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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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Things to do, Food and drink events

National Burger Day Party

icon-location-pin Hawker House, Rotherhithe
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Don’t want none unless you got buns, hun? Well, National Burger Day has got plenty of buns going spare. Dive mouth-first into this year’s burger offerings, ranging from big-name hitters such as Brigadiers, Four Legs, Tucka Burger, Bleecker St Burger, Black Bear Burger and Honest Burgers.

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Things to do, Performances

Rhinestone Rebels: House Of Burlesque meets The Cocoa Butter Club

icon-location-pin Underbelly Festival, South Bank
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Join the award-winning Cocoa Butter Club for a diamond-studded five-show run at this year’s Underbelly. See queer performers of colours doing their thing vogueing and performing circus acts all in drag. Keep hold of those wigs because they’re about to be snatched clean off.

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Things to do, Food and drink events

Covent Garden Cool Down

icon-location-pin Covent Garden Piazza, Covent Garden
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Fancy keeping cool this bank holiday weekend? Head down to Covent Garden’s Piazza for a four-day festival where you can scream for ice cream to your heart’s content. Sample classic flavours, fruity concoctions and even add some booze to proceedings if you fancy it in their frozen cocktails. Cheers!

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News, Film

FrightFest films

Prepare to watch through your fingers at FrightFest, London’s legendary horror festival. Celebrate 20 years of scare, gore and sheer horror. Head to Cineworld Leicester Square and The Prince Charles Cinema where they’ll be featuring more than 70 films – including everything from creature features to serial killer comedies. 

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Things to do, Film events

Science Fiction Theatre presents: 'Starman'

icon-location-pin The Castle Cinema, Homerton
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Geek out and get your dose of sci-fi at this monthly film club. The Castle Cinema is showing a special screening of John Carpenter’s 1984 classic, ‘Starman’. Jeff Bridges and Karen Allen star in the gripping Oscar-nominated sci-fi thriller.

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Bars and pubs, Sports bars

Four Quarters South

icon-location-pin Peckham

At this arcade games bar, put your Street Fighter II skills to the test until your eyes go square. Wash all that button-bashing hard work down with a craft beer or two and hearty pub food from its fine selection. 

Venue says Situated on Peckham’s bustling Rye Lane, London’s first arcade bar boasts more than 15 original arcade cabs along a selection of craft beers

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Orrery
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Restaurants, French

Orrery

icon-location-pin Marylebone

Orrery’s chic, sleek, hidden-from-view terrace offers a long, narrow alfresco space while its bright awnings offer a lunchtime carte full of delicate modern European dishes like seafood ravioli and Jerusalem artichoke risotto. 

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'Tales of the Turntable' at Southbank Centre
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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 styles like vogueing, classy breaking and krumping.

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Wong Ping, stills from ‘Dear, can I give you a hand?’ (2018) Image courtesy of the artist.
Art

Wong Ping: ‘Heart Digger’

icon-location-pin Camden Arts Centre, Finchley Road
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Now in its final weeks, check out this rude, crude, violent, but brilliantly written, animated video exhibition. It’s nasty, like really, really nasty and that’s why it’s so good. 

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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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Art doesn’t have to be confined to the four corners of a room, so take it outside at one of London’s prettiest parks. Regent’s Park has been transformed into a massive outdoor gallery once again courtesy of the free Frieze Sculpture event. 

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