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Prepare for your bank holiday revisiting ‘Quadrophenia’ with a screening and Q&A with Phil Daniels

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Prepare for your bank holiday revisiting ‘Quadrophenia’ with a screening and Q&A with Phil Daniels
A Quiet Break: ‘Jack Ryan’ star John Krasinski reveals his major on-set injury

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A Quiet Break: ‘Jack Ryan’ star John Krasinski reveals his major on-set injury
Warm up for Notting Hill Carnival at the Panorama steel pan band competition

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Warm up for Notting Hill Carnival at the Panorama steel pan band competition
Scare yourself senseless with a Halloween pop-up cinema at the Natural History Museum

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Scare yourself senseless with a Halloween pop-up cinema at the Natural History Museum
Printworks just announced its autumn/winter line-ups. In a word: blimey!

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Printworks just announced its autumn/winter line-ups. In a word: blimey!
Peter Jackson’s new movie is getting its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival

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Peter Jackson’s new movie is getting its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival
The Open House ticket ballot for the BT Tower and 10 Downing Street is now open

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The Open House ticket ballot for the BT Tower and 10 Downing Street is now open
11 tips on how to have an amazing Notting Hill Carnival

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11 tips on how to have an amazing Notting Hill Carnival
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Forage for mushrooms and distil your own gin on a Devon farm this bank holiday

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Forage for mushrooms and distil your own gin on a Devon farm this bank holiday
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The best things to do this week

Mr Hyde National Burger Day
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Mr Hyde National Burger Day

What is it? A full day dedicated to those big meat patties shoved in buns.Why go? For a belly-busting tour of London’s burgers at a discount.  

The Monster
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The Monster

What is it? The pro kidult-pleasers behind last year’s inflatable fun zone, The Beast, are back with its bigger, badder, better-looking brother.  Why go? To try and tackle 42 obstacles, go down an 18-metre mega-slide and flap around in an adult ball pit.

Movies on the River
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Movies on the River

What is it? London’s first ever cinema on the Thames.Why go? To watch a movie under the stars on the top deck of a boat, after a cruise along the Thames. A pretty perfect evening if you ask us. 

Notting Hill Carnival
Music Notting Hill Carnival

What is it? Europe’s biggest street festival is a vivid and thrilling spectacle celebrating London’s rich multicultural past and present.  Why go? To dance, sing, listen to incredible steel bands, dance to soundsystem sets and party with fellow Londoners. 

Show of the week: ‘Drag​: Self-portraits and Body Politics’
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Show of the week: ‘Drag​: Self-portraits and Body Politics’

What is it? A show celebrating the relationship between art and drag from the 1960s until now. Why go? To see how drag has been used by artists to critique class, consumerism, race, colonialism and the Aids crisis of the 1980s.  

Film of the week: ‘BlacKkKlansman’
Film Film of the week: ‘BlacKkKlansman’

What is it? Spike Lee is back to his best with this film based on the true story of a black cop going undercover in the Ku Klux Klan. Why go? Veering from blaxploitation spoof to undercover thriller and ending with a no-punches-pulled real-life coda, it’s riotous fun one minute, savagely biting the next.  

‘Little Shop of Horrors’
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‘Little Shop of Horrors’

What is it? The already gloriously OTT tale of Audrey II, the rampaging man-eating plant, gets an extra twist in Maria Aberg’s exuberant open-air production. Why go? To see the magnificent cast, not least drag queen Vicky Vox playing a killer plant. 

Little Gay Brother at Omeara
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Little Gay Brother at Omeara

What is it? These rising stars of the LGBT+ club scene really know how to throw a bank holiday party. Why go? For eye-catching looks, joyous drag shows and perfectly pitched house and disco beats that don’t quit till the early hours. 

Stevie Wonderland Carnival Afterparty
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Stevie Wonderland Carnival Afterparty

What is it? The Stevie Wonderland crew’s annual Carnival afterparty, full of tropical house and disco. Why go? This year the line-up includes Romare, Auntie Flo, Mr Mendel, Alexander Nut, Donna Leake and Banana Hill DJs. It will, as always, be lit.

UK Panorama Steelband Competition
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UK Panorama Steelband Competition

What is it? The great steelband standoff that takes place on Carnival Eve (Saturday) and has been a local institution for the past 40 years. Why go? It’s kind of a big deal: the competition pits the UK’s biggest bands against each other. Plus you get to hear lots of banging calypso tunes.

Field Day at Dinerama
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Field Day at Dinerama

What is it? Mix street food, good booze, lashings of wicked beats and a dollop of dancing, and you’ve got yourself one helluva bank holiday sandwich.  Why go? Foals, DJ Supermarkt and the Stevie Wonderland DJs will be spinning while you chow down on sliders and slices.

Bar of the week: The Library Bar at The Ned
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Bar of the week: The Library Bar at The Ned

What is it? An opulent bar inside The Ned that serves drinks from its own booze trolley. Why go? For tasty, elegant champagne cocktails. Getting trollied has never looked so good.

‘Pericles’
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‘Pericles’

What is it? Shakespeare’s tale of nautical derring-do with 200-odd performers sourced from eight London community groups. Why go? To see summer’s biggest and most ambitious theatre production.

Smithfield 150
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Smithfield 150

What is it? Spend the bank holiday weekend celebrating Smithfield Market’s 150th birthday at this big ol’ blowout.  Why go? For fairground rides, experimental psych-pop, dog shows and pop-up markets. 

Great Big Summer Weekend
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Great Big Summer Weekend

What is it? Southbank Centre is putting on a massive free party over the August bank holiday weekend, and it’s full of chances to throw some shapes. Why go? For a four-day line-up of mambo workshops and interactive carnivals which finishes off with a celebration of 45 years of hip hop. 

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Neighbourhood guides

Shoreditch
Shoreditch

Indie shops, ace nightlife and tasty street food

London by area
London by area

Check out our guides to every neighbourhood in London

Notting Hill
Notting Hill

Great cinemas, pretty pastel streets and the famous Portobello Road Market 

Greenwich
Greenwich

Home of Greenwich Mean Time and amazing London views 

Brixton
Brixton

A go-to haunt for foodies, clubbers, artists and rockers alike  

South Kensington
South Kensington

Home to iconic institutions and incredible museums 

Hackney
Hackney

Edgy restaurants, world-class coffee and ace independent shops 

South Bank
South Bank

A hub of cultural activity, state-funded arts and entertainment venues

King’s Cross
King’s Cross

Urban parks, canal-side fun and brilliant brunch spots

Soho
Soho

Bright lights, drinking dens and unforgettable entertainment

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Silent Disco at The View from The Shard
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Silent Disco at The View from The Shard

The silent disco phenomenon reaches new heights at these exclusive Time Out events. Pick your channel and choose your side as three DJs battle it out over...

South West Four
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South West Four

Clapham Common’s dance music festival attracts superstar DJs from across the globe

The House of St Barnabas: Saturday Sessions
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The House of St Barnabas: Saturday Sessions

Spend your weekends in The House of St Barnabas’ beautiful Georgian building for their string of ‘Saturday Sessions’. Over four Saturdays...

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Movies on the River

Watch a movie on the top deck of a boat after a cruise along the River Thames

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Skylight

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Young Frankenstein review

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‘A Monster Calls’ review

Sally Cookson’s powerful stage version of Patrick Ness’s devastating novel

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Dinerama

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The Book of Mormon review

Trey Parker and Matt Stone's naughty but extremely lovable comedy

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42nd Street review

A spectacular revival for the glitzy American musical classic

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