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: February 27 to March 1

Best for: New Openings in London

Strawberry Hill House

Strawberry Hill House (c) Killian O’Sullivan

Strawberry Hill House (c) Killian O’Sullivan

The vibe:

Get your gothic on

Need to know:

The Georgian Gothic castle Strawberry Hill has been undergoing a painstaking restoration programme and this year sees the unveiling of private rooms that have never been seen by the pubic before.

Here you get an insight into the fashions of the 18th century and you can compare and contrast the gloomy exterior with the bold patterns inside.

Built by writer Horace Walpole to house his possessions, the house started a trend in the gothic arts and his novel “The Castle of Otranto” inspired Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Jane Austen’s parody, Northanger Abbey.

When you have finished looking around, sit and have a piece of cake and a cup of tea in the cafe in Walpole’s Great Cloister.

The striking aspect of the house meant it was a tourist attraction even in the late 1700s, but unlike in Walpole’s time children are now allowed to visit.

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Strawberry Hill House

Strawberry Hill House (c) Richard Holturn

When: Opens on Sunday, March 1
Opening times: Sat-Sun: 12pm to 5.30pm, Mon-Wed: 1.40pm to 5.30pm, Thur-Fri: Closed
Getting there: Strawberry Hill, 268 Waldegrave Road, Twickenham, TW1 4ST
Nearest Tube: Strawberry Hill overground
Price: £12 for a self guided tour and £13.50 for a guided tour (prices include gift aid – order online

Best for: Festivals in London

Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World Festival

WOW festival

No Heart, No Guts,No Glory – WOW 2015 Clockwise fromL Mariam Rashid, Seherish Mahmood, Freyaa Ali, Shifaa Arfan (c) Christopher Nunn

The vibe:

A celebration of women and girls from around the world

Need to know:

The Southbank Centre’s WOW festival has gone from strength to strength in recent years and they got the royal seal of approval this year when HRH The Duchess of Cornwall agreed to be its president.

Influential women from the arts, like Annie Lennox and Salma Hayek Pinault and comedians Sandi Tokzvig & Sarah Millican will be among those appearing at events throughout the week.

This Sunday you can join BBC Radio 4 as their Women’s Hour programme is broadcasting live all day from Royal Festival Hall.

Other highlights include contemporary artist, Sheila Hicks, first solo exhibition which incorporates fibres and yarn in the Hayward Gallery.

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Southbank Centre's WOW

Tune Yards (c) Southbank Centre’s WOW – Women of the World Festival

When: Sunday March 1 to Sunday, March 8
Opening times: 10am to 11pm
Getting there: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
Nearest Tube: Waterloo Station
Price: Many events are free, but some require individual tickets and you can buy weekend passes for the final weekend

Best for: Food in London

BBC Good Food Eat Well Show

Top chef - Phil Vickery

Top chef – Phil Vickery

The vibe:

Guilt-free great food

Need to know:

The focus of this weekend food show is on balancing a healthy lifestyle and a love of good cooking.

Celebrity chefs will be showcasing their ideas live in the Healthy Kitchen and nutrition experts will be on hand in the Dietitians Clinic, where you can get a free 20 minute consultation.

On Friday This Morning chef Phil Vickery, an expert on gluten-free cooking will be demonstrating some recipes. Saturday sees Davina McCall showing you some recipes from her new book and TV chef and author Lorraine Pascale will be offering healthy baking options on Sunday.

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When: Friday, February 27 to Sunday, March 1
Opening times: 10am until 6pm
Getting there: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX
Nearest Tube: Kensington (Olympia) – Overground
Price: Standard admission: £15 – see website to book and for offers

Best for: New exhibitions in London

Forensics: The anatomy of crime

The Old Bailey

The Old Bailey,The Grand Hall (c) Paul Grover Photography

The vibe:

Fans of forensics and CSI will be in evidence at this new exhibition.

Need to know:

The concept that every contact leaves a trace is revealed in this deep dive into the macabre world of forensics.

The chilling cultural fascination is explored from the crime scene to the courtroom as the story of how the science has evolved over the years.

You can see eerie crime scene re-enactments using dolls or find out more about the discovery of DNA.

The sensational nature of reporting on murders, especially in the Victorian Age is also examined and you can see some gruesome artefacts as well.
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Edmond Locard

Edmond Locard at a microscope with his son (c) Archives Municipales de Lyon

When: Thursday, February 26 to Sunday, June 21
Opening times: Mon: Closed, Tue-Sat: 10am to 6pm, Sun: 11am to 6pm. Late opening on Thursday to 10pm
Getting there: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE
Nearest Tube: Euston
Price: Free

Best for: Lates in London

V&A Friday Late,(c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

V&A Friday Late,(c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Queer and Now at the V&A

Need to know:

This month’s theme is looking at how playing with gender roles has moved from an underground movement and into the mainstream.

Counterculture DJs like Amy Grimehouse and LOVERBOY will on the decks and there will be performances from The Sizzle Sisters.

Art installations include Pansy Paraphernalia from artist Paul Harfleet, who plants a single flower at the sites of homophobic abuse or attack.

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When: Friday, February 27
Opening times: 6.30pm to 10pm
Getting there: The Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Nearest Tube: South Kensington
Price: Free entry

After Hours – Natural History Museum

Need to know:

You can see the new Stegosaurus at this months lates, which offers you a chance to look round the museum after hours.

Head to Hintze Hall where you can enjoy some of their fine dining options as well as peruse the bar menu.

Its free to get in, but you do have to still book tickets for any exhibitions (for example the Wildlife Photographer of the Year)

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When: Friday, February 27
Opening times: 6pm to 10pm
Getting there: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD 
Nearest Tube: South Kensington
Price: Free entry – but book tickets for special exhibitions

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.