Depeche Mode at the London Stadium (Image: Getty)

48 awesome things you should be doing this autumn

September 14 Wings, Young Vic Emily, a fiercely independent aviator and wing walker, suffers a stroke that destroys her sense of reality. Fragments of her life come together as she struggles to find her voice and her self. Juliet Stevenson takes on another extraordinary role. To November 4 September 16 Open House, London Open House celebrates its silver anniversary by …

Giles Broadbent48 awesome things you should be doing this autumn
The 'Whitechapel fatberg' (Image: Thames Water)

Is the Whitechapel fatberg the ultimate symbol of our times?

The fatberg has officially become an emblem of our times. The smelly conglomeration of fat deposits, toilet waste and towelettes that clog the sewers under London is to the 21st century what the night-time activities of the night soil men were to the Victorians. For a salami slice of the bloated monster found beneath the streets of London could find …

Giles BroadbentIs the Whitechapel fatberg the ultimate symbol of our times?
Winter Lights is returning to Canary Wharf in 2018 (Image: Canary Wharf Group)

Winter Lights returns to Canary Wharf in January

One of the most spectacular and successful installations at Canary Wharf is returning in the new year. Winter Lights, which saw brilliant and mesmeric artworks in unexpected corners of the estate, will be shining bright between January 16-27 in 2018. Read more: Think about this – Rodin is coming to Canary Wharf The sculptures, structures and installations are the creations …

Giles BroadbentWinter Lights returns to Canary Wharf in January
Dara O'Briain

Greenwich Comedy Festival – everything you need to know

Rested after Edinburgh, some of the biggest hitters in British comedy descend on Greenwich this week. Alan Davies, James Acaster, Dylan Moran and Dara O’Briain are among those featuring in the packed Greenwich Comedy Festival which runs for five days from Wednesday, September 13-17 at the Big Top placed by the National Maritime Museum. Adam Hills, Tim Key and Seann Walsh also …

Giles BroadbentGreenwich Comedy Festival – everything you need to know

Watch – hot air balloons rise over London City Airport

Early Sunday morning, a light breeze, perfect conditions, and the skies above East London were dotted with drifting shapes in primary colours. The Lord Mayor’s Hot Air Balloon Regatta took to the skies from London City Airport coinciding with the 30th birthday celebrations of the Docklands landmark. At 7am, 27 lifted off, the first time from the runway, and stayed …

Giles BroadbentWatch – hot air balloons rise over London City Airport
Bored, bored, bored – are you stuck in a rut?

Stuck in a rut? 5 ways to get you out

The world is in a state of flux. But you’re doing the same thing this week as you did last week and nothing seems to change. People are taking to the barricades over Brexit and climate change and you’re snacking on popcorn checking for Instagram updates. You’re in a rut. You had a plan for New Year, New You 2017 …

Giles BroadbentStuck in a rut? 5 ways to get you out
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

The remarkable life of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

On September 28 in 1865, east London pioneer and political Elizabeth Garrett Anderson activist qualified to become Britain’s first practising woman doctor. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, one of 12 children born to a Whitechapel couple, went on to defy convention as the first Englishwoman to qualify as a doctor as well challenge society across the spectrum by championing the feminist movement. …

Giles BroadbentThe remarkable life of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
The Thinker, by Auguste Rodin

Think about this – Rodin is coming to Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf is shaping up to present the work of a sculptor a hundred years after his death. Auguste Rene Rodin was one of the most famous contributors to visual art and created of the celebrated work The Thinker which has permeated popular culture. An Exhibition In Celebration Of 100 Years: François Auguste René Rodin (1840–1917) will showcase a series of …

Giles BroadbentThink about this – Rodin is coming to Canary Wharf
Charles Dickens at his writing desk

Where has your creativity gone? (And how to get it back)

Charles Dickens would write prodigiously from 9am to 2pm and then go for a walk. JK Rowling wrote mountains of notes about her planned seven book series about a young wizard, completing the novels on scraps of paper in longhand. PG Wodehouse could write 10,000 words a day.  They were the masters, of course, but the majority of Brits believe …

Giles BroadbentWhere has your creativity gone? (And how to get it back)