What we’re reading.
- Okay, Let’s Run the Numbers On That Latest Bullsh*t 'Stop Eating Pret and Save a Flat Deposit' Story Shall We?
- Where did London's parakeets come from?
- Metropolitan Police finally doing something about the moped crime-wave.
- Grenfell community could take over Notting Hill police station.
Things to do
GUITARWRIST: On the search for a gift for a music fan? All the fan memorabilia in this jewellery collection is made from used guitar strings, which have been donated by international artists, from Duran Duran to The Darkness. 2 Newburgh Street, £40-£500, just turn up, until 5 January
GILBERT & GEORGE. Check out the latest work from provocative art duo Gilbert & George, at an exhibition which launches tonight. You'll leave with a totally new perspective on beards and you can even purchase six new snazzy poster designs to brighten up your walls. White Cube Bermondsey, free, just turn up, 6pm-9pm
UNITED NATIONS SHORTS: Acid attacks in India and the logistical supply chain behind the former Calais refugee camp are topics explored at this stimulating night of short films and debate. Cinema Museum, free-£5, book ahead, 6.30pm
NERD NIGHT: The Japafication of food, why mobiles have changed everything but the movies, and the invention of lesbianism are topics discussed at this night of entertaining, informative talks to feed the brain. The Backyard Comedy Club, £8, book ahead, 6.30pm
VAGINA TALK. It's been a long time coming but a Vagina Museum is finally opening in the UK. The woman behind the project, Florence Schechter, discusses the current inequality between male and female genitalia and why now is the right time to launch this museum dedicated to lady parts. Haunt (Stoke Newington), £12, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
SINGLES LIFE DRAWING: Take a break from the dating apps, step out of your comfort zone and into this life drawing class, where you can explore your creative side and practice your chat-up lines. Drink Shop & Do (King's Cross), £19.70-£34.57, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm
POETRY UNPLUGGED: Find a willing audience for your carefully crafted words (sign ups between 6.45pm-7.15pm) or just bring your ears to this popular open mic night at the newly refurbed Poetry Cafe. £5/£4, just turn up, 7.30pm
LIVE MUSIC: Get your groove on to global rhythms and thumping contemporary beats from European and African based collective, Afro Celt Sound System. Barbican, £27.50, book ahead, 7.30pm
COMEDY: Guaranteed to make you feel better about your life, Sarah Bennetto talks us through 50 dumb life decisions she's made in this hilariously dark new standup show. Pleasance Theatre, £10, book ahead, 7.45pm
PUB CRAWL DOC: In 1984, four men walked into a pub. No, this isn't the start of a bad joke but the beginnings of a record-breaking mission to visit as many UK pubs as possible. 33 years later, this documentary tells their story. The Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar (Islington), £5, book ahead, 9pm-10pm
Good cause of the day: Volunteer at Crisis at Christmas in London
It's a tough life being homeless, but imagine not having a roof over your head during the coldest, wettest months. Whether you're a dab hand in the kitchen, are skilled with a pair of scissors or can lend a listening ear, Crisis needs you and your skills to see homeless people through the darkest months. Check out the roles available and apply here.
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way. Get tickets
Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets
Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets
Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets