What we’re reading
- Who killed London’s restaurant scene?
- London has enough attractions to keep you busy for 16 Years.
- This pop-up Christmas shop is selling gifts for refugees.
- Are all escalators this needy?
Things to do
BAILEYS TREAT STOP: Love Baileys? Get yourself down to Covent Garden for the Baileys Treat Stop. It's a pop-up cafe/bar where you can customise your Baileys drinks — pick your own toppings and flavours for a Baileys hot chocolate or latte, or go all out with the reindeer cocktail and sup Baileys out of a chocolate reindeer. Just turn up for the bar, book ahead for cocktail workshops, 4-17 December (closed 11 December)
MUSICAL RUMPUS: Even the most fidgety balls of energy will love this opera adventure, which has been specially created for babies and toddlers. Expect singing, music and plenty of interaction to keep your little one entertained. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), £8/£2, book ahead, 11am and 1.30pm, repeated on 6 December
BOAT TALK: Join other curious Londoners on this 100-year-old Dutch barge to hear a talk on tech and the future of health, then use your £5 voucher on a book from the boat's collection. Word on the Water (King's Cross), £20, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm
CRAFT WORKSHOP: Bring nimble fingers to this craft workshop, where you'll be hand stitching cute wooden hoop Christmas decorations. Perfect for bare-looking trees or gift inspiration. For the Core (Shoreditch), £39, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm
ROYAL SOCIETY LATE: Get your geek on at this science late, where you can draw and screen print images from the archives, tuck into treats from the festive food hall and explore Carlton House Terrace by candlelight. The Royal Society, free, just turn up, 6.30pm-10pm
HUMAN FLOW: Tonight a number of cinemas are screening the premiere of this new documentary from Chinese political artist Ai Wei Wei. Like a lot of his recent work, the film is a haunting portrayal of the refugee experience across 23 countries. Stick around for the post-screening discussion with Jon Snow and the artist himself. The Ritzy (Brixton), £15.70, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
CAPTURING THE CITY: From the congested streets of Tokyo's Shibuya crossing to the garment factories of Dhaka, to the homeless camps of San Francisco, this photo exhibition presents a snapshot of life across 62 cities. Hear Guardian photographer David Levene discuss his work tonight. Foyles (Charing Cross Road), £8, book ahead, 7pm-8pm
CAROL CONCERT: For a Christmas concert that will in all likelihood melt your heart, head to this Chelsea church, where you'll be greeted by Battersea's tail-wagging pooches, before settling in for a night of carol singing, all raising money for the excellent work done by Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. St Luke's Church (Chelsea), various prices, book ahead, 7pm
THE OFFICE QUIZ: Anyone who has binge-watched The Office can test their knowledge at this pub quiz. Bring your best David Brent moves for a robot dance-off. The Old Queens Head (Islington), free, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm
BARBERSHOP CHRONICLES: Poet, performer and man of many talents, Inua Ellams has spent more time than most in barbershops around the world. The result of his travels is this honest and captivating play about the state of modern masculinity. It's received rave reviews and is sure to sell out so nab your ticket now. Dorfman Theatre, £25-£30, book ahead, 8pm,
SAMANTHA BAINES: In One Woman, a High-flyer and a Flat Bottom, stand up comic Samantha Baines takes you on a journey of the lost women of science through facts and puns, but mostly puns. Soho Theatre (upstairs), £13/£11, book ahead, 9pm
Good cause of the day: Feed your memories to this "memory powered Christmas tree"
This very modern Christmas tree, launched by terminal illness charity Marie Curie, is powered by social media. The idea is to shine a light on the charity's work helping families spend Christmas together and foster new memories with each other. The more positive memories you feed it (using the hashtag #LightUpXmas), the brighter it shines, so dig deep and get sharing. Next to the London Eye, free, just turn up, until 17 December
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
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. Get tickets
Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets
Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets
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