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

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



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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

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

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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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  1. 96 Euston Rd, NW1 2DB
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Churchill War Rooms

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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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  1. King Charles St, SW1A 2AQ
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Join the First Thursdays tour

Until Thu Dec 6Galleries in east London Judith White raves about the free bus/walking tours organised by First Thursdays, which take passengers on ‘a specially curated and always lively’ tour of east London’s independent art galleries. As the name suggests, they take place on the first Thursday of the month. Early booking is advised. 
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Enjoy top exhibitions at Hauser & Wirth London

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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  1. 196a Piccadilly, W1J 9DY
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Horniman Museum

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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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  1. 100 London Road, SE23 3PQ
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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. 
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Luxembourg & Dayan

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This Saville Row art gallery really did flick your art switches. 
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  1. 2 Savile Row, W1S 3PA
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Old Operating Theatre Museum

‘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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  1. St Thomas Church, 9a St Thomas St, SE1 9RY
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See an opera at the Royal Opera House

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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  1. Bow St, WC2E 9DD
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Shakespeare's Globe

Formerly a director at the Lisson and Haunch of Venison, Corrias opened this Rem Koolhaas-designed gallery in 2008 with a giant aluminium Christmas tree by Philippe Parreno. Other artists include Charles Avery and Shahzia Sikander. 
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  1. 21 New Globe Walk, Bankside, SE1 9DT
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Read literary classics at Shoreditch House Literary Salon

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

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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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  1. 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP
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Stuart Shave/Modern Art

This always on-trend gallery showing the likes of Jonathan Meese, Matthew Monahan, Eva Rothschild and Barry McGee was a well recommended gallery located along Eastcastle Street. 
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  1. 23-25 Eastcastle St, W1W 8DF
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Tate Modern

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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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  1. Bankside, SE1 9TG
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