What we’re reading
- “London streets don’t need to look like a 1940s that never happened”.
- Prosecco House: a London bar dedicated to the Italian fizz is now open.
- Queen enlists help of Duchess of Cambridge to host London Fashion Week event at Buckingham Palace.
Things to do
SUFFRAGETTE EXHIBITION: Come face to face with life-sized images of central figures of the suffrage movement to mark 100 years since the 1918 Representation of the People Act was passed. This was a landmark victory which gave the first women the right to vote. Trafalgar Square, free, just turn up, 9am-7pm
SOUPER LUNCH: Make your way to Borough Market to get your hands on a warming bowl of soupy goodness all made by local children using surplus vegetables, with profits going to FareShare. Borough Market, 12-2pm
LUNCHTIME LECTURE: A talk unravelling the complexities of Britain’s publicly-subsidised, privately-operated railway system and delving into how political aspirations to take it back into the public sector might be realised. UCL, Darwin Lecture Theatre, free, just turn up, 1.10pm-1.55pm
JU JITSU: Reckon you’ve got what it takes to become a martial arts master? Join this free taster session for anyone who thinks they’d like to give this form of Japanese self-defence a stab. Theatre Deli (Broadgate), free, just turn up 7pm-9pm
THE GUILTY FEMINIST: The Guilty Feminist podcast is joining forces with the Guardian for lively discussion, debate and stand-up comedy to celebrate 100 years of progress. London Palladium, £25, book ahead, 7pm-9.45pm
MUSIC FIX: Get your dose of new tunes and up and coming bands at The Social. On the first Tuesday of the month, The Fix hosts all the best new and exciting performers for a free night of midweek music. The Social (Little Portland Street) free, just turn up, 7pm-10pm
CAKE: Listen to hot, new comic talent, fresh out of the metaphorical comedy over, at Cake comedy night, held above a vintage shop in Hackney. Paper Dress Vintage, £6, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm
BANFF MOUNTAIN FILM FESTIVAL: Adrenaline junkies can live vicariously through the fearless explorers and intrepid film-makers you’ll encounter at this awe-inspiring film festival. New Wimbledon Theatre, £16, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm
HAMMER & TONGUE SLAM: Spend the night listening to UK hip-hop legend Jam Baxter spit bars while Elvis McGonagall brings the poetry. The Book Club (Shoreditch), £7.77, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm
THE SOCIETY OF STRANGE: Improv group The Society of Strange spins tales of the macabre and uncanny out of audience suggestions in a show that blurs comedy with horror. So, the weirder the audience, the weirder the show then? Etcetera Theatre Camden, from £10, book ahead, 9pm
Good cause of the day: Dine at a Syrian supper club
Treat your taste buds to delicious Syrian cuisine whipped up by two London food bloggers, who are donating all the proceeds to UNICEF for Syrian refugees. Your ticket includes a glass of wine. The Canvas Cafe (Spitalfields), £37.27, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
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
Learn about London’s debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London’s unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way.
Inspired by THAT Patrick Swayze scene in Ghost?
Discover the essentials of pottery and have a go at making your own pot.
Expert Vinni will guide you through the history of pottery and clay, before you get a chance to use a pottery wheel to make your own creation.
The class runs on Saturdays throughout October. Get tickets
We’re fed up of bog standard London tours. Been there, done that. So how about learning some more about the history and surprisingly dynamic modern politics of London’s public toilets? This 1.5hr walking tour covers iconic London from a whole new perspective, as you learn about ‘spending a penny’ at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and explore the capital’s most patriotic toilet. The tour ends in the Cellar Door Cocktail bar, a former gentleman’s lavatory. Delightful. Get tickets