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SNOWBOMBING: Boxpark pop-up mall in Shoreditch teams up with Austria-based festival Snowbombing for a free-entry party on its upper deck. Expect an evening of music and drinks, get the chance to win two tickets for the festival as well. Free, just turn up, from 6pm
KNIGHTSBRIDGE CAROLS: Stoll’s annual fundraising Carol Concert is held at the Victorian Church of St Paul’s Knightsbridge with the Choir of St Paul’s and The Band of The Household Cavalry. All proceeds go towards housing and supporting vulnerable Veterans. £25, prebook, 6.30pm
ALLSORTZ: The open mic night returns to Rich Mix in Shoreditch for a festive celebration. The best performers from the past year are invited back to strut their stuff again. Free, tweet @Allsortz1 to gain entry, 7pm
GEORGIAN CHRISTMAS: Food historian Annie Gray is at Pitzhanger Manor in Ealing to give a Georgian Christmas food demonstration. Learn the dos and don'ts of preparing food Georgian-style. £10, prebook, 7pm
SHORT FILMS: See Santa as you've never seen him before. Shorts On Tap's final event of the year screens seven short films from Lapland and beyond, plus a chance to discuss the films with their directors. At 93 Feet East on Brick Lane. Free, prebook, from 7pm
ITALIAN FEAST: The guys behind street food stall Capish have teamed up with Tongue 'n Cheek to host a supper club with an Italian twist. Takes place at The Clubhouse in Hackney Wick. See the full menu. £35, prebook, 7pm
BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Surrey Quays, St Joseph's Social Club in Wembley and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions. Scared of donating blood? Watch our video.
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Imperial College Healthcare charity has put up a wishing tree at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington in support of its Children’s Winter Appeal, which is raising money for activities for children who are going to be spending their Christmases in hospital. To add your own wish or message, make a minimum donation of £5.
From the Archive
Forget Westfield shopping centres and the like. Back in the day, Londoners could do their Christmas shopping (or post-Christmas bargain hunting) at any of these now-lost departments stores. Do you remember any of them?