What we’re reading
- Burgess Park: a south-east London community in pictures.
- Killings in London reach highest number for a decade.
- The man who almost threw Roman treasure back into the Thames.
- Sadiq Khan on his plan to tackle the ‘climate emergency’.
- Our friends London Historians are offering discounted membership this weekend.
Things to do
209 WOMEN: To mark 100 years since some women got the right to vote, photo portraits of all 209 female MPs — taken by female photographers — are on display in Westminster. Portcullis House, free, book ahead, 14 December-14 February
SNOW QUEEN: Christmas show The Snow Queen, aimed at 2-12 year olds and their families, is described as Hans Christian Andersen meets Frozen, and tells the story of a young girl who sets out to rescue her friend from the Snow Queen. Santa is around after the show to meet young fans, pose for photos and hand out presents. Under The Bridge (Fulham), £7.70-£18.70, book ahead, 11am
LATE NIGHT KEATS: Keats House is open late for an evening celebrating his poem In Drear Nighted December. Take special tours of the house after dark, listen to live jazz poetry by candlelight, and enjoy a drink in the pop-up bar. Keats House (Hampstead), £15, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm
STAND UP FOR SUFFRAGE: Marking 100 years to the day since some women were able to vote for the first time, LSE organises an evening that commemorates suffrage with talks, games and suffrage bingo, all overlooked by a suffrage-themed Christmas tree. George IV pub (Holborn), £4, book ahead, 6.30pm-9pm
BISHOPSGATE BALLROOM: Enjoy a night of social Ballroom dancing at Bishopsgate Institute. Go along with or wihout a partner and practice your steps to the sound of Ballroom and Latin tunes. Bishopsgate Institute (Liverpool Street), £10/£8, book ahead, 7pm
CATHEDRAL CONCERT: The beautiful Southwark Cathedral is the setting for this performance of Handel’s Messiah Part 1, performed by Southwark Cathedral Boys And Gentlemen Choir. Expect a few Christmas carols by candlelight too. Southwark Cathedral, £14-£16, book ahead, 7.30pm-9pm
THE SMYTHS: Fan of The Smiths? You’ll Panic if you don’t have tickets for this gig by tribute band The Smyths, recreating live performances from the band between 1982-1987. Half Moon (Putney), £14, book ahead, 8pm
CANDLELIGHT CLUB: Spend Friday night at a clandestine 1920s speakeasy party in a secret London venue (revealed when you book) completely lit by candles, with live jazz bands, cabaret and retro DJs, plus Christmas-themed cocktails. 1920s outfits are encouraged. Secret Central London location, £25, book ahead, 7pm (repeated tomorrow)
VIBRAS COLOMBIANAS: London-based Colombian folk artist Angelica Lopez performs music influenced by her home country, with a contemporary edge. Look out for traditional Colombian instruments including gaita, maracas and the vallenato accordion being used by her band. Jazz Cafe (Camden), £12.50-£20, book ahead, 7pm-10.30pm
Good cause of the day
Hear stories from a lost 1890s agony aunt column brought to life in the room in which they were written, by storyteller Cathianne Hall, and see how similar the lives, problems and ambitions of Victorian women were to those of modern day women. The event raises money for My Body Back Project, which offer support to victims of rape and sexual support in London.
from Londonist https://ift.tt/2RYoUQq