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, Festivals

Winterville

icon-location-pin Clapham Common, Clapham
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Expect sugar, spice and show-offs on ice at the annual sparkly winter fairground. Mel C will be on the decks to kickstart festivities for the opening weekend. There’s also top London grub from Street Feast, crazy golf and more.

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Things to do, Markets and fairs

Christmas at Leadenhall Market

icon-location-pin Leadenhall Market, Aldgate
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Get Christmassy in the City as Leadenhall Market gets lit up for the festive season. Watch the Lord Mayor of London switch on the twinkling lights at 6:30pm. Come for the choir and stay for the snow. 

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Ed Atkins, Happy Birthday!!. Courtesy the artist and Cabinet, London
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‘Strange Days’ Friday lates

icon-location-pin 180 the Strand, Temple
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Turn your strange days into memorable nights at this ace exhibition late. Start the weekend  by dancing between Ben Kelly’s installation ‘Columns’ while supping fancy wines.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Bar of the Week: Genuine Liquorette

icon-location-pin Fitzrovia

Sink a drink at this playful bar inspired by New York’s Genuine group. Cocktails are served in cans, and pizzas are shaped like stars. We're in!

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Things to do, Quirky events

Chilli Karaoke

icon-location-pin Old Nun's Head, Nunhead
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If karaoke doesn’t make you sweat, wait until you give this night a try: eat a scotch bonnet chilli pepper before attempting to belt out ‘Disco Inferno’, or whatever your song of choice is, and try to last as long as you can.

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Michele Abeles: ‘World Cup’

icon-location-pin Sadie Coles Kingly St, Soho
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Chopped up, manipulated photography is at the heart of Abeles’s work, and she uses it to explore ideas of authority, power and gender to powerful effect. 

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Maisie Cousins. Image from 'Dipping Sauce' (2018) © Maisie Cousins
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Maisie Cousins: Dipping Sauce review

icon-location-pin Elephant West, White City
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Check out these ooey gooey mega close-up images of food at this show from young British artist Maisie Cousins. It’ll make you feel very weird, and very, very hungry.

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Things to do, Classes and workshops

Soane Lates: Drawing by Candlelight

icon-location-pin Sir John Soane's Museum, Holborn
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Explore the Sir John Soane’s Museum collection after hours, sketch down the best things you see and hear talks from the museum's curators while enjoying a complimentary glass of wine. How civilised.

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Things to do, Performances

‘The Campaign’

icon-location-pin The Nursery Theatre, Moorgate
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In this improvised show two female candidates go head to head on issues inspired by the audience's suggestions. Expect drama, debate and something a lot more interesting than the droning going on in Westminster right now.

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Things to do, Talks and lectures

Writeidea Festival 2018

icon-location-pin Idea Store Whitechapel, Whitechapel
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More than 40 speakers will take to the stage during the 10th edition of this free, three-day literary festival. Don't miss Michael Rosen, Squeeze's Chris Difford, Viv Albertine, New Statesman editor Jason Cowley and Alison Moore.

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