Things To Do In London: Monday 8 December 2014

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Battersea Dog's Home hosts its carol concert.

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CHRISTMAS IS COMING: And although we’re not fattening up any poultry, we have put together a bumper page of all festive goings on in London. We’ll be updating it throughout December, so keep checking back.

HEY MACARON-A: Macaron king Pierre Hermé is at his new store on Monmouth Street signing copies of his new book, Macaron. Just turn up, 4pm

LONDON GREENBELT: The London Society was instrumental in formulating London's Green Belt in the 20th century. Tonight, near Farringdon, it hosts a debate about the future of London's Green Belt with Jonathan Manns on behalf of the Society, Paul Cheshire from London School of Economics and David Knight from Royal College of Art. £5, prebook, 6.30pm

FOODIE WALK: Take a foodie-themed walk through the streets of Marylebone and Soho with Footprints of London guide Joanna Moncrieff. Begin in a cosy Marylebone pub, and walk the streets of the West End taking in Christmas lights, festive window displays and historical titbits. £10/£7.50, prebook, 6.30pm

CANINE CAROLS: The Battersea Cats and Dogs Home annual Carol Concert had us at “festive dog Guard of Honour”. Current Battersea dogs will welcome visitors to the service before joining in the festive fun. Head along to St Luke’s Church on Sydney Street in Chelsea to deck the halls with bow-wows of holly. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served to humans. £20/£10, prebook, 7pm

MUSIC VIDEOS: Join an evening dedicated to music video makers taking place at Whirled Cinema in Loughborough Junction. There will be a panel discussion with industry insiders: expect incredible videos, candid stories, animated discussion and drinks aplenty. £8/£4.50, prebook, 7pm

CAROL HISTORY: At King's Place, Andrew Gant leads a musically illustrated talk about Christmas carols, telling the story of how some of our favourites have changed over time. £9.50, prebook, 7pm

COMEDY: Joe Lycett headlines Happy Mondays at the Amersham Arms in New Cross, plus sets from Chris Martin, Caroline Mabey, Rory O’Hanlon and Holly Walsh MCing. £4, prebook, 8pm

MORE COMEDY: Nathan Caton and Romesh Ranganathan are trying out an hour of new material each at the Pleasance in Islington. They sold out in Edinburgh, so seeing them both for a fiver isn’t bad at all. £5, prebook, 8pm

CRICK CRACK CLUB: Head to Soho Theatre for Crick Crack Club's performance storytelling evening. Tonight's storyteller is Dominic Kelly who shares the tale of the mythic warrior Cú Chulainn, one of Ireland's greatest epic heroes. £9/£7, prebook, 8pm

BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at YMCA Hall in Barbican, Lewisham shopping area, Richmond Athletic Association, and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions. Scared of donating blood? Watch our video.

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This week’s Things To Do In London is sponsored by Pact.


Good Cause of the Day

London based charity Street Child is working with the orphans of the Ebola crisis. It has launched the Pass The Present appeal, asking people to avoid those unwanted presents this Christmas by not giving (or asking not to receive) a gift, and instead donating the equivalent amount to Street Child’s Ebola Orphan Appeal.

From The Archive

In 2012, a map was launched showing where every bomb of the Blitz hit London. Sadly, it's quite a densely populated map, but the original gives you a chance to zoom in on certain areas. See also our map of all the V2 rockets to hit London and the South East.