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...
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
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
How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. 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