Things To Do Today In London: Tuesday 23 January 2018

Get tips on filling out your self-assessment tax form, plus free tea and coffee at The Book Club's tax party.

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PORTRAITS FROM THE ELEPHANT: In an ode to the Elephant & Castle Shopping Centre, Almudena Romero spent four days photographing more than 100 residents, shoppers and general loiterers who passed through the building. See the photos at this exhibition, which launches tonight. London College of Communication, free, book ahead, 4.30pm-7pm (and until 20 March)

SELF ASSESSMENT PARTY: It's that dreaded time of year when freelancers are all drowning in crumpled-up receipts and half-filled out tax forms. Don't suffer in silence, just bring your forms to The Book Club basement for free tea and coffee and some much-needed words of encouragement. The Book Club, free, book ahead, 5pm-10pm

LONDON STARTUP FAIR: Are you a university student interested in fintech, cryptocurrencies, virtual reality or social media? Bring your CV to this careers fair featuring more than 30 successful startups. UCL, free, just turn up, 6pm-9pm

BOOK LAUNCH: STORM TROOPERS: Hear about the violent Nazi Stormtroopers whose muscle brought Hitler to power, as told by Daniel Siemens in his meticulously researched new book. Storm Troopers: A New History of Hitler's Brownshirts. Wiener Library, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8pm

KNIT AND NATTER: Whether you're an embroider, crocheter, cross stitcher, patchworker, hand quilter or total knitter novice, you're welcome to join this informal craft meeting. Just bring along your own needles/hook and material. Leon, Spitalfields Market, free (but do purchase something from Leon), just turn up, 6.30pm-9.30pm

24 HOUR LONDON TALK: Leading architects, writers and campaigners present their vision of a holistic 24-hour economy, in response to Sadiq Khan's pledge to establish a Public Space Charter. Garden Museum (Lambeth), £5-£15, book ahead, 7pm-9pm

A portrait from The Elephant, Almudena Romero // exhibition. (2017)

LONDON AGAIN! SCREENING: Interested in industrial disputes between trade unionists and the UK government? Find out where the power really lies in this screening of Belonging: The Truth Behind the Headlines, which weaves together Murdoch’s purchase of The Times and The Sunday Times in 1981, Royal Mail as it prepared for privatisation (2007/8), and a dispute at the Grangemouth Oil Refinery in Scotland (2013). The Cinema Museum, £5, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

KENSINGTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: Prepare to be mesmerised by the rhythmic energy of Schubert's Symphony No. 9 and the bouncy rhythms of Stravinsky's Violin Concerto, as performed by the Kensington Symphony Orchestra. Cadogan Hall, £13-£22.50, book ahead, 7.30pm

CIRCOMEDIA: Apparently it's taken approximately 6.8 epiphanies, 102 breakdowns, 3 buckets of tears, 14 litres of sweat and 2462 cups of coffee for the Circomedia BA class of 2018 to bring this show to fruition, so you better make sure there's an audience to clap and woop all those daring acrobatics. Arts Depot (North Finchley), £5, book ahead, 7.30pm-9.30pm

TIM KEY MEGADATE: Edinburgh Comedy Award winner Tim Key has always managed to keep the Londonist office chuckling and we're sure this brand new set of tales and poems about dating hopes and disappointments will make for an entertaining evening. Arcola Theatre, £20/£18, book ahead, 8.30pm, 23 January-2 February

Good cause of the day: Register for the Big London Night Walk

The Big London Night Walk 2017

Instead of waking up with a Saturday morning hangover, you could wake up on Saturday 3 March full of beans knowing that you spent your Friday night helping Big Issue vendors out of poverty. The Big London Night Walk is a 13-mile route around London, which kicks off with personal stories told by Big Issue sellers. Sign up today and you'll have plenty of time to fundraise for The Big Issue Foundation. Shoreditch Town Hall, £25/£20 registration fee + £250 fundraising target, book ahead, 2 March  

Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...

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