Things to do in London today is sponsored by the Institution of Civil Engineers.
What we're reading
- An indepth account of Operation London Bridge, the government's plan for the days following Queen's death.
- Buckingham Palace repairs get the green light.
- There have been 1,500 acid attacks in London since 2011.
- A man has died after an explosion at a former petrol station in Highgate.
- A brief history of London Metropolitan University on Holloway Road.
Things to do today
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
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
Who gets your vote at the London Civil Engineering Awards?
The ICE London Civil Engineering Awards are coming up and this year, you can have a say. The Londonist People’s Choice Award is chosen by Londoners, so you’d better swot up on the contenders before you vote.
One of the projects on the shortlist is Battersea Power Station, a project which involved replacing four 600 ton chimneys within a very constrained space –no easy feat. Vote here for the project you think should be crowned the winner.
Art review: giant artworks of the Thames
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
Fun things to do with our friends and sponsor Funzing...
Learn about London's debauched, drunken and disorderly history on this tour of the sordid side of the West End. Have you heard the story of the 15ft high tsunami of beer which rushed through the streets of London? Or about London's unluckiest theatre and most morbidly-located church? This tour will take you from the Covent Garden to Somerset House, entertaining you with tales of hangmen and criminals, prostitutes and paupers and the eccentric characters of Georgian London along the way. Get tickets
Camden's known for its street art, but how much do you really know about it? Explore the street art of Camden, and learn about the people who make it from an insider. You''ll visit pieces of street art that are off the beaten track, and get an insight into their possible meaning and inspiration. This two-hour tour will enable you to see Camden in a new light. Get tickets
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
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