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Your comprehensive guide to the best things to do in London

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Nordicana

Scandiphiles and Nordic Noir lovers: prepare yourselves for this celebration of gripping crime dramas

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The Londonaise

Do you find croquet just that bit too energetic? Try p├ętanque, France's favourite park sport

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Euroart's Open Studios

Browse and buy direct from this artist-led cluster of 70 work spaces in Tottenham

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A Stitch in Time: A Day of Embroidery

Drop into the British Library to celebrate everything that can be created with a needle and thread

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London Nocturne

Penny farthing and folding bike races would never pop up at the Olympics

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California dreaming

Time Out and Air New Zealand's correspondent is on the road and she's making us all jealous

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Upcoming events in the capital

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Star Wars at Madame Tussauds

Star Wars fans rejoice! A major new attraction opens at Madame Tussauds in 2015, boasting 16 life-like characters and 11 expertly finished sets from the iconic films. The experience will take over two new floors at the Baker Street site and visitors can immerse themselves within sets that range from Yoda's swamp, to the red-hot lava spewing Mustafar where Anakin turns to the dark side.

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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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Open Garden Squares Weekend

In 2015 more than 200 gardens not ordinarily open to the public will unlock their gates for a weekend to take part in this annual event, held in association with the National Trust. Spanning 27 boroughs, the gardens take in all sorts of spaces, from traditional squares to roof terraces and allotments, as well as gardens belonging to historic buildings, schools, shops and cafes.

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Father's Day

If you're planning to spoil Dad this Father's Day then you've come to the right place

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Hyper Japan

Japanophiles in the know who can’t stretch to an airfare buy a tube ticket to North Greenwich instead and get their fix at Hyper Japan. What can you expect? The whole package: Hyper Japan embraces both authentic, traditional elements of Japanese culture and emerging trends, offering everything from food to fashion plus live music and cosplay. There’s also sushi, sake and street food to sample and exponents of anime and manga to check out. 

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Red Bull Soapbox Race

If you've ever watched 'Cool Runnings' and thought that flinging yourself down a hill in a colourful wagon that looks like it was built by the Teletubbies looks like the best fun ever? Find a team and get planning, because this is your chance to fulfill your need for speed in a real soapbox race in the hilly grounds of Alexandra Palace. 

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Upcoming Time Out events

Heartbreak Hotel at The Jetty

It's time to check into London's most intriguing establishment that's now accepting bookings. Step inside the Heartbreak Hotel, a utopia for lost souls and broken hearts, when it opens on June 2 and be swept away on the journey of a lifetime.Tickets from £11.75

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Rising Stars at The Jazz Cafe on June 9

Get ahead of the crowd and give yourself the chance to discover the next big thing! We’ve got five exciting artists lined up for you, each already gaining serious momentum on their way to the top. Once more Rising Stars returns to one of our favourite venues in the city, Camden Town's famed Jazz Cafe. Tickets are just £10 and include a free drink on arrival!

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32 Londoners

We spy with our giant eye an opportunity to attend an exceptional event exclusively with Time Out. Join curators A Curious Invitation and Antique Beat for an evening of unmissable talks about some of London's most iconic residents on June 11. With 32 talks from 32 speakers about 32 iconic Londoners in the 32 capsules of the Coca-Cola London Eye, your toughest decision today is which one to choose! Plus you'll also get a complimentary drink to sip while you listen to your chosen expert speaker and take a trip around one of London's favourite landmarks all for just £40.

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Live & Learn with Time Out

Live & Learn with Time Out is a sensational new range of classes in London. They range from evening talks to in-depth courses, and every one will deliver a uniquely memorable experience as well as genuinely useful knowledge and skills. Our tutors and speakers will be the best in the business – whether Time Out staff, major industry names or the cream of backstage talent. Tickets from £35

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London's cultural highlights

Museums

Top 10 museums in London

Overwhelmed by the many museums in London? Here's where to start

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London's top attractions

Be sure to tick off London's biggest and best attractions

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Exhibitions in London

See what London's best museums and galleries have got on show

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Things to do with the kids

Kids

Top 10 kids activities this week

Nobody can pluck fun out of thin air – here's a little help

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Museums

Top 10 museums for kids

Most of London's museums go out of their way to entertain little ones

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Harry Potter in London: tours, walks and more

If you're visiting London, here's how you can go from muggle to wizard for the day

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Walks and tours in London

Discover London's best bits by foot

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London area guides

Explore the colourful and varied neighbourhoods of the city

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Sport and fitness

Sport and fitness in London

Even burning fat and pumping iron can be fun in the capital

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