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...
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
London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books... 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
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