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.

Things to do in London this weekend: March 6-8

Best for: Shopping in London

One Good Thing

One Good Thing

Men’s clothes store, Percival, supports “One Good Thing”

The vibe:

The thrifty way to donate to the homeless

Need to know:

This stylish pop up featuring donated items from Berwick Street stores among others and run in conjunction with London homeless charity, The Connection at St Martin’s, is now open throughout March.

You can make your own fashion donation if you wish or just browse the racks for quality clothes, accessories, antiques and jewellery

The store will also be used as a hub to give retail training to homeless volunteers to try and help them find future jobs.

“I owe a huge debt of gratitude to everyone at The Connection at St Martins, who have shown me that homeless doesn’t mean hopeless.” Richard – shop volunteer.

Website and Twitter Use the #OneGoodThing to share your discoveries.

When: Open daily until Tuesday, March 31
Opening times: Mon–Fri: 11am to 7pm, Sat: 10am to 6pm, Sun: 12am to 6pm
Getting there: 2 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0DR
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road or Leicester Square
Price: Free to browse and each item will be individually priced

Best for: Photography in London


Ricki Hall © Mr Elbank

Ricki Hall © Mr Elbank

The vibe:

Fans of the furrier face will be in heaven

Need to know:

More than 80 Pogonophiles (Beard lovers to you and me) are celebrated by photographer Mr Elbank in this new exhibition at Somerset House.

Famous face fur on show includes actor John Hurt and also more unusual sitters like Harnaam Kaur, a British woman who since being diagnosed aged 16 with polycystic ovary syndrome (which causes excess hair growth) has been growing her own beard to raise awareness.

Speaking of which the bulk of the exhibition focuses on the work for his ground-breaking #Project60 , began to raise money for Jimmy Niggles’s charity campaign inb Australia for preventing skin cancer.

This Saturday is Beard Booth Day, and if you have the requisite hairy chops you could be in with a whisker of being voted best beard by a panel of experts.

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When: Thursday, March 5 to March 29
Opening times: Mon-Sun: 10am to 6pm (last entry 5.15pm
Getting there: Terrace Rooms, South Wing, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross
Price: Free

Best for: Modern art openings in London

Leon Golub: Bite Your Tongue

Serpentine Gallery

Leon Golub Bite Your Tongue (c) Serpentine Gallery

The vibe:

Powerful stuff

Need to know:

American artist and anti-war activist Leon Golub’s paintings are the stars of this posthumous exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery

Showcasing his works from the 1950s up until 2004 under the theme of oppression, violence and the misuse of power, there is a wide range of pieces from huge floor to ceiling canvasses to smaller more intimate portraits.

Because he served in World War II, Golub actually got his fine arts degrees as a result of the American GI Bill, which enabled veterans to receive benefits like cash towards university tuition.

While you are there, head to the next door space and take in “Pascale Marthine Tayou: Boomerang” which is the first solo show by this Cameroon-born, Belgium-based artist.

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When: Wednesday, March 4 tp Mar 2015 to Sunday, May 17
Opening times: Tue-Sun: 10am to 6pm
Getting there: Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, London, W2 3XA
Nearest Tube: Lancaster Gate, Marble Arch or Knightsbridge
Price: Free

Best for: Parties in London

The Dark Circus Party

Dark Circus Performer

Dark Circus Performer

The vibe:

Le Freaks c’est chic

Need to know:

Decadent dressing up (the strict code is vintage glamour & fantasy) is the name of the circus game for this risqué themed night by the river.

The Big Top is beckoning for those looking to meet trapeze artists, ring masters and tattooed ladies – and all to a banging back beat.

Behind the curtain are party organisers, Torture Garden, and cocktail connoisseurs, Bourne & Hollingsworth, so expect a night of pleasure seeking and invention.

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Dark Circus

Dark Circus

When: Saturday, March 7
Opening times: 9pm to 3am
Getting there: One Embankment, 8 Victoria Embankment, WC2R 2AB
Nearest Tube: Embankment or Charing Cross
Price: £26.50 (including booking fee) – click here to buy

Best for: New art exhibitions in London

Inventing Impressionism

he National Gallery, London

Camille Pissarro, Fox Hill, Upper Norwood, 1870. The National Gallery, London, Presented by Viscount and Viscountess Radcliffe, 1964 © The National Gallery, London

The vibe:

The man who said “show me the Monet”

Need to know:

While the name Paul Durand-Ruel might not immediately spring to mind when you think about 19th Century painting, the National Gallery’s new exhibition might just change that.

This entrepreneurial art dealer from Paris is credited with encouraging the artists and organising the movement that became famous as “Impressionism“.

This tribute has 85 masterpieces from the movement and is a tribute to his work in facilitating what we now know as the modern art market.

Painters showcased include Renoir, Monet, Degas and Pissarro.

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The National Gallery, London

Claude Monet, The Thames below Westminster, about 1871, The National Gallery, London, Bequeathed by Lord Astor of Hever, 1971 © The National Gallery, London

When: Thursday, March 4 to Sunday, May 31
Opening times: Mon-Sun: 10am to 6pm (last entry 5.15pm. Friday lates fun until 8.15pm)
Getting there: The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross
Price: £18 for adults (with donation) £16 without. It’s advisable to book your time slot and ticket in advance.

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.