Things To Do Today In London: Monday 20 March 2017

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OUTset Film Festival at Crouch End Picturehouse

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FOOTPRINTS OF MEMORY: This exhibition at Amnesty International's Shoreditch offices is raising awareness of people — particularly students — who have disappeared in Mexico in recent years. It features forty pairs of shoes worn by people when they were searching for their family members, and messages for the missing people. Amnesty International (25 New Inn Yard, EC2A 3EA), free, just turn up, 20-31 March, 9am-6pm

SPRING EQUINOX: This druidic ceremony welcomes the increasing amount of light from day to day at this time of year. It includes a brief talk, meditation and call for peace. Tower Hill, free, just turn up, noon

BOYS DON'T: Society often forces young boys to hide their emotions. Boys Don't is a play that explores what happens when boys show their true feelings, aimed at 8-12 year olds. Half Moon Theatre, £7, book ahead, 1.30pm & 4.30pm, until 24 March

ORCHESTRAS OF AUSCHWITZ: Jewish musicians imprisoned in Auschwitz were forced to perform for slave labour commandos in the camp. This evening consists of a talk, followed by a performance, including original music that was written in Auschwitz. The Wiener Library, free, book ahead, 6.30pm-8.30pm

Milestones at Jazz Cafe

WINE TASTING CHAMPIONSHIP: It's time for a blind wine tasting championship at Vivat Bacchus.  How many wines can you identify without looking at the label? There are free bottles up for grabs at the end of it all. Vivat Bacchus Farringdon, £15, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

MILESTONES: It's the last night of the Jazz Cafe's Milestones series. For the past 12 weeks they've brought iconic jazz albums reimagined by the genre's hottest talent today. They're closing with a recreation of Duke Ellington's classic The Blanton - Webster Band. Jazz Cafe, £10, book ahead, 7pm-10.30pm

PUB QUIZ: Put the little grey cells to work on this Clapham Common pub quiz. Prizes including a bar tab are up for grabs. The King & Co, £2, booking recommended, 8pm

ADVENTURE FILMS: OUTset is a new adventure film festival, charting the birth of adventure sports of California on the silver screen. Crouch End Picturehouse is screening Klunkerz, which follows the journey of mountain biking. Crouch End Picturehouse, £5, book ahead, 8.30pm


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Art review: giant artworks of the Thames

Copyright Barbara Macfarlane

Barbara Macfarlane has created huge artworks of the River Thames and London seen from above. They're abstract enough to give a great sense of scale, but with enough detail that large sections are recognisable. New York gets the same treatment, though that's a little less familiar to us. Barbara Macfarlane: Landmark at Rebecca Hossack Gallery, 2a Conway Street, W1T 6BA Until 1 April, free ★★★☆☆ (Monday-Saturday) Tabish Khan

Theatre review: tap your troubles away

You might have to park some feminist preconceptions for this stagey comedy from 1983. The seven women (and one desperately dull man) who form Mavis's North London tap class in Stepping Out each has a story to share, and boundless enthusiasm to improve their steps. Amanda Holden headlines, but you'll warm more to Tracy Ann Oberman's brassy market trader and Lesley Vickerage's hopeless, bruised wallflower as they pool resources and work their way to a tip-top tap finale. Definitely an outing for Mother's Day. Stepping Out, Vaudeville Theatre, 404 Strand, WC2R 0NH £20-85 Until 17 June ★★★☆☆ (Monday to Saturday) Sally Cotton

Good cause for the day

PAINFUL COMEDY: Laugh Till It Hurts brings together a fantastic collection of comics (including the reliably excellent Ed Byrne) in aid of the children's charity Barnardo's. The Hippodrome Theatre, £22, book ahead, 29 March, 7.30pm

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Discover the Secret History of the London Underground


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

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

Hidden London Tour


Visit old pubs, even older churches, hidden rivers, mysterious tunnels and more on this tour of hidden Londo. You'll hear tales of the myths and legends which made the City of London what it is today, and find out the area's links to nursery rhymes and literary figures. Get tickets