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Next stop on the roadmap: the return of indoor fun

Photograph: Time Out
Photograph: Time Out

The next happiest day of the year so far is (almost) here! May 17: like Christmas, but instead of getting presents, you’re gifted the legal right to hang out with up to five mates indoors. And what a hang out it will be! Especially now that you’ve got your hands on this guide to celebrating our new unofficial national holiday.

In here you’ll find everything you could possibly want to know about London’s best restaurants, bars, galleries, cinemas, theatres and fitness studios. 

Hopefully, it’ll help you all keep your outdoor hangs feelings vibey until our next unofficial national holiday: June 21 (A date which – hopefully – means the return of festivals and the motherfucking club.)

Feeling confused about all the rule changes? We’ve pulled together a very thorough, detailed and extremely well-written guide here.

Eat and drink INSIDE

Tip-top cafés
Restaurants

Tip-top cafés

Do you like coffee? Trick question: everyone likes coffee. Apart from that small group who prefer tea

Cheap eats
Restaurants

Cheap eats

London might well be the world’s greatest food city (that’s right, we’ve gone there)

Very good restaurants
Restaurants

Very good restaurants

It’s been the toughest year ever for London’s restaurants. As they’re now allowed to reopen, here’s our pick of the best

Iconic pubs
Bars and pubs

Iconic pubs

London. Also known as Pub City. The Big Boozer. Pintworld. There are more places to get a drink in the capital than there are stars in the night sky

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See some art, finally

London's best galleries
Art

London's best galleries

There are an estimated 1,500 permanent exhibition spaces in the capital, most of them free  

Cool new art
Art

Cool new art

From May 17 it’s the turn of their big brothers: the Tates, National Galleries and Haywards

Kooky museums
Museums

Kooky museums

You’ll find fewer queues and crowds, and you’ll leave feeling informed, captivated and possibly a bit queasy

Can’t-miss exhibitions
News

Can’t-miss exhibitions

Swoon in front of the Monets at Tate Modern and feel dwarfed by the apocalyptic John Martins at Tate Britain

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Watch something good

Brilliant cinemas
Film

Brilliant cinemas

Nature is healing and so are London’s ever-resilient cinemas. Here's are our favourite screens in the city

New theatre for 2021
Theatre

New theatre for 2021

Let’s get excited for London theatre in 2021

Go to an exercise class

Dance classes!
Sport and fitness

Dance classes!

From ballet to Bollywood, the city is full of places to master new moves and dance like nobody’s watching

Group fitness!
Sport and fitness

Group fitness!

London’s health and fitness options are wide-ranging

Boxing classes!
Sport and fitness

Boxing classes!

There are plenty of gyms where you can throw a few punches

Pilates classes!
Sport and fitness

Pilates classes!

Perhaps you spent most of 2020 training in front of a laptop screen, maybe you started an outdoor workout regime to make sure you got as much time out of your flat as was legal, possibly you sacked off exercise all together in favour of focusing on just getting through the damn pandemic... All of the above were the correct decision. Now, finally, we all have more options.  Gym classes are back from May 17 and, with them, a whole load of fun ways to work out just like it's the olden days (2019). Top of our list? Pilates. It's a top pick for elite athletes and dancers because the precise, low-impact exercises do wonders for the core – and it’ll sort out your posture too. If you wanna help your bod get a bit more bendy and powerful, there are some great studios in London to do Pilates classes. And it doesn’t matter whether they’re mat-based, inspired by ballet or take place on a reformer machine – these fun and fancy classes won’t leave you bent out of shape. Fancy testing that new-found flexibility? Try one of these yoga classes in London next.  RECOMMENDED: The best sport and fitness in London

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Do something outdoors

Outdoor cinemas
Film

Outdoor cinemas

Drive-ins are returning. Time to find a friend with a car

Nice city farms
Things to do

Nice city farms

The sheep of Shoreditch are done isolating and await your visit

Restaurant terraces
Restaurants

Restaurant terraces

Bring on a spring-summer of epicurean alfresco excellence!

Boat hire in London
Things to do

Boat hire in London

Enough of this dry land. Assemble your crew and hit the water

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Takeaway pints
News

Takeaway pints

We’ve rounded up all the London pubs near parks that are serving beer and other delights for you to take away

Beer gardens
Bars and pubs

Beer gardens

Here’s a round-up of some of our favourite beer gardens that are taking bookings (though lots are selling out fast – you’ve been warned)

Lovely Kew Gardens
Attractions Book online

Lovely Kew Gardens

Still never been? Now is the time to visit

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The bloody zoo!
Attractions Book online

The bloody zoo!

Elephants, brave sloths, armadillos – London Zoo has ’em all

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