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There's no need to travel when the world is on your doorstep. Journey round the globe and beyond at these top ten London events — without going anywhere near Heathrow.
1. Everywhere: World Photography Awards
See the best photographs the world has to offer at Somerset House this spring. Expect stunning landscapes, hard-hitting photojournalism and moving shots of everyday life from all corners of the planet. 22 April - 8 May
2. India: Holi Land: Festival of Colours
Party in subcontinental style at this all-colour all-night extravaganza in North Greenwich. Bollywood performers, dance DJs and Dhol players all feature on the bill to soundtrack this riotous paint powder party. 18 March
3. The Wild West: Django Bango
Giddy up and head out to the wild, wild west at this bona fide buckaroo town — in wild, wild Whitechapel. Stroll dusty streets to saloon bars, creaky churches and a general store full of cowboy clobber, then tuck in to some hearty grub. Dates between 4 March and 2 April
4. Under the Sea: Sea Life After Dark
Head to the south seas by way of the South Bank at this London Aquarium Late. Take a journey through magical marine life with a glass of fizz in hand — the best sea life you'll see without getting wet. 24 March, 1 July, 9 September
5. Chicago: White Mink Electroswing Speakeasy
Swing back to the decadent days of Prohibition America at this White Mink 'do at the palatial Clapham Grand. Dance the night away to electro swing and speakeasy jazz, plus catch cabaret and burlesque. 11 March
6. Cuba: Buena Vista Social Club
Join the peerless Havana musicians for the final time on their world-wide Adios tour, landing in London at the O2. Grammys galore, sold-out shows and 16 years on the road are just a few signs of the group's sizzling success. 6 April
7. Paris: La Haine with dinner
Head to London's smallest independent cinema, The Exhibit in Balham, for a showing of hard-hitting La Haine, set in the banlieues of Paris: the dark underbelly of the 'city of light'. Fortify yourself with the likes of truffle burger or braised oxtail beforehand. 26 and 27 March
8. The 5 star world: The Modern Take on Travel
Get a taste of luxury travel for a fraction of the cost at an evening with the Ritz-Carlton, Harper's Bazaar and Esquire in swanky Fitzrovia. Panel discussions, masterclasses, cookery displays and tastings from top hotels around the world will give you a taste of how the other half live. 8 March
9. Hogwarts: School of Witchcraft and Wizardry
Ok, so it's not on Google Maps, but that's no reason not to escape to a world of magic and muggles. Enigma Quest's immersive team game in Liverpool Street tests your mettle to see if you can graduate the fiendish wizarding classes and banish the dark arts forever. Dates between 6 March and 31 March
10. Outer Space: Royal Institution Lates: Surviving In Space
Before you book your Virgin Galactic flight, consider this simpler alternative. Learn how to survive in space at the Royal Institution's inter-stellar exhibition and event, in Mayfair instead of Mars. 11 March
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