Your Sunday morning best-of-Londonist weekly round-up.
- The 2015 fares are out, with big changes for Oyster Pay As You Go users
- London has some of the worst A&E patient waiting times in the country
- You've just missed one free travel Friday but there's another coming up — so long as you have a particular contactless card
- Someone filming up a woman's skirt also keeps filming a Crossrail ID badge
- The Garden Bridge got planning permission from Lambeth Council this week
- Cycle hire is finally coming to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
- After the closures, fire brigade response times are up — but some parts of London are doing better than before
- Find out what changes are planned for Old Street and Vauxhall gyratories
- Channel 4 News uncovers possible dodgy dealings between the Mayor's office and a Chinese property developer
- A memorial bench to Rik Mayall has been unveiled in Hammersmith
- What would London look like if it was in Middle Earth? We got bored and played with Photoshop
- Pictures from last weekend's Lord Mayor's Show
- Fascinating facts about parts of the Isle of Dogs that have disappeared, or are about to
- Ever seen Mr Fortnum and Mr Mason bow to each other? Now you can, in our video
- See how the poppies installation at the Tower of London grew over the last few months
- Got a few pounds to spare? Some of these crowdfunding appeals might catch your eye
- Never mind Philae: here's how historical Londoners measured gravity
- Speaking of that comet — here's what it would look like if it was about to hit us
- 10 things we learned about the river at the recent Thames Forum
- If you have a love for all things shiny, did you know where London keeps its gold?
- How many titles can you identify in this periodic table of London film?
- This week's podcast visits an edible playground in Streatham
- Gold in art and Middle Eastern photographs: underwhelming pictures but striking artefacts at Queen's Gallery ★★★☆☆
- Curiosities from the Hanbury Collection is fun, cheeky and offers strange paraphernalia galore ★★★★☆
- Semi-sung, semi-spoken, semi-comic performances at Soho Theatre's Symphony ★★★☆☆
- Setting aside controversy of his work, Allen Jones's new exhibition still misses the mark ★★☆☆☆
- Plum + Spilt Milk's vegetarian offerings are limited, but full of earthy, autumnal goodness ★★★★☆
- English National Opera's latest edition of La bohème does the much-staged opera justice ★★★★☆
- More lols than lulls: La Soiree is one heck of a trip ★★★★★
- Cop drama Wildefire would be more at home on the small screen; this isn't why we go to the theatre ★★☆☆☆
- Have a heart-warming night out with White Christmas ★★★★☆
- Explore high Arctic adventure at the British Library ★★★★☆
- The Taylor Wessing prize at the National Portrait Gallery features some stunning images ★★★★☆
- Over-complicated staging mars Streaming, what should be a great play about sex workers ★★★☆☆
Things to do
- Two weeks of top notch independent and alternative comedy, next month at Heroes of Fringe
- Visual, physical and improvised theatre fills the Vaults under Waterloo Station for Mimetic Festival
- Winter has landed at South Bank London — festive markets, ice rinks and concerts aplenty
- Sherlock fans: 2-4-1 tickets to the Museum of London Sherlock Late are sure to fly, make haste!
- Get ready to party like it's 1894, at Bishopsgate Institute’s 120th Anniversary Ball
- We pick a range of super-duper activities for the kids to enjoy this Christmas
- Or go adult-only, at an after-hours party to celebrate the birthday of Winston Churchill
- Get cosy with an après ski vibe: it's wintry food and drink pop-up time
- Comedy, rituals and 'hellfire stew' as the 18th century Hellfire Club gets recreated in a secret location
- Simon Callow joins Spitalfields Music's Winter Festival line-up
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