Things to do today is sponsored by Commuter Club.
What we're reading
- George Osborne urged to declare interest in Uber.
- Google Maps must improve if it wants cyclists to use it.
- Man could go blind one eye after acid attack on Old Street.
- Croydon man found guilty of stabbing fiancee 'not mentally ill'.
- Deliveroo drivers to get head cameras in accident prone areas.
- London's most used hashtags.
Things to do
WORKOUT WITH DARCEY BUSSELL: Strictly Come Dancing judge and former Principle of the Royal Ballet Darcey Bussell is inviting you to take part in her dance workout. The session is open to all ages and abilities. Everyone Active Paddington Recreation Ground, free, book ahead,7am - 8.30am
ALL MIND NO BODY: Today's your last chance to catch this exhibition, which explores the separation between mind and body in the context of developments in artificial intelligence. Gallery 46, free, just turn up, noon-6pm
ROMAN LONDON: London boasts all the features of a modern metropolis but the city's been here for a while. At this lecture you can learn the secrets of Londinium and where Roman London was founded. Museum of London, free, just turn up, 1pm-2pm
HISTORY BUFFS: How much do you know about Barnet's history? Do you know how Chipping Barnet got its name? Why Barnet High Street became home to an incredibly high number of pubs? Using drawings, maps and photos, Rob Kayne is examining the rich history of Barnet from medieval times to the present. Society of Genealogists (Islington) £8, book ahead, 2pm-3pm
WALK CAMDEN: See Camden differently with Tom Bolton's cultural walk through the historic market to mark the publication of his new book, Camden Town: Dreams of Another London. Meet at Camden Town tube station, £20, book ahead, 6.15pm-8.15pm
PHONE PHOTOGRAPHY: Budding photographers looking to get the best out of their iPhone may be interested in a photography workshop by Tom Graham who is sharing his tips to help you sharpen up your skills and bring more sparkle to your selfies. Gallery Elena Shchukina (Mayfair), £9/£18, book ahead, 6.30pm-7.30pm
CONSTANCE AND EVA: This play by Kimberley Campanello tells the story of two sisters who abandon their privileged lives to fight for women's rights and seek to redefine gender and sexuality. The Bread and Roses Theatre, £12, book ahead, 7.30pm
MONSTER: The story of Medusa was enough to give any primary school kid nightmares, but who was the woman behind the myth? Her story is revisited through sensory theatre, contemporary dance, shadow puppetry and sound installations. Thames Tunnel Shaft (Brunel Museum), £10, book ahead, 7.30-8.30pm
SCIENCE MUSEUM LATES: Enjoy an evening of science at Science Museum's late, and learn about the biology of our bodies when you take a journey through the human digestive system. There's also the wonders of the animal kingdom, stand-up comedy, and a live recording of the award winning podcast Science(ish). Science Museum, free, just turn up, 6.45pm-10pm
AFRICAN MUSIC FEST: Enjoy a vibrant evening of music with Sudanese singer lsarah and The Nubatones at CLF Art Cafe. Alsarah blends ancient tradition with East African pop and is very popular amongst audiences. Bussey Building (Peckham), £15, book ahead, 8pm-11.30pm
It’s time to freeze your travel fares
Commuting is getting increasingly expensive, and the cost is set to rise yet again. In January 2018, fares will increase by 3.5%, the biggest jump in over five years. As if daily train travel wasn’t stressful enough, that increase could be equal to an eye-watering two weeks of extra commuting fares.
There is, however, a way to lock in current 2017 prices — by joining CommuterClub. Buy an annual travelcard with these guys and you’ll be able to beat the price hike.
What’s more, you’ll get the better value that comes with a yearly pass, without the huge up-front cost. With CommuterClub, you pay for the annual travelcard in 11 monthly instalments.
And in your 12th month, you travel free.
Until 5 October, you can get £20 off, too. Find out more about the scheme here.
Representative example: Credit limit: £1200. Interest £67. Total payable: £1267 in 11 monthly instalments of £115. Representative 10.6% APR. Interest rate 5.6% (variable)
Art review: heads you win
Thomas Schütte creates heads, and lots of them. This exhibition contains massive ones with two faces and heads of ghosts and spirits. Each has a remarkable intensity and dignity about them. The slabs in the colours of the German flag and the watercolours aren’t as strong, but it’s the heads we’re really here for. Thomas Schütte at Frith Street Gallery, Golden Square & Soho Square. Until 11 November, free. ★★★☆☆ (Tuesday-Saturday) Tabish Khan
Food review: sleek and stylish
Plant based food is going through a real moment right now. A new vegan menu appears in London almost daily, so it’s no longer possible for a place to stand out by virtue of being meat, fish and dairy free. Shoreditch’s Essence knows that it needs to be special, to stake its place in a crowded scene. Right from the moment you enter, it’s clear this place is different. People sit side on to minimalist tables which fold out from futuristic cubes. Perhaps a tad uncomfortable for some, but it’s refreshing for somewhere to try something new. Then it’s onto the food, the standout is the wonderful heirloom tomato lasagna, beautifully presented — a jenga tower of vegetables and gorgeous pesto. The Caesar salad and raw pad Thai also deliver in a big way, the former so creamy you’ll be checking with the waiter to make sure it’s really vegan, the latter perfectly spicy. Dessert is equally as wonderful: the lime cheesecake bursts with citrus flavours that bounce around your mouth, while the raw macaroons crumble perfectly as you chow down on them. Follow that up with a lemongrass tea to cleanse all the toxins out and leave satisfied. Essence, 94 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4RH ★★★★★ Harry Rosehill
Theatre review: air craft
Seeing the brilliant Juliet Stevenson literally flying through the air as she metaphorically explores the fractured mind of a stroke victim is an unforgettable experience. In the Young Vic’s revival of the 1978 play Wings, she wears an aerial harness throughout and spends much of the time floating off the ground, sometimes balletically twisting and turning, sometimes just hanging there. Similarly, the script by American playwright Arthur Kopit is occasionally exhilarating in its use of language, but too soon runs out of inertia and put-puts through to to an unsatisfying landing. Natalie Abrahami’s staccato direction serves the stop-and-start nature of this moving drama well but provides too little insight into the inner turmoil of Stevenson’s character. Go for the star name, stay for the staging. Wings. Young Vic, 66 The Cut, Lambeth, London SE1 8LZ. Until 4 November. £10-£38. ★★★☆☆ Franco Milazzo
Good cause for the day
The Surgeon, the Streets and the Scalpel, is a talk by Mr Duncan Bew, the lead clinical trauma surgeon at King’s College Hospital. He's speaking about his role as a trauma surgeon and what his charity — GAV (Growing Against Violence) — does in order to help reduce knife and gun crime on the streets of London. The talk is free but you can donate to Leann's Amazing Medics Programme to help increase the number of medical students from under represented backgrounds. The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries (Blackfriars), free, book ahead, 10 January, 5.45pm-7pm
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way. Get tickets
Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets
Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets
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