What we’re reading
- Uber can continue operating in London until May or June next year.
- 'Our playground': London cyclists find utopia in Regent's Park.
- In honour of Charles Dickens’ beloved novel A Christmas Carol, Royal Mail has decorated this postbox.
- A 360 degree look at Crossrail.
Things to do
ABBA: SUPER TROUPERS: One for all you dancing queens — although even if you're not an Abba super fan you can still take a chance on this exhibition featuring nine rooms bursting with Abba's music and lyrics, plus tales of the Swedish pop band narrated by Jarvis Cocker. Royal Festival Hall, £15-£25, booking recommended, until 29 April 2018
KING'S CROSS FLOATING MARKET: Pick up literature, vegan treats and herbal ointments at this floating market before warming up around a wood burner on the Village Butty barge, with a mulled wine in hand. Granary Square, free, just turn up, 14-18 December
ARTHUR JAFA: Today is your last chance to catch Arthur Jafa's seven-minute mash-up of clips taken from black American history, from church rallies to civil rights leaders. All set in a massive tent on a rooftop with Kanye West's gospel-inspired hip-hop track Ultralight Beam blaring out. Store Studios (The Strand), free, just turn up, 10am-10pm
NIGHT MARKET: Around 50 Crafty Fox stalls pop up at the Geffrye Museum to peddle silver jewellery, snazzy pot plants, beautiful ceramics and more. Shoppers can also opt for an unusual wreath this year at an I Make Knots knitted wreath workshop (£35, book ahead, 4pm and 7pm). Geffrye Museum (Hoxton), free entry, just turn up, 4pm-9pm
CHRISTMAS AT DEPTFORD MARKET YARD: Browse the best in south east London design at the Merry Makers House before losing yourself in the foliage of the English Flowerhouse and reemerging with a lovely fully-formed wreath, at the launch night of this four-day festive market. Deptford Market Yard, free, just turn up, 6pm-9pm, until 17 December
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: This tree might be getting its LEDs a little later than London's other trees but it'll still put a smile on your face and add a few likes to your Insta feed. Island Gardens (Isle of Dogs), free, just turn up, 6.30pm-8.30pm
EAST END PHOTOGRAPHY: If you're interested in the East End and like looking at old photos, you'll enjoy this talk from archives manager Stefan Dickers on the East End's influence on the development of early photography. Bishopsgate Institute, £9/£5, book ahead, 7pm-8pm
FILM NIGHT: See a screening of 1961 ghost film The Innocents in the atmospheric and slightly creepy surroundings of The Old Operating Theatre Museum (London Bridge). £8-£10, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
BELSHAZZAR'S FEAST: Step away from the carol book and into a world of traditional folk music from entertaining folk duo Belshazzar's Feast, with some seasonal twists thrown in. Cecil Sharp House (Camden), £15/£10, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm
JAZZ AT THE MOVIES: If jazz is more your thing, head to this late night gig featuring all your festive favourites, as made famous by Ella, Eartha, Frank, Doris, Dean, Bing and more. Royal Albert Hall, £18, book ahead, 9.30pm
Good cause of the day: Raise money for Macmillan by attending this candlelit concert
Do your bit to raise money for people affected by cancer by getting yourself to this atmospheric church, which will be full of festive good cheer, candlelit carols and readings from actors Nick Hendrix and John Foley, and television and radio presenter Sarah-Jane Mee. Don't worry, the church has stocked up on mince pies. St Paul's Church (Knightsbridge), £30/£25, book ahead, 8pm-11.30pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
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
Tripping as treatment? It exists, and scientists at some of the world's most prestigous universities are studying the benefits of single-use psychedelic sessions to treat severe mental health conditions. But do hallucinogenic drugs have a place in our hospitals? Initial results have been positive, but how do these sessions work? What do these scientists use? What do the participants themselves have to say? Clinic Psychologic Dr Rosalind Watts leads this fascinating talk into the potential successes and pitfalls of using psychedelics in medicine, using her own personal experience as a "trip-sitter" at Imperial College London. Get tickets
We’re fed up of bog standard London tours. Been there, done that. So how about learning some more about the history and surprisingly dynamic modern politics of London’s public toilets? This 1.5hr walking tour covers iconic London from a whole new perspective, as you learn about ‘spending a penny’ at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and explore the capital’s most patriotic toilet. The tour ends in the Cellar Door Cocktail bar, a former gentleman’s lavatory. Delightful. Get tickets