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Things to do in London today

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Guilty Pleasures at KOKO
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By Time Out London editors |

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

Stranger Things
Things to do, Quirky events

‘Stranger Things’ Quiz

icon-location-pin The Northcote, Battersea

Know the difference between Demogorgon to the Mind Flayer? Or obsessed with Mike, Eleven and the gang? Have a go at this ‘Stranger Things’ themed pub quiz and you could walk away with a £50 bar tab. 

Things to do, Quirky events

Plate Smashing Pop-Up

icon-location-pin 9-11 Shorts Gardens, Seven Dials, Seven Dials

Have a smashing good time with Clas Ohlson and you could be within a chance of winning tickets to the new theatrical dining experience ‘Mamma Mia! The Party’. Head to Carousel in Seven Dials today and whoever finds a ticket inside their plate is a winner baby.

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

Chihuly Nights

icon-location-pin Kew Gardens, Kew

Tonight’s the first night these 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.

© Cindy Sherman. Image courtesy of National Portrait Gallery.

Cindy Sherman

icon-location-pin National Portrait Gallery, Charing Cross Road

This expansive retrospective gives you self-portraits through the ages by this serious contemporary art giant. Sherman is angry, cynical and really damn good.

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Bars and pubs, Gastropubs


icon-location-pin Hackney Road

The sun’s shining, so what better excuse than to visit the spruced-up roof terrace on the first floor of this cherished Hackney gastropub? Enjoy booze and bar snacks or a full Marksman meal – try one of the much-lauded savoury buns or something along the lines of mussels with kohlrabi and wild fennel. 

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Photo: Andrew Cooper
Film, Comedy

Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

Quentin Tarantino’s riotous alt-history of ’60s Hollywood. Go for the glorious love letter to the movies, and Brad and Leo shooting the breeze.

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Iris Theatre
Theatre, Outdoor theatres

‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’

icon-location-pin St Paul's Church, Covent Garden, Covent Garden

Outdoor promenade performance of Victor Hugo’s tale. Go for the old-school summertime theatricals, gloriously OTT acting and slapstick in a hidden garden.

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emilia's crafted pasta
Restaurants, Italian

Emilia’s Crafted Pasta

icon-location-pin St Katharine Docks

Pasta’s the name and pasta’s the game here. Tuck into an affordable menu that’s straight from nonna’s hob alongside banging views of St Katherine Docks.

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trafalgar st james rooftop
Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

The Rooftop St James

icon-location-pin Trafalgar Square

The ideal spot for drinking whatever the weather. Head up to floor seven at The Trafalgar hotel. Thanks to its retractable roof, you’ll be safe - and in the eye line of Admiral Lord Nelson. 

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Olafur Eliasson 'Your uncertain shadow' (2010) © Olafur Eliasson

Olafur Eliasson: ‘In Real Life’

icon-location-pin Tate Modern, Bankside

Environmentalism writ large through vast, light-soaked installations. This is a (very beautiful) warning about global warming.

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