What we’re reading.
- Okay, Let’s Run the Numbers On That Latest Bullsh*t 'Stop Eating Pret and Save a Flat Deposit' Story Shall We?
- Where did London's parakeets come from?
- Metropolitan Police finally doing something about the moped crime-wave.
- Grenfell community could take over Notting Hill police station.
Things to do
GUITARWRIST: On the search for a gift for a music fan? All the fan memorabilia in this jewellery collection is made from used guitar strings, which have been donated by international artists, from Duran Duran to The Darkness. 2 Newburgh Street, £40-£500, just turn up, until 5 January
GILBERT & GEORGE. Check out the latest work from provocative art duo Gilbert & George, at an exhibition which launches tonight. You'll leave with a totally new perspective on beards and you can even purchase six new snazzy poster designs to brighten up your walls. White Cube Bermondsey, free, just turn up, 6pm-9pm
UNITED NATIONS SHORTS: Acid attacks in India and the logistical supply chain behind the former Calais refugee camp are topics explored at this stimulating night of short films and debate. Cinema Museum, free-£5, book ahead, 6.30pm
NERD NIGHT: The Japafication of food, why mobiles have changed everything but the movies, and the invention of lesbianism are topics discussed at this night of entertaining, informative talks to feed the brain. The Backyard Comedy Club, £8, book ahead, 6.30pm
VAGINA TALK. It's been a long time coming but a Vagina Museum is finally opening in the UK. The woman behind the project, Florence Schechter, discusses the current inequality between male and female genitalia and why now is the right time to launch this museum dedicated to lady parts. Haunt (Stoke Newington), £12, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
SINGLES LIFE DRAWING: Take a break from the dating apps, step out of your comfort zone and into this life drawing class, where you can explore your creative side and practice your chat-up lines. Drink Shop & Do (King's Cross), £19.70-£34.57, book ahead, 7pm-9.30pm
POETRY UNPLUGGED: Find a willing audience for your carefully crafted words (sign ups between 6.45pm-7.15pm) or just bring your ears to this popular open mic night at the newly refurbed Poetry Cafe. £5/£4, just turn up, 7.30pm
LIVE MUSIC: Get your groove on to global rhythms and thumping contemporary beats from European and African based collective, Afro Celt Sound System. Barbican, £27.50, book ahead, 7.30pm
COMEDY: Guaranteed to make you feel better about your life, Sarah Bennetto talks us through 50 dumb life decisions she's made in this hilariously dark new standup show. Pleasance Theatre, £10, book ahead, 7.45pm
PUB CRAWL DOC: In 1984, four men walked into a pub. No, this isn't the start of a bad joke but the beginnings of a record-breaking mission to visit as many UK pubs as possible. 33 years later, this documentary tells their story. The Hen & Chickens Theatre Bar (Islington), £5, book ahead, 9pm-10pm
Good cause of the day: Volunteer at Crisis at Christmas in London
It's a tough life being homeless, but imagine not having a roof over your head during the coldest, wettest months. Whether you're a dab hand in the kitchen, are skilled with a pair of scissors or can lend a listening ear, Crisis needs you and your skills to see homeless people through the darkest months. Check out the roles available and apply here.
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.
Nothing says Christmas like a special screening of everyone’s favourite love story: Love Actually. The film will be accompanied by a fun and fascinating talk about the psychology of love from evolutionary anthropologist Dr Anna Machin, giving you a great insight into why some of us are luckier in love than others. And as an extra special festive treat, every ticket includes a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie and a very festively decorated venue. Get tickets
Have you heard of Bitcoin and Ethereum? Perhaps because it's been in the news a lot recently due to spectacular price rises. But what exactly is Bitcoin? How is Ethereum different? Is it too late to get involved, or is this just the beginning? In this talk, Owen Barnes will cover the essentials of cryptocurrencies, assuming you have no prior technical knowledge. By the end you should have the tools and confidence you need to participate in the biggest technological shift since the creation of the Internet. Get tickets
Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets
Are we all a bit more polyamorous than we admit? Our diverse definitions of infidelity are brought under spotlight by comedian, writer and broadcaster, Rosie Wilby, as she presents some of the surprising results of a survey she conducted as research for her book, ‘Is Monogamy Dead?’. Perhaps the wide variety of connections we experience deserve more language, like a ‘love affair friendship’? Get tickets