What we’re reading
- London used to have the biggest tram network in Europe, so what happened to London’s trams?
- Photos show the living conditions of London’s most disadvantaged children.
- Seen how much tickets to Leicester Square’s new Odeon cinema could cost?
- A closer look at Whitechapel’s giant brown steel ‘hedgehog’.
Things to do
CINDERELLA: It’s Cinderella, but not the family-friendly version you know. For starters, it’s set in a boozer, and our eponymous Cinders is off to a rock ‘n’ roll ball. Think Taranatino meets Shameless meets Elf, apparently. Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, £22.15, book ahead, 10-15 December
BUDGY SMUGGLERS: This Old Street Roundabout pop-up shop gives you an idea of quite how different Christmas is Down Under. Australian swimwear brand Budgy Smuggler opens for just a week, selling stocking fillers including women’s swimsuits and yes, good old-fashioned budgy smugglers. Old Street Roundabout, free entry, just turn up, 10-16 December
BOARD GAMES: This fascinating museum is getting into the Christmas spirit by encouraging visitors to switch off their phones and sit down with family and friends to play some good old-fashioned board games. Why not make an afternoon of it — food and drink from the on-site cafe can be brought into the new board games area. Museum of Brands (Notting Hill), included in museum admission (£9/£7), 10 December-31 January
MEET STORMZY: Superstar rapper Stormzy is signing copies of his new autobiography, Rise Up, at Waterstones Piccadilly, with fans given a chance to (briefly) meet him. This one will be popular, so book early — and expect to queue. Waterstones Piccadilly, £19 (including a copy of the book), book ahead, 6pm
PROTEST ART: What is protest art? What are its limits and possibilities? That’s the topic of tonight’s Forum For Philosophy debate, which also ponders whether something can still be considered as protest art once it has become popular. LSE Old Theatre (Holborn), free, just turn up, 6.30pm-8pm
HUMAN RIGHTS HEROES: Celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and learn about some of the Jewish people behind it. René Cassin co-authored the Declaration, Raphael Lemkin coined the term ‘genocide’, and Hersch Lauterpacht brought crimes against humanity, war crimes and the crime of aggression into modern international law, via the Nuremberg Charter. Jewish Museum (Camden), £8.50/£6.50, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
CHRISTMAS AT THE MOVIES: British singer Joe Stilgoe celebrates the greatest film music with a concert of classic and new soundtracks from Christmas movies. Special guests include actor and comedian Rob Brydon and saxophonist Jess Gillam. Lyric Theatre (Hammersmith), £15-£42, book ahead, 7.30pm
COMEDY: Comedians Brett Goldstein and Lou Sanders both try out new material at this work-in-progress show — an opportunity to see them at a bargain price, and before many other people. Pleasance Theatre (Islington), £5, book ahead, 8pm
FILM FESTIVAL: London Film Week closes with a UK preview screening of Burning + Fighter, about deliveryman Jongsu who agrees to look after the cat of a girl he once knew while she’s on a trip to Africa. Regent Street Cinema, £12/£11/£8, book ahead, 8.10pm
Good cause of the day
Still not had your fill of Holy Nights? These three charities hold fundraising carol concerts today:
- Missing People remembers those who are missing at Christmas and celebrates 25 years of the charity at St Martin in the Fields.
- Scope brings Christmas carols (plus mulled wine and mince pies) to the impressive location of St Pancras Church.
- Marie Curie’s Carols in the City takes place at Southwark Cathedral — if you can’t make it but want to support the charity’s work, you can still donate a Christmas star to be hung on the tree.
from Londonist https://ift.tt/2RHEAHD