Your Sunday morning best-of-Londonist weekly round-up.
- Three incidents on London’s roads left two men dead and a woman in critical condition this week
- Ch-ch-ch-changes are coming to London Bridge station from December. N-n-n-naff off
- Camden Market to be floated on the stock market later this month
- The tale of the £1,000 beef (and other stories of excessive eating)
- The Battersea Cats and Dogs Home carol concert raised over £17,000 this week. Congratulations!
- Hackney MP and future Mayoral candidate Diane Abbott calls for rent controls
- TfL announces the first cycle Quietways (cycle routes using low-traffic streets) will open early in 2015
- Are investors buying homes and then just letting them stand empty?
- Government figures show evictions are responsible for four in 10 Londoners being made homeless
- London's New Year's Eve fireworks is still trying to find a sponsor
- NHS trusts are struggling to hire 8,000 more nurses
- People who thought they were getting away for the weekend had to think again as power outages closed London airspace on Friday
- In pictures: Santacon 2014
- Garden Bridge is looking likely to happen. But what is the actual point of it?
- What the tube map may have looked like during the Middle Ages
- Speaking of tube nerdery... do you remember our Secrets of the Underground video series? It's now available to buy on DVD!
- Who gets the arm rest on the tube? We asked you, and the results are in
- Thames TV uploads some spectacular 1980s news broadcast footage to YouTube
- Celebrities including Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch and Andy Serkis appear in a video to save Soho
- Our pick of the top five London books (non-fiction) released in 2014
- Let us introduce you to a band with a name we very much approve of: Elephants and Castles
- A look at the early Royal Institution Christmas lectures that began in 1825
- Warm your cockles with these hot and mulled cocktails
- London's shop windows have gone all festive
- There's a foody feel to this week's podcast, as NQW meets and speaks with the founder of Grub Club
- We tried the veggie options at The Dysart Petersham (and recommend the semolina gnocchi) ★★★★☆
- Hauser & Wirth put on a pair of attention grabbing, yet very different exhibitions ★★★☆☆
- What is the much-hyped Cereal Killer Cafe actually like? (Spoiler: it's grrrr-eat!) ★★★★☆
- Mad Hatter's Tea Party gets a hip-hop makeover in time for Christmas ★★★★☆
- Matthew Bourne’s Edward Scissorhands at Sadler's Wells is slick, sharp and a cut above the rest ★★★★☆
- Winning, utterly insane, misplaced his marbles comedy from Adam Riches ★★★★☆
- Elvis at The O2: retrospective with over 300 artefacts is cool, if superficial ★★★☆☆
- The Cat in the Hat at Pleasance Theatre is the cat's whiskers ★★★★☆
- A musical look at London author Noël Coward hits the right note ★★★★☆
- Children's opera The Way Back Home is a slightly different theatrical offering ★★★★☆
- We were down and out charmed by English National Ballet's rendition of The Nutcracker ★★★★☆
- This stage version of It's A Wonderful Life will warm your heart ★★★★☆
- Our thoughts on the latest art openings on offer across London
Things to do
- An old, abandoned HMV store in Leadenhall Market houses The Waste Agency — an exhibition that examines our culture of consumerism
- The Abram Games exhibition at The Jewish Museum has been extended until January due to popular demand
- Nab seats to top London shows at discounted prices, thanks to Get Into London Theatre
- Every man and his dog seems to be on Oxford Street around this time of year. And from next week there'll also be a donkey
- Fancy a nibble on roast Rudolph? You can, at Finnish pop-up Tënu
- Things to do in London during Twixtmas (those few days between Christmas and New Year)
- We’ve found a few alternative ways to see in the new year in London
- But if you prefer the more traditional parties and clubs on New Year's Eve, there's plenty of those too
- The art of mime will be celebrated at the London International Mime Festival next month
- See images of early London from 1914 — the works of UK’s first female press photographer will go on display next year
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