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: May 20, 2015

Things to do in London this weekend: May 22-25

In May the bank holidays come thick and fast – so here we are with another three-day weekend.

If you’re staying in London – here are a few suggestions as to how to make the most of that extra day off.

Best for: Beer festivals in London

Street Food + Craft Beer festival

Alexandra Palace

Alexandra Palace (c) Sam NeIll

The vibe:

Beers with a view

Need to know:

This has to be one of the most picturesque spots in London to have a few outdoor ales.

Brewers with beers and ales on show include Pin Up Beers, Five Point and Brooklyn Brewery.

Street food stalls will be providing the sustenance with the likes of Hix’s Fish Dog, Backstreet Diner and El Dorado firing up the grill.

There will also be some live bands and DJs spinning the tunes throughout the day.

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Alexandra Palace

Alexandra Palace

When: Saturday, May 23
Opening times: 11am to 10pm
Getting there: Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY
Nearest Tube: Alexandra Palace (Overground)
Price: Free entry

Best for: Food festivals in London

Foodies Festival

Foodies Festival

Foodies Festival sandwiches

The vibe:

Food, glorious food.

Need to know:

One of the biggest food festivals in London, historic Syon Park will see a score of Chefs heading there this Bank Holiday Weekend to show you their cooking skills.

Bee keeping and mushroom foraging experts will be handing out tips and make sure you watch the demos in the Tasting Theatre – prepare to be impressed at the cake creations.

For the first time in ten years there will be a Vintage Tea Tent, where you can have a dance or just a nice cuppa. And of course there is plenty of opportunity to try some of the best produce around.

The annual Chilli Eating Challenge at 5pm is sure to see things hotting up at the end of the day.

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Foodies Festival van

Foodies Festival van

When: Saturday, May 23 to Monday, May 25
Opening times: Sat-Sun: 11am to 7pm, Mon: 11am to 6pm
Getting there: Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 8JF
Nearest Tube: Syon Lane or Brentford (overground)
Price: From £15 for entry. Book in advance here

Best for: Eurovision in London

Eurovision at The Water Poet

Eurovision at The Water Poet

Eurovision at The Water Poet

The vibe:

Oo ah just a little bit…. of dressing up and drinking

Need to know:

The kitschiest show in the world (well Europe and also this year Australia?) returns to bring us the best in international culture.

Head to Shoreditch and cheer on the UK entrant, Electro Velvet – “Still in Love with You”.

This year’s theme is all things Austrian, so expect Vienna Lager, schnitzel & sausage sharing boards and lots of fancy dress.

If your looking at “Making Your Mind Up”, there will be a free pint of Estrella for the first hundred women through the door wearing a “Conchita”- inspired beard.

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When: Saturday, May 23
Opening times: 5pm to 12am
Getting there: 9-11 Folgate St, E1 6BX
Nearest Tube: Shoreditch High Street or Liverpool Street
Price: Free entry

Best for: Literary festivals in London

Greenwich Book Festival

Royal Naval College in Greenwich

Royal Naval College in Greenwich

The vibe:

Meet the authors and immerse yourself in the world of imagination.

Need to know:

The University of Greenwich are hosting their first ever book festival – and the venue is one of London’s most beautiful buildings and grounds: the Old Royal Naval College.

Speakers include Jessie Burton (The Miniaturist), Alexandra Heminsley (Running Like A Girl) and Jon Ronson (So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed).

Other highlights over the three days include “Greenwich: where science and fiction meet – Science Fiction Night” (Friday, 8pm to 9.30pm, £6) and on Saturday daytime there are some free workshops and activities to keep the kids entertained – especially if they like a bit of dressing up.

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When: Friday, May 22 to Sunday, May 24
Opening times: Check programme for timings
Getting there: University of Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Park Row, London, SE10 9LS
Nearest Tube: Cutty Sark (DLR)
Price: Some events are free while ticket prices vary per talk / event – see programme for details.

Best for: Bank Holiday brunch in London

The Jam Tree

The Jam Tree in Chelsea

The vibe:

Unlimited Bloody Marys and Bellinis.

Need to know:

The Jam Tree gastro pubs in Chelsea and Clapham are offering a restorative deal with their brunch this Bank Holiday weekend.

Tuck into some eggs and bacon and wash them down with your choice of Bloody Mary’s and Bellinis – either the perfect hangover cure, or the best basis for a day in one of their beer gardens.

Booking is advisable.

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When: Saturday, Sunday and Monday over the Bank Holiday only
Opening times: Available 10am to 2pm
Getting there: Clapham: 13-19 Old Town, SW4 OJT, Chelsea: 541 Kings Road, SW6 2EB
Nearest Tube: Clapham Common or Fulham Broadway
Price: £15 for unlimited Bloody Mary’s and Bellini’s when you buy a brunch item, available with table service only (An hour and a half time slot)

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.