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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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STEFANIA CURTO
Things to do, Festivals

Hackney Festival of Fitness

icon-location-pin Hackney Marshes, Hackney Wick
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Exercise is heading east in a big way. Attempt an adrenaline-fuelled class, join a stand-up paddleboard expedition or cheer on the Hackney Half competitors.

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Primrose Hill Market
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Primrose Hill Festival and Dog Show

icon-location-pin Regent's Park Road, Primrose Hill
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Think you own the city’s cutest canine? Put your pooch to the test at this annual event. Not mad on mutts? There are plenty of other attractions to go barking for, including 
a roller disco, obvs.

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Photographica 2019

icon-location-pin Royal Horticultural Halls, Westminster
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Treat your selfie and snap up a proper camera at this photography fair. You'll find more than 100 stalls buying selling and swapping thousands of collectable, user and retro cameras plus lenses, accessories, film, paper, literature and images.

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Urban Village Fete
© Laura Jane Dale 2015
Things to do

Urban Village Fete

icon-location-pin Greenwich Peninsula, Greenwich
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This modern version of the traditional British fair (courtesy of Wayne Hemingway, MBE) takes place in the Greenwich Peninsula, that area just next door to The O2. Bringing together many of London's finest portable performers, vendors and designers, Urban Village Fete will feature creative workshops, gigantic slinkies, hula hooping classes and street food from Paris, Thailand, Carribean, Mexico and, well, that universal treat: mac'n'cheese. DJ Gilles Peterson is back, and will be joined by a number of other awesome performers.

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Flea at Vinegar Yard

icon-location-pin Vinegar Yard, London Bridge
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Formerly Flea at Flat Iron Square, this weekly vintage and makers market has moved to Vinegar Yard SE1, bringing its heaps of antiques, clothing, homeware, books, bikes and cameras with it. It's hunting ground for treasures and pre-loved artefacts. Can't make it this weekend? Visit its range of pop-up shops, open every weekday. 

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Projekt 26
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Midcentury Show East

icon-location-pin Haggerston School, Hoxton
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See stunning British, American and Scandinavian 20th-century interior design from over 50 furniture dealers at Midcentury Show East - the east London sibling of Midcentury Modern. Even the building is a sight to see, held in Haggerston School, which was designed by Brutalist architect Erno Goldfinger in the mid-’60s. Expect a variety of hugely desirable, high-quality furniture on display, all of which can be bought straight from the dealers. There's also a terrarium workshop on offer where you can create your own masterpiece to take home.

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Joanna Piotrowska Untitled 2015. Originally commissioned through the Jerwood and Photoworks awards 2015. Courtesy Southard Reid
Art, Photography

Joanna Piotrowska: ‘All Our False Devices’

icon-location-pin Tate Britain, Westminster
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Up-and-coming Polish photographer Piotrowski makes human behaviour super-creepy with her sideways glance 
at intimate movements and interactions.  

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Things to do, Exhibitions

Contemporary Art and Ritual

icon-location-pin The Crypt, Bloomsbury
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Go deeper underground at The Crypt Gallery. The atmospheric vaulted brick space is transformed into an artist-led experimental exhibition, the show features work from 12 artists exploring ritual in today's society. 

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The Gate
Restaurants, Vegetarian

The Gate

icon-location-pin Hammersmith

The original branch of the iconic vegetarian restaurant, once popular with the likes of Macca and Madge. For classic dishes that are beautifully presented and nicely done: like the beetroot veggie burger in a pretzel bun.

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Orlando Myxx
Things to do, Markets and fairs

Wasted Chic Fashion Market

icon-location-pin Boxpark Croydon, Croydon
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Get yourself down to Boxpark Croydon and pick up some affordable garms from Wasted Chic Fashion Market pop-up. Rummage through on-trend vintage and festival fashion, all perfect for sprucing up your summer wardrobe. Celebrate after with some street food and a craft beer, or three.

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