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...
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
How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets
The London Undergound is over 150 years old, and it's seen a thing or two in its time. Are you brave enough to face the ghosts of the Underground? Travel through the home of the Bank's Black Nun, learn about the elderly angel who saved a tube worker from death, and come to face to face with Farringdon's screaming spectre. Bring your oyster card and discover the hidden secrets of the Underground. You'll need to have an Oyster card or travelcard for this event. Get tickets
Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets