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 15, 2015

Things to do in London this weekend: April 17-19

Best for: Alternative in London

The Tweed Run

Tweed Run

Tweed Run in 2014 (c) Matt Shaw

The vibe:

A retro ride around London’s landmarks

Need to know:

There won’t be any lycra in sight as riders don their best 1920s and 30s cycling attire to take to their stylish cycles.

While the cravat clad-clad gents on Penny Farthings can compete for prizes including best moustache, the ladies are in line for best decorated bicycle.

For those who prefer not to pedal, the Bourne & Hollingsworth’s Tweed Run Awards Ceremony is open to all and includes cocktails, food and period music.

You can also follow the ride on foot from Trafalgar Square.

Website and Twitter

Tweed Run

Tweed Run (c) Matt Shaw

When: Saturday, April 18
Opening times: The cyclists will set off from Trafalgar Square at 11am
Getting there: Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross
Price: To take part: £25. (includes a £5 donation to the London Cycling Campaign). Tickets for the after party cost £20. Get tickets here

Best for: Street food in London

Street Feast

Model Market in Lewisham

Model Market in Lewisham

The vibe:

Food, drink & entertainment – South East London style

Need to know:

Last year saw the launch of Lewisham’s own street food weekender, and the Street Feast team return this weekend to the remodelled 1950s market.

There are micro diners where you can sit down and eat as well as stalls serving everything from traditional Indian bites to jerk chicken, to pick up some food from and take a stroll.

This year there is a choice of five bars: Rotary Bar serves up cocktails, for Daiquiris and Mojitos, Rum Shack is the place to imbibe and Winyl is a music and grape fusion.

Website and Twitter

Model Market

When: Every Friday and Saturday, from Friday, April 17
Opening times: 5pm to 1am
Getting there: 196 Lewisham High Street, Lewisham, London, SE13 6LS
Nearest Tube: Lewisham
Price: £3 entry after 7pm

Best for: Vinyl in London

Record Store Day

Deal Real

New Deal Real artists in Carnaby

The vibe:

London’s independent record shops put a spin on a day dedicated to music.

Need to know:

Berwick Street in Soho is hosting a free live music event to support it’s six local record stores: Sister Ray, Reckless Records, and The Music and Video Exchange on Berwick Street, Sounds of the Universe on Broadwick Street and Phonica on Poland Street.

Among the acts confirmed for the day are Young Knives, 2Bears and Gang of Four and the guest compère is Radio 6 comedian and broadcaster, Shaun Keaveny.

Deal Real

John Legend & Kanye West at Deal Real, Marlborough Court, Carnaby

The legendary hip-hop record store, Real Deal, which saw in-store performances from the likes of Amy Winehouse, Kanye West, Tinchy Stryder and John Legend between 2002 and 2007 is reopening as a pop-up on Saturday.

There will be free weekly in store signings, performances and workshops throughout the summer as well as the chance to see some unseen footage from acts who played there in the past, like Example and Professor Green.

“Deal Real was the heart of the hip hop culture in London…The open mic events were legendary and gave me the confidence to perform in front of a crowd.” – Singer, rapper and songwriter Example

Berwick Street: Website and Twitter
Deal Real: Website and Twitter

When: Saturday, April 18
Opening times: Berwick Street: 12pm to 6pm / Deal Real: Live music 6pm to 9pm – see website and Twitter for ticket give-aways
Getting there: Berwick Street, Soho, London / Deal Real, 14 Newburgh Street, just off Carnaby Street
Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus. Tottenham Court Road or Leicester Square

Best for: The General Election in London

Changing Britain

Miners Strike

Miners Strike (c) Martin Shakeshaft, Alamy

The vibe:

An artistic focus on some of the burning political issues from the past and into the present

Need to know:

With the country going to the polls on May 7, the Southbank Centre is holding another weekend event looking at the history of Britain during the years 1945–1979.

There are a host of talks starting with the founding of the welfare state right through to the election of Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative Party via the liberal social reform of the 1960s.

Exhibitions which are running alongside include Adopting Britain – 70 Years of Migration, which looks at how different communities have made the UK their home.

There will be talks and debates, screenings, on-site installations and exhibitions alongside some live music, dances and pop-up activities.

Website and Twitter – #ChangingBritain

When: Saturday, April 18 to Sunday, April 19
Opening times: Vary per event
Getting there: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
Nearest Tube: Waterloo
Price: Day pass: £25, weekend pass for one historical period: £40 and three weekend festival pass: £85 – Book 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.