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: April 27, 2017

Things to do in London this weekend: Apr 27th-May 1st

Best for: Street Food in London

Field Day at Dinerama

The vibe:

A music festival and street food market team-up

Need to know:

This Sunday, two East London institutions are teaming up, for a seriously cool night out.

Street Feast’s Dinerama food market will be taken over by the team behind the Field Day music festival, offering 10 hours of music, food and drink.

The music line-up includes DJ sets from Erol Alkan, Django Django and Tim Burgess, while there’ll also be eight tempting food vendors to try, including steamed dumplings from Yumplings, Lagom’s Swedish-style barbeque and sweet treats from You Doughnut.

London’s craft breweries will be well represented at the event’s eight bars, and each ticket includes a free can of Field Day’s own Citrus Pale Ale (created in association with The Five Points Brewing Company).

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When: Sunday 30th April
Opening times: 12pm-10pm
Getting there: Dinerama, 19 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3EJ
Nearest Tube: Shoreditch High Street (Overground)
Price: £8 in advance from ticketweb, £10 on the door

Best for: Male grooming in London

Monroe London at Novotel Canary Wharf

The vibe:

Luxury skincare, in a luxury hotel

Need to know:

Developed in association with the Harley Street Skin Clinic, Monroe of London’s men’s skincare range only launched last year, but has already proved to be a bit of a hit, winning beauty industry awards, and being stocked on the shelves of exclusive retailers like Harvey Nichols.

This week, they’re taking a break from their Harley Street home, and have set up a pop-up clinic in the equally stylish surroundings of the brand new high-rise hotel, Novotel Canary Wharf.

Monroe’s expert staff will be offering relaxing, rejuvenating treatments in the hotel, so you can try out their products for yourself. (And, while you’re there, be sure to check out the hotel’s stunning rooftop bar.)

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When: Until Friday 28th April
Opening times: 12-8pm 
Getting there: Novotel Canary Wharf, 40 Marsh Wall, E14 9TP
Nearest Tube: South Quay (DLR)
Price: £35 (includes a £10 gift card to spend on products at Monroe’s online store), e-mail bookings@monroeoflondon.co.uk to make an appointment

Best for: Markets in London

RHS Flowers and Flea

The vibe:

A perfect day out for garden, food and vintage enthusiasts

Need to know:

Each weekend Flat Iron Square’s flea market is a great place to find unusual vintage items, from all over the world.

And this Saturday and Sunday, it’ll also be a place where you can stretch your green thumbs, as the the Royal Horticultural Society will be heading there to offer two days of talks and workshops, including talks on garden design and flower pressing.

If you’d rather leave the hard work up to someone else, there’ll be vendors on-site, selling plants and flowers. Or you could just head down and enjoy something from the market’s street food traders, and the live music line-up – which features artists from as far away as Colombia and Senegal.

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When: Saturday 29th-Sunday 30th April
Opening times: 11am-9pm Saturday, 10am-5pm Sunday 
Getting there: Flat Iron Square, 68 Union Street, SE1 1TD
Nearest Tube: London Bridge
Price: Free entry

Best for: Gigs in London

Rock the Strand

The vibe:

Discover tomorrow’s pop sensations, for free!

Need to know:

Tony Moore is a bit of a music industry legend, having played keyboards with Cutting Crew during their late 80s-early 90s heyday, and then helping to launch the careers of artists like Ed Sheeran, Paolo Nutini and James Bay.

He’s now heading up a new night in the swish Strand Palace Hotel’s lounge bar, introducing some of the latest up-and-coming talent.

Taking place on the last Thursday of each month, this first edition features award-winning Faroe Islands-born, London-based singer-songwriter Dan Olsen, 7 piece Blues Rock band Coffeepot Drive, and a headline set from Moore himself (you can check out his latest video here).

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When: Thursday 27th April
Opening times: 7.15pm-late
Getting there: The Strand Palace Hotel, 372 Strand, WC2R 0JJ
Nearest Tube: Covent Garden
Price: Free entry 

Best for: Sci-fi Dining in London

The Art of Dining presents Operation Red Rocket

The vibe:

The dinner party of the future, with a retro-twist

Need to know:

Set designer Alice Hodge and chef Ellen Parr are well-known for their surprising, delightful and delicious themed dinners, which combine theatricality with gastronomy. And, their latest Art of Dining experience looks set to be, quite literally, out of this world.

