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 1, 2015

Things to do in London this weekend: Sept 4 – Sept 6

Best for: Festivals in London

Totally Thames 2015

SB Lady Daphne -Totally Thames 2015 (c) Margaret Kelly

SB Lady Daphne -Totally Thames 2015 (c) Margaret Kelly

The vibe:

Go with the flow

Need to know:

This month-long festival aims to showcase the River Thames in all its glory, with everything from mudlarking to cruising on a Tall Ship available.

Events on this weekend include a cruise aboard the Lady Daphne (see pic above) on Saturday, or you can head to Tower Bridge where there is a special event on London’s only riverside “beach”.

Looking ahead you can take part in TideFest, held on World Rivers Day (Sunday, September 20), which will have watersports, shore walks and live music to keep you entertained down in Chiswick.

The Thames Festival Trust run the event, with support from the Mayor of London, London First, Arts Council England, Port of London Authority as well as all the 17 London boroughs with a riverfront – so there will be something happening in your area.

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Iain Chambers, Bascule Chamber Concert - Totally Thames 2015 (c) Steve Stills

Iain Chambers, Bascule Chamber Concert – Totally Thames 2015 (c) Steve Stills

When: Now until September 30
Opening times and prices: Varies per event – see full programme for details

Feminist Solidarity Fest

Feminist Solidarity Fest

The vibe:

Find out more about feminism over a picnic

Need to know:

This free event’s aim is to highlight the subject of women’s equality with an afternoon of talks, poetry and live music.

Organisers promise a chilled out vibe, and advise you to bring along your own food and drink and something to sit on.

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Feminist Solidarity Fest

Feminist Solidarity Fest

When: Sunday, September 6
Opening times: 12pm onwards
Getting there: Hackney Downs, Downs Park Road, London, E5 8NP
Nearest Tube: Hackney Downs (overground)
Price:  Free

Now Play This

Now Play This at Somerset House (c) Wellcome Collection

Now Play This at Somerset House (c) Wellcome Collection

The vibe:

Spend your weekend gaming

Need to know:

Somerset House is hosting a games event, with a series of talks and special events, as well as the chance to try some games still in early development.

There will be a board game lounge, a wooden pinball table and other simple strategy games to try throughout the three days.

For new development games, try Friday morning. While on Saturday you can have a go at Maf’j Alvarez’s Rootbeans and Josh Hadley’s Typemine.

Sunday is the day to try some new, virtual reality games.

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Now Play This at Somerset House (c) Wellcome Collection

Now Play This at Somerset House (c) Wellcome Collection

When: Friday, September 4 to Sunday, September 6
Opening times: Fri-Sat: 10am to 8pm, Sun: 10am to 6pm
Getting there: New Wing, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross
Price:  Festival pass: £12, Day ticket £5, U12s are free with a pre-booked ticket – book here

Best for: Animal lovers in London

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home’s Annual Reunion and Fun Day

Battersea's Annual Reunion and Fun Day

Battersea’s Annual Reunion and Fun Day

The vibe:

Canine capers in the park

Need to know:

This free, feel-good event, celebrates the charity work the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home does, with the people and pooches who have benefited directly from their help.

This annual dog get-together is a chance for owners and their dogs to meet up and enjoy some entertainment, street food and actitivites (including special playgrounds and paddling pools for the dogs).

If your canine is competitive, then enter them into one of the competitions: Golden Oldie, Handsomest Dog and Best Battersea Dog.

You might also go home with more than you bargained for, as there will be some rescue dogs on parade looking for a new home.

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When: Sunday, September 6
Opening times: 11am to 4.30pm
Getting there: Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ
Nearest Tube: Battersea Park
Price:  Free

Best for: Arts in London

The Return of The Walthamstow Mysteries

The Trial of the Trespassing Cow (starring Joanna Simmonett, Matt Marks, James Riordan, and Ruth Tapp)

The Trial of the Trespassing Cow (starring Joanna Simmonett, Matt Marks, James Riordan, and Ruth Tapp)

The vibe:

Marshes, ghosts and music make for an atmospheric outing

Need to know:

You can join in the fun at this promenade performance in Walthamstow Marshes this weekend.

Led by two guides, the Lady of the Pageant and Local Historian (followed by the ghostly presence of the Shade and the Watercress Seller), your Walthamstow walk will also include a good dose of music and pageantry.

With original songs, accordion-led music hall ditties and a Mummers’ play, all delivered in extravagant costumes, this should make for a novel performance experience.

This free theatrical show, suitable for families, has been funded by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority and Churchill Estates, and uses one of London’s wild outdoor spaces as a spooky backdrop.

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The Lady of the Pageant (Ruth Tapp) and the Local Historian (Cillian O'Dee)

The Lady of the Pageant (Ruth Tapp) and the Local Historian (Cillian O’Dee)

When: Saturday, September 5 and Sunday, September 6
Opening times:  2.30pm
Getting there: Meet at 2.30 outside the Coppermill Pub, 205 Coppermill Lane, Walthamstow E17 7HF for the walk to the venue
Nearest Tube: Walthamstow Central or St James Street (overground)
Price:  Free – Book your tickets online here

Discover Indonesia

Discover Indonesia (c) Southbank Centre

Discover Indonesia (c) Southbank Centre

The vibe:

Full of eastern promise

Need to know:

You can find out more about Indonesia’s music, puppetry, dance, and food at this two-day arts festival.

There will be hands-on workshops (including drumming and dancing) as well as the chance to learn about some of their traditions and culture with top artists from the country.

The visually exciting, Papermoon, will present fairytale puppetry from Yogyakarta while the beats of Southbank Centre’s famous gamelan (Javanese percussion orchestra) will give a musical backdrop to the event.

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When: Saturday, September 5 to Sunday, September 6
Opening times and prices: Vary – please see full programme on website – many of the events are free
Getting there: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
Nearest Tube: Waterloo

Essential weekend links

Find more inspiration for things to do in London here and a round up of August Bank Holiday in London.

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.