Things To Do Today In London: Wednesday 22 March 2017

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Tashi & The Monk at The Thinking Cinema

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FIELD ADVENTURES: There are 1.2m recorded species on this planet, but some estimates believe there may be as many as 100 times that. Find out what life is like for a modern field explorer, discovering these new species. Grant Museum of Zoology, free, just turn up, 1.30pm-2.30pm

GEOGRAPHICAL JOURNEYS: Experience an evening packed with tales of adventures and wonder at the Royal Geographical Society. These microlectures transport you all over the world. Royal Geographical Society, £15/£12/£9, book ahead or just turn up, 6pm-10pm

FREAKS CABARET: The freaks are out in full force at Brasserie Zédel tonight. BBC3's Mawaan Rizwan brings you the capital's biggest names in drag, including seven foot singer Gingezilla. Brasserie Zédel, £15, book ahead, 7pm

THINKING CINEMA: Buddhist monk Lobsang runs a brave social experiment in the foothills of the Himalayas. He set up a community which rescues and cares for orphaned and neglected children. But new arrival Tashi is struggling to adapt. Watch the award winning Tashi & The Monk followed by a Q&A from co-director Johnny Burke. The Thinking Cinema, £5/£3.50, book ahead, 7pm

POETS CORNER: The Black Cultural Archives present The Poets Corner, a weekly poetry and spoken event. Shoot them an email in the run-up and you can be performing. The Black Cultural Archives, £5, book ahead, 7pm-10pm

Microlectures at the Royal Geographical Society

ELECTRONIC PIONEERS: 50 years ago, Camden hosted one of the UK's first ever music festivals. To celebrate that anniversary, electronic music pioneers Radiophonic Workshop perform with support from similarly legendary names, Andrew Weatherall and White Noise. Jazz Cafe, £16, book ahead, 7pm-11pm

DASH CAFÉ: The politics of the Soviet film industry is the subject being tackled at this month's Dash Café. Watch film clips from across the decades accompanied by debates with experts, and get an insight into how the industry was censored. Rich Mix, free, book ahead, 7.30pm

STAND UP HUMAN: If you could redesign the human body, what would you change? Scientists and comedians come together to tell you, basically, why your body isn't fit for purpose (and why lions are better than you). The Book Club, £5, book ahead, 7.30pm-10pm

COMEDY NIGHT: Alison Thea-Skot, Jon Pointing and BAFTA-nominated Spencer Jones are all on the line-up for WIP It Real Good character comedy night. The Betsey Trotwood, free, just turn up, 7.45pm

ESTUARY SONGS: Eight folk musicians convened in Southend to compose songs, dealing with a handful themes around the Thames Estuary. They're now performing what they've come up with. Cecil Sharp House, £12.50, book ahead, 8pm


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Art review: remembering Amy

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Family photos sit opposite awards. A school jumper contrasts with the dress and shoes Amy Winehouse performed in. This intimate exhibition shows both the entertainer and a member of a loving family. It's a touching tribute and, though the two are unrelated, we think it makes a good companion piece to the documentary about her life. Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait at Jewish Museum, 129-131 Albert Street, NW1 7NB, Until 24 September, £7.50 ★★★★☆ (Open every day) Tabish Khan

Theatre review: intimate variety show

Staged in an absolute peach of a West End cabaret joint, The House of Q's latest outing once again shows off the extraordinary talents of compère and chanteur Mercury, conjurer Neil Kelso and dancer Felicity Furore. Their intimate variety show in this stylish and sexy underground boudoir encompasses sassy mashups, stunning magic and scintillating burlesque. There's rarely a dull moment in this hugely entertaining and lively show. The House of Q's Champagne Cabaret, Brasserie Zédel, 20 Sherwood Street, Soho, London W1F 7ED, £15, Shows 22 March and 10 May ★★★★☆ Franco Milazzo

Good cause for the day

LORD MAYOR'S CURRY: It's the 10th annual Lord Mayor's Big Curry Lunch, raising funds for ABF The Soldier's Charity. Last year the event raised over £1.5m for soldiers who risked so much in Afghanistan and Iraq. Catch up with your mates over a curry, enter a silent auction and prize draw, all in the name of a fantastic cause. Guildhall, book ahead, £100, 6 April, noon-3pm

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Lost London Walking Tour


London is a city of incredible transformation. With structural remains that date back to ancient history still in existence, this unique walking tour takes in Lost London in all its former glory. From the Titanic booking office to the graveyards of man's best friend, you'll discover the weird and wonderful places that used to exist in the capital but are now only committed to memory. Using old photographs, newspaper cuttings and stories from the past, you'll be amazed at what has largely been written out of our history books...   Get tickets

Forgotten Old London


Tales of torture and plagues await you on a historical walk around London -- see bombed out ruins, discover Medieval markets and even visit a Roman ampitheatre. £12 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

Paddle Boarding in East London - Beginners


Take to the waters and glide about in this beginner paddleboarding session. By the end of it, you'll be standing up and paddling solo, and there's plenty of help on hand to improve your technique. Change of clothes required.  Get tickets