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: June 24, 2015

Things to do in London this weekend: June 26-28

Best for: Festivals in London

Pride in London

Pride in London

Pride in London (c) Lauren Anderson

The vibe:

A massive rainbow party

Need to know:

The LGBT+ community’s flagship Saturday showcase is London’s biggest one day event and the parade will see more than 250 groups taking part.

This year’s theme is Pride Heroes, so expect some inventive and colourful costumes on show.

Pride in Trafalgar Square will have live entertainment from top acts including Rebecca Ferguson and Blue.

It’s free to attend but you can give a discretionary £3 charity donation if you wish and there will be bars and food stalls to keep you going.

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Conchita at Pride in London

Conchita at Pride in London (c) Solent News via London Pride

When: Events run from today to Sunday, June 28 – The Main Parade and concert: Saturday, June 27
Opening times: Times vary per event – The Parade starts at 1pm at Baker Street and finishes 4.30pm at Whitehall
Getting there:

Nearest Tube: Baker Street or Charing Cross
Price: Most events are free

City of London Festival (COLF)

City of London Festival 2014, Featuring performers from Central School of Ballet , Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Little Angel Theatre and Silver Lining circus company. ©Alex Maguire

City of London Festival 2014, Featuring performers from Central School of Ballet , Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Little Angel Theatre and Silver Lining circus company.
©Alex Maguire

The vibe:

Forget the finances – enjoy some culture City-style with 100 free events

Need to know:

COLF has been running since 1962 and its aim is simple: to make the most out of the City’s spaces and buildings and bring a little music, drama, art and dance to workers, businesses and residents.

This month-long event has pop-up performances in the likes of the Barbican, Goldsmiths’ Hall, Deutsche Bank and the Judges’ Room Central Criminal Court (Old Bailey).

City workers can take advantage of the Lunchtime Live programme in Paternoster Square near St Paul’s at 1pm. This week The Tom Green Quintet plays jazz on Thursday and Singapore vocal band, MICappella (runner up on reality TV show – The Sing-Off China), hit the high notes on Friday.

Check out the full programme to find out more about these events and walks, talks, tours and comedy taking place at this major arts festival.

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When: Now until July 10
Opening times: Times vary per event – see full “what’s on” guide

London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival 2015

Dragon Boat Festival 2015

Dragon Boat Festival 2015

The vibe:

Experience a bit of Chinese culture

Need to know:

This is the 20th anniversary of this annual event which sees competitors battle to see how fast they can paddle their dragon boats across the docks.

Alongside the colourful racing there will be a food festival featuring cuisine from South East Asia, as well as martial arts displays and the chance to see some traditional lion dancing.

Second only in significance to Chinese New Year, the festival’s roots lie in it signalling the start of the wet season and traditional rice dumplings (Zongzi) are eaten in tribute.

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Dragon Boat Festival 2015

Dragon Boat Festival 2015

When: Sunday, June 28
Opening times: Racing starts at 10am – event ends at 6pm
Getting there: London Regatta Centre: Dockside Road, London E16 2QT
Nearest Tube: Royal Albert (DLR)
Price: Free to watch

Best for: Eating in London

Gelato Festival London

Gelato Festival

Gelato Festival

The vibe:

He who dairies – wins

Need to know:

This is the chance to see Gelato experts at work and taste their ice-cream concoctions.

There are six Gelato makers hoping to scoop top prize with flavours including hazelnut and mango & green chilli.

You can join in with the judging, take part in one of the masterclasses or simply savour a tub of top quality ice cream

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Gelato Festival

Gelato Festival

When: June 26 to 28
Opening times: 10am to 8pm
Getting there: Old Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square, Spitalfields, London, E1 6EW
Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street
Price: Free Entry – but you can buy a Gelato Card online for c£10 – which gives you five single competition tubs of ice cream and a little goodie bag

Best for: New exhibitions in London

Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World

Barbara Hepworth

Barbara Hepworth, Photo-collage with Helicoids in Sphere in the entrance hall of flats designed by Alfred and Emil Roth and Marcel Breuer at Doldertal, Zurich 1939
© the Hepworth Photograph Collection

The vibe:

Significant sculptures

Need to know:

This is the first major exhibition of Barbara Hepworth’s work in 50 years and features work using stone, bronze and wood.

Many of her famous works have graced buildings, such as the UN Headquarters in New York, and there is also a chance to see lesser known works, as well as film and photographic representations.

Watch out for the large carvings, made from African hardwood, which are brought together in one room for the first time.

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Barbara Hepworth, Large and Small Form 1934

Barbara Hepworth, Large and Small Form 1934
The Pier Arts Centre Collection, Orkney
©Bowness, Hepworth Estate

When: From June 24 to October 25
Opening times: 10am to 6pm (last entry at 5.15pm)
Getting there: Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG
Nearest Tube: Pimlico or Vauxhall
Price: Tickets cost £18 (incl donation) – book here

Essential weekend links

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 places to stay.

And finally, remember to check out the weather forecast.