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- Ken Block drifts through the empty streets of London.
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST: Follow Belle into this mysterious, enchanted house and find out its secrets. As a part of its Christmas season, Sutton House is showing Beauty and the Beast, a magical, immersive family production of the beloved tale. £12/8, book ahead, from 6.30pm
STAR WARS: May the force be with for this celebration of Star Wars. Eat, drink, and get limited-edition goodies with Little White Lies' celebration of its special colour-in Star Wars: Rogue One magazine cover at the 71A Gallery. £10, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm
DOUBLE FEATURE: Get into the Christmas spirit with Prince Charles Cinema's double feature screening of Trading Places, starring Eddie Murphy and Dan Aykroyd's, and Scrooged starring Bill Murray. £10/£7, book ahead, from 6.35pm
DRAGONWORLD: Get lost in a world of fiction at The Free World Lecture Theatre & Hall with Dragonworld. The evening will include discussions on four short stories from China, exploring the subject, style and authors. £5/£3, book ahead, from 6.45pm
HUMANS IN REVOLT: Need to let loose and forget about the craziness of 2016? Then Shorts On Tap's Humans In Revolt - Funk This Shit is for you. Head over to Brick Lane for four short films on empowerment and human strength and a night of dancing and letting go. Free, book ahead, 7pm-11pm
GRIMM BEGINNINGS: Explore the world of the Brothers Grimm down underground in the Brunel Tunnel. Grimm Beginnings is beautiful piece of theatre, based on the enchanting characters of Grimm, with live music and fights. £20/£18, book ahead, from 7.30pm
ICONS: La Gateau Chocolat walks the line between his public and private personas in Icon. The show, at Soho Theatre, explores the relationships we have with our icons, and things that shape us and we aspire to be. From £12, book ahead, until 7 January 2017
BRICK FLICKS: Enjoy large-scale images of LEGO recreations of your favourite scenes and films on Monday. Head over to the artdepot's Apthorp Gallery for Brick Flicks, an exhibition bringing film's most iconic moments to life in LEGO, by Warren Elsmore. Free, just turn up, until 31 December
ADVENT WINDOWS 2016: Celebrate the Christmas season with Advent Windows: 2016. Greenwich's St Alfege's Church is unveiling a newly decorated window in its living advent calendar every day until Christmas Eve. You can check the locations of each window here. Free, just turn up, until 2 January 2017
ROALD DAHL BIRTHDAY: In honour of Roald Dahl's 100th birthday, illustrator Sir Quentin Blake has drawn speacial portraits of Dahl's most famous characters. Head over to the British Library for Quentin Blake: The Roald Dahl Centenary Portraits to celebrate this phizz-whizzing anniversary. Free, just turn up, until 21 May 2017
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CHRISTMAS PARTY FUNDRAISER: Enjoy an evening of storytelling, comedy and clowning and give to a Clowns Without Borders with Thom Foole's House Party. Described as TGI Fridays meets Live At The Apollo via Little Britain, it's set to be a hilarious night. From £7, book ahead, 7pm-10.30pm
A TRIPPY CHRISTMAS: The only way to describe this surreal exhibition is the aftermath of a trippy Christmas party. Confetti litters a gallery filled with dead Christmas trees. ‘Party guests’ with inflatable heads lie asleep with legs sticking out that look very real. Bizarre but brilliant. Destined to be Happy by Irina Korina at GRAD London, 3-4a Little Portland Street, W1W 7 JB. Until 28 February, free. ★★★★★
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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