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BEER FEST: The annual Pig’s Ear Beer and Cider Festival takes place at Hackney’s Round Chapel. East End breweries feature strongly in the line-up, plus a full range of foreign and bottled beers, artisan ciders and speciality food stalls. The event supports three charities: Alzheimer’s Society, plus two local organisations, Laburnum Boat Club and The Sharp End. £3 for CAMRA members, £5 for non members, until 6 December
CHRISTMAS MARKETS: December’s here, which means Christmas markets are opening thick and fast. To find the closest one to you, check our Christmas markets and fairs listing
CANDLELIGHT MUSEUM: On the first Tuesday of every month, Sir John Soane’s Museum near Holborn stays open late to let visitors explore the building by candlelight. The event is always extremely popular, with long queues, so we recommend getting there early to get your free ticket. Free, just turn up, from 5.30pm
GIVING TUESDAY: As part of Giving Tuesday, discover the generous side of the City at Guildhall Library. Dr Cathy Ross and Rhodri Davies talk visitors through the history of philanthropy in London, with a wine reception. £5.95, prebook, 6pm
STRICTLY GEORGIAN: Head to Kensington Palace for an evening learning about decadent balls, the role of the Georgian dance master and the importance of presentation and royal patronage. The evening, led by historian Moira Goff, features live performances, talks and festive refreshments. Dress in Georgian costume or your best evening gown. £18/£16, prebook, 6.30pm
KING PONG: Head to The Book Club in Shoreditch for ping pong tournament King Pong. The winner receives a £35 drinks voucher, while the runner up gets £15 to keep the drinks flowing. £5, just turn up, 6.30pm
DAIRY FREE: Christmas food can be a little challenging to enjoy if you avoid certain ingredients, so author Stephanie Seege and health coach Elizabeta Klisarov host a cooking class to learn how to create an alternative Christmas dinner, free from gluten, dairy, yeast, eggs and refined sugar. See also our guide to having a vegetarian Christmas in London. £80, prebook, 6.30pm
DISCUSSION: Join architectural historian and Chief Executive of English Heritage Simon Thurley at The Englishness of English Architecture, a discussion and debate exploring the national traditions of English architecture, their origins and evidence today. Held at RIBA. £9/£6.50, prebook, 7.30pm
MUSEUM CONCERT: The Grace Mo and Evelina Puzaite Piano Duo play a concert at the Brunel Museum in Rotherhithe, featuring music by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Lutoslawski, Milhaud and Ravel. £10, prebook, 7.30pm
COMEDY: The team behind brilliantly funny Austentatious improv group are curating a new night of non-Austen comedy — improv, stand up, characters and music — by the team and their favourite people. Join them at the Wheatsheaf in Fitzrovia. £3, just turn up, 8pm
COMEDY #2: We thought you’d probably like to know about this: News Quiz goddess Sandi Toksvig joins Andrew Maxwell for his final London Loves show at the Comedy Cafe Theatre in Shoreditch. £13.75 inc booking fee, prebook, 7.30pm
BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at City Temple on Holborn Viaduct, Rye Lane Chapel in Peckham, West Ham United Hotel at Upton Park, Morrisons in Thamesmead and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions. Scared of donating blood? Watch our video.
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Good Cause of the Day
Unicef UK is hosting its first ever contemporary art auction with 35 world-renowned artists including Anish Kapoor and Grayson Perry. The auction will raise vital funds for the crisis in Syria. The exhibition is at Phillips, 30 Berkeley Square, today until 11 December, with online bidding happening throughout.
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