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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

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Time Out London editors

Summer has arrived, and we can socialise indoors now, too – the possibilities abound, whatever the weather. So what are you going to do today?

You could head outside for rooftop drinks, a lido swim or to explore London’s secret gardens. Make a welcome return to your favourite restaurant or get a picnic delivered to the park. Or immerse yourself in culture again: art galleries are open, you can watch films in cinemas and outdoors and London’s theatres are hungry for your presence. 

However dull your day is looking, there is always a way to make it brighter in London.

RECOMMENDED: Find more things to do this month.

  • Restaurants

No need to bring your duffel coat to dinner this time. We have entered the good days, the post-May 17 days, which means we are allowed eat inside restaurants again. Looking for something in the ‘special occasion’ bracket to break the ice? Have a look at the Time Out EAT List, where you’ll find restaurants that have great food, but also offer a fantastic experience: great staff, a cool space, maybe a leafy terrace. And all at the right price. This doesn’t necessarily mean cheap (if you’re on a tight budget, check out our dedicated cheap eats list).


  • Things to do

London’s outdoor swimming pools are officially open, and our desire to paddle around under a sunny sky has never been so strong. The thing is, a lot of Londoners feel that way, and it’s important to keep numbers under control, so you’ll need to pre-book a swim slot. No ‘rocking up to try your luck’. We don’t do that anymore. 


Treat yourself to a superior scoop
  • Restaurants
  • Ice-cream parlours

Summer = ice cream, right? We’ve asked experts from around our office for their favourite places to lick 99ers, chomp on ice-cream sarnies, feast on sundaes and neck a scoop or two of premium gelato. The resulting list? Your ultimate sticky-fingered guide to ice cream in London.

  • Theatre
  • Drama

It’s finally happening: the theatres are reopening, social distancing is hopefully on its way out, and it feels like there’s a reasonable chance that you can book for plays and musicals with the reasonable expectation that they’ll actually go ahead. But which to choose? Here’s our guide to the best new shows opening this year, including ‘Frozen’, ‘Back to the Future’ and Saoirse Ronan as Lady Macbeth.

Find out when London’s big, long-running shows and musicals will return.


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