PUB: Just want to kick back and relax with a pint and a packet of pork scratchings? Our pubs guide has information about all the best pubs in London, organised by area for your convenience. Find a boozer nearby, try a new place, or see if your local’s in there.
SKATING: This is your last chance to get your skates on at some of the temporary rinks around the city (the Natural History Museum and London Eye rinks close on Sunday). Probably best to book ahead.
Saturday 3 January
DISCOVERING LONDON: It's a double whammy from tour guide Peter Berthoud today. First, his Strand walk takes you along a former beach. Discover London’s, possibly the world’s, first wine bar, the scene of an elephant’s execution and the oldest family-run shop of its type on earth. You will also see a few sculptures that most people have never noticed, a back-to-front church and more (11am). His second walk of the day gives you a chance to discover the Seven Noses of Soho. Legend has it that if you see them all, you will attain infinite wealth (3pm). Walks are £10-£12 each, and need to be prebooked.
ART MACABRE: The theme of this week's Global Curiosities event at The Book Club in Shoreditch is Inuit culture. Create art inspired by the Arctic and Inuit mythology, furs and folklore with a relaxing soundtrack to draw to. Nude models will be striking poses inspired by Inuit culture. £8/£10, prebook, 2pm
WINTER WONDERS: Tally Ho’s Winter Wonders Cycle Tour lets you visit London’s Christmas lights and festive markets, while learning about the history of the area, even picking up an inside tip or two. The tour is repeated tomorrow. See calendar for other Tally Ho tours going on between Christmas and New Year. £25, prebook, 2.30pm
BRIDGET CHRISTIE: One of the biggest comedians on the British circuit at the moment, Bridget Christie's Ungrateful Woman show has had extra dates added due to high demand. Takes place at Soho Theatre. £20, prebook, 9.30pm
Sunday 4 January
CROSSRAIL WALK: Guide Mark King continues his series of walks tracking the Crossrail route. Today covers the central-eastern section of London’s 26 miles of new tunnels, from Tottenham Court Road to Liverpool Street. £6-£15, prebook, 10.30am
OLD MAPS: Walk with old maps exploring what happened to the fields around Sadler’s Wells. There is the Parish School built in 1828 still a school, a square laid out on the site of a famous Chartist gathering and Arnold Bennett’s Riceyman Steps, which we ascend. Along the way we encounter Fanny Wilkinson, George Cruikshank and Joseph Grimaldi. Meeting place revealed on booking. £10/£8, prebook by emailing email@example.com. 11am
HEATH MEANDER: Doing Dry January and not sure what to do with your Sunday morning when you don't have a hangover? Join like minded people at Club Soda's Sunday morning walk on Hampstead Heath. Meet at Kenwood House Cafe and take a slow meander across the common. £5, prebook, 11am
TWELFTH NIGHT: Go to Bankside for free Twelfth Night celebrations, with appearances by The Holly Man, wassailers, King Bean and Queen Pea and Mummers' plays. Free, just turn up, from 2.30pm
GREAT EXPECTATIONS: BFI Southbank screens the 1948 adaptation of Dickens's famous novel, featuring Pip’s transformation from apprentice blacksmith to potential London gentleman. £8.15-£11.50, prebook, 12.15pm
YOUTH ORCHESTRA: The National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain performs its winter 2015 programme at Barbican, conducted by John Wilson. Programme includes Bach/Elgar's Fantasia and Fugue in C minor, Respighi's The Pines of Rome and Elgar's Symphony No 1. Various prices, prebook, 7pm
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