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Things to do in London today

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Having a lazy day? Don't. Get up and head down to one of the many things to do in London today that are taking place all across the capital. We've picked our favourite five to get you started. And if you're struggling with plans for things to do this weekend too, check out our guides to what's on in London this Friday, this Saturday and this Sunday.

RECOMMENDED: read the full Time Out London hot list here

1

Lost in Music

Critics' choice

From northern soul and disco to house and hip hop, through jungle and garage and right down to grime, club culture has come a long way, baby. Opening at The Printspace gallery on Kingsland Road, ‘Lost in Music’ is a massive new photography exhibition that tells the story of dance music across the decades and around the world, and pays tribute to the DJs and dancers who made it all happen.

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The Printspace , Hoxton Until Monday February 15 2016
2

The Museum of Innocence

This collaboration between Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk and Somerset House presents a physical form of Pamuk's novel 'The Museum of Innocence'. Both the book and museum tell the story of Kemel Bey, a wealthy socialite with an obsessive love for his twice removed cousin, through a series of everyday objects that have become significant in the pair's turbulent romance. 

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Somerset House , Temple Until Sunday April 3 2016
3

Sonica

From the people who lit up London with Lumiere Festival just a few weeks ago comes this taster of Glasgow's biennial sonic art festival. Being able to see what you can hear is what Sonica's all about, and artists will hold VJ sessions with impressive visuals. Among the highlights is Robbie Thomson's XFRMR, a light performance using a caged Tesla coil that will spit light in all directions.

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Kings Place , King's Cross Saturday February 6 2016
4

Betty Woodman

Critics' choice

Ceramics was art's hottest trend of 2015 – and we don't just mean 'The Great Pottery Thrown Down'. You couldn't move for pottery given a witty, conceptual twist by contemporary artists including Jesse Wine and Aaron Angell. In 2016, that trend looks set to continue, with the ICA  giving Betty Woodman her first UK show. 

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ICA , St James' Until Sunday April 10 2016
5

Orchid Festival

Kew Gardens' celebration of the orchid returns for a second year, this time with a colourful carnival theme. A series of carefully designed displays take over the glasshouse exploring the science of the mysterious plants with a focus on Brazilian hybrids. 

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Kew Gardens , Kew Until Sunday March 6 2016

Spotlight

Critics' choice

The gripping true story of the crusading journalists who uncovered the Catholic child abuse scandal

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Now Showing

The Big Short

The roots of the 2008 financial crash are engagingly explored in this all-star comedy

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Now Showing

The Revenant

It's hard to say who's grizzlier: human star Leonardo DiCaprio or his ursine adversary in this powerful drama

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Now Showing

Rams

This comic drama is more enjoyable than a movie about two Icelandic sheep farmers ought to be

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Now Showing

Room

Critics' choice

Brie Larson is an Oscar frontrunner for her remarkable performance in this gripping kidnap drama

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Now Showing

The Assassin

The best film of 2015 or a pretty, pretentious snorefest? Few films are as divisive as this arty kung-fu flick

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Now Showing

Creed

Critics' choice

It's safe to say we never saw this coming: a 'Rocky' reboot that's worthy of the original movie

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Now Showing

The Hateful Eight

Quentin Tarantino's latest splits audiences – is it a deliciously literate drama or a windy word-fest? You decide

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Now Showing
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By: Phoebe Trimingham

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