Things to do today is sponsored by CommuterClub.
What we’re reading
- Sadiq Khan is 'exploring all avenues' over West Ham's London Stadium deal.
- Toys lost on public transport to be donated to the Salvation Army for Christmas.
- Old Spitalfields Market to stop selling fur.
- Are public transport users subsidising London’s roads?
- Future of India Club on London's Strand under threat from developers.
Things to do
PIGS EAR BEER & CIDER FEST: Raid your piggy bank for this beer-soaked festival showcasing 230 of the finest beers and ales. Round Chapel (Hackney), £5/£3 with a CAMRA card, just turn up, 5-9 December
BRITISH LIBRARY SHOPPING: Planning a trip to the library tonight? You might find yourself sidetracked by an array of festive gift stalls and serenaded by carol singers on the way in. Plus, get 20% off in the library shop today, because it's Christmas. British Library, free, just turn up, 4pm-8pm
IMPERIAL FRINGE: Find out the ill effects of that Oxford Street dash from the School of Public Health's air quality busters, bottle clouds with an atmospheric physicist and hold onto your head when you enter one of Europe's longest wind tunnels at this event making science fun again. Imperial College London, free, book ahead, 5pm-8pm
AUTHORS EVENING: Bookworms should wrap up warm and head to Waterstones to meet the authors behind some of the best releases of 2017, from Rivers of London author Ben Aaronovitch to English novelist Victoria Hislop. Get your books signed and gift-wrapped in time for present giving season. Waterstones (King's Road), free, just turn up, 6pm-8pm
POSTAL MUSEUM LATE: The Postal Museum has delivered its first ever after-hours event. The festive package includes a letter writing station, the first known Christmas card and performances from the Royal Mail Choir. Postal Museum, £12/£9, book ahead, 6.30pm-9.30pm
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I AM NEXT: There's more to the UK's music scene than Ed Sheeran (sorry Ed). At this rave, you'll discover some of the most hyped names in UK drill, grime, trap, hip hop, afro trap and RnB, without a Spotify advert in earshot. Village Underground, £5-£8, book ahead, 7pm-11pm
ART OF BRIXTON: See Brixton portrayed in all its wonderful, messy, colourful diversity through screen prints, photography, oil paintings and more at this fundraiser for Brixton Soup Kitchen & Support Centre. At the exhibition's launch night tonight, there will be spoken word, acoustic music and a DJ. The Ritzy (Brixton), £5, book ahead, 7pm-11.30pm
POETRY AT THE PRINT ROOM: Sinéad Morrissey, Michael Symmons Roberts and Maria Stepanova are on the Print Room lineup tonight. These lyrical wordsmiths have more literary awards between them than you can shake a pen at. The Print Room (Notting Hill), £10, book ahead, 7.30pm
NEW ROOTS: LOW CHIMES: New Roots gigs are always an intimate affair, where the quality of the songwriting and musicianship takes centre stage and the audience have come here to listen (not talk loudly about what their boss did at the Christmas party). Alt folk, five-piece band Low Chimes perform tonight. The Sebright Arms (Bethnal Green), £9.35, book ahead, 7.30pm
Good cause of the day: Go to a candlelit carol service
This candlelit service featuring readings, the lighting of the Advent Candle and special performances from the English National Opera Chorus and Soul Symphony Choir will have even the gloomiest of grinches humming Silent Night by the end of the evening. All funds are donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities and its work supporting families with children in hospital. St Martin in the Fields, £20/£9, book ahead, 6pm-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