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Things to do in London today

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By Time Out London editors |
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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

RECOMMENDED: read the full Time Out London hot list here

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Things to do, Festivals

London Design Festival

icon-location-pin Various, London
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See London come to life at the London Design Festival. Now in its seventeenth year, see some of the best interactive installations dotted around at multiple events and venues across nine days. 

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Things to do, Talks and lectures

Pocket-Sized

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Celebrate the beauty of words and short form with JW3 at this day festival chaired by writer, comedian and broadcaster Sandi Toksvig. Listen to a day filled with talks, discussions, panels, films, a roaming audio lounge and a pop-up bookstore. Literary lovers and bookworms unite! 

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Hackney Flea Market
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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Hackney Flea Market

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Anyone with a passion for their flat to look like a spread from a 1970s interior design mag or a penchant for browsing second-hand bric-a-brac will feel right at home nestled among the tables at Hackney Flea Market, where eclectic taste is key.

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

The East London Vintage Kilo Sale

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Calling all bargain hunters! Rummage through tonnes of vintage gems all for the low, low price of £15 per kilo for your well-picked wares. Weighing in at an average of 3-4 items per kilo, you can bag yourself a whole new outfit with change for a twenty. 

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Things to do, Festivals

London Podcast Festival

icon-location-pin Kings Place, King’s Cross
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Catch the last day of the festival that puts your favourite podcasters on stage. Join in for live recording and performances, with today’s line up of, among others, Tracy Ann Oberman, Yomi Adegoke and Benjamin Partridge.

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Things to do, Performances

Mischief on the Marshes

icon-location-pin Secret London location, London
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Hear storytelling troupe The Embers Collective spin age-old yarns with a modern twist all set to live music. This alfresco spoken-word session will take place in a secret location in north London.

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Things to do, Quirky events

Dog Day at Skylight

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While your four-legged pal snacks on treats you can neck ‘Paw-n star Martinis’ at this party in aid of Battersea Dogs and Cats Home. 

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

WakeUp Docklands Wakeboarding

icon-location-pin WakeUp Docklands, Royal Docks
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Ever looked at Royal Victoria Dock and though: ‘You know what, I’d love to wakeboard on that’? Well, you’re in luck. WakeUp Docklands is holding lessons for beginners at an introductory rate. 

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Retrospect London Vintage Clothing Kilo Sale

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Tired of your wardrobe, but don’t want to buy into fast fashion? Head to the Retrospect London Vintage Clothing Kilo Sale where you can beg yourself some pre-loved clobber for £15 a kilo. Pick up a load of silk shirts and you’re laughing.

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