Things To Do In London: Tuesday 16 December 2014

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Kristmas Karaoke is coming to town.

CHRISTMAS IS COMING: And we have a bumper page of all the festive goings on in London. We’ll be updating it throughout December, so keep checking back.

WOMEN SAFETY: To mark the launch of the Women’s Safety Charter, Southwark Council has organised a panel discussion about harassment at Southbank University: panelists include author Zoe Williams and comedian Sara Pascoe. The event is free but places are limited, prebook your place now by emailing councilnews@southwark.gov.uk. Free, prebook, 6.30pm

FILM QUIZ: You're Gonna Need A Bigger Boat Film Quiz celebrates another year of great (and not so great) cinema with the traditional end of year review at Hackney Picturehouse. How well do you know this year's flicks? £4, prebook, 6.30pm

LIFE DRAWING: Ben Uri Gallery in St John's Wood has added tonight as an extra date to its popular life drawing class programme. All materials are included in the cost. Alternatively, take a look at our guide to where to do life drawing in London. £15, prebook by phoning 020 7604 3991, 7pm

GENTLEMEN'S CLUBS: Take a guided walk around Westminster and St James's and learn about the history and influence of the many gentlemen's clubs of the area; why they were built where they were, Victorian etiquette that had to be learned by people climbing the social ladder and how the clubs facilitated their own decline. £5-£10, prebook, 7pm

ALICE IN WONDERLAND: Lewis Carroll's crazy world comes to the Royal Opera House in the form of a ballet, and tonight's performance is being screened live at cinemas around the country. Find your nearest cinema in the search bar on the website. Various prices, prebook, 7.15pm

FOLK MUSIC: Camden Voices return to Cecil Sharp House for a night of festive music featuring reimagined seasonal songs and new arrangements from the worlds of soul, jazz and a capella. With support from The Sneaky Fourth, who will be singing poems accompanied by fingerpicking guitar, cello and double bass. £11/£9, prebook, 7.30pm

CANDLELIT TOUR: National Trust is offering candlelit tours of Eastbury Manor House in Barking. The three storey building will be lit as it would have been before electricity, allowing visitors to explore the sights and sounds of the building as they wouldn't usually be able to. £7, prebook, 7.30pm

KRISTMAS KARAOKE: Award winning performance artist Scottee teams up with cabaret team Bourgeois & Maurice for Kristmas Karaoke at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club. Expect the best-worst karaoke songs ever written. £13, prebook, 7.30pm

CHRISTMAS CONCERT: The series of Hampstead Christmas Concerts are underway and tonight sees a programme of Advent Antiphons for choir and saxophone performed at St John's Downshire Hill. £12, prebook, 7.30pm

FORTEAN SOCIETY: London Fortean Society presents a talk led by Dr David Clarke, taking place at The Bell pub in Liverpool Street. He will present his new book Britain’s X-traordinary Files, and talk about the WW1 legend of The Angels of Mons. £3/£2, prebo0k, 7.30pm

WOMEN IN FILM: Arthouse Crouch End hosts the monthly event A Woman's Work, which aims to highlight, celebrate and discuss women working in cinema, past and present, behind and in front of the camera. Tonight's guest is director and screenwriter Carol Morley discussing the work of Oscar-winning director and screenwriter Muriel Box, with a screening of her 1952 British comedy The Happy Family. £10, prebook, 8pm

COMEDY: This is quite a pre-Christmas present. Rob Newman, Josie Long, Kate Smurthwaite and Max Davies join Chris Coltrane at Camden’s Black Heart for friendly political comedy club Lolitics. Expect gags about the Tories, climate change, religion and the world. £3, just turn up, 8.30pm

BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at Brewers Hall in the City, Asda on Old Kent Road, The Emirates Cable Car car park in Greenwich, Stratford Old Town Hall, Dundonald Church in Raynes Park, Sir James Hawkey Hall in Woodford Green, and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions. Scared of donating blood? Watch our video.

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