Story of London Festival

WHAT: This festival, celebrating London past as a centre of culture and innovation as well as ruminating on its future, comprises more than 100 different events (including readings by poet John Hegley, right) exhibitions and workshops in and around the heart of the capital.
WHEN: October 1-10.
DO IT BECAUSE: In London, it’s easy to get caught up in the grind of day-to-day life – wide-ranging festivals like these offer the chance to learn something about the seething, ever-changing metropolis we all call home, even if only temporarily.

» Various venues around London
Prices vary