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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

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Things to do, Quirky events

Stranger Pins: Stranger Things Bowling Party

icon-location-pin Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, Bloomsbury
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Venture into the Upside Down as Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes gets a ‘Stranger Things’-themed makeover, complete with 80s synth bangers spinning all night long. 

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Things to do, Exhibitions

The Barking Stink: A Scented Heritage Exhibition

icon-location-pin Valence House Museum, Dagenham
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Get to know Barking’s industrial past through the power of smell. Sewage, fish and the scent of a fizzy pop factory will all be on display at this whiffy exhibition. 

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Restaurants, Italian

Artusi

icon-location-pin Peckham

An austere dining room, serving a daily changing blackboard menu of artisanal pasta. Away from the carbs, a plate of cured bream with grapefruit, shaved fennel and dill was every bit as special. But still, you’re here for the pasta really.

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Bars and pubs, Pubs

Craft Beer & Cheese Festival

icon-location-pin Bermondsey

Forget everything you’ve been told. Turns out beer and cheese are the real bedfellows. The line-up has 40 craft beers, six live bands, cheesy street food and a selection from Neal’s Yard Dairy. Pace yourself: it’s going to be a lot of froth and fromage.

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Elizabethan Yoga

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Practice your downward dogs, build up your strength and learn breathing exercises, but with an Elizabethan twist. As well as a live musical accompaniment, participants will bend and contort themselves while listening to quotes from Shakespeare. This is yoga, but not as you know it.

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Things to do

The Monster

icon-location-pin Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace
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A giant inflatable obstacle course for adults. What better excuse to zoom down an 18-metre mega slide? Plus, there are some R-rated extras dotted around the course – boozy bingo, drag queen karaoke, unicorn ball pits, beer pong and street food – to keep the fun going after completing the course.

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Things to do, Exhibitions

‘The Dark Crystal’: Age of Resistance Exhibition

icon-location-pin BFI Southbank, South Bank
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Enter the world of Thra at this special exhibition. See setpieces from the series (like the Skeksis banquet) and meet the puppets modelled on Jim Hensons’s original creations.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Boundary Rooftop

icon-location-pin Shoreditch

Although there are only a few floors between the frenetic Shoreditch streets and Boundary’s inviting rooftop restaurant, the two seem worlds apart. A Mediterranean menu heightens the holiday vibe: order the likes of grilled lobster with aioli fries to accompany your sundowners.

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Things to do, Performances

In Da Fete Kiki Function

icon-location-pin Bethnal Green Working Men's Club, Bethnal Green
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Head to Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club to get a headstart on the Carnival activities. This QTIPOC-friendly spectacle is sure to be one great, soca and bashment-fuelled night that will get you in the mood for the west London proceedings.

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Victorian Vauxhall

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Turn back time this bank holiday at Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens. They’ll be putting on a free Victorian affair where you’ll get the chance to play games usually found back in the 19th century – including tightrope walkers, strong men and stilt walkers. Sounds spiffing.

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