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RECOLLECTING EAST AFRICA: At the National Archives you can learn about the harrowing testimonies of soldiers who fought during the East Africa campaign. The National Archives, £5, book ahead, 2pm-3pm
TALES FROM TELEVISION: Have you ever wondered how they make those visually arresting natural history programmes? In this lecture, Dr George McGavin will take you on a behind the scenes look at some of the highs and lows of natural history filmmaking. Museum of London, free, book ahead, 6pm-7pm
CANDLELIGHT LATE: Every first Tuesday of the month Sir John Soane’s Museum opens its atmospheric doors and invites Londoners to explore its collection by candlelight. Make sure you’re in the queue by 5.30pm to avoid being turned away. Sir John Soane’s Museum, free, just turn up, 6pm-9pm
BEATS AND DRINKS: Head to the Africa Centre for the London launch of #FutureTrends, a week-long series looking at how emerging urban cultures are shaping the future fashion and architecture of East Africa. Expect art, fashion film screenings and talks with the artists. Africa Centre, free, book ahead, 6pm-11pm, until 7 October.
TASTE OF ISLAY: Enjoy cocktails inspired by the Isle of Islay. As part of London Cocktail Week, The Botanist — the first and only Islay dry gin — will partner with east London joint Sager and Wilde. Bethnal Green, £45, book ahead, 7pm-10.30pm, until 6 October
LE GRANDE VOYAGE: This film focuses on the relationship between a father and son who travel thousands of miles by car to Mecca. Rabbits Road Institute, £5, book ahead, 7pm
CHAI MASTERCLASS: Learn how to brew the perfect cuppa at Pamban Chai & Coffee House, located at the far end of Camden Market. You’ll sample Pamban’s menu (including the deliciously creamy and oh-so Instagrammable jaggery milkshakes) before mixing your own spices and trying your hand at latte art. Pamban Chai & Coffee House, £25, book ahead, 7pm-9pm
MERCHANT OF VENICE: Watch actors who have no idea of the plot, no rehearsals, and nowhere to hide from your scrutiny as they attempt to wing one of the Bard’s best plays — luckily it’s one of his shortest. The Cockpit Theatre, £20, book ahead, 7pm-9pm, until 7 October
THE LADYKILLERS: Go and have a laugh with this stage adaption of a beloved Ealing classic about a dastardly professor and his motley crew of musicians planning a train robbery. Queen’s Theatre, £29, book ahead, 7.30pm, until 21 October
SUSPICIOUS MINDS: Dark romantic-comedy about a couple’s last ditch attempt to fix their relationship. Expect adult themes. Pleasance Theatre, £12, book ahead, 7.45pm-8.45pm, until 8 October
Art review: a triathlon for a composer
The King’s Institute explores the theme of melancholia in this exhibition and starts with the fantastic Albrecht Durer print of the same name, showing a rather glum winged figure. At the other end of the scale we have a 54 minute video of an artist swimming, cycling and running between where the composer Chopin’s heart and body are buried — over 1,000 miles apart. The show is short but the few works have a poweful impact. Melancholia: A Sebald Variation at King’s Cultural Institute, Strand (entrance through Somerset House). Until 10 December, free ★★★★☆ (Tuesday-Sunday) Tabish Khan
Food review: Lunch spot Dayrooms is an Instagrammable hit
From now on Pret won’t get a look in — there’s a new kid on the block when it comes to fresh and tasty lunch offerings in the city. Complete with pink coffee machine and plenty of plants, The Dayrooms café in Holborn offers a weekly changing seasonal menu, so you never quite know what to expect from the colourful deli counter. Fill a box with salads such as roasted pumpkin and feta, pak choi and bean sprouts, or wild rice, then choose extras such as bruschetta and tacos. Protein add-ons are varied, and even include vegan options — succulent soy, honey and sesame chicken was a sound choice, but the crispy skinned trout and courgette fritters looked equally delicious. When it comes to dessert, adventurous options such as carrot and cardamom cake, buckwheat banana bread and miso caramel brownies definitely give Dayrooms’ bakes the edge. The venue is small (but perfectly formed) and lends itself primarily to take away, but there are spaces to sit, munch, and admire the stunning interiors. With a vitamin-heavy smoothie menu, teas from T2, insanely good coffee and décor that makes the café pretty Instagram-worthy, Dayrooms is a hit. The Dayrooms Café, 10 Theobald’s Road, London, WC1X 8PN ★★★★☆ Hari Mountford
Theatre review: It’s Shahtime, baby
Ahir Shah’s new show deals with Brexit and Trump, with the rise of fascism across the world and the decline of kindness. Big tragic hypocrisies and insidious, personal ones. All the thorny stuff. Fortunately Control’s more than up to the task. It’s true the lolz are frontloaded in the show. The final third becomes more reflective, the earlier mix of personal and political shifting in favour of the latter. It’s far from uneven, though. By the end of the show, Control’s an equal mix of comedy and poetry, Shah’s fired-up invective landing like Kate Tempest dropping bars. Control’s not light-hearted — not remotely — but the energy of Shah’s anger and defiance, and the deftness of his delivery keeps it buoyant. Ahir Shah: Control, Soho Theatre, 21 Dean Street, Soho, W1D 3NE. Tickets from £9, until 7 October ★★★★★ Lydia Manch
Good cause for the day: dog walking
Join hoards of dog walkers on a pad around Hamspstead Heath at this fundraising dog walk for animal charity Mayhew Animal Home. Choose between a leisurely 3km walk past Highgate Ponds or a more challenging 5km walk up steeper hills passed the iconic Kenwood House. Even if you haven’t had time to round up sponsors you can still enjoy a stroll with your pooch and raise awareness for a good cause. Hampstead Heath Band Stand, £10 for the first dog, £5 for additional dogs (no more than three per person), book ahead, 8 October, 11.30am
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing.
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.
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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. More information and tickets here: http://bit.ly/2e45Zo6 (sponsor) Get tickets
Explore the mystical world and reconnect with your inner goddess (or god) through practices like astrology, herbalism and tarot at Anoushka’s magikal Moonlight Goddess gathering. The practices will also teach you how to apply what you learn to the physical realm of your everyday life.