martin’s Courtyard rooftop, free, just turn up, 11am-2pm
GLASS ROOM: This cool pop-up tech store is on a mission to make us rethink our relationship with the tech we use on a daily basis. It examines data collection, mass surveillance and the power of the tech giants through artworks, interactive videos and projects. 69-71 Charing Cross Road, free, just turn up, noon-8pm, until 12 November
HAUNTED CINEMA: Imagine finding yourself in the scariest scene of your favourite horror film. That's what's being pitched at the virtual reality Haunted Cinema, which includes an interval (to recover your nerves or run away). Go along, if you dare. 68a Neal Street (Covent Garden), £18, book ahead, every hour 1pm-10pm, 25-29 October
WHY CREATE? He created the toe-tapping tune that had everyone dancing along in YouTube videos and today chart topper Pharrell Williams is chatting with music tech company ROLI's founder, Roland Lamb about the power of creativity and how we can all increase our creative output. Hackney Empire, free, book ahead, 6.30pm
SISTER SOLIDARITY: Scrub up on your feminist history at this pop-up display which delves into the women's movement from the 1970s up until the present day. Bishopsgate Institute, free, just turn up, 6.30pm
ART CHAT: She's the fag-smoking, straight-talking artist who sculpted Trafalgar Square's Oscar Wilde tribute and tonight Maggi Hambling is chatting about her latest work 'Edge', as part of this new series of inspirational talks. Sarabande: The Lee Alexander McQueen Foundation, £5.89-£53.44, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
STANLEY'S FILM CLUB: With Black History Month in full swing, this film club is screening Bob Marley: The Making of a Legend, followed by a Q&A with the director Esther Anderson. Perfect Taste is serving up curried goat and steamed fish if you get peckish. Holy Innocents, £10/£8, book ahead, 7.45pm
Good cause of the day: Galapagos Day
If you give a toss about the environment you'll enjoy this event. Hear Liz Bonnin, presenter of BBC Galapagos, chat about her travels around the Islands, learn about sustainable tourism and listen to a panel discussion on marine plastics, with all proceeds going towards the Galapagos Conservation Trust. Royal Geographical Society, £30, book ahead, 6pm-10pm
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