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Things to do in London today

The day's best events, all in one place – it's your social emergency saviour for things to do today

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Head down to one of the thousands of things to do in London today taking place all across the capital. We've picked our favourite things to get you started and, if you're making 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



Sausages, music and beer make the perfect trio at east London's version of Oktoberfest. Find Bavarian-themed fun sprawling out from a block of canal side warehouses, with the Hoxton Docks Timber Warehouse acting as an alpine chalet brimming with Erdinger and Fest Bier.

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Hoxton Docks , Haggerston Until Sunday October 23 2016

Affordable Art Fair Battersea

The AAF does exactly what it says on the tin. Since its launch in 2008, it’s made buying art a far less exclusive affair – works are priced at a maximum of £5,000, and tips for buying are listed on the website. It’s a good mix of work too: there tend to be lots of limited-edition stuff by household names. But you’re better off investing in art by the younger, emerging artists – it could be worth a hell of a lot more in a few years’ time.

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Battersea Evolution , Battersea Until Sunday October 23 2016

Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

Suzan-Lori Parks’s ‘Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3)’ is a welcome return to the sort of sprawling black American epic we don’t see so much in the Royal Court’s Downstairs theatre now that current boss Vicky Featherstone has gone all avant-garde on our asses. Loosely speaking it’s a retelling of Homer’s ‘The Odyssey’ set during the American Civil War, with Odysseus replaced by Hero (Steve Toussaint), a loyal-to-a-definite-fault Texas slave who leaves his wife Penny at home to help his master fight Yankees in exchange for his freedom. 

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Royal Court Theatre , Belgravia Until Saturday October 22 2016

I, Daniel Blake

Ken Loach's new film about people on the British breadline is angry, powerful and compassionate

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Now Showing

Queen of Katwe

The wonderfully uplifting story of a teenage chess prodigy from the streets of Kampala, Uganda

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A punchy, feelgood doc about an Afghan refugee who went viral with a rap about child marriage

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If you ever had a fleeting affection for gobby Mancs Oasis, this rags-to-riches doc will make you smile

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Little Men

Another sweetly insightful New York indie from 'Love is Strange' director Ira Sachs

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By: Time Out London Things To Do


Rachel H
Rachel H

Come down to Clapton Jumble Trail for some bargains #claptonjumbletrail - Glyn Road & Chatsworth E5

Michael R
Michael R

Just saw the `kink's musical Sunny Afternoon yesterday. Great show The music holds up The story is very engaging and the audience started a standing ovation for the last ten minutes of the show.  An inspiring evening WELL WORTH SEEING. NOW IF ONLY THE WEATHER WOULD WARM UP.

Ryan S
Ryan S

Don't live or work here it's horrible! Come on a holiday instead!

Kamel K
Kamel K

i love this amazing land , & i'll like to travel & work there , it's  a pleasure for me thank's