What we’re reading
- Here's a list of London-related podcasts from Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time.
- Snow travel advice for London's train, tube, bus and road travellers with weather disruption.
- Scotland Yard roll out 21k body-worn cameras to front-line officers.
- Wealthy Londoners call in Christmas decorators for up to £80,000.
Things to do
A CHRISTMAS CAROL: After a sell out show last year, the London Musical Theatre Orchestra returns to give Charles Dickens’ classic the full Broadway treatment. With its multi-award winning cast and a score made up of more than 60 musical geniuses, this one is guaranteed to bring all the festive vibes. Lyceum Theatre, £25-£75, book ahead, until 18 December
CHRISTMAS LECTURES: This year's Christmas Lectures — which started back in 1825 and are now a mainstay of British television at Christmas — kick off with a talk on the unstoppable urge to communicate from professor Sophie Scott. Book tickets to watch the live feed here. Royal Institution, £7-£16, book ahead, 6pm-9pm
THINKING DRINKERS: Turning Tuesday into booze day are two professional drinks experts, who blend alcohol with history in a comedy show that'll leave you intoxicated (literally — your ticket includes five free drinks). Museum of Comedy (Holborn), £18, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm, until 23 December
CAROL CONCERT: Looking for a booze-free chilled evening of carols in a scenic English Heritage house? Head to Apsley House to be serenaded by the Royal Holloway University Chapel Choir in the stunning surroundings of the Waterloo Gallery. £25, book ahead, 6.30pm
SPACEPORT CANTINA: Enjoy a galactic-themed feast to celebrate the arrival of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Expect C3-POké bowls cooked up by chef Mao Chowbacca. Behind This Wall, £6 a bowl, book ahead, 6.30pm-11pm
KEATS AND FESTIVITY: Find out what it was like to celebrate Christmas back in the Romantic period through talks, poetry readings and riddles. Plus festive refreshments. Keats House, free, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
GENERATION RENT: Hear Green Party member Sian Berry, a former housing correspondent from the Evening Standard and a Generation Rent campaigner discuss what can be done to help young people onto the ever distant housing ladder. London Interfaith Centre, free, book ahead, 7pm-8.30pm
FAT GAY VEGAN BOOK LAUNCH: Most authors lay on booze at their book launches but the Fat Gay Vegan is laying on a whole three-course meal for his, followed by organic hemp ice cream, if that sort of thing floats your boat. Line up to get your book signed once you've filled your face. Cafe Van Gogh (Brixton), £31.71, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
THE FEMALE GAZE: See four patriarchy-smashing performances by emerging experimental writers presented by Rich Creative. The Cockpit, £8/£9 on the door, book ahead, 7.30pm
POP UP PAINTING: Take home your own prosecco and Christmas song-fuelled version of Van Gogh's Starry Night at this boozy painting class. No experience necessary and all equipment is provided. Urban Meadow (Bayswater), £35.99, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm
Good cause of the day: Join the Brainwave London Santa Dash
Throw on your Santa suit and zip past London's iconic buildings on this 5k circular route on your own or with up to ten mates, then head to the post-race party on SOMA's Scandinavian terrace. This festive run is in aid of Brainwave, a charity which supports families with children who have disabilities. Old Spitalfields Market, £25, book ahead, 5.30pm and 6.15pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Fancy some Dim Sum fun? From making and rolling the dough to preparing the fillings and forming the parcels, William will show you everything you need to know to become a Dim Sum pro. William will also teach you the etiquette of Dim Sum - learn what to order and how to order, in Cantonese! Get tickets
Could you spent hours on end satiating your morbid curiosity by researching serial killers? Hey, you're not alone. Insight into the criminal psyche is a fascinating topic and one covered in this talk by retired police officer, Paul Harrison. You'll encounter the stories of three of the UK's worst serial killers, from their childhoods to their crimes. With over four decades of experience in the Criminal Justice system, join Paul to work through the facts, uncover the details, and get inside the heads of these killers to discover what truly motivates a murderer. Get tickets
Ever fancied yourself as Robin Hood? Join the 2020 archery team in London Bridge and discover how to shoot. The 1.5 hour 'get started in archery' class will teach you how to shoot (relatively) accurately as well as the scoring system and key archery terminology. The session finishes with a mini-competition where you can show off your new-found skills. Get tickets
We all know Soho is changing - and fast. But does the Soho of decades past - fiercely independent, occasionally seedy, always flamboyant - still exist? Antony Robbins claims it does - if you know where to look. A former director at the Museum of London, Robbins now leads walking tours of Soho, delving into the area's past and present. His Sex, Death and Shopping tour covers scandals of yesteryear through to present-day erotica - taking in hidden gardens, sinister histories, and little-known facts of famous places. A bit sinister. A bit salacious. And exceedingly well-tailored. It's a tour to have you falling in love - or lust - with this part of London all over again. Get tickets