A retro-futuristic dining experience, Operation Red Rocket is set in 1965, with the moon race over – and the international space community looking for intrepid astronauts to head up the first mission to Mars.

The five course menu features dish from five of the six countries involved in the mission (India, America, Israel, China and Russia), while diners will be assessed by the world-renowned space engineer, Professor June Cavendish, to find a British astronaut to take part in the mission. Expect delightful food, interactive elements, plenty of surprises (and a welcome drink).

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When: 26th April-13th May
Opening times: Wednesdays-Saturdays 7.30pm-11pm
Getting there: The Rose Lipman Building, 43 De Beauvoir Road, N1 5SQ 
Nearest Tube: Haggerston (Overground)
Price: £55 (book in advance at the official website)

Best for: Clubbing in London

Glitterbox Day and Night

The vibe:

Celebrate the bank holiday, Ibiza-style

Need to know:

Ibiza house and disco club night Glitterbox will be heading to Ministry of Sound this weekend, to help celebrate the bank holiday in style with a wild day and night party.

The 15 hours of partying will kick off with a daytime session in the club’s courtyard – where there’ll be an outdoor stage hosting sets from Simon Dunmore, John Morales, Luke Solomon, Eli Escobar and Krywald & Farrer, as well as Glitterbox makeover station and photo booth, and food courtesy of Burger Bear (plus a free Glitterbox cocktail on arrival).

The nighttime session will be headlined by one of Glitterbox’s biggest names, Roger Sanchez, and the club’s famous dancers will be performing and joining the crowd to shake their stuff to obscure and sought after disco and house tunes, as well as classic anthems.

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When: Sunday 30th April
Opening times: 3pm-6am
Getting there: Ministry of Sound, 103 Gaunt Street, SE1 6DP
Nearest Tube: Elephant and Castle
Price: From £15 (tickets available from Ministry of Sound’s website) 

Best for: Comedy in London

Underbelly Festival

The vibe:

Comedy and cabaret by the river

Need to know:

The Udderbelly and London Wonderground festivals have been entertaining and delighting audiences for several years. And now they’re joining together to create a massive festival of cabaret and comedy – the Underbelly Festival.

Running from this weekend, all the way through to the end of September, the festival will feature an internationally acclaimed line-up of performers (including the winner of last year’s lastminute.com Edinburgh Comedy Award, Richard Gadd, who’ll be reviving his prize-winning show Monkey See Monkey Do).

The festival kicks off on Friday night with an Opening Gala, featuring sets from some the performers set to perform over the course of the festival – including Andrew Maxwell, Luisa Omielan, Ali Cook, Jess Robinson, John Robins, Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, Ellie Taylor, Aurora Galore, Card Ninja and hosted by House of Burlesque’s Tempest Rose. The rest of the opening weekend line-up includes family-friendly-fun from The Amazing Bubble Man, Barbara Chance, the best of the Comedy Store and Edinburgh Fringe hit Comedy in the Dark.

And the Underbelly grounds will also offer an international selection of food vendors, one of London’s longest outdoor bars and a round-the-clock festival atmosphere.

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When: Friday 28th April-Saturday 30th September
Opening times: Varies
Getting there: Belvedere Road Coach Park, SE1 8XX
Nearest Tube: Waterloo 
Price: Free entry to festival grounds, show tickets from £10.25

Best for: Beer in London

German Bierfest London

The vibe:

Oktoberfest comes early

Need to know:

Just fancy spending the long weekend relaxing and catching up with some mates over a few pints? Why not do it Bavarian style and head to Mile End Park, where Bierfest London will be bringing some of the flavour of Oktoberfest to the city (a few months early).

In addition to the expected steins of delicious beer (including three varieties of handmade German brews), lederhosen and oompah music, the festival will also have a Sekt garden, devoted to the famous German sparkling wine. And if you’ve got the kids with you, check out the traditional German village alongside, with bratwurst, schnitzel and family-friendly activities to try.

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When: Thursday 27th April-Monday 1st May and Thursday 4th-Sunday 7th May
Opening times: Thursday-Saturday 12-11pm, Sunday 12-10pm, Monday 12-7.30pm
Getting there: By Mile End Tube Station, Mile End Park, E3
Nearest Tube: Mile End
Price: Free entry

Essential weekend information

Find more inspiration for things to do in London here.

We’ve also pulled together a guide of where to see spring flowers in London, if you want to make the most of the pleasant weather. (And a list of 28 things to do in London when it rains, just in case)

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 London hotels.

And finally, remember to check out the weather forecast.