What we’re reading
- Sadiq Khan sets out proposals to change planning laws to allow greater numbers of houses to be built in small spaces.
- Fake snow machine tricks Oxford Street Christmas shoppers into thinking it was REALLY snowing.
- Is London ready for electric taxis?
- Chinese dockless bike-sharing company Ofo will roll out 150,000 bikes in UK.
Things to do
DESIGN MUSEUM MARKET: Stock up on jewellery, ceramics, textiles, graphic design, digital and children’s products from 50 contemporary designers at the Design Museum market, where quality is pretty much guaranteed. The Design Museum, free, just turn up, noon-8pm today, until 3 December
CHRISTMAS BALLET: If anything is going to get you feeling festive, it's seeing ballet dancers perform Winter Wonderland inspired by Swan Lake, with additional pieces from the iconic ballet the Nutcracker. Devonshire Square, free, just turn up, 12.30pm-1.30pm
CARAVANTOMIME: Not had your panto fix this year? Head to Bank Side's Caravan Theatre for an intimate (seriously, only nine audience members at a time) night of panto antics. Prices Street, £7.50, book ahead, until 2 December
RUM FESTIVAL: One sure fire way to heat up this winter is to hang out at the UK's first travelling rum festival, featuring more than 100 varieties of the strong stuff. Studio Spaces, £18, book ahead, 5.30pm-11.30pm, until 2 December
FROZEN IN TIME: Join a lantern-lit procession around Blackfriars Road, uncovering secret stories from the River Thames along the way, with a spectacular finale at Mint Street Park. Lancaster Estate Gardens, free, just turn up, 4.30pm-7pm
BOXMOOR FAIR: Santa has swapped his sleigh for a canal boat — visit his grotto at this Christmas fair, where you can also fill up on hot beverages while you enjoy canal-side entertainment. Fishery Wharf Cafe, £1, just turn up, 6pm, until 3 December
CATS LATE: Cat videos draw in an impressive 26 billion views on YouTube, unsurprising for anyone who has ever been bored at work. Understanding cats breaking the internet is the theme of this late. Grant Museum of Zoology, free, just turn up, 6.30pm-9pm
FRIDAY LATE: Expect Haitian Vodou dancing, live drumming and science talks at this trippy late exploring the impact of altered states of perception, visual illusions and hallucinations on creativity. Wellcome Collection, free, just turn up, 7pm-11pm
CHOIRS BY CANDLELIGHT: London's LGBT and chamber choir sure know how to flex those vocal chords. Hear curator Matthew Storey give a short talk on queer opera before treating your ears to this atmospheric performance. The V&A, free, just turn up, 7.30pm-8.30pm
MEXICAN FUNDRAISER: London based Latino artists are joining forces to throw a proper fiesta to raise funds for Mexico, which was hit by two earthquakes earlier this year. Expect Mexican food and a lot of salsa dancing. Rich Mix, £10/£8, book ahead, 8pm
Good cause of the day: Beer for charity? What’s not to like?
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books... Get tickets
Whether you’re a pre-grated cheddar sprinkler or mimolette fan, this cheesy walking tour will delight your senses. Starting off at a cheese counter in Mayfair that has been serving for more than 300 years, you'll tour the city's best dairy delights - including Fortnum & Mason, where the royals get their fix. Get tickets
Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you'll be standing up and paddling solo, and there's plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required. Get tickets
Get creative with your partner in this date night with a difference. Between you, you’ll get to create your very own piece of artwork on a large canvas. Help is on hand if you need it, but freestyle pieces are always encouraged… Get tickets