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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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Electric Pedals film screenings
Photograph: Electric Pedals
Things to do, Film events

Electric Pedals: ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’

icon-location-pin Southbank Centre, South Bank
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Put pedal to the metal for the 1970s cult classic ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ where you have to work up a sweat on the stationary bikes to power the movie screening. Dressing up is, of course, encouraged – just be sure not to get your suspenders caught in the spokes.

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Things to do, Festivals

The Greenwich Market Summer Fete

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Need a break from keeping the kids (or even yourself) entertained this summer? Take the whole family to Greenwich Market Summer Fete. There’ll be ‘splat the rat’, a gurning contest, welly-wanging and a cake-decorating contest. Expect bunting, candyfloss and more bunting. 

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Restaurants, Indian

Farzi Cafe

icon-location-pin Leicester Square

If you’ve got a hankering for killer buns, goats and rice then the first London outpost of modern Indian fusion chain Farzi Cafe is the answer. 

Venue says Spices lie at the very heart of Indian cooking, and our chefs create the perfect balance between authentic and cutting edge cuisine.

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Chihuly Nights Kew Gardens
Photograph: Summer Sun by Dale Chihuly
Things to do, Late openings

Chihuly Nights

icon-location-pin Kew Gardens, Kew
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Stunning Dale Chihuly (the man behind the giant chandelier in the V&A’s entrance hall) glass sculptures will be exploding out of Kew Gardens’ glorious foliage and lighting up after dark at these special lates.

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laki kane
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Laki Kane

icon-location-pin Islington

If you ever find yourself washed up in north London the wee hours, say aloha to Laki Kane. The Upper Street bar has a tiki theme, a beachy soundtrack and more rum than you can shake your sugar cane at. 

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'Tales of the Turntable' at Southbank Centre
Photo: Takis Zontiros
Dance, Hip hop

‘Tales of the Turntable’

icon-location-pin Southbank Centre, South Bank
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This joyful hip hop show for kids is guaranteed to make you come out humming too. Watch along and learn about the decade-hopping dance masterclass covering all styles from vogueing arms to classy breaking and krumping.

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Robert Indiana 'One Through Zero' (1980 - 2003 © 2017 Morgan Art Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Edition 5/6. Photo by Tom Powel Imaging.
Art

Frieze Sculpture 2019

icon-location-pin Regent's Park, Regent’s Park
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One of London’s prettiest parks has been transformed into a massive outdoor gallery once again courtesy of the free Frieze Sculpture. Go in search of Huma Bhabha’s totem-inspired ‘Receiver’ and a posthumous showing of Robert Indiana's ‘One Through Zero’.

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© Cindy Sherman. Image courtesy of National Portrait Gallery.
Art

Cindy Sherman

icon-location-pin National Portrait Gallery, Charing Cross Road
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There’s not much time left to check out the expansive retrospective work by this serious contemporary art giant. Sherman gives self-portraits through the ages, which is angry, cynical and really damn good. 

 

 

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Restaurants, British

Smiths of Smithfield: Top Floor

icon-location-pin Farringdon and Smithfield

If you’re after a rooftop experience at Clerkenwell’s iconic SOS head up to the Number 3 restaurant on the top floor, with its lovely outdoor terrace and views of London’s landmarks. 

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