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Things to do in London today

Find the latest tips on things to do today in London.
A woman, wearing a face covering and carrying a bag, waits to go inside a shop.
Go shopping in London, as shops reopen © London & Partners/Peter Kindersley

There are plenty of fun things to do in London today, from shopping in world-famous districts and seeing outdoor attractions, to exploring green spaces and tucking into foodie treats at alfresco spots.

Some London venues are reopening following the staged easing of coronavirus restrictions; however, others remain closed and some major London events may be cancelled, postponed or moved online. Check what's open in London.

Reopened venues have also introduced various safety measures, such as pre-booking, social distancing and reduced capacity.

Things to do today in London

Visit outdoor attractions

One of the Emirates Air Line cable cars rises high above the Thames at sunset, with The O2 in the background.

Many of London’s outdoor attractions have now reopened – most require pre-booking, so plan ahead.

Cross the Thames and see Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and The O2 on a return journey aboard the Emirates Air Line cable car. Get up close and personal to wildlife at zoos, city farms and wildlife reserves, or treat the kids to a thrilling day out at a theme park – check the latest opening times with the venue before you visit.

Shop till you drop

Do you want to prep your summer wardrobe or are you keen to snap up the latest must-haves? Many London shops reopened on 12 April, including some famous department stores and high street brands in London’s top shopping hotspots.

Find outdoor entertainment

If you’re looking for entertainment, some drive-in and outdoor cinemas have reopened with a host of cult classics to enjoy from the comfort of your car – check what’s on when with the individual venues.

Also, look out for outdoor theatre, exhibitions and street art across the city, many of which you can explore in your own time.

Enjoy outdoor food and drink

Two people with drinks sit on a yellow picnic-style table on a sunny day, with London's skyline behind.

Soak up the seasonal vibes at outdoor food and drink venues: whether dining alfresco at restaurants with outside space, relaxing in beer gardens or enjoying drinks at uber-cool rooftop bars. Make sure to book ahead to secure your spot.

Explore the great outdoors

With spring in full swing, it’s time to head outside. Spot pretty blooms in London’s parks and gardens, or take some exercise at outdoor fitness spots. You can also see more of the city with these cycling and walking routes.

Remember to act responsibly and follow the latest coronavirus guidelines when out and about.  

Fun London things to do from home

If you're not able to make it to London yet, we’re missing you, but we’ll see you soon!

In the meantime, check out our Virtually London guide for fun things to do each day from home: learn something new with online classes, work up a sweat with fitness classes or see virtual exhibitions, online theatre shows and live streamed gigs.

Keep an eye on the capital's landmarks with these webcams and even turn your Zoom background into a London icon!

Plan your visit

Layton Williams and other cast members dancing on stage in Everybody's Talking About Jamie.

Make the most of what’s on in London with these top things to do each month, and take a look at our London events calendar for unmissable events throughout the year.

London’s indoor attractions, theatres and hospitality venues are due to reopen from 17 May at the earliest, as part of the provisional staged easing of coronavirus restrictions. Find out more about the latest coronavirus restrictions. 

Make sure to book ahead for entry to top theatre shows and attractions for when these reopen.

Once you're in London, find "what's on today near me" easily by downloading the Visit London app, which is full of inspiration for your stay in the capital.