Things To Do Today In London: Thursday 4 January 2018

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VEGANUARY: Arancini Brothers, the chain that rustles up a mean risotto ball is opening its first 100% vegan branch, just in time for everyone cutting out meat for Veganuary. Arancini Brothers (Old Street), free, just turn up, 9.30am-4pm

PARKOUR KLUB: Got a 6-15 year old with energy to expend? Bring them along to this two hour after school parkour session. Chainstore Gym and Parkour Academy (Poplar), various prices, book ahead, 3.30pm-5.30pm

URBAN GARDENING: Wrap up warm and get stuck into tending, digging, de-weeding and harvesting at Pop Farm, a community-run urban garden in the middle of Brixton. Pop Brixton, free, just turn up, 10am-noon, every Thursday

HAPPILY EVER AFTER TALK: Whether you're hopelessly in love or happily consciously uncoupled, you might learn a thing or two about romance from Dr Catherine M. Roach. She discusses its role in popular culture, women-orientated romantic fiction and how liaisons play out in light of a gender fluid society. Barnard's Inn Hall (Holborn), free, just turn up, 6pm-7pm

WOMENINFILM2018: Genesis Cinema's year-long programme dedicated to female filmmakers, writers and powerful leads kicks off with Lost in Paris. It follows a Canadian librarian who scours Paris looking for her lost elderly aunt. Genesis Cinema (Stepney Green), £8.50/£5 child, book ahead, 6.30pm

Watch a documentary, based on the writings of James Baldwin, which explores the historical issue of racial discrimination and violence in the United States.

HUMAN PERFORMANCE WEEKENDER: Wondering what's in store for London's music scene in 2018? Human Performance has done the hard work for you by selecting the hottest new acts to play at this three-day festival. The Shacklewell Arms (Dalston), free, just turn up, 7pm, until 6 January

LIFE DRAWING: Bored of adult colouring books and fancy a live challenge? Bring your own paper and pencils along to this relaxed, intimate life drawing class in Deptford. Deptford Cinema, £3.50, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm

CREATIVE THURSDAY: Resolved to pick up a new hobby this year? Make it a creative one at this weekly craft club, set in Leyton's beautifully converted old town hall. A glass of bubbles is included. Leyton Technical, £12, just turn up, 7.30pm

I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO: Watch this powerful documentary about racial tensions in America created by radical filmmaker Raoul Peck, which transports us from the Civil Rights Movement to the present day #BlackLivesMatter campaign. Dugdale Centre (Enfield), £6.50, book ahead, 7.45pm-10.30pm

CLAPHAM COMEDY CLUB: See world-class comedy in the kind of venue where you don't need binoculars to see the act, and a round at the bar won't empty your bank account. Tonight the line up includes Chris Martin (not the Coldplay one), Nathan Cassidy and Chelsea Hart among others. The Bread and Roses Theatre (Clapham Common), £8, book ahead, 8.30pm- 11pm

Good cause of the day: find volunteering opportunities with Team London

Resolution's often focus on self-improvement but why not extend that productivity to benefit your local community? Team London is the ultimate search tool for volunteering opportunities, ideal when Google lets you down. The service runs all year-round and currently, you can join the social circle of a lonely older person, help out at upcoming sports events, make an impact on the lives of low income children and more.

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The Harry Potter Christmas Tour

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

Therapeutic Potential of Magic Mushrooms

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

The Original London Loo Tour

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