What we’re reading
- Until now, few have seen, the fabled Spitalfields Bowl.
- Have you got what it takes to create an 'iconic' Old Street gateway? Don't copy this lot.
- Croydon Airport to stage Purley wreath-laying on the 93rd anniversary of Britain's first air disaster.
- China has its own knockoff version of Fabric.
- London's future nightlife: Can London can keep partying through the 21st century?
Things to do
DIGGING HIS HEELS IN: Christian Louboutin is better known for creating the spiky heel with red lacquered soles – not the foliage in his garden. But it's the flowers from Louboutin's own 13th-century chateau French garden, which are the focus of this exhibition, plus get a whiff of floral installations created by London's leading florists. 13 Floral Street (Covent Garden), free, just turn up, 11am-7pm
VEGAN DELI POP-UP: Wondering how you're going to get through the turkey season meat-free? Don't fret, just head to Camden market's new deli to find everything you need to have a merry vegan Christmas. Plus the market will be bustling with music and carols to launch its first late night opening. North Yard (Camden Market), free, just turn up, noon-9pm, until 21 December
FIRST THURSDAYS: The cafe that trains up former offenders as barristers is throwing a 1950s, rock 'n' roll themed bash with hot dogs from the kitchen, washed down with a local pale ale and whisky cocktails. Cafe from Crisis, free, just turn up, 5pm-10pm
TRAFALGAR SQUARE TREE: It's the 70th anniversary of this majestic 25-metre tree, which had its roots in Norway before it was propped up in Trafalgar Square, (as a thank you for Britain's support during the second world war.) Wrap up warm and see it lit up tonight alongside carol singing, poetry and speeches. Trafalgar Square, free, just turn up, 6pm
GOOD & PROPER TEA: A Christmas market in a tea house sounds like our kind of retail therapy. Bag yourself gifts from local businesses such as Nota Bene Wares and Hoxton Mini Press, plus baked goods to keep you going. Good & Proper Tea, free, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
CRAFT CRASH: Grab cocktails (two for £7.50) from 5pm and get stuck into wreath, garland and headdress making, using baubles, tinsel and all things shiny. Tis the season to be crafty after all. The Star by Hackney Downs, free, just turn up, 7pm-10pm
SACRED HARP SHAPE-NOTE SINGING: Flex those vocal chords at this singing class dedicated to folk hymns from the American South — no experience in 'nineteenth-century heavy metal' necessary. St Catherine's Church (Brockley), £3, just turn up, 7.30pm-9.30pm
PASSENGER FILMS: Have you been following the campaigns to get fairer rights for Uber and Deliveroo workers? Then you'll feel an affinity with these films exploring worker struggles, followed by a panel discussion with union organisers, striking workers and more. St. John on Bethnal Green, free, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm
OUTSPOKEN: This stanza-filled slam brings all the poets to the yard. Share your own witterings during the open mic slot or just lend a willing ear. Winter fur (of the faux variety, we're assuming) is encouraged. Cafe del Marsh (Waterloo), £6.86, book ahead, 7.30pm-11pm
PARAMOUNT SESSIONS: If you just want a chilled one tonight, head to this intimate Edwardian pub for an evening of live music and spoken word. In among the new stuff will be interpretations of songs you know. The Cats Back (Putney), free, just turn up, 8pm, every first Thursday
Good cause of the day: Join the Lambs Conduit Street Christmas Festival in support of Coram's Fields
Coram's Fields is a children's charity which was close to Dicken's heart and it's also the charity of choice for this winter festival. Buy raffle tickets to support the cause, listen to A Christmas Carol performed in its entirety and have a jolly good time weaving in and out of the local independent shops. Lambs Conduit Street, free, just turn up, noon-8pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Fancy some Dim Sum fun? From making and rolling the dough to preparing the fillings and forming the parcels, William will show you everything you need to know to become a Dim Sum pro. William will also teach you the etiquette of Dim Sum - learn what to order and how to order, in Cantonese! Get tickets
Could you spent hours on end satiating your morbid curiosity by researching serial killers? Hey, you're not alone. Insight into the criminal psyche is a fascinating topic and one covered in this talk by retired police officer, Paul Harrison. You'll encounter the stories of three of the UK's worst serial killers, from their childhoods to their crimes. With over four decades of experience in the Criminal Justice system, join Paul to work through the facts, uncover the details, and get inside the heads of these killers to discover what truly motivates a murderer. Get tickets
Ever fancied yourself as Robin Hood? Join the 2020 archery team in London Bridge and discover how to shoot. The 1.5 hour 'get started in archery' class will teach you how to shoot (relatively) accurately as well as the scoring system and key archery terminology. The session finishes with a mini-competition where you can show off your new-found skills. Get tickets
We all know Soho is changing - and fast. But does the Soho of decades past - fiercely independent, occasionally seedy, always flamboyant - still exist? Antony Robbins claims it does - if you know where to look. A former director at the Museum of London, Robbins now leads walking tours of Soho, delving into the area's past and present. His Sex, Death and Shopping tour covers scandals of yesteryear through to present-day erotica - taking in hidden gardens, sinister histories, and little-known facts of famous places. A bit sinister. A bit salacious. And exceedingly well-tailored. It's a tour to have you falling in love - or lust - with this part of London all over again. Get tickets