Things to do today is sponsored by CommuterClub.
What we’re reading
- Mayor of London pledges to protect Green Belt as developers nervously await new rules on affordable homes.
- Major new project set up to protect London's spectacular views south of the river.
- Hundreds of women march through London to 'Reclaim the Night'.
- Sign the petition to save Kingston Food Market.
Things to do
GUILDHALL MARKET: It's the free food and drink tasters and relaxation massage station getting us excited for this festive fair, which also boasts more than 100 stalls peddling fashion, jewellery, homeware, books and more. Guildhall, £5, book ahead, 10.30am-8pm
CURLING CLUB: Put your curling arms to the test on top of London's only rooftop curling club, then kick back and gloat in a cosy igloo or '80s ski chalet. Thirsty? Just quote Londonist at the bar for a £5 Curling Me Softly cocktail or four Jagermeister shots on a ski for £5. Roof East, £10, book ahead, 5.20pm-10.40pm
CHRISTMAS CRAFTING: Wondering what to get your secret Santa? Join this cheeky Christmas crafting session, where you can hold a cocktail in one hand while you're covering a mug in naughty names in the other. Drink, Shop & Do, £5, just turn up, 6pm
MY FRO AND ME: A much-needed event examining and unraveling eurocentric ideals of beauty in the UK performing arts industry, hosted by Ayesha Casely-Hayford, chair of the brilliant Act for Change campaign. National Theatre, £7/£5, book ahead, 6pm
NOSTALGIA TALK: Forget harking back to the countryside, this panel discussion is all about nostalgia for the modern metropolis, as explored through the prism of nail bars, Victorian cemeteries, cyclogeography and spirit photography. The Garden Museum, £10-£15, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm
OUTSPOKEN: This brilliantly curated poetry night provides a stage for spoken word artists and poets, and throws a couple of talented musicians into the mix. As it's the last show of the year, you'll be treated to four poets instead of three. Rich Mix, £10/£8, book ahead, 7pm
KINO SHORTS: Tuck into free popcorn and settle in for a night of weird and wonderful shorts, with introductions from their makers at London's eclectic open-mic short film night, the last one of 2017. Candid Arts Basement (Islington), £5/£4, book ahead,7pm-10.30pm
BOOK LAUNCH: Into stories that scare the bejesus out of you? Then prepare to be creeped out at the launch of Eight Ghosts, a collection of haunting tales from eight authors scattered across England inspired by English Heritage sites. Foyles (Charing Cross), £8, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
Treat yourself to a month of free commuting this Christmas
Your Oyster card is pretty important, right? But it's about to get even more expensive; prices are going up by 3.5% on 2 January 2018 — the equivalent of two weeks of travel.
Don't let it ruin your Christmas though. Sign up to CommuterClub for the savings of an annual ticket without having to pay it all in one go. You'll pay 11 monthly instalments, and the 12th month is free, saving an average of £300.
Sign up before Christmas to continue paying 2017 prices well into 2018. That means more money to spend on Christmas gifts for family and friends — and the gift of a month of free travel for you.
You'll also get a free Annual Gold Card, which gives you 1/3 off National Rail fares, and 2-for-1 entry to attractions including the Tower of London and St Paul's Cathedral.
Representative example: Credit limit: £1,200. Interest: £67 Total payable: £1,267 in 11 monthly instalments of £115. Representative 10.6% APR. Interest rate: 5.6% pa (variable).
FROST FAIR TALK: Back in the day, it was so chilly the Thames would freeze over and 'Frost Fairs' were held on the ice. The final fair in 1814 involved an elephant and Blackfriars Bridge. Hear more tales like this at this Talks by the Thames event. The Pier House (Chiswick), £3, just turn up, 7.30pm
COMEDY: A chance for newbie stand-ups to test out their material on a supportive and welcoming audience (you lot), followed by a professional act. Tonight headliner Areille Souma brings her punchy, blunt and empowering set to Dalston. Farr's, free, just turn up, 7.45pm-10pm
Good cause of the day: Join a style and swish event in aid of the Flamingo Foundation
Instead of splashing out on a new wardrobe this Christmas, why not 'swish' the one you already have? Bring three items you no longer wear to be swapped between 4pm and 6pm. Stylists will be floating about if you think you need advice on a new look and a seamstress will be on hand to make any alterations to clothes you set your heart on. All proceeds go to the Flamingo Foundation. Brass Monkey, £25, book ahead, 4pm-9pm
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