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: August 25, 2016

Things to do in London this weekend: Aug 26-29

It’s the last bank holiday before Christmas, and the weather is looking half decent for once.

We’ve already put together a guide to the best things to do in London for the August Bank Holiday, including the world famous Notting Hill Carnival.

But we’ve also got these events, hot off the press, for you to enjoy over the three-day weekend.

Best for: Live music in London

Madness at the House of Common


The vibe:

Welcome to the Common of Fun

Need to know:

Grab a pair of Baggy Trousers and spend your Bank Holiday Monday at this new family-friendly festival in Clapham.

Curated by the influential North London pop band, Madness, the line-up features some of the cream of London’s ska, hip-hop and rap scenes.

Ms. Dynanite, Mike Skinner, Toots & The Maytals and Norman Jay MBE are among those appearing live.

If you’re bringing the little ones there’s a dedicated Minor Madness area with kids activities for all ages.

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When: Monday, August 29
Opening times: 12pm to 10.30pm
Getting there: Clapham Common, Southside, London, SW4 7AA
Nearest Tube: Clapham Common or Clapham South
Price: £45 – Get tickets here

Best for: Comics and cartoons in London

Breakdown Press presents: Safari Festival 2016


Safari Truck – Safari Festival

The vibe:

Discover the latest wave of alternative and art comics on the planet

Need to know:

Come join this curated group of avant-garde cartoonists and publishers who will be exhibiting (and selling) their comics, artwork and prints.

Among those contributing this year include Joan Cornellà, Fantagraphics Books, Simon Hanselmann and Laura Callaghan.

You can also attend the launch party and Decadence Exhibition on Thursday, August 25, which will see the premier of the short film, Eschaton.

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When: Saturday, August 27
Opening times: 11am to 6pm
Getting there: Studio 2, Protein, 31 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EY 
Nearest Tube: Shoreditch High Street
Price: Free

Mr. Men Little Miss Mini Museum


The vibe:

Happy 45th birthday

Need to know:

There will be all sorts of memorabilia on show from the long history of the Mr. Men and Little Miss characters, created by Roger Hargreaves.

The models are child-scale so little ones can get up close to their favourite cartoon characters in the Oxo Tower Wharf by The Thames.

You can also meet four new characters, Mr Marvellous, Miss Fabulous, Mr Adventure and Little Miss Sparkle.

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When: Thursday, August 25 to Monday, August 29
Opening times: 10am to 6pm 
Getting there: Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH
Nearest Tube: Blackfriars or Southwark
Price: Free

Best for: Roller Discos in London

Glitterbox Day & Night Party


The vibe:

Bass yourself here for the Bank Holiday

Need to know:

You’ve got all of Bank Holiday Monday to recover from a 14 hour dancing session this weekend.

Warm up for a night of dancing by strutting your stuff on some free skates at the afternoon Roller Disco.

You can then eat alfresco in the afternoon, with offerings from Sushi Surprise and Burger Bear, who have pop-ups in the Courtyard.

Then all you have to do is last the ten hour night party, with Dimitri From Paris, Joey Negro, Eli Escobar, Purple Disco Machine and many more taking to the decks.

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When: Sunday, August 28 to Monday, August 29
Opening times: 4pm until 6am: 5pm-8pm Roller Disco, club opens at 10pm
Getting there: 103 Gaunt Street, Elephant & Castle, London, SE1 6DP
Nearest Tube: Elephant & Castle or Borough
Price: Tickets from £18 – Get them here

Best for: Drinking in London

The Water Poet Cider Festival

The Water Poet's beer garden

The Water Poet’s beer garden

The vibe:

All things cider in the sunshine

Need to know:

This annual festival returns for its annual bank holiday bash, with traditional scrumpys on offer alongside new cider flavours.

Cider producers taking part include Thistly Cross (Scotland), Kentish Pip, amd Welsh Purists Hallets.

Live music will be playing in the garden, courtesy of The Wade Austin Steel Band (Sat: 6pm to 9pm, Mon: 4pm to 7pm).

The hog roast will be serving up baps and pudding is home-made cider ice cream.

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When: Saturday, August 27 to Monday, August 29
Opening times: 12pm till late
Getting there: 9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, London E1 6BX 
Nearest Tube: Shoreditch High Street or Liverpool Street
Price: Free entry, festival pint: £5, Hog Roast bap: £7 – get a flyer to get a combo for £10

HOPT – Craft Drinks Delivery Service and Shop


The vibe:

Perk up your Bank Holiday picnic or barbecue

Need to know:

We’ve all organised last minute drinks and Bank Holidays seem to bring out the pop-up party spirit.

Now there’s a new Shoreditch delivery shop, who can get some cold ones over to East Londoners within around a half hour of ordering.

If you’re after some craft beers, they’re curated some special “six packs” – for example Smooth Hoperation, a pack of complex beers, porters and stouts.

They’ve also got some unusual wines and premium spirits for you to order online – and if you’re in the area pop in the shop.

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When: Open now
Opening times: Mon-Wed: 11am to 7pm, Thur: 11am to 8pm, Fri-Sat: 11am to 7pm, Sun: 12pm to 6pm
Getting there: HOPT, Unit 8, Boxpark, 2­‐10 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6GY – Delivers across East London and some central locations
Nearest Tube: Shoreditch High Street
Price: Varies – see website for prices

Essential weekend information

Find more inspiration for things to do in London here.

We also have our 50 things to do this summer in London guide to give you more ideas.

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.