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Things to do today:
LAST CHANCE: The Wellcome Collection has filled an entire gallery with brightly coloured mist as part of a new installation by Ann Veronica Janssens. Contemplate the human consciousness or just enjoy the pretty colours. Free, just turn up, until 3 January
CHRISTMAS AT THE RAF MUSEUM: Children itching to meet Santa are in luck as Santa's Grotto has arrived at the RAF Museum at Colindale. Once you've handed over your Christmas list you're free to explore the rest of the museum. Free, just turn up, until 23 December
SOLSTICE SHORTS FESTIVAL: West Greenwich Library is celebrating the shortest day of the year with short stories, poetry and music provided by folk duo Ian Kennedy and Sarah Lloyd, plus traditional folk carols from Vocal Chords local community choir. Free, just turn up, 7pm
COMEDY: Robin Ince and Michael Legge do a live version of their Vitriola podcast at Bloomsbury Theatre studio, with guests Josie Long, Darren Hayman and My Grey Horse. £10/£15, prebook, 7.30pm
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Head to the Barbican for a healthy dose of carol singing at The City of London Choir’s annual Christmas concert featuring the brass section of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. £10-£30, prebook, 7.30pm
UNDERGROUND FILM CLUB: Join Londonist for an atmospheric screening of Shakespeare in Love at The Vaults under Waterloo station followed by a bonus short on the difficulty of finding love in the modern age. Stick around for a spot of Birdies Crazy Golf next door. Seriously fun. £15, prebook, 8pm
Tickets for today:
SPEEDBOAT DOWN THE THAMES: Canary Wharf's festive RIB experience sees Londoners zooming down the Thames James Bond style. On the 50 minute trip you'll glimpse Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and more. Embark from Embankment Pier at 1pm or 3pm. Tickets are £39
BACKYARD CINEMA: Catch a screening of Bugsy Malone at Winterville's Backyard Cinema in Bethnal Green. Grab a beanbag and settle down for a cosy evening in the winter night garden, accessible by secret tree-lined tunnel. £12.50, 5pm
LITERARY TOUR: Discover which London pubs around Fitzrovia the literary greats whiled away the hours in dreaming up plots, before grabbing a hot toddy and stopping off at Charles Dickens's newly discovered residence. The three hour tour is led by not-for-profit charity The Maverick Theatre Company. Wrap up warm and wear comfy shoes. £18, prebook, 7pm
ICE SKATING: You can skate in a number of locations across London from Westfield to Wembley Park, Finchley to South Kensington, Canary Wharf to Hyde Park. Check out our round-up and take advantage of some special ticket offers, like skate sessions and dinner at Broadgate, Exchange Square. £25 gets you an hour's skating and a drink.
COMEDY: Hear top comedians poke fun at the events of 2015 at The Comedy Store in Soho. £13/£19, prebook, 8pm
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Good cause of the day
At the Art Takeaway Fundraiser you can pick up presents for the art lover in your life and raise money for Outskirts, a London based charity providing art therapy and advice to women and vulnerable people. Contributing artists include Bobby Baker, whose touring exhibition Diary Drawings premiered at the Wellcome Collection, and Mark Whithorn who won the British Institution Award at the Royal Academy of Arts. Art is reasonably priced between £10-£30. The event takes place at Espacio Gallery in Bethnal Green. Free, just turn up, 6.30pm-9pm
Secrets of the Underground
It's nearly Christmas and you need a gift for your transport obsessed friend/dad? Look no further than the Londonist shop where you'll find Secrets of the Underground, featuring a ton of lesser known info, fun facts and endless journeys around London's transport system.
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