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...
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