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The 101 best things to do in London: Katie Antoniou’s top 5

Posted at 1:47 pm, April 25, 2012 in Top 5
Wilton's Music Hall

The people have spoken. We asked you what really matters in London, canvassing readers, bloggers and Time Out staff for the things they think make this city great. Katie Antoniou, editor of fab London culture site Run-Riot, shared her 5 favourite things to do in London – look out for more bloggers picks on the Time Out blog coming soon.

1) Shoreditch House Literary Salon. Damian Barr hosts the most upmarket bookclub you’ll ever come across – not only do you get to mingle with literary greats like Diana Athill, David Nicholls, Bret Easton Ellis and Louis de Bernières, but you get to do so in the luxury of private members’ club of Shoreditch House.

2) Dinner at MsMarmitelover’s. Enjoy a delicious homemade meal straight off the Aga of a real Londoner -– or better yet, visit one of the underground farmers’ markets held in her home and garden, showcasing the best of London’s local food and drink produce.

3) Society of the Golden Slippers at Blacks. Discover the best new musical talent in the intimate setting of Black’s, a members’ club hidden away in a wonderfully Dickensian Soho townhouse. Have a slap-up dinner downstairs in the kitchen before enjoying a live performance by one the stars of tomorrow – previous guests have included The Civil Wars, Jesca Hoop, Gabby Young and Laura Hocking.

4) Wilton’s Music Hall (above). Recently saved from closure following a campaign backed by celebrities including David Suchet, Wilton’s Music Hall is a living piece of London history; part eighteenth-century alehouse, part nineteenth-century music hall, it now hosts everything from ping-pong tournaments to Adam Ant concerts.

5) Bandstand busking. Bringing the bandstands of London’s parks back to life. This collective lets you enjoy great bands like First Aid Kit, Alessi’s Ark and Emmy The Great, out in the open – like a mini music festival right on your doorstep.

For more things to do in London, see the full people’s 101 list.

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