What we’re reading
- Haggerston Baths: Hackney Council signs off plan to turn historic building into shops, offices and community space.
- Idris Elba 'humbled' to get MOBO commemorative paving stone in London.
- Mayor plans more public toilets for London.
- From Kielder to the Houses of Parliament.
Things to do
BUG CLUB: Get back in touch with nature with these fun outdoor activities for pre-schoolers and their carers. Waltham Abbey Gardens, £4, book ahead, 1pm-2.30pm
CHRISTMAS BY THE RIVER: For a scenic Christmas shop in the capital, it has to be this pretty river-side market, which launches today. Expect carols and a Christmas light switch on, plenty of market stalls and Eis Haus, a mini alpine resort for you to warm up in. London Bridge City, free, just turn up, 4.30pm-10pm
ILLUSTRATION FAIR: Looking for a stocking filler for an art lover? You're bound to find something to brighten you and your mates' walls at this illustration, print and graphic design fair. Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf, £7.50, book ahead, 6pm, until 3 December
PAINTED HALL: It's well worth ascending the 20-metre (60ft) high scaffold (watch our video here) to get up close to this beautiful ceiling, and one of Europe's most ambitious 'open' conservation projects. Tonight a panel discussion will fill you in on the tech that's made the project possible. Old Royal Naval College, £15, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm
GALLERY LATE: There's a drop in cross-stitch workshop for the nimble-fingered, a talk on contemporary embroidery and needlecraft and a performance from Flock Theatre Ensemble at this gallery late inspired by the life and work of William Morris's daughter May Morris. William Morris Gallery, free, just turn up, 6.30pm
BATTERSEA LIGHTS: Did you know Battersea Power Station has its own community choir? See them perform tonight as part of this Christmas light switch on, which even sees those iconic chimneys get the festive treatment. Circus West Village, free, just turn up, 7pm-9pm
OOMK ZINE: We introduced you to this awesome zine a couple of years back and its important work redefining the arts for women of colour. At the launch of its sixth issue you can expect lively conversations with contributors, food sculptures by Abeera Kamran, music and more. River Rooms, £8, book ahead, 7pm-10pm
MUVVAHOOD: Here's a stat for you. Single-parent families make up one in four households in the UK. Libby Liburd hopes to blow stereotypes of single mothers out of the water in her funny, frank one-woman show, created from the voices of real single mothers living in London today. Pleasance Theatre (Islington), £12, book ahead, 7.45pm-8.45pm, until 1 December
THE INVISIBLE: Like a more authentic Lost in Translation for the stage, this play draws on the personal experiences of Yuyu Wang to explore what happens East Asian culture lands at Heathrow airport. Blue Elephant Theatre, £8/£6.50, book ahead, 8pm, until 1 December
MIGRATION FILM FESTIVAL: This newbie to London's film festival scene launched last year with the aim of restoring humanity and dignity to stories about the refugee experience. Check out the full programme here. Various venues, various prices, book ahead, 30 November-5 December
Good cause of the day: Roar with Laughter
The likes of Alan Carr, Rob Delaney and Katherine Ryan will have you cackling like a hyena at this funny fundraiser for the Zoological Society of London. Hammersmith Apollo, £19, book ahead, 7pm