Things to do in London today

The day's best events, all in one place – it's your social emergency saviour

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Having a lazy day? Don't. Get up and head down to one of the many events taking place in the capital instead. We've picked our favourite five to get you started.

And if you're struggling with plans for the weekend too, check out our guides to what's on in London this Friday, this Saturday and this Sunday.

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Summer Tales

Critics' choice

One thing that helped London make it through the last few arduous winters was Night Tales, a fantastic pop-up party full of creative cocktails, street food, DJs spinning dancefloor-filling tunes and general good vibes. Luckily, you don't have to wait until winter to indulge in the fun once again, as the NT crew are back with an ace summer-themed pop-up for 15 whole weekends – welcome news indeed. As it's summer, there's a jungle theme in play, plush hammocks, rope swings and a 20m terrace to soak up the sun. Drinks are served at four bars, including the Lazy Flamingo Bar, where you can enjoy bespoke summery cocktails including a Mescal Mule and a Pin-Up Collada. As ever, food is a key part of the experience, and Summer Tales features all manner of culinary treats from top London eateries, including Burger and Lobster, seafood shack Bonnie Gull, Italian cuisine specialists Forza Win and cheese-blending warriors Morty & Bob's. 

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Red Market Until Friday August 28 2015
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Riviera Style: Resort and Swimwear since 1900

From the English Riviera (that’s Torquay to you and me) to the rather more glamorous Cote d’Azur, Riviera Style brings together over 100 years of beachwear. At the Fashion and Textiles Museum’s summer exhibition, you’ll find everything from conservative Edwardian cover-ups to swimsuits and sarongs, with the odd burkini thrown in for good measure.

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Fashion and Textile Museum Until Saturday August 29 2015
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Playback: The '90s Party

Fancy re-living the '90s in all their gloriously over-the-top-ness over the bank holiday weekend? Head to this two-day party in east London basement venue The Laundry and soak up all the sights and sounds of the decade. Hosted by cocktail supremos Bourne & Hollingsworth, the event features a games room with retro video games, a screen showing classic '90s flicks, dance podiums, cocktail flaring bats, a hair and make-up stand and a break-dance competition. Music will be an extended mixtape of all things '90s, taking in anything from grunge to pop to hip hop, plus there'll be guest headline acts from the decade in question. 

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The Laundry Friday May 22 2015
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Rayne: Shoes for Stars

If it’s good enough for HRH, it’s good enough for us. Shoes for Stars explores the legacy of British heritage brand Rayne, whose shoes were worn by some of the twentieth century’s most iconic women – Elizabeth Taylor, Vivien Leigh, Brigitte Bardot and our own Queen Elizabeth, who wore Rayne pumps to her wedding. Over 100 examples will be on display, featuring the work of Bruce Oldfield, Mary Quant and Roger Vivier, alongside current designer Laurence Dacade.

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Fashion and Textile Museum Until Saturday August 29 2015
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Bollywood Fever

Get wrapped up in the fun, energy and melodrama of Bollywood at this three-day festival which will celebrate both modern and classic films in the genre. Street food, live music, dancers and henna artists will all be on site to complement the schedule of screenings, for which tickets must be booked in advance. Visit the Bollywood Fever website for the line-up and to book.

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Bargehouse Until Monday May 25 2015

Girlhood

This French coming-of-age story smartly explores issues of class, race and teenage conformity

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Now Showing

Phoenix

This gripping German thriller set in the ruins of post-war Berlin could be this year's 'The Lives of Others'

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Now Showing

Top Five

Chris Rock proves his indie credentials with this good-natured, Richard Linklater-ish comedy-drama

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Now Showing

The Falling

British director Carol Morley offers a striking, courageous drama set in an all-girls school

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Now Showing

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Jo S

what selena g said