What we’re reading
- Electric taxis have arrived in London.
- This guy made his shed the top rated restaurant on TripAdvisor.
- Londoners hang scarves for the homeless.
- London's Lumiere Festival reveals 10 new installations for 2018.
Things to do
COSMIC SUPERHEROES: Forget what you've seen in the movies, the real superheroes are right here in the real world. Comedian Josie Long, physicist Helen Czerski and poet Salena Godden are among the faces you'll see in this exhibition of women who have excelled in their profession. Conway Hall, free, just turn up, 8 December-31 January
WILDLIFE WALK: Feeling groggy this morning? A brisk group walk around these beautifully serene marshes should sort you out. Rainham Marshes, £5/£2 child, just turn up, 10am
CROYDON WINTER FESTIVAL: Croydonites don't have to travel far to get their festive fix as a new winter festival opens today. There's a covered ice rink, dodgem cars, a Santa's Runaway Roller Coaster, a Bavarian-style bar for the adults and Santa's grotto for the kids. Ashburton Park, free entry, just turn up, noon-10pm, until 2 January
GLAMOUR ON ICE: There'll be no shakey starts or wobbly legs on this rink as professional ice dancer Yvette Mauback-Lang and her team take to the ice. Devonshire Square, free, just turn up, 12.30pm-1.20pm
AFRICAN CHRISTMAS MARKET: The scent of African and Caribbean food wafting through the Union Yard Arches should be enough to get your attention. Once you've filled your face, browse fashion and jewellery stalls, visit Santa's grotto and listen to the gospel choir. Great Suffolk Street, free, just turn up, 4pm, until 10 December
BRIXTON BURLESQUE SHOW: If it's debauchery your after, shimmy on up to the South Pole Saloon, where burlesque bombshell Dinah Might is tonight's entertainment. Visitors can also have a 'glamour puss' makeover and browse lingerie at Rosie von Boschan's pop-up. Brixton Rooftop, £19-£24, book ahead, 5pm-9pm
HAPPY ENDINGS: Loosen your belts and pull up a seat at this supper club, where supper means four (yes FOUR) courses of desserts, all washed down with organic wine. Happy Endings Dessert Bar (Old Spitalfields Market), £40, book ahead, various times
CONCRETE SOLDIERS: Get the low down on the social cleansing sweeping across some of London's council estates in this new documentary from Nikita Woolfe. Cinema Museum, £10, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
POP-UP SCREENS: Make like Lucy and enter this wardrobe into a snow-dusted winter wonderland, you won't find Aslan here but you can settle in for a screening of Elf. Hackney Showroom, £20/£10 under 10s, book ahead, 7.30pm
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Dust off your Santa hats and treat your ears to some festive favourites and lesser-known melodies performed by London City Voices, a 350-strong choir who know how to party. (The post-concert celebrations continue until 2am). Troxy, £15, book ahead, 8pm-10pm
Good cause of the day: Party at this concert for creatives
Settle in for a night of music, carols, spoken word and networking at this concert in aid of The Haven + London, a charity focused solely on helping struggling creatives. St Giles in the Fields Church, £10 donation, book ahead, 7.30pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.
Sex & Relationship mentor Colin Richards will will explain how our early life influences effect our attractions to others and our subsequent sexual behaviours. Colin will also then show you how by adopting a new way of listening and communicating, you can go a long way to overcoming repeated behaviour patterns to achieve the relationship and sexual connection you really want. Get tickets
Looking for a yummy walking tour of London? Then you're in for a treat... this tour offers a glimpse round the high-end shopping district of Mayfair, to visit some of the finest artisan chocolatiers in the capital. And who better to show you round than former City cocoa and coffee trader, Paul Mansfield? There's plenty of free chocolates to go round too, with 7+ samples included and a 10% discount on the tour if you purchase from any of the shops. You might want to arrive on an empty stomach for this one! Get tickets
Wrap up warm and explore Christmassy London with a cycling tour through the city. From the bustling Christmas markets to spectacular light displays and Hyde Park's Winter Wonderland, get into the festive spirit pedalling around town. With great guides and clear roads (and hopefully skies), explore London in a different light. Get tickets
Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets