Things to do

It’s surprising how much it happens in this global city: last orders comes before you’re ready for it, and you’re left with the choice of finding a 24-hour off-license or getting the nightbus whilst disconcertingly sober.

Yesterday, 18:47
Take advantage of the sunshine with London's best urban beaches (Picture: Stuart Leech)

You don’t have to go on holiday to spend some time at the beach as the seaside is coming to London this summer. We profile the best places to feel the sand between your toes in the capital:

Yesterday, 12:01
London icon Mama Charlotte will be dishing up the goods on the rooftop at the Queen of Hoxton [Photo by Chris McIntosh for Mama's Jerk Station]

Get ready for Carnival with Queen of Hoxton’s Chicken Jerk-Off challenge! The bar has invited four of London’s hottest (and we mean HOT) jerk vendors to an all-day cook-off on the rooftop to compete to see who cooks the best chicken.

Friday, July 25, 2014
Marty McFly has been known to put in an appearance at the o2 Islington Academy... [Photo courtesy of Club de Fromage]

Looking for something different to do? London24 is on hand with the best retro places to go out.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Prince George took a trip to the Sensational Butterflies at the National History Museum just before his first brithday. Why not take your little princes and princesses there? (Photo by John Stillwell - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

It’s lovely to have the kids home for the summer, but keeping them occupied for six weeks can be tricky. That’s why London24 has got a big list of ideas to keep those little hands busy! Whether they love getting lost in a book, getting messy, or getting outside, you’ll find something fun to do here.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Book now for the underwater disco in Camden (Pic: Camden Council)

Get your groove on at an underwater disco in a Camden swimming pool this weekend.

Friday, July 11, 2014
Bicycle jousting is a headline event at the Chap Olympiad [Photo by Nick Mann]

London got a whole lot smarter this weekend with the Chap Olympiad.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Ride a Routemaster at the Finsbury Park festival (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

If you’ve ever fancied riding an original Routemaster bus then now’s your chance as more than 100 of the iconic vehicles come to Finsbury Park this weekend.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Kelis will be performing at The Kopparberg Urban Forest tonight

Fresh from her Glastonbury performance, RnB star Kelis is set to perform at the opening of a new forest-style bar in Dalston tonight.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014
They say in London you're never more than six feet away from a rat, so why not make friends with one?

Normally, the closest you’ll find to wildlife in a café is a free-range toddler or a particularly grizzly hipster beard, but after a cat café launched in East London, things have started to get…hairier.

Monday, June 23, 2014
Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst is headlining Pride in London 2014 (Photo by Ragnar Singsaas/Getty Images)

Thousands of people from all parts of London’s LGBT+ community will take part in the Pride parade this Saturday, which culminates in a rally in Trafalgar Square.

Friday, June 20, 2014
Bluebird's in Chelsea have installed these giant tennis balls for the occasion

Wimbledon starts this Monday and, if you can’t get down to centre court over the next two weeks then check out this list of the best places to soak up some serious tennis.

Thursday, June 19, 2014
(Picture: PA Images/Sophie Duval)

Sure it’s been fun so far, but there is a lot more football to come, and if you’re already getting sick of the World Cup then check out these ideas to avoid the action from Brazil:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Looking for a great place to watch the World Cup in London? You've come to the right place (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

With the World Cup due to kick off tomorrow night we run the rule on the best places to watch the big games and stay out to celebrate the feast of Brazilian football in London:

Friday, June 6, 2014
Soho's finest chefs are coming together this weekend to raise money for the tiny Soho Parish Primary School

‘Feast’ isn’t usually a word that comes to mind when you think of school fetes, but this weekend a primary school in Soho will see star chefs from restaurants like The Ivy, Polpo and Hix come together to raise money and cook up a storm at Soho Food Feast.

Monday, June 2, 2014
The Arvo Vulcan played a significant role in the Falklands War and a minor one in the James Bond film Thunderball

You’ll have to be faster than a fighter-plane if you want to sit in one.

