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...
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
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
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
If you've never paired ceramics and prosecco before, why on earth not? It's a match made in heaven as Sam and Diana, co-creators of 'Make Your Own', prove at their wonderfully welcoming ceramic painting workshop. Pull up a stool, don an apron and get to work on your very own mug, plate, tile, bowl or ornament. They provide the ceramics as well as a selection of patterns, and will show you exactly how to transfer designs and paint to your heart's content. It's BYO so feel free to pop the prosecco and enjoy the company of like-minded Londoners as you get stuck into your creations. Get tickets