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: September 20, 2016

Things to do in London this weekend: September 23rd-25th

Best for: Tattoos in London

London International Tattoo Convention

Pyrohex perform

Pyrohex perform

The vibe:

The best in beautiful body art

Need to know:

Now in its 12th year, this tribute to tattooing gets bigger and better, with more than 400 elite artists showcasing their style.

Get inspired by exhibitions of artwork, competitions and meet international tattoo models.

Fire-aerial performance group Pyrohex will be setting the stage alight with their show, along with the Fuel Girls, an acrobatic fire-eating troupe.

There’ll also be live music, street food and drinks to keep you going.

London International Tattoo Convention

London International Tattoo Convention

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When: Friday, September 23 to Sunday, September 25
Opening times: Fri-Sat: 11.30-12am, Sun: 11.30am to 8pm
Getting there: Tobacco Dock, 50 Porters Walk, London E1W 2SF
Nearest Tube: Wapping or Shadwell
Price: Book in advance – Fri: £20, Sat: £30, Sun: £25 or £50 for a weekend pass

Best for: Festivals in London

 Japan Matsuri 2016

Matsuri Festival 2015

Matsuri Festival 2015

The vibe:

Eat, drink, dance and party Japanese-style

Need to know:

This all-day event takes place in the iconic surroundings of Trafalgar Square.

There’ll be parades, martial arts displays, drummers, and performances on the main stage.

You’ll also get the change to dress up in some traditional costumes, play games and have a go at calligraphy.

Make sure you try some of the Japanese street food, too.

Japan Matsuri 2015

Japan Matsuri 2015

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When: Sunday, September 25th
Opening times: 10am to 8pm
Getting there: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross or Leicester Square
Price: Free

Pearly King and Queen Harvest Festival

Beer Wagon at the Pearly Kings and Queen Harvest Festivalat Guildhall. Image by UlyssesThirtyOne via Flickr Creative Commons

Beer Wagon at the Pearly Kings and Queen Harvest Festivalat Guildhall. Image by UlyssesThirtyOne via Flickr Creative Commons

The vibe:

Maybe it’s because you’re a Londoner

Need to know:

Join colourful cockney characters, and even a few donkeys, as the Pearly Kings and Queens of London take to the streets for their annual thanksgiving parade.
Starting out at the Guildhall, they’ll be doing the Lambeth Walk down to St Mary-Le-Bow Church for a special service at 3pm (you can call yourself a true cockney if you were born within the sound of these bells).
Afterwards there may well be a knees up with Mother Brown.
DID YOU KNOW: Orphan Henry Croft started the concept of the Pearly Kings and Queens in the 1890s as a way of raising money for the needy. He invented the distinctive outfits to help stand out from the crowd while fundraising, after finding enough pearl buttons to sew onto his suit from his job as a streetsweeper.

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When: Sunday, September 25
Opening times: The parade starts c1-1.30pm at the Guildhall Yard
Getting there: Guildhall Yard, Gresham Street, EC2V 5AE
Nearest Tube: Mansion House or Bank
Price: Free

Best for: Markets in London

Brockley Market – Fifth Birthday Party

(c) Brockley Market

(c) Brockley Market

The vibe:

Come and eat cake (and other local produce)

Need to know:

One of the best weekend markets in London celebrates its five year anniversary.

They do things a little differently here, so the special birthday entertainment will come in the form of some Balkan Folk music.

You can spend several hours feasting on almost any food you can think of and pick up seasonal fruit and veg as well.

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(c) Brockley Market

(c) Brockley Market

When: Saturday, September 24
Opening times: 10am to 2pm
Getting there: Lewisham College Carpark, Lewisham Way, Brockley, London, SE4 1UT
Nearest Tube: St Johns (overland), Lewisham (DLR)
Price: Free entry but cash only 

Best for: Ice skating in London

Fromage on ice

Fromage on Ice

Fromage on Ice

The vibe:

50 years of hits on the rink

Need to know:

They love a bit of cheese at Club de Fromage so expect to skate around Alexandra Palace’s excellent rink to some of the biggest pop hits.

Keep your balance while channelling your inner Spice Girl, Britney or Robbie Williams.

Fancy dress is always encouraged – but remember this time you’re going to have to manoeuvre safely on skates.

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Ally Pally ice rink

Ally Pally ice rink

When: Saturday, September 24
Opening times: 8.30pm to 11pm (last entry 10pm)
Getting there: Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY
Nearest Tube: Wood Green, Alexandra Palace (Overground)
Price: Tickets from £8.70 + booking fee – book here

Essential weekend information

Find more inspiration for things to do in London here.

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.