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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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They Made This, pop-up
Things to do, pop-ups

They Made This Pop-Up

icon-location-pin King's Mall, Hammersmith
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What is it? A colourful pop-up print shop in Hammersmith's King's Mall.

Why go? Liven up your living room and pick up some artwork from the likes of Jimmy Turrell, Eike Koenig and Anthony Burrill.

Anything else I should know? Once you've rummaged through the rarities, you can unwind with a game of table tennis on some wacky tables designed by The Art of Ping Pong.

Price: Free entry.

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‘What Walaa Wants’
Things to do, Festivals

BBC Arabic Festival

icon-location-pin BBC Broadcasting House, London
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What is it? A programme of screenings and Q&As uncovering the social and political changes taking place in the Arab world today.

Why go? Educate yourself on the actual Middle East, rather than that portrayed by Western media.

Anything else I should know? Tonight's films include a documentary investigating the illegal world of Moroccan hash farming.

Price: Free, booking required

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Film, Drama

‘The White Crow’

What is it? A biopic of the great Russian ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev.

Why go? For a brilliant acting debut from ballet dancer Oleg Ivenko.

Anything else I should know? The real Nureyev was a bit of a livewire. He was mates with Mick Jagger and Freddie Mercury, broke the jaw of a fellow dancer and lobbed a chair at film director Franco Zeffirelli.

 

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O2 interior structure
Music, Music venues

Childish Gambino

icon-location-pin Greenwich Peninsula

What is it? The second (and final) night of Donald Glover's musical alter ego's stay at the o2.

Why go? Glover will captivate you throughout his set of bangers – and the room might actually be lifted when he performs his four-time Grammy Award-winning hit ‘This is America’. 

Anything else I should know? The shows were originally supposed to take place last November, but had to be postponed after the rapper injured his foot on stage in Dallas – with some fans claiming it happened when he attempted the splits. Ouch.

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<p class="p1"><span class="s1"> </span>Francis Guinan (Fred), ensemble member Glenn Davis (Gio), Celilia Noble (Ivy), Eddie Torres (Felix) and ensemble member K. Todd Freeman (Dee)</p>
Theatre, Drama

‘Downstate’

icon-location-pin National Theatre, South Bank
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What is it? Spectacularly provocative-sounding show from ‘Clybourne Park’ playwright Bruce Norris.

Why go? The play focuses on a community of convicted sex offenders, and what happens when, one day, a man turns up to confront his offender.

Anything else I should know? ‘Downstate’ is a co-production with Steppenwolf Theatre Company in Chicago, and has transferred to London with its entire original US cast intact.

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Joaquín Sorolla 'The Pink Robe (La bata rosa)' (1916) © Museo Sorolla, Madrid
Art

Sorolla: ‘Spanish Master of Light’

icon-location-pin National Gallery, Trafalgar Square
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What is it? An exhibition of the works of the impressionist Spanish artist Joaquín Sorolla.

Why go? This should help put Sorolla on the map, with the collection a neat show of portraiture, landscapes, social painting and dazzling sea scenes.

Anything else I should know? Sorolla found fame by tackling big, dark social themes like infanticide, poverty and childhood disability – elevating the struggles of the everyday to a monumental scale.

Price: From £14

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Ideal Home Show 2013
Things to do, Consumer shows and conventions

Ideal Home Show

icon-location-pin Olympia London, West Kensington
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What is it? A massive consumer show dedicated to all things home improvements, interior décor, gardens, gadgets, food and homeware.

Why go? Find inspiration for your next DIY project or pick up some essential bits to save you having to make several trips to B&Q.

Anything else I should know? Free treatments will be on offer from the London College of Beauty Therapy, while a traditional pub has been created especially for the show – all that inspo is thirsty work after all.

Price: £14-22

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Sorry Angel
Film, Drama

‘Sorry Angel’

What is it? A celebration of French urbane lifestyles by Parisian filmmaker Christophe Honoré.

Why go? For a true and real reflection of a year in the life of a 39-year-old HIV-positive writer (played by Pierre Deladonchamps).

Anything else I should know? Its soundtrack will take you straight back to 1993, with Massive Attack, Ride and Cocteau Twins' music all making an appearance.

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Upstairs at The French House
Restaurants, French

Upstairs at the French House

icon-location-pin Soho

What is it? A British-French dining room above an iconic Old Soho boozer.

Why go? For the calf's brains – a hyper-rich hit of fried offal.

Anything else I should know? A certain Fergus and Margot Henderson first clanked pans in the early '90s, before peeling off to do St John and Rochelle Canteen, respectively.

Price: Dinner for two with drinks and service: around £105

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Things to do, pop-ups

Penguin Classics Pop-Up Shop

icon-location-pin 133 Bethnal Green Road, Brick Lane
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What is it? A shop and cultural space celebrating Penguin Classics and its 1,200-strong collection.

Why go? Bibliophiles can browse a treasure trove of titles, including every Penguin Classic in existence, or shop from a selection of Penguin’s instantly recognisable merch.

Anything else I should know? The pop-up shop is also hosting a load of events, including book clubs, talks and candle making workshops.

Price: Free entry, prices vary for workshops

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