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CHRISTMAS MARKETS: December’s here, which means Christmas markets are opening up thick and fast. To find the closest one to you, check our Christmas markets and fairs listing. Today we suggest you try the celebrations taking place at Exmouth Market in Finsbury. Free, from 5pm
COMEDY: We thought Richard Gadd’s previous show, Cheese and Crack Whores, was “irresistibly hilarious”, so find out what he’s come up with for his new one, Breaking Gadd, at Soho Theatre. £10, prebook, until 20 December
GUIDED WALK: Join a Blue Badge guided walk based on how the First World War changed women’s status forever. The route takes you past major historic sites from the war years, around the Temple and Covent Garden districts: meeting point is outside Temple tube station. £10/£8, prebook, 11am
CHRISTMAS AT FOYLES: The popular bookshop chain celebrates the Yuletide season with a series of free events kicking off today. Tonight, Foyles at the Royal Festival Hall hosts a Christmas Shopping Evening: there will be mince pies and mulled wine. The event repeats tomorrow at the Foyles Charing Cross Road branch. Free, just turn up, from 6pm
BOOK CLUB: Bloomsbury Publishing hosts a special Christmas book club: go behind the scenes of the Grantchester Mysteries. Author James Runcie and scriptwriter Daisy Coulam discuss the dramatisation of the first of series, Sidney Chambers and the Shadow of Death, which was on TV recently. Tickets are £25, including two books or £10 just for the talk, prebook, 6pm
WHIRLYGIG CINEMA: Every month, three emerging filmmakers are given 30 minutes each to screen and talk about their films at Spotlight. At the end of the night they take part in a Q&A. Tonight’s event at Hackney Attic focuses on art and the more experimental side of filmmaking, featuring Nicholas Abrahams, Noriko Okaku and Erica Stanga. £5/£4/£3, prebook, 7pm
CHRISTMAS CONCERT: Get your ticket now for the charity carol concert taking place at the Holy Trinity Church in Sloane Square. Duo Libby Johnstone and Lucy Campbell perform in order to raise money for Sound Seekers. £20/£10, prebook, 7.30pm
BISHOPSGATE INSTITUTE: Author and former BBC chief news correspondent Kate Adie is delivering a speech tonight at Bishopsgate Institute, on the role of women in the First World War. £12/£10, prebook, 7.30pm
BLOOD: Today’s opportunities to donate blood are at St Olave Parish Hall in Fenchurch Street, Sacred Heart Presbytery in Wimbledon, St Pauls Centre in Enfield, Bromley Central Library and the usual donor centres. See site for terms and conditions. Scared of donating blood? Watch our video.
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Good Cause of the Day
Looking for something good to do this festive season? Have a look at our list of Christmas volunteering opportunities around London.
From The Archive
Do you remember when last year the Eros statue in Piccadilly Circus was turned into a giant snowball? Take a look at our guide of London’s spherical wonders.