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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: Fashionistas looking to stock up their winter wardrobes can get some extra inspiration as leading brands host fashion shows and showcase ideas at Canary Wharf’s annual festive shopping event. Save up to 30% and snag a free goodie bag in the process. Free, just turn up, 9am-8pm
CHARITY CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: Shop in the name of a good cause at over 70 luxury stalls nestled in Kensington Town Hall. Book in advance and be entered into a champagne prize draw. £5, just turn up, 10am-4pm
CREEPY ART: Black Xmas, a show of macabre Christmas scenes (such as the one shown above), opens at Signal Gallery near Old Street. Runs until 21 December. Free, just turn up, noon-6pm
CHRISTMAS FAIR: Temple Church holds a Christmas Fair in Inner Temple Hall, including a silent auction. £5, just turn up, noon-8pm
MORE CHRISTMAS SHOPPING: The Seven Dials area is full of Christmas merriment tonight, with no traffic and lots of music, food and drink. Plus, you can get a voucher giving 20% off in selected stores here. Free, just turn up, 5-9pm
LATE ART: Explore the art galleries of Fitzrovia, at Fitrovia Lates. Free, just turn up, 6-9pm
MORE LATE ART: The Courtauld Gallery opens its wonderful galleries that little bit later tonight. £6, prebook or just turn up, 6-9pm
LITERATURE: We thoroughly enjoyed The Hardy Tree by Iphgenia Baal, so find out what she’s done next at Trolley Books, where she launches her new book of short stories, Gentle Art. Free, just turn up, 7pm
MOVEMBER PARTY: The season of the charity moustache is almost over, but before those follicles are banished for another year, head along to a Movember party at Ginglik in Shepherd’s Bush for music, comedy and hairy escapades. £3, just turn up, 7pm-1am
ARABIC MUSIC: The Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe puts on an evening of Arabic and Andalucian music from El Andaluz Duo. £12/£10, just turn up or prebook, 7.30pm
BONES: Imperial College put on a special night devoted to all things boney. Come along and speak to researchers, try your end at keyhole surgery, and have your gait analysed. Free, just turn up, 7.30pm
CLASSICAL: The London Arts Orchestra play a concert on the theme of light and dark inside the magnificent Christ Church Spitalfields. £14, prebook, 7.30pm
CRAFT: The hilariously titled Come Get Felt Up returns to the Book Club in Shoreditch. “Blue Peter meets Art Attack while Anne Robinson watches on”. £3, just turn up, 8pm
GENERAL ODDNESS: We got the wrong date yesterday, but London Fortean Society’s False Memory Archive definitely takes place tonight at The Bell, 50 Middlesex Street. £3, just turn up, 8pm
COMEDY: Ross Noble starts a three night run at the Hammersmith Apollo. Experience the man who never knowingly misses a tangent or pauses for breath. £25, prebook, 8pm
Random London Fact Of The Day
Despite the barriers and police presence, you can drive right up to 10 Downing Street…in Google Street View. Try it. Also, look carefully and you can even see Larry the Cat, Chief Mouser to the Cabinet Office. (Thanks to Sarah McCabe for the tip and @StreathamHaze for the cat spotting skills). Send your own weird bits of London trivia to firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The leaden skies refuse to clear, bringing an air of despond and depression over the entire city. The denizens of Hoxton know this feeling well, being party to a similar blanket of blandness, advertising a well known shoe company. Seriously, have you seen Old Street Station lately?
Secret Hidden False Rumour Of The Day
The famous black door of 10 Downing Street is painted using the ashes of former Prime Ministers, mixed into a paste.