What we’re reading
- New Globe director to let cast pick roles and audiences choose plays.
- 'Red zone' map reveals rapid spread of Australian flu across London and UK.
- London pub goes 100% vegan and says goodbye to the meat grinder.
- Air pollution: What's being done to improve air quality in London?
Things to do
SOUND SYSTEMS NOW: As any hardcore music fan and Carnival attendee knows, Britain's sound system culture is alive and well. This exhibition and programme of events celebrates the current generation of reggae sound system operators across the UK. Professor Stuart Hall Building (Goldsmiths University of London), free, just turn up, 10 January- 12 February
WOODCUTS FROM WONDERLAND: Fall in love with John Tenniel's original whimsical wood engravings for Lewis Carroll's enchanting stories, which are on display at Eames Fine Art. Free, book ahead, 11am-6pm, until 28 January
WOMEN, PARLIAMENT & THE VOTE: Dr Mari Takayanagi of the Parliamentary Archives presents this illustrated talk on the Representation of the People's Act 1918, which gave equal voting rights to all men and some women over the age of 30. City of Westminster Archives Centre, free, book ahead, 6pm-7pm
RECLAIMING STREETS: The Reclaiming Streets campaign aims to make Poplar's roads more people-friendly. Bring your ideas for initiatives that could promote walking, cycling or communal activities to the group's meet up walk tonight. St Paul’s Bow Common Church, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm
BRAZILIAN JAZZ: Be transported to Rio via Shoreditch at this gig celebrating the sounds of South America. Tonight instrumentalist Mario Bakuna plays a repertoire inspired by the greats of Jazz and Bossa Nova. The Basement Shoreditch, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-10pm
LIFE DRAWING GYMNASIA: The Life Drawing Gymnasia is here to take your drawing skills to the next level. Expect a flurry of dance, movement and dynamic life poses from Baleta Nuda models, plus ballet, flamenco and yoga influences set to music – all in the buff. Barons Court Theatre, £16.73-£43.61, book ahead, 7pm, until 13 January
SEX PARTY TALK & Q&A: The sexually curious are well catered for in London, apparently, but it can be a sticky subject to approach for the uninitiated. This talk lets you in on where to find everything from "massage gatherings" and masked balls to swingers parties and tantric temples, as well as what to do (or not do) when you get there. Wusi Creative Space, 4 Broadway Market, £11.35, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
SCIENCE ON SCREEN: See Oscar-winning film The Imitation Game, about genius computer scientist Alan Turing. Stick around for the post-film discussion with leading Francis Crick boffins. Francis Crick Institute (King's Cross), free, book ahead, 7pm-10.15pm
WE ARE FUNNY: Find out if this Dalston comedy night lives up to the bold claim of its title. Tonight's Headliner is Mawaan Rizwan, who recently was tasked with writing an alternative Queen's Christmas speech. Farr's School of Dancing, free, just turn up, 8pm-10.15pm
Good cause of the day: SANE volunteer evening
Make your good deed for the day signing up to become a volunteer for SANE. The mental health charity will be talking you through its services and explaining the roles available at this volunteer evening. St Mark's Studios (Islington), free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Get sorted into one of the four magical houses of Hogwarts, and go in exploration of the city’s famous filming locations on this 2-hour walking tour. You’ll meet your guide outside the Palace Theatre, where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is showing, and set off on your journey across town - following in the footsteps of Deatheaters, visiting the inspiration for Knocturn Alley, and marvelling at the Ministry of Magic. And you better brush up on your Potter knowledge, because you can earn points for your house along the way, by taking part in trivia quizzes. The winners? You’ll find out when the tour ends at Platform 9 3/4… Get tickets
Tripping as treatment? It exists, and scientists at some of the world's most prestigous universities are studying the benefits of single-use psychedelic sessions to treat severe mental health conditions. But do hallucinogenic drugs have a place in our hospitals? Initial results have been positive, but how do these sessions work? What do these scientists use? What do the participants themselves have to say? Clinic Psychologic Dr Rosalind Watts leads this fascinating talk into the potential successes and pitfalls of using psychedelics in medicine, using her own personal experience as a "trip-sitter" at Imperial College London. Get tickets
We’re fed up of bog standard London tours. Been there, done that. So how about learning some more about the history and surprisingly dynamic modern politics of London’s public toilets? This 1.5hr walking tour covers iconic London from a whole new perspective, as you learn about ‘spending a penny’ at the Great Exhibition of 1851 and explore the capital’s most patriotic toilet. The tour ends in the Cellar Door Cocktail bar, a former gentleman’s lavatory. Delightful. Get tickets