What we’re reading
- In 1952, London, 12,000 people died from smog — here's why that matters now.
- ‘Queen’s horses’ set to descend on London.
- You can now buy clothing for the London chicken shop lover in your life.
- London museums which are open over Christmas.
Things to do
MOSCOW STATE CIRCUS: Miracles, the latest production from the spectacular Moscow State Circus, will leave you slack-jawed at agile unicyclists, foot jugglers, plus dizzying trapeze and high wire acts. Ealing Common, £12, book ahead, until 7 January
SUNRISE YOGA: Find your inner vinyasa 42 metres above street level at this early morning yoga session, where (if you're flexible enough) you'll be able to see the world go by through the glass floor. Tower Bridge Exhibition, £25, book ahead, 7.30am-8.20am, until 21 March
THE SNOWMAN: Get the whole family together for a screening of this Christmas classic, accompanied by a live soundtrack from the Mozart Symphony Orchestra. Cadogan Hall, £15-£30, book ahead, 1.30pm and 4.30pm
NETIL MARKET LATE: Pop into this market made up of 30 independent traders for some after-work retail therapy. Stock up on homewares, vintage garms, handprinted cards, ethically sourced handmade accessories and more. 13-23 Westgate Street, free, just turn up, 5pm-9pm, until 23 December
WICK WEDNESDAY: Hackney Wick is home to one of London's most arty communities and today its independent businesses and local traders are inviting Londoners into this close-knit collective of creatives. Take advantage of special discounts and take part in everything from drumming workshops to secret gigs and live jazz. Check out today's lineup here and get to the launch tonight for free craft beer from Howling Hops. Hackney Wick, free, just turn up, all day and every third Wednesday
TACO PARTY: Tuck into 'all you can eat' tasty tacos from vegan street food extraordinaire Club Mexicana, who will be dishing up jackfruit carnita, with charred mango salsa, pico de gallo and red kohlrabi and more. Pamela (Dalston), £30, book ahead, 6pm-late, until 23 December
BOOK CLUB: Join this friendly informative evening for bookworms to discuss current issues, historical events and popular fiction through recent releases. Tonight's read is Matthew Sweet's The West End Front: The Wartime Secrets of London's Grand Hotels. National Army Museum (Chelsea), free, book ahead, 6.30pm
CHILDHOOD REVISITED: Follow Ensemble Perpetuo on a musical journey through the museum as they play a live score ranging from Janáček and Mozart to Debussy. V&A Museum of Childhood (Bethnal Green), £12/£10, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm
XMAS CRACKER EXTRAVAGANZA: After a 25-year hiatus, top music hall and variety act Tommy Cockles is back. Joining the blazer-wearing comic is impressionist Lewis Macleod and Oliver Harris as Elvis Presley. 100 Club (Oxford Street), £19.24, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
FREE FILM FESTIVAL: Krampus, a comedy-horror film about a dysfunctional family clashing over the Christmas holidays, might hit a nerve but grab a couple of beers from Canopy Beer Co and all will be well. Don't forget to bring spare change or supplies to leave with The Brixton Foodbank on the night. Canopy Beer Company (Herne Hill), free, just turn up, 8pm-10pm
Good cause of the day: Paint parliament red to end period poverty
There's nothing like a pre-Christmas party protest to get you in the festive spirit. Dress up in red and show your support for free menstruation products for all girls who already receive free school meals. Speakers urging Theresa May to end period poverty in the UK include Baronness Shami Chakrabarti as well as MPs, activists and celebs. Richmond Terrace, free, just turn up, 5pm-8pm
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
Tripping as treatment? It exists, and scientists at some of the world's most prestigous universities are studying the benefits of single-use psychedelic sessions to treat severe mental health conditions. But do hallucinogenic drugs have a place in our hospitals? Initial results have been positive, but how do these sessions work? What do these scientists use? What do the participants themselves have to say? Clinic Psychologic Dr Rosalind Watts leads this fascinating talk into the potential successes and pitfalls of using psychedelics in medicine, using her own personal experience as a "trip-sitter" at Imperial College London. Get tickets
We’re fed up of bog standard London tours. Been there, done that. So how about learning some more about the history and surprisingly dynamic modern politics of London’s public toilets? This 1.5hr walking tour covers iconic London from a whole new perspective, as you learn about ‘spending a penny’ at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and explore the capital’s most patriotic toilet. The tour ends in the Cellar Door Cocktail bar, a former gentleman’s lavatory. Delightful. Get tickets