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34 things you can do if you're new to London, according to locals

New in town? Check out this hit list of places to go and things to do from the city's biggest fans

By Time Out Tastemakers
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Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

11. A ramble through a nature reserve

We love to take visitors to Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park, which is now a nature reserve. It’s overgrown and very atmospheric: perfect with friends and a bottle of wine. Helen Rosemier

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Museum of Curiosities

14. Insect scoffing at the Museum of Curiosities

We’d have cocktails with a taxidermy lion and eat edible insects before exploring the strange and bizarre corners of the Museum of Curiosities. Eppie Shepherd

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The Last Tuesday Society

15. The Last Tuesday Society (any day of the week)

The Last Tuesday Society aka Little Shop of Horrors never fails to surprise my guests. Even if one is not interested in the curiosities on display, the cocktails from the upstairs bar with the names of ‘This is not a brothel’ or ‘Witches rout martini’ always do the trick. Izzy Kawecka

Regent's Canal towpath
© Sara Melhuish

16. A walk along Regent's Canal

For me in Bow, I’d take a friend to walk along the canals and Victoria Park. Laura Lopez

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100 best bars and pubs in london, four thieves

17. Fun and games at Four Thieves

It’s an old standby, but I’d go for a kitschy night out (or lively morning!) at the Four Thieves in Clapham. The top floor is full of old-school games under black lights, from glow mini-golf and skee-ball to electric car racing and other retro arcade favourites. During the weekends, grab a table downstairs for some bottomless bingo that features a hearty brunch plate and endless mimosas. The host usually gets everyone up and dancing between bingo rounds! Eileen Cotter Wright

101 Things To Do in London: The Shard
© The View from The Shard

18. Dim sum at The Shard

We’d go to The Shard to enjoy the view of the area and maybe have dim sum high tea!

Zen Zhou

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19. Brunch in a garden centre

I would take a newbie to have brunch at the lovely Quince Tree café in the Clifton Gardens Nursery near Warwick Avenue as it is the oldest nursery in London. Additionally, they serve delicious food to satisfy even the most critical of foodies inside a scenic white conservatory set in the grounds of the nursery. Carla Midcap Ramiro

Mirth, Marvel And Maud

20. A marvellous space in Walthamstow

I’d go to Mirth, Marvel And Maud in Walthamstow. It’s incredible-looking inside, offers diverse and interesting events each week, and does a great roast on Sundays. If nothing else, it’s got ‘LOST IN SPACE’ PINBALL! Jak Wakefield

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