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LIVE STATION CONCERT: Who needs a stage when you’ve got a station concourse? Swing by London Bridge station to hear Julian Jacobson launch a new series of live events. Today soak up live piano music on your commute. London Bridge station, free, just turn up, 7.30am-9.30am, then 5pm-7pm
ART FAIR: Are your magnolia walls craving some colourful art from the UK’s leading emerging artists? Then hit up The Other Art Fair and banish that beige. The private view is tonight. Old Truman Brewery, £14/£11.20, book ahead, 5pm-9pm, until 8 October 2017
FILM INSTALLATION: If you can only spare seven minutes of your day then spend it on the roof of Store Studios in front of Arthur Jafa’s installation Love is the Message, the Message is Death. The seven-minute piece explores African-American identity through found footage, accompanied by a banging gospel-inspired hip-hop soundtrack from Kanye West. Store Studios, free, just turn up, until 10 December
WIMBLEDON BOOKFEST: Literary lovers are in for a treat at this book festival. Headliners include master wordsmiths Ali Smith, Salman Rushdie, Matt Haig, AL Kennedy, Anthony Horowitz, Tracy Chevalier and Kayo Chingonyi. The Big Tent, Wimbledon Common, £12, book ahead, until 15 October
COMEDY + FREE PIZZA: Catch two hilarious offerings from the Edinburgh Fringe in between munching on free pizza and downing free beer. Alasdair Beckett-King & Michael Legg are on the bill. Arrive early — anything with free pizza involved is going to attract a queue. The Bill Murray, £5, book ahead, 7pm
STAIRWELL STORIES: Ascending a 311 step spiral staircase might sound like a daunting prospect for some but throw in some headphones and internationally acclaimed storyteller Nell Phoenix and you’ll be so spellbound you won’t even break a sweat. The Monument, £20, book ahead, 7.15pm
LITERARY SALON: If you’re precious about your writing then you might want to skip this one but if you’re one for hilarious, unadulterated literary criticism then pull up a chair at Camden Comedy Club’s literary salon, where witty duo Christopher and Luke are joined by a published novelist. Camden Comedy Club, £5, book ahead, 8pm-10pm
ADVENTURE TALES: Fancy yourself a bit of an eco-warrior? Join Patagonia and the Kendal Mountain Festival to hear inspiring stories and first-hand accounts of climate change from explorer, author and environmentalist Sarah Outen and filmmaker Jack Harries. Ellis Brigham store, Covent Garden, £8/£6, book ahead, 8pm-10.30pm
Art review: Tropical Thames
Artist Anne Krinsky incorporates the history of the River Thames into her work, so we see flashes of docks, piers and river walls. They’ve found the perfect home in Crossrail Place Gardens where many of these plants first arrived here via docks just outside. A lovely mix of history and serenity. Anne Krinsky: Tropical Thames at Crossrail Place Gardens, Canary Wharf. Until 15 October, free. ★★★☆☆
Food review: Surprisingly authentic for a chain
We’d heard mixed reviews of Indo-Chinese restaurant chain Banana Tree, so we were curious to see what kind of experience we would have. The Soho restaurant was jampacked with the hungry after-work crowd, but the staff handled it well. The new starter special of crunchy panko coated calamari served with a sweet and salty tamarind sauce is absolutely delicious, albeit toeing the line of being overdone. The regular menu starters of soft dumpling with a strong lemongrass sauce and satay skewers beautifully charcoaled with an authentic tasting satay sauce pretty much filled us up before our mains were served. We combo’d up a beef rendang curry, which had just the right amount of heat that built slowly as we ate, and tamarind crispy fish which paired perfectly with the lemongrass cooler mocktail — even if one of the three fish fillets was basically just batter. The house salad and sweet corn cakes were neither here nor there, but we were pleasantly surprised by our overall experience and how many of our choices tasted like we were back on holiday in Thailand. Banana Tree, 103 Wardour Street, Soho, W1F 0UG ★★★☆☆ Eleana Overett
Theatre review: Feelin’ horney
If musical comedy mixed with good ol’ fashioned English awkwardness is your thing, then comedian Alex Horne has a treat in store for you. The Horne Section, of 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown fame, and – as Alex says, suspiciously – the last ever episode of Never Mind the Buzzcocks, is currently appearing at the Soho Theatre, complete with instruments and special guest appearances. Expect some genuinely impressive musical talent, clever genre observations (such as listing songs with caveats like Tina Turner’s ‘You’re simply the best, better than all the rest… better than anyone, anyone I’ve ever met’). Expect audience participation and beard jokes a-plenty. The Horne Section, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, W1D 3NE, £15, 2 October-13 November ★★★★☆ Hannah Foulds
Good cause of the day: Cafe from Crisis goes Brazilian
This East End caf not only provides a route into employment for London’s homeless and ex-offenders, it also serves up damn tasty food and great coffee. Tonight it launches the first of a monthly late night opening, bringing Brazilian vibes to Spitalfields. Expect samba beats, Caipirinhas and, of course, Brazilian inspired food from the kitchen. Cafe from Crisis, just turn up, 5pm-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.
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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. More information and tickets here: http://bit.ly/2e45Zo6 (sponsor) Get tickets
Explore the mystical world and reconnect with your inner goddess (or god) through practices like astrology, herbalism and tarot at Anoushka’s magikal Moonlight Goddess gathering. The practices will also teach you how to apply what you learn to the physical realm of your everyday life.