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ETHICAL MARKET: The Ethical Holiday Market brings charities, marginalised communities, ethical traders and refugees together for a Christmas market with a conscience. Stock up on bags, jewellery, candles, homeware and more. Devonshire Square (Liverpool Street), free entry, just turn up, 4-5 December

LONDON FILM WEEK: A preview screening of new Kiera Knightley film Colette — about a Belle Epoque French writer whose books are published in her husband’s name —  is the opening gala for London Film Week. Over the coming days, look out for premieres and previews of feature length and short dramas, documentaries and animation. Regent Street Cinema, various prices, book ahead, 4-10 December

ROBIN HOOD: Theatre Peckham’s Christmas production, Robin Hood: The Arrow Of Destiny, begins tonight, with songs, comedy, action and adventure for kids and adults. Theatre Peckham, £12/£7, book ahead, 4-22 December

THAT’S A WRAP: Make sure gifts from you really stand out under the tree this year, by attending this free gift wrapping workshop. Professional present wrapper Jane Means (yes, that’s her actual job title) shares her tips and tricks. London Bridge City, free, book ahead, 1pm-2pm

Learn the art of gift wrapping at this free workshop

A FANTASTIC WOMAN: Chilean film diretor Sebastián Lelio is present at this screening of his new film, A Fantastic Woman, about a trans woman’s fight for acceptance. There’s a Q&A with Lelio after the film. Rich Mix (Shoreditch), £10.95, book ahead, 6pm

LEARNER PARENT: Twin babies means double the trouble. Writer and comedian Sam Avery shares some of the trials and tribulations of being father to twins in his solo comedy show, Learner Parent. Sleep deprivation, breast pumps and Peppa Pig all feature. Leicester Square Theatre, £20/£17, book ahead, 7pm

CITIZENS OF LONDON: Vanessa Woolf’s job has taken her to some fantastic venues, including Kensington Palace, the Royal Opera House, Waterloo Vaults, and derelict buildings. Tonight, the professional storyteller gives some insight into her work, and her love for London. CloudM (Tower Hill), free, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

WINDRUSH CHILDREN: Attend the launch of new book Mother Country: Real Stories Of The Windrush Children. It contains accounts and tales from people who arrived in Britain on the Empire Windrush, plus their children and grandchildren. Journalist Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff, writer Riaz Phillips, and publisher Sharmaine Lovegrove discuss the anthology. Pages of Hackney, £4, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

POP ART: Add a splash of colour to a grey winter day at this pop art painting class. Take inspiration of this pop art style penguin painting and create your own artwork with guidance from a qualified artist. No experience required and all materials are provided. Camden Roundhouse, £26.99, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm

COMEDY PANEL: Comedians Andrea Hubert, Twix, Izzy Moulder and Mark Bittlestone are on the panel at this comedy show all about Putin. The exact course of the show is yet to be revealed, but what we do know is that Russia will be blamed. The Miller (London Bridge), £7/£9, book ahead, 7pm

Good cause of the day

Christmas is close and we’re feeling generous, so here are two charity fundraising carol concerts to pick from today — both require booking:

  • Ronald McDonald House Charities bring traditional carols and Christmas tales to St Martin In The Fields (Trafalgar Square) with performances from the English National Opera’s Chorus and the Welsh London Rugby Club Choir.
  • Anthony Nolan is at St Pancras Church, with two rising stars from the Royal Opera House due to perform, along with Britain’s Got Talent finalists B Positive Choir.

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