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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 19: Installation view of Masculinities: Liberation through Photography at Barbican Art Gallery on February 19, 2020 in London, England. The exhibition runs from 20 Feb - 17 May 2020. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images for Ba
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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 for things to do today

By Time Out London editors
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There are thousands of things to do in London every day, even during lockdown. Londoners are finding all sorts of inventive ways to stay connected, whether it’s through streamed concerts and theatre shows, virtual markets, Instagram fitness classes or lunchtime baking workshops. 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 are all the great things going on in London each month

RECOMMENDED: read the full Time Out London hot list here

Old Vic
Old Vic
Photograph: Old Vic

1. Your Old Vic: ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ (online)

Part of the Old Vic’s online streaming offering, watch this dance thriller devised, directed and choreographed by Olivier Award-winner Drew McOnie and inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’.

Royal Albert Hall
Royal Albert Hall
Photograph: David Iliff

2. Royal Albert Home: Nathaniel Rateliff

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The Royal Albert Hall is still closed, but while it’s on temporary hiatus, the giant oval building is taking its ‘concerts’ straight to the living rooms of musicians. Tune into their YouTube channel tonight at 7.30pm to hear American singer-songwriter Nathaniel Rateliff playing an intimate set from his home studio in Denver. He’ll be playing plenty of his atmospheric pop-folk ballads in this live solo acoustic rendition of his latest album ‘And It’s Still Alright’. 

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Somerset House All your eggs in one Basket
Somerset House All your eggs in one Basket
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4. Somerset House

4 out of 5 stars
Art Galleries Aldwych

Somerset House’s famous eighteenth-century courtyard is open again, with its choreographed fountains back in action. Pay a visit to see its ‘Mushrooms: The art, design and future of fungi’ exhibition, or sit in the grand square eating chilled treats from its new pop-up food stalls. 

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chemical brothers, design museum electronic exhibition
chemical brothers, design museum electronic exhibition
Photograph: Luke Dyson

5. The Design Museum: ‘Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers’

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London’s foremost destination for fans of sans-serif typography and Anglepoise lamps is open again, which means you can check out its long-awaited electronic music exhibition. ‘Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers’ takes an in-depth look at the visual culture surrounding dance music, beginning with its Teutonic early days and ending with a speculative vision for what lies ahead. 

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6. The V&A

Museums Art and design South Kensington

The V&A is open again! Book a free timed-entry ticket online, which will let you freely explore its ground floor, its Europe 1600-1815 galleries on the first floor and the main shop and garden. To get the full experience, follow one of the museum’s themed trails while listening to an audio guide you can download on to your mobile phone.

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Sunil Gupta
Sunil Gupta
Sunil Gupta 'Untitled 22' from the series 'Christopher Street' (1976) Image courtesy of the artist and Hales Gallery. © Sunil Gupta. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2019

8. ‘Masculinities: Liberation through Photography’

4 out of 5 stars
Art Barbican Centre, Barbican

Make some time for the Barbican’s enormous photo exhibition ‘Masculinities: Liberation through Photography’, which is packed with more than 300 works. Our reviewer gave the show four stars, saying: ‘The exhibition makes you walk away asking infinite questions. And in a society that’s constantly changing, where gender is constantly melting into an ever more fluid substance, questions are our best tools for trying to figure out how to navigate the world.’ Book your timeslot here

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Photograph: Courtesy of Electric Dreams
Photograph: Courtesy of Electric Dreams
Photograph: Courtesy of Electric Dreams

9. Electric Dreams Online

Things to do Quirky events Your Living Room, Trafalgar Square

Take part in a fringe arts festival celebrating storytelling in cyberspace. It’s a mix of online art projects that were formed in the lockdown and others that preceded it, involving everything from Zoom theatre to a ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ documentary. Today you can be summoned for jury duty on a complex online trial, or experience a 60-year relationship over the duration of a four-hour interactive play

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