Things to do in London this Weekend

If you're stuck for things to do in London this weekend, we're here to help.

Whether you're a visitor in town for a couple of days or a local in need of some inspiration, this is where you'll find our pick of weird and wonderful London events every Friday, just in time for the weekend. We'll cover events where you can eat, drink, do something different or get a culture fix all over the city.

Last Updated: March 27, 2015

Things to do in London this weekend: March 27-29

Best for: New openings in London

Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea exhibition

Coral Reefs

Museum fish curator James Maclaine with aquarium © NHM, London

The vibe:

Marvel at an underwater world stocked with fishy favourites.

Need to know:

The star of the show is a purpose-built aquarium featuring corals, fish, hermit crabs, turbo snails, starfish, urchins and even a giant clam – giving you a glimpse at what lies beneath the ocean.

FACT: The four-tonne tank, which holds 3,500 litres of water, took nearly four months to build. They had to create the reef and allow time for the aquarium curators from the Horniman Museum and Gardens to gradually introduce the fish.

As well as the aquarium action, photography and scientific specimens reveal what goes on within these complex eco systems. There are even six corals brought back by Charles Darwin on HMS Beagle.

Website and Twitter – use #coralreefs

Giant clam

Giant clam © NHM, London

When: Friday, March 27 to Sunday, September 13
Opening times: 10am to 5pm
Getting there: Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
Nearest Tube: South Kensington
Price: Adult tickets: £10 Child and concessions: £4.50. Timed tickets in operation – book here

Best for: Drinking in London

London Brewers’ Market

London-Brewers-Market

The vibe:

Buy the best beers in London

Need to know:

More than 20 breweries from the capital will be at this informal festival where you don’t need wristbands or special glasses – you just buy bottles and cans straight from the stalls.

Some of the newest brewers in London (like Orbit Beers, started in 2014), will be serving up alongside some very established names (Fullers 1845),  so you can contrast and compare their wares (full list on website).

You can also buy some vinyl at the Independent Label Market, which is running alongside the beer festival.

Website and Twitter

When: Saturday, March 28
Opening times: 11am until 7pm
Getting there: Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6EW.
Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street, Shoreditch High Street and Aldgate East
Price: Free to attend

Best for: Eating in London

Cake International – The Sugarcraft, Cake Decorating & Baking Show

Cake International Show

Cake International Show

The vibe:

Find out how to bake and decorate from the experts.

Need to know:

If you’ve seen the Great British Bake Off, you’ll know how important the weekly “Showstopper” challenge is to the bakers, who have to create a work of art with their cakes (in fact 2014 GBBO quarter finalist, Martha Collinson, is in attendance)

Now you can learn how to do it yourself – with a little help from more than 100 experts on baking and cake decorating.

There will be live demonstrations and also competitions for you to test your own skills.

Star guests include the master of royal icing, Eddie Spence MBE, who has created seven cakes for The Royal Family including Charles and Diana’s wedding number.

Website and Twitter

When: Friday, March 27 to Sunday, March 29
Opening times: 10am to 5pm
Getting there: ExCeL, London, E16 1XL
Nearest Tube: Custom House for EcCeL (DLR)
Price: Adult tickets: £14 – Book online or buy on the door.

Best for: Bird watching in London

The Regent’s Park Herons

Heron in Regent's Park

Heron in Regent’s Park © The Royal Parks

The vibe:

See who’s in a flap down at the lake

Need to know:

Join the Royal Society of Protection of Birds (RSPB) in Regent’s Park to find out more about London’s largest Grey Heron colonies.

It’s time for the usually quiet and stealthy herons to go a-courting, and you can see them preening and prancing in a bid to bag a partner.

There’ll be volunteer experts on hand to share their knowledge of the birds and you can zoom into the action by using one of binoculars and scopes at hand.

If the herons get a bit lively, check out the dabbling and diving ducks, cormorants, swans and geese who also should be down by the waterfront.

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When: SFriday, April 3 to Tuesday, Sunday, April 19.
Opening times: Staff will be there every weekend between 11am to 5pm – during the Easter holidays they will also be there during the week.
Getting there: Head to the Clarence Gate, just down from Baker Street tube station on the pond (Full address: Chester Road, London, NW1 4NR
Nearest Tube: Baker Street
Price: Free

Best for: Inspiration in London

Designs of the year 2015

Design of the Year

Design of the Year exhibition (c) Mirren Rosie

The vibe:

Cutting edge lifestyle trends.

Need to know:

The Design Museum showcases contemporary design, including architecture innovations and fashion trends.

These are the eighth awards and they cover everything from the Google self-driving car to a street lamp that plays with your shadow.

Creative and informative, this is the place to go and find out about the most exciting designs and new products in the UK right now.

It’s also worth popping into their restaurant or cafe as they have superb views across the river to enjoy while you take refreshment.

Website and Twitter

When: From now until Monday, August 23.
Opening times: Mon-Sun: 10am to 5.45pm (last admission 5.45)
Getting there: 28 Shad Thames, London (Next to Tower Bridge).
Nearest Tube: London Bridge or Tower Gateway
Price: Adult tickets are £13 (including voluntary donation). You can book in advance here

Essential weekend links

For all the latest news and travel information, visit the Transport for London website.

If you’re planning on spending more than a day in London, then we have plenty of places to stay.

And finally, remember to check out the weather forecast.