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Things to do in London today

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By Time Out London editors and Angela Hui |
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There are thousands of things to do in London every day, taking place in weird, wonderful and gorgeous venues across the capital. To make your choice of what to do today a little easier, we've picked our favourite things to get you started. If you're looking for things to do this weekend too, check out our guides to what's on in London this Friday, this Saturday and this Sunday. Planning even further ahead? Here's all the great things going on in London each month

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Courtesy of Museum of Lost and Found Potential
Things to do, Exhibitions

Museum of Lost and Found Potential

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Catch the last day of the Speak Your Mind’s World Mental Health Day exhibition that uses sound and video installations to create interactive portraits of 16 people from across the world, each identifying what they lost as a result of mental illness. 

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Things to do, Festivals

Roundhouse Rising

icon-location-pin Roundhouse, Chalk Farm
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See up-and-coming names in music in an intimate setting at this festival of future headliners. Tonight’s offering is curated by BBC Music Introducing, where you can expect velvet soul vocals, surprising indie-pop performances and old-school influences in a line-up featuring east London rapper Priincess Kemz, MC/Rockstar Master Peace and vocalist Greentea Peng.

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Sparkling Pumpkin Carving

icon-location-pin Drink, Shop & Do, Caledonian Road
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Booze with sharp objects isn’t the wisest of combos, but Drink, Shop & Do is throwing caution to the wine with a series of champagne-fuelled pumpkin-carving seshes. The bar has partnered with Veuve Clicquot, no less, so you can show off your sculpting skills while sipping on bubbly.

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Kew Gardens
Photo courtesy of Kew Gardens
Attractions, Parks and gardens

Photo Walk: Kew in Autumn

icon-location-pin Kew

Get snap happy at this in-depth photography class at Kew. Learn camera skills and capture the stunning sea of reds, oranges and yellows in the beautiful gardens – perfect for providing all the inspiration you need for getting ‘the shot’. 

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Photograph: United Visual Artists Installation view of Vanishing Point at Towner Art Gallery
Art, Contemporary art

United Visual Artists: ‘Other Spaces’

icon-location-pin 180 The Strand, Strand
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Go to the just-opened free laser light show that will mess with your perception. It’s trippy, heady and seriously immersive. The show delves into bigger topics that will make you hyper-aware of your own skin, of the space around you, and of the world we live in. See more art exhibitions in London this week here.

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joker
Photograph: Niko Tavernise
Film, Action and adventure

‘Joker’

There’s still time to catch the brilliant, polarising, unmissable comic-book origin story. Joaquin Phoenix is groundbreaking as the DC supervillain-in-the-making. 

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Restaurants, Fish and chips

Seventeen Fish & Chips

icon-location-pin Balham

Need something comforting to get you through this dreary Tuesday? Have yourself a chippy tea. It may look too cool for school, but this place’s menu keeps things trad with its line-up of exceptionally good battered fish. The fish burger, calamari and onion rings are ace too.

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Photograph: Tate photography, Matt Greenwood
Art, Contemporary art

Kara Walker: ‘Fons Americanus’

icon-location-pin Tate Modern, Bankside
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This year’s Turbine Hall installation is the perfect rainy-day activity. Gawp in amazement at American artist Kara Walker’s work, who is using it to viciously critique Britain’s imperial past. It’s brutal, brilliant and necessary. 

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Teatulia
Photograph: Jason Bailey
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Teatulia

icon-location-pin Seven Dials

Whether you’re teetotal or just having a month off the sauce, take cover from the ghastly weather at this cosy hideout in Covent Garden. Teatulia is a single-origin tea shop serving posh cuppas and offering up a library of books to peace-seekers. 

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Lázaro Abreu Padrón, 1969, OSPAAAL, The Mike Stanfield Collection. Image courtesy of the House of Illustration
Museums

‘Designed in Cuba: Cold War Graphics’

icon-location-pin House of Illustration, King’s Cross
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Get up close to nearly 30 years of astonishing graphic propaganda from Cuba. Among the 100 posters and 70 magazines on display, see Che Guevara transformed into a waterfall. It’s quite something. 

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