What we’re reading
- Architectural Association accused of "destroying its own cultural mission" over redundancy plans.
- Purpose-built Anglican church opens in London for first time in 40 years.
- Ford applies to launch six 'Chariot' bus routes in London.
- Met police ‘should consider temporary ban on pillion passengers to fight moped crime’.
Things to do
ILLUMINATE ROTHERHITHE: To mark the 400th-anniversary commemorations of the 1620 sailing of the Mayflower Ship to America, Rotherhithe-dwellers are hosting five-days of festivities, including a lantern procession and church concert tonight. Various venues, free, just turn up, until 26 November
THE WINTER HOUSE: This stunning Grade II listed Soho chapel has been given the festive treatment by style-savvy bar Bourne & Hollingsworth. Stay for a seasonal supper or just grab a cocktail and explore this beautifully dilapidated building. The Welsh Chapel (Soho), £55 dining experience, book ahead, until 23 December
EALING CHRISTMAS MARKET: West Londoners needn't brave Oxford Street for a slice of Christmas — pick up gifts from fairy-lit cabins, and check out an ice cave covered with ginger bread-flavoured Ealing landmarks at the Ealing Christmas Market, which opens today. Ealing Broadway Centre, free, just turn up, until 24 December
WINTERVILLE: Winter Wonderland's edgier cousin has relocated to Clapham but rest-assured you can expect the same quirky Christmas market, complete with crazy golf, the Big Wheel, a whole load of street food and Clapham Common's first ever ice rink. Clapham Common, free, just turn up, until 1 January
NME LIFE HACKS: It just takes one inspirational person to change the course of life for a young person. And this event has two. Hear Chelsea and England footballer Eniola Aluko and 2017 Mercury Prize nominee Loyle Carner chat to NME about ‘how to find your motivation’. Islington Metal Works, £10, book ahead, 4pm-11pm
THANKSGIVING: Anyone celebrating the American holiday might like to book a table at this Steak House, which is serving up 12.6kg three-bird roast (!), followed by classic homemade pumpkin pie. Prepare for the meat sweats. Heliot Steak House, £12, book ahead, 5pm-12pm
OUR HEALTH, OUR PLANET: Despite what the news says, us humans have done pretty well for ourselves, but at what cost to the planet? Join professor Kate Jones as she presents the 21st Annual Grant Lecture and mull over what she says at the free post-talk drinks. Grant Museum of Zoology, free, just turn up, 6.30pm-9pm
FILMING UNDER FIRE: Ever wondered what it's like for journalists working in hostile environments? Get stuck in at this training session responding to trauma, adapting camouflage techniques and unlearning everything you know about weapons from Hollywood movies. IWM London, £25, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm
COMEDY CLUB: Try not to spit out your birthday cake as you burst into fits of giggles at Camden Comedy Club's third birthday celebrations. On the bill is Garrett Millrick, Mae Martin and Marcel Lucont. 100 Camden High Street, £15, book ahead, 8pm-10.30pm
Good cause of the day: Head to this Children's Celebration Sale
London's little bakers are setting up shop at Borough Market to sell their foodie creations, which have been influenced by their own heritage. All proceeds go to charity FareShare, which turns food waste into meals for vulnerable people. Market Hall, free, just turn up, 11am-1.30pm
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