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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
RESTORED ALMSHOUSE: At the Geffrye Museum today you can visit a restored Almshouse which offers insight into how London's poor and elderly lived in the 18th century. £4, prebook, 11am-4pm
CHILDREN'S CHRISTMAS STORYTELLING: Take children along to the Barbican for a 30 minute burst of Christmas storytelling and festive songs. Suitable for under fives. Free, just turn up, 4pm
SOMERSET HOUSE OLD PALACES TOUR: On this tour explore the history of the now famous arts and culture venue which was once the home of three Queens, which includes access to the Strand Lane Baths. Once you've got your history fix enjoy the Christmassy things on offer such as ice skating. Free, just turn up (arrive early), tours run every Tuesday at 12.45pm and 2.15pm
LATE NIGHT SHOPPING: In a panic about your Christmas shopping? Pick up some last minute gifts at London Transport Museum's Shop which is in the south east corner of Covent Garden. On arrival you'll receive fuel for your late night shop in the form of a rum or gin based cocktail and mince pie. Free, just turn up, 6pm-8pm
CHRISTMAS FEAST: Let The Nightingale in Balham do all the hard work in the kitchen this Christmas. Make some new friends while you enjoy a three course meal. £25, prebook, 7.30pm
Tickets for today:
MOSCOW STATE CIRCUS: All the family are welcome at Winterville in Victoria Park, Bethnal Green, for a performance from Moscow State Circus featuring African whirlwind acrobats. £3.50/£5, prebook, 12pm-8pm
POP UP CINEMA: For a truly festive cinema experience head to Cinema in the Snow at 20th Century Theatre in Notting Hill for a screening of The Grinch. The bar is fully stocked with mulled wine, hot chocolate, popcorn and brownies. Yum. £20, prebook, 5pm
DINNER AND JAZZ: Spend the evening at the 606 Club in Chelsea where your ticket entry includes a two-course meal and music plus a complimentary glass of house wine. £33, prebook, 8.30pm
ICE SKATING: Get your skates on at Canary Wharf's ice rink, one of the largest in London with its very own skate path lined with fairy-lit trees. Or if you'd rather do a spot of people watching with mulled wine in hand there's a heated viewing platform for you to enjoy the spectacle. £9.95/£14.95, prebook, 10am/9.15pm
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Good cause of the day
Head to The Proud Archivist in Haggerston to hear a talk hosted by indie mag Like The Wind which was featured in our top list of London print magazines. The event features Lizzy Hawker, a 100km World Champion and the event is raising money for those recently affected by an earthquake in Nepal. Expect costumes and a raffle followed by a drink in the pub. £9.19, prebook, 6.30pm
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