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: April 29, 2015

Things to do in London this weekend: May 1-4

The first weekend in May is a bumper one with the national holiday giving us a welcome extra day off.

We’ve already put together a comprehensive May Bank Holiday guide for the three-day weekend.

But here are some extra events, including two rooftop bar openings and some artistic charity fundraising to help you make the most of the last month in spring.

Best for: Charity events in London

Re-Work It – Chairs for The Art Room

The Art Room

Re-Work It: The Art Room – design by Patrick Hughes

The vibe:

Suspended seats raise money for leading charity

Need to know:

The main atrium at Selfridges’ flagship store on Oxford Street will be full of brightly-coloured chairs suspended in the air for the next six weeks.

The cascading chairs will be added to every day until there are 90 different transformations of the Ernest Race BA2 chair hanging there – all individually created by leading designers, artists and architects.

Among those whose chairs feature in the installation are Cara Delevingne, in collaboration with Storm Athill, Nicky Haslam and Yinka Shonibare MBE.

The project, curated by Fair & Co, is part of a new campaign, Selfridges’ Work It, aimed at showcasing  how craftsmanship works with emerging technology.

All the money raised will go to The Art Room – who will also be running arts projects in the store.

THE CHARITY: The Art Room is aimed at providing art as therapy for 5 – 16 year olds who are experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties.

If any particularly catch your eye, you can bid for one when the chairs are auctioned off on Friday, May 22 on the Padddle8 website. The auction will run until 9pm, Tuesday, June 9.

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When: Now until June 9
Opening times: Mon-Sat 9.30am to 9pm, Sun: 11.30am to 6pm
Getting there: 400 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1AB
Nearest Tube: Bond Street or Oxford Street
Price: Free to view

Secret 7″” at Somerset House

Somerset House

Secret 7” at Somerset House

The vibe:

A charitable blend of music and art with a twist

Need to know:

The concept: seven tracks from seven top musicians are printed a hundred times on 7″” vinyl – a celebrity designer then creates the sleeve. The twist? You pay £50 for a record without knowing the designer or song.

You can browse all the sleeves and then try and work out who has designed what, until Monday, then the sleeves go on sale for the blanket price of £50.

The likes of Yoko Ono, Sam Taylor-Johnson and Modern Toss have contributed, so you might get your hands on one of your favourites  if you guess right.

BANDS AND TRACKS: The Rolling Stones: Dead Flowers, Diana Ross & The Supremes: Reflections, Underworld: Born Slippy (Nuxx), The Chemical Brothers: Let Forever Be, St Vincent: Digital Witness, Peter Gabriel: Sledgehammer, The Maccabees: Go.

This year the charity benefiting is Nordoff Robbins – who work to transform the lives of vulnerable children and adults through musical therapy.

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Somerset House

Secret 7” at Somerset House

When: Now until Sunday, May 3, Sale day: Monday, May 4
Opening times: 10am to 6pm (last entry 5.15pm)
Getting there: Terrace Rooms, South Wing, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross
Price: Free admission: Sleeves cost £50 each

Best for: New rooftop bars in London

Netil360

Netil360

Netil360

The vibe:

Head up high for a free four-day start of summer extravaganza

Need to know:

This East London creative hub is reopening its rooftop bar, with panoramic views across the London skyline, this Bank Holiday weekend.

Relaunch highlights include a cocktail evening and banquet on Friday, May 1 featuring Espresso Martinis while on Saturday the deckchairs will be out for a pop-up food and games experience.

Hot Tubs will make an appearance on the roof on Sunday and on Monday the Reggae & Recovery day can help you relax after a weekend of partying. For the full daytime and evening line-up – check the website.

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Netil360

Netil360

When: Free opening weekend party: Friday May 1 to Monday, May 4
Opening times: 10am to 10pm. Time through the summer: Mon-Wed: 10am to 10pm, Thur-Fri: 10am to 11pm, Sat: 12pm to 11pm, Sun: 12pm to 10pm
Getting there: Netil House, 1 Westgate Street, Hackney, E8 3RL
Nearest Tube: London Fields (Overground)
Price: Free entry, drinks & food are extra

Selfridges; On the Roof with Vintage Salt

rooftop bar

Selfridges; On the Roof with Vintage Salt

The vibe:

Get a Cornish fishing village experience on a rooftop in central London

Need to know:

Created by Restaurateur Des McDonald as part of Selfridges’ ‘Great British Outdoors’ campaign, Vintage Salt will be open for alfresco late breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, seven days a week.

To get there, take the express lift straight to the roof from the Fragrance Hall, and you’ll go from the store to a roped boardwalk, with terrace deckchairs and driftwood tables

As befits the theme, it’s all about the seafood and there will be oysters, tuna and smoked salmon for starters with the delightful sounding – “Lobster Buttie with truffled fries” – on the main menu.

SPECIAL DRINKS: There will be a dedicated G&T bar which will have a range of Gin cocktails.

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When: Opens, Friday May 1 and then open for five months
Opening times: Mon-Sat: 11am-11pm, Sun: 12pm-6pm  
Getting there: Express lift, Ground Floor in the Fragrance Hall, Selfridges Roof Top, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
Nearest Tube: Bond Street or Oxford Street
Price: TBC – To make a reservation – email roof@vintagesalt.co.uk

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.