101 things to do in London: the people's choice

Discover the best things to do in the capital as recommended by real Londoners

After creating our own list of 101 things to do in London we decided to let you have your say. We asked Time Out readers, Facebook fans and Twitter followers to tell us their top things to do in the capital. Kayak tours, daytime clubbing, rooftop cinema and candlelit gigs – Time Outers named them all. Check out the people's 101 and explore this city like a true Londoner.

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Museums, galleries and cultural activities in London

  • Learn a new skill with The Amazings

    Around Town
    East London venues

    How’s this for an amazing idea: enterprising retirees in east London make a little cash by running classes teaching useful life skills. Bernadette explains the art of crochet, Dennis teaches glass-cutting, and Terry takes you foraging for food in Tower Hamlets. A big hit.
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  • Chill out at the British Library

    Museums & Attractions
    96 Euston Road, Somers Town, London, NW1 2DB

    Going by voting patterns, Time Outers place a huge premium on places that offer respite from the chaos of the capital. Time spent reading in the British Library makes many of you feel human again, as does a morning dipping into their enormous sound archive of old recordings.
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  • Churchill War Rooms

    Museums & Attractions
    Clive Steps, King Charles Street, London, SW1A 2AQ

    The nerve centre of the Allied war effort was astonishingly low-tech: a bank of (rotary) phones and some maps pinned to the wall. Despite the minimal military hardware and the hefty cover charge, it’s a smash hit with TO readers, as is the adjacent Churchill Museum.
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  • Enjoy top exhibitions at Hauser & Wirth London

    23 Savile Row, London, W1S 2ET

    This Swiss-owned gallery opened in 2003 in a former bank, with intact basement vaults, but has moved its flagship to a swanky new Savile Row space. H&W represents big name artists including Louise Bourgeois, international names such as Anri Sala, and home-grown talents such as Martin Creed.
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  • Horniman Museum

    Museums & Attractions
    100 London Road, London, SE23 3PQ

    All hail the Horniman: museum, aquarium, gardens and creator of puerile merriment among day-tripping schoolkids for five generations. It’s a lovely place to stroll around, and hosts regular family-focused workshops.
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  • Admire up-coming art on Last Fridays


    The once-a-month night of late gallery openings is excellent for discovering the art scenes in Deptford and Peckham.
    Read more about Last Fridays at southlondonartmap.com

  • Old Operating Theatre Museum

    Museums & Attractions
    9a St Thomas St, London, SE1 9RY

    ‘Anesthetics are for wimps,’ claims reader and OOTM regular Chris Parkins, who apparently longs to bring back the nightmarish pre-science torture contraptions on display at this ‘totally eye-popping’ museum.
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  • See an opera at the Royal Opera House

    Museums & Attractions
    Bow Street, London, WC2E 9DD

    Time Out readers are a cultured lot, as evidenced by the sea of endorsements for Covent Garden’s temple of high culture. An intriguingly large number of readers voting for the ROH also nominated Meat Liquor as one of their favourite things. Are we seeing the emergence of a hitherto unidentified demographic: the burger-loving operaphile? We do hope so.
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  • Shakespeare's Globe

    Museums & Attractions
    21 New Globe Walk, London, SE1 9DT

    Given the hype around the upcoming World Shakespeare Festival, it was no surprise to receive a great swathe of votes for Shakespeare’s Globe. Perhaps more surprisingly, however, the experience readers seem to dig the most is taking a standing-only spot as a ‘groundling’. Stout-legged subscriber John Marsh describes it evocatively as being ‘the original Elizabethan experience, but without all the lepers and rats’.
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  • Read literary classics at Shoreditch House Literary Salon

    Around Town

    Shoreditch House activities are usually members-only affairs, but in the ‘interests of the democratisation of literature’ their book club, which takes place in venues around the city, is open to all. Jacob Walton praises its foolproof formula of ‘guest authors, relaxed atmosphere and – best of all – free drinks and pizza’. The best way to contact the Salon is to look them up on Facebook.
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  • Sir John Soane's Museum

    Museums & Attractions
    13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP

    It’s the city’s quirkier museums which seem to be flicking your switches. For every vote for a mainstream big name you cast two for left-field spots like Sir John Soane’s Museum, a townhouse crammed with personal trinkets from a nineteenth century architect.
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  • Tate Modern

    Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

    It was no surprise, meanwhile, that we received a raft of votes for Tate Modern, one of the most-visited art galleries in the world. But for all the masterworks exhibited on its walls, the view across the Millennium Bridge to St Paul’s Cathedral seems to be the biggest draw.
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