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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
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.
Research shows that emotional intelligence is responsible for 80% of the success in people’s lives. LDN Talks @ Night present Aimee, teaching you how to understand the role emotional intelligence plays in your life and how to improve yours. Get tickets
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
The London Undergound is over 150 years old, and it’s seen a thing or two in its time. Are you brave enough to face the ghosts of the Underground? Travel through the home of the Bank’s Black Nun, learn about the elderly angel who saved a tube worker from death, and come to face to face with Farringdon’s screaming spectre. Bring your oyster card and discover the hidden secrets of the Underground.
You’ll need to have an Oyster card or travelcard for this event. Get tickets
Wrap up warm and explore Christmassy London with a cycling tour through the city.
From the bustling Christmas markets to spectacular light displays and Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland, get into the festive spirit pedalling around town.
With great guides and clear roads (and hopefully skies), explore London in a different light. Get tickets