Thursday, May 29, 2014
© Paul Underhill

Thousands of devoted dance music lovers braved the downpour and descended onto Damyns Hall Aerodrome for the second incarnation of We Are FSTVL.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
London-based band Teleman will play at Secret Garden Party this July

You might not have heard of London-based four-piece Teleman yet. But in the coming months, when the band will release their debut album Breakfast and perform at popular festival the Secret Garden Party, all that is bound to change.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
(Photo: Lorenzo Iero)

This weekend around 100,000 people attended a Comic Convention (ComicCon) in London’s Excel Centre.

Friday, May 9, 2014
Andy C. Pic: Andrew Attah.

When I finally speak with Andy C he’s busy running through the soundcheck for a six-hour set in one of London’s biggest nightclubs.

Friday, May 2, 2014
Wireless Festival

Now in its tenth year, Wireless Festival has become a staple on the summer calendar for those with even a casual interest in popular music. Back in 2006, I was lucky enough to witness bands like the Strokes and the Raconteurs take to its Hyde Park stage, but since then, the annual event has changed almost beyond recognition.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Children of all ages can enjoy festivals - just make sure you're prepared

Festivals with your children should be about making lasting memories and letting them soak up all the delights that festivals have to offer.

Sunday, April 20, 2014
The Mood Stream

A colourful and engaging landmark has been built in Shoreditch to interact with people and its surroundings.

Sunday, April 20, 2014
(Picture: Andrew Milligan)

A week-long free exhibition showcasing the best of England, from the Beatles to Bakewell pudding, will open on St George’s Day.

Friday, April 18, 2014
CoffeE7 on Sebert Road (Picture: CoffeE7)

Don’t fancy the bustle of central London? Bored of your home patch? London’s suburbs have plenty to offer. Here are five ways you could enjoy yourself in east London’s Forest Gate.

Monday, April 14, 2014
Lyuba was discovered by reindeer herder Yuri Khudi and his sons along along the frozen Yuribei River in May 2007 (Picture: Natural History Museum)

The world’s most complete preserved mammoth – little larger than a dog and nicknamed Lyuba – is to go on display at the National History Museum next month.

Monday, March 24, 2014
Pedal powered theatre troupe The Handlebards will be at Spin LDN

The alternative bike festival Spin LDN returns to the heart of the East End this weekend bigger than ever before.

Monday, March 10, 2014
The 2014 Edible Gardening Show is moving to London’s Alexandra Palace

Londoners are being encouraged to grow and eat their own food as The Edible Garden Show 2014 comes to Alexandra Palace.

Monday, March 10, 2014
TeamSport Docklands

The biggest indoor go-karting company in Europe has opened a new track in the Docklands to give thrill seekers their very own taste of Formula One.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014
St John church in Bethnal Green is hosting a scary movie triple bill

Horror fans can relive their childhood nightmares watching scary movies with a creepy film triple-header inside an eerily beautiful church in Bethnal Green.

Monday, February 17, 2014
The largest Lego event in the UK is moving to London (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

The UK’s Largest LEGO exhibition is coming to London with millions of the toy bricks filling the O2 for three days with fan builders, professional artists and interactive workshops.

Thursday, February 13, 2014
The flowers on the bike were probably a little unnecessary, TfL (Picture: Transport for London)

Transport for London has gone to the trouble this Valentine’s Day of mocking up a surprisingly tasteful montage of London’s most romantic streets - presumably they had more time on their hands after the Tube strike was called off.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
James Bond's underwater Lotus Esprit from the Spy Who Loved Me is one of the franchise's iconic, if maligned, vehicles.

From an underwater Esprit to missile-laden Aston Martins the four-wheeled stars of the James Bond films are coming to London with a new exhibition.

Thursday, February 6, 2014
(Picture: Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

For a significant chunk of this week, transport in the capital has been a cause of grief, anger and stress, but it doesn’t have to be so this weekend.

Sunday, January 19, 2014
The surviving timbers, which represent 20 per cent of the ship, are displayed in a steel frame which reconstructs the scale of the original warship  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

A huge 1,000-year-old Viking ship is being painstakingly reconstructed for a major new exhibition at the British Museum.

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