Things to do in London today

The day's best events, all in one place – it's your social emergency saviour for things to do today

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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Kerb Camden Late
Things to do, Food and drink events
Kerb Camden Lates
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What is it? Finally! Street food aficionados KERB are extending opening hours, giving grub loving Londoners the chance to dine come night fall.
Why go? Sunset sessions will feature big-name DJs on the decks while the likes of Oli Baba’s, Only Jerkin and The Cheese Wheel dish up their wares. 
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Jae Jae and Melati Sumatran Tigers at ZSL London Zoo
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Things to do, Quirky events
Zoo Nights
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What is it? Zoo Nights returns for the second year on the trot, bringing ‘after hours’ fun to ZSL London Zoo. 
Why go? Attractions
 entail a packed street-food market, a Zooniversity Challenge interactive quiz, aerial acrobatics and a salacious talk on animal sex. 
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Things to do, Festivals
Africa Utopia
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What is it? Fill four days with film, theatre, dance, literature and debates at this Southbank Centre festival celebrating Africa and its diaspora.
Why go? Don’t miss Chineke! Orchestra and catch the UK premiere of Nnedi Okorafor’s award-winning afrofuturistic film ‘Hello, Rain’.

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kerb bucket list
Things to do, Food and drink events
Kerb Presents: The Bucket List
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What is it? Sample greasy grub from Da Ja Chicken and Mother Flipper at Kerb’s annual chicken-feast event. 
Why go? 
As well as chicken piled high, there'll be a hot sauce photo booth and a buffalo wing eating competition. 
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Vestry House
Things to do, Late openings
Midsummer Late: Shakespeare’s Forests
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What is it? Step into the garden at Vestry House after hours and you’ll be met by the Greek Theatre Players performing magical woodland scenes from Shakespeare.
Why go? To see a piece from ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, extracts from ‘As You Like It’, ‘The Tempest’ and other classics from the Bard in a magical setting. 
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Art
BP Portrait Award 2018
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Time Out says
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What is it? The 39th year of the Portrait Award, where we can all gawp at the makers’ ability to use paint like a camera.
Why go? To see Ania Hobson’s boot-loving portrait in the NPG’s annual commendation of contemporary artists keeping its fave painterly tradition alive (and in this case, kicking). 
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David LaChapelle 'An illuminating path' (1998) Courtesy of the artist
Art
‘Michael Jackson: On the Wall’
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Time Out says
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What is it? Art inspired by the King of Pop. 
Why go? It's about so much more than just MJ, and it's brilliantly put together. 
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Museums
Life in the Dark
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What is it? An exhibition shining a light on the clever and bizarre ways animals have adapted to live in the darkness of darkness. 
Why go? Touch nocturnal creatures, smell a bat cave and listen to the deepest reaches of the oceans. 
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Restaurants, Ice-cream parlours
Bears Ice Cream Company
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The inspiration for this Shepherd’s Bush ice-cream parlour comes from Iceland, with that Nordic nation’s vibes teamed with seasonal English flavours. Its location right by Ravenscourt Park should ensure it does well in the summer. The focus is on visitors creating their own cone (or cup). Options include apple crumble, salted caramel, malted vanilla, chocolate brownie, peanut butter, strawberry and thyme and gingerbread and banana. Extras and toppings range from meringue and fresh fruit to cornflakes, nuts, popcorn, popping candy and fudge.  There’s a cute little garden outside, and seating inside, too.
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