What we're reading
- London's brand new tube maps.
- Two different views on the redevelopment of Denmark Street.
- What was Christmas shopping like 100 years ago?
- The gallows where pirates hanged.
Things to do
FUNKY MOVES: Kick off the Christmas hols with a dance-off. Head over to Eddie Catz in Wimbledon for its Funky Moves Christmas Dance Party, and keep little ones entertained with makeovers, festive moves and party games. £25, book ahead, 11am-1pm
CHRISTMAS BUNTING: Give your Christmas decorations the personal touch with the Christmas stocking bunting workshop at Farmopolis. £3 (suggested donation), book ahead, 11am-4pm
CHRISTMAS CAROLLING: Warm up those vocal chords with a festive workshop at Farmopolis. Join Xenia Davis and the Farmopolis Choir for Christmas songs, Calypso carols and Finnish reindeer chants. £3, book ahead, 2pm-3.30pm
CHEEKY CHRISTMAS CRAFTS: Running out of gift ideas? Make something cheeky for your Secret Santa and friends (but probably not your mum) at Drink, Shop & Do in King's Cross. Have festive fun and cocktails with Cheeky Christmas Crafts. From £5, just turn up, from 7pm
THE WAVE PICTURES: Head down to All You Read Is Love in Leytonstone, to see the class British alt pop band The Wave Pictures. Free, just turn up, from 7pm
CHRISTMAS AT MILDRED'S: Five women are brought together by fate, and are determined to celebrate what could be their last Christmas. Head to the quiet English countryside for Christmas at Mildred's at the Hens & Chickens theatre for this festive thriller. £10, book ahead, 7.30pm-8.30pm
SANTA!: Don't forget your maple syrup as you travel through the seven levels of the candy cane forest this weekend. Head to Prince Charles Cinema for Elf and join Buddy on his quest to meet his father and save Christmas. £13.50/£11, book ahead, from 9pm
WINTER WONDERLAND: Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park is 10 years old. Enjoy festive attractions and entertainment including funfair rides, The Nutcracker on Ice... and good old fashioned ice skating. Some attractions require pre-booking. Free entry (charge for some events), just turn up, until 2 January
WINTER MARKET: Christmas shopping is sorted thanks to Southbank Centre's Winter Market. Get your hands on handmade crafts, festive grub and mulled wine. Free, just turn up, until 8 January
NORDIC CHRISTMAS: Spend your Thursday looking for Gonks. They're mythical creatures from Scandinavian culture associated with Christmas and winter — and they're hiding at Southbank Centre. Beware: they keep an eye on children and report back to Santa... Free, just turn up, until 16 January
Good cause for the day
CANDLELIT CAROLS: Give back this Christmas and help the St Mary Magdalene Organ Restoration Fund with Candlelit Carols for All. Visit St Mary Magdalene Church on Windmill Hill for a night of Christmas music and goodwill. £10, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
Review: Fighting Animals
FIGHTING ANIMALS: Rubens hunting scenes are given a contemporary twist. Tigers, lions, hippos, rhinos and horses all engage in energetic combat in these perfectly frenetic paintings that are very close to the style of the Old Masters. Hugo Wilson: Chroma Hunt at Shapero Modern, 32 St George Street, W1S 2EA. Until 10 January, free. ★★★☆☆ [Monday-Saturday]
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