What we’re reading
- Sadiq Khan asks car manufacturers to give funds towards tackling London’s toxic air.
- Self-driving trains to run on London’s rail network for first time.
- Send in your photos of St Pancras Station to celebrate its 150th birthday.
- East Londoners vow to reclaim towpath from criminals.
Things to do
MORNING RITUALS: If 6am sober clubbing wasn't your bag, this new six-part series from Morning Gloryville might be. The first of these Tuesday sessions involves guided meditation "while bathed in harmonic Crystal sounds". Don't forget to set your alarm. 42 Acres (Shoreditch), £26.67, book ahead, 6.30am-8.30am
LOVING VINCENT: The swirling brush strokes of Vincent Van Gogh have been brought to life in the first ever fully oil painted feature film which captures the life and death of the painter. It's an astonishing piece of artistry and a must-see for art lovers and film buffs. See it first at a preview screening. The ICA, £8-£12, book ahead, 3.30pm/5pm
SPACE ODYSSEY: The Cassini mission to Saturn was an incredible achievement, and researchers at London's Imperial College were heavily involved. Hear from mission scientists, visit a pop-up planetarium, and tour the university's satellite test facility. Imperial College, free, register ahead, 5pm-8pm
APERITIVO BEAUTY BAR: If manicures and massages weren't a treat enough, now you can indulge in both while sipping tequila cocktails. Book a treatment and you get two 1800 Blush cocktails included. Protein Studios, £10, book ahead, 5pm-11pm
HEAD TALKS: Tawai is the word used by Borneo's nomadic people to describe an inner feeling of connection to nature. Get in touch with yours at this meditation sesh before a screening of Tawai - A Voice from the Forest, to mark World Mental Health Day. Courthouse Hotel, free, book ahead, 6pm-11pm
SCRATCH NIGHT: A scratch night with a happy hour is our kind of scratch night. Expect an eclectic mix of spoken word, theatre, comedy and chill electronic vibes at the launch night of Trip Hazards, plus two drinks for £6 between 6pm and 8pm. Juju's Bar & Stage, free, just turn up, 6pm-11.30pm
SING FOR YOUR SUPPER: If there was ever an incentive to perform that song you've been working on for the last six months, it's the promise of free food and beer. Don't be shy, the mantra here is "beginners encouraged, experience respected", arrive early to sign up. The Magic Garden, free, just turn up, 7pm
TAXIDERMY TALK: Looking for unusual stuff to do tonight? Join this talk and short documentary screening exploring Walter Potter's Curious World of Taxidermy. The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, £13.33-£18.65, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
LIVE MUSIC: Spend the evening listing to three musicians (to be revealed on the night) in L'Escargot's intimate Salon Noir. Your ticket includes two drinks on arrival. £10, book ahead, 7.30pm-10.30pm
OUTSPOKEN-PRESS: Expect poetry from a top lineup of talented wordsmiths, including lyrical goddesses Sabrina Mahfouz and Bridget Minamore, as part of And Now What?, a season exploring life today. Round House (Camden), £10, book ahead, 8pm
QUEENS OF SHEBA: This play is a powerful look at the rise of "misogynoir" (misogyny towards black women) through the story of women fighting the good fight against racism and sexism. Camden People's Theatre, £12/£10, book ahead, 9pm, until 14 October
Art review: Neon auras
Artist Lauren Baker has opened up her own gallery in Covent Garden and filled it with work inspired by her visit to see the Aurora Borealis. These beautifully crafted works are meant to represent the auras people give off and we reckon the results are pretty magical. The Colour of Energy at Lauren Baker Gallery, 18 Floral Street, WC2E 9DE. Until 26 October, free. ★★★☆☆
Theatre review: Razor-sharp barbering at the Coliseum
After a shaky year, ENO surprises and delights with a freshly burnished revival of Jonathan Miller’s commedia dell’arte styled Barber of Seville, this time with a starry home team who enthusiastically play up the comedy. Sarah Tynan is one of ENO’s most technically perfect sopranos but she’s also their wittiest actress and her Rosina is enjoyably mettlesome. Alan Opie scores highly as Dr Bartolo, Yvonne Howard makes even the maid a star turn, and guitar-toting Morgan Pearse has more troubadour charm than barihunk bombast as Figaro. Even if you find Eleazar Rodriguez’s Almaviva slightly too formally sung for such a rollicking show, he’s nifty in the comic disguises too. Two years ago, we weren’t so keen. This time, thoroughly recommended. The Barber of Seville, London Coliseum, St Martin’s Lane,WC2N 4ES. £12-105. In repertoire until 30 October. ★★★★★ Johnny Fox
Good cause of the day: International Day of the Girl
Need proof feminism is alive and kicking? Join four amazing women as they discuss the main challenges facing girls around the world, in this event marking International Day of the Girl. All proceeds go to mothers2mothers, a charity dedicated to preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Bloomsbury Publishing, £20, book ahead, 6pm-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