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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

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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Notting Hill Carnival

Family day at Europe’s biggest free street festival. Notting Hill Carnival 2015 is a vivid spectacle representing London's multicultural past and present. There are nearly 40 soundsystems for alfresco dancing and countless Caribbean food stalls serving up jerk chicken, fried plantain and goat curry.

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Notting Hill, Westbourne Park Until Monday August 31 2015
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Captain Showoff!

At this year's annual theatre stint down at the Scoop theatre for the More London Free Festival, Phil Willmott and his company Gods and Monsters goes ancient Roman and Greek. Showoff!' is an adaptation of the Roman comedies of Plautus. Don't forget to bring layers, and picnics are very much encouraged.

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The Scoop, London Bridge Sunday August 30 2015
3

Gilles Peterson... Up on the Roof

Critics' choice

Global beats guru and broadcaster Gilles Peterson returns to the series of summer parties that hosts brilliant party DJs atop the terrace of Brixton venue the Prince of Wales. His smooth, soulful, discofied and jazzy tendencies are the perfect summer soundtrack.

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Prince of Wales, Brixton Until Monday August 31 2015
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London Bridge Live Arts

Enjoy London Bridge's loveliest venues and public spaces with the help of this annual arts festival, which will fill them with free workshops, talks, installations, performances and trails themed around 'exchange'.

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Various, London Sunday August 30 2015
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Deadly Rhythm Carnival After Party

Critics' choice

Deadly Rhythm are hosting their carnival party at The Bussey Building, Peckham. As ever with Deadly Rhythm, the emphasis is on quality underground producers rather than crowd-pleasing names. Headlining is Baltimore DJ and producer Karizma who will be joined by Eglo Records co-founder and genre switching DJ Alexander Nut, Jon Rust and Deadly residents support.

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CLF Art Cafe (The Bussey Building), Peckham Until Monday August 31 2015
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