<strong>JAPANESE WHISKY TASTING AT TSURU<br /></strong>Whisky is almost as popular as sake in Japan and it goes surprisingly well with sushi. Japanese whisky is similar to Scottish in style and as good. To prove it, Tsuru restaurant will hold a tasting with five whiskies, and Japanese whisky expert Jen Dickson will demonstrate subtle difference between the styles, and how to match them to Japanese cuisine. 24 Nov at 7pm, &pound;25 per head. 4 Canvey Street, SE1 9AN, tel: 020 7928 2228.<br /><br /><strong>THREADNEEDLES GOES DICKENSIAN<br /></strong>Threadneedles, the boutique hotel in the shadow of the Bank of England, is offering guests a Dickensian experience to celebrate the film release of A Christmas Carol. The stay will include a guided walk inspired by the life and times of the author and a copy of A Christmas Carol, plus a night in a luxury room and breakfast. Until 27 Dec, &pound;210 per night. To book, go to www.theetoncollection.com&nbsp; or call the hotel on 020 7657 8080.<br />