Things to do in London this weekend

Things to do in London this weekend: November 23rd-26th

Best for: Markets in London

Independent Label Market 

The vibe:

A one-stop Christmas shop for music fans

Need to know: 

Looking for the perfect gift for the vinyl lover in your life? Head down to the (recently refurbished) Old Spitalfields Market for the return of the Independent Label Market.

With stalls manned by staff from some of the world's finest independent record labels - including the renowned likes of 4AD, Rough Trade and Fabric - you'll be able to browse through exclusive limited editions and hard to find classic rarities.

The market will also feature DJ sets throughout the day, and craft beers from some of London's best independent breweries.


When: Saturday 25th November
Opening times: 11am-6.30pm
Getting there: Old Spitalfields Market, 95 Brushfield Street, E1
Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street
Price: Free 

Vegan Nights

The vibe: The latest plant-based flavours of the month

Need to know: London's street food scene has gotten rather more vegan-friendly this year, with lots more vendors offering plant-based takes on street and junk food favourites.

And you can try the best of them this Thursday night at the return of the Truman Brewery's Vegan Nights market. 

Among the flavours on offer are takes on Mexican, Indian and even Laotian classics, and there'll also be DJ sets, vegan beers and cocktails and ethical fashions to browse through.

The market's launch event attracted more than 3000 hungry punters, and we're sure that this one will be as big of a hitFacebook

When: Thursday 23rd November 
Opening times: 5pm-11pm 
Getting there: Boiler House, Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E16
Nearest Tube: Shoreditch High Street (Overground)
Price: Free

Best for: Museums in London

Imperial War Museum Short Film Festival

Still from 'Lancaster' by Philip Stevens

The vibe: Responses to current and past conflicts by filmmakers around the world

Need to know: Tying into their current major exhibition - Age of Terror: Art since 9/11, the Imperial War Museum are hosting several special events throughout the week.

On Thursday evening, there'll be a workshop offering a hands-on experience of filming in conflict zones, while throughout the week, the museum will be hosting free screenings of some of the finest short films from around the world.

Including animations, documentaries and dramas, the films on offer come from both new and celebrated filmmakers and are inspired by both past and current conflicts.


When: Until Sunday 26th November
Opening times: Film screenings at 12pm, 2pm and 3pm (with additional 1pm screenings Sat and Sun)
Getting there: Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road SE1 6HZ
Nearest Tube: Elephant and Castle/Lambeth North
Price: Free 

THATMuse: Festive Feasting

Photo by Chris Orange 

The vibe: A gluttonous gallop around a museum

Need to know: THATMuse's themed treasure hunts are some of the most fun ways to experience London's amazing museums.

And this weekend, they're launching a brand new hunt, just in time for Christmas.

Taking place in the V&A, the Festive Feasting hunt sends teams on a race through the museum's stunning collection, tracking down everything you'd need to throw the most lavish Christmas party - from ancient Korean spoons to gilded French salt cellars. With fun bonus questions and challenges to compete in along the way.  


When: Launches Saturday 25th November
Opening times: 2pm-4.30pm
Getting there: V&A Museum, Cromwell Terrace, South Kensington
Nearest Tube: South Kensington
Price: £11.05 via eventbrite

Best for: Carnival vibes in London

Rum 'n' Riddim

The vibe: A welcome taste of Caribbean sunshine

Need to know: It might be cold, grey and, well, quite November-y out there, but there'll still be a little bit of the Caribbean to be found in Croydon this Saturday.

Taking over Boxpark, the Rum 'n' Riddim party brings carnival vibes to the food market. Co-presented by Bacardi, the all-day party includes live performances and DJ sets from some of the biggest names in dancehall and reggae. The Boxpark Bar will be offering specials to celebrate their first birthday, while you can pick up something to eat from one of the market's 35 tasty food outlets.


When: Saturday 25th November
Opening times: 2pm-11pm
Getting there: 99 George Street, Croydon, CR0 1LD
Nearest tube: East Croydon (Overground)
Price: £22 via Dice

Best for: Winter pop-ups in London

Last Days of Shoreditch Winter La La Land

The vibe: A hot hangout for the cold winter nights

Need to know: This Thursday, East London hangout Last Days of Shoreditch are reopening for the winter season. And they're bringing a whole load of new surprises with them.

Renamed Winter La La Land for the season, the pop-up will be one of the hottest places to hangout during the cold winter nights, with warming mulled drinks, roaring fire pits and tasty food from some of London's favourite street food stalls. And, when you really want to raise the temperature, there's also a dancefloor, where you'll be able to strut your stuff to sets by some big name DJs - including Alex Arnout, Geddes and Justin Robertson.

Among the food vendor line-up, you'll find Cheeky Burger, vegan junk food specialists Biff's Jack Shack and American-style breakfasts from Smokey Trails. With karaoke from Lucky Voice and a selection of themed private rooms on-site, it's sure to be a great place for a Christmas party.


When: Thursday 23rd November-Sunday 17th December
Opening times: Thurs: 5pm-11.30pm, Fri & Sat: 5pm-midnight, also open selected Sundays (closed Mon-Wed)
Getting there: 288-299 Old Street, EC1V 9DP 
Nearest tube: Old Street
Price: Free (limited £5 advance tickets, which include queue jump entry and a complimentary winter cocktail, can be purchased from the website

Essential weekend information

Find more inspiration for things to do in London here.

We've also pulled together a list of the city's best riverside pubs and bars, if you want to make the most of the pleasant weather. (And a list of 28 things to do in London when it rains, just in case)

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 London hotels.

And finally, remember to check out the weather forecast.