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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Festive Interactive Harry Potter 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

A Secret London Tour

How well do you really know London? Visit the streets that inspired Harry Potter locations and see London's most superstitious hotel. On Matt's tour you will explore hidden places and discover stories unknown to even the most knowledgeable of Londoners. Get tickets

Step on Board the Haunted Tube Express

The London Undergound is over 150 years old, and it's seen a thing or two in its time. Are you brave enough to face the ghosts of the Underground? Travel through the home of the Bank's Black Nun, learn about the elderly angel who saved a tube worker from death, and come to face to face with Farringdon's screaming spectre. Bring your oyster card and discover the hidden secrets of the Underground. You'll need to have an Oyster card or travelcard for this event. Get tickets

Forgotten Old London

Have you visited London's Roman ampitheatre? What about London's Medieval market places? Hear weird and wonderful tales of our beautiful city as you take a walking tour, seeing everything from centuries-old churches to the hanging place of William Wallace. Whether you've lived here all your life or are visiting for a few days, you're sure to learn something new about London. Get tickets