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: October 26, 2016

Things to do in London this weekend: Oct 28-30

Be prepared for a weekend of fun and frights. We’ve already put together a guide to some of the best Halloween events – but here are the latest happenings hot off the press.

Best for: New openings in London

Winter Series of The Magic Roundabout

Aerial view of the Magic Roundabout

Aerial view of the Magic Roundabout

The vibe:

Bites, beats, booze

Need to know:

They’ve had a major revamp for the colder weather and added some welcome heating. Now they have created a winter space to try some of the best street food in London.

There’s a new line-up of DJs on the decks playing music while you tuck into food from the likes of Burger Bear, Dirty Vegan and White Men Can’t Jerk.

Among the new hang-outs is The Bassano Hunting Lodge, where you can have a hot toddie next to a taxidermy trophy wall.

Or the psychedelic Far out Forest might be more your scene. Here you’re actually encouraged to drink the kool-aid.

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When: From Thursday, October 27
Opening times: Wed-Sat: 12pm to 11pm
Getting there: Inside Old Street Station Roundabout, Staircase Opposite Nincomsoup, London, EC1Y 1BE
Nearest Tube: Old Street
Price: Free entry

Best for: in London

Global Underground TWENTY London Party


The vibe:

Dance the night away

Need to know:

Dance Music brand, Global Underground, are celebrating twenty years in the business – so they’re doing what they do best – throwing a party.

Over the years they’ve launched loads of albums and they’ve put together a new album with productions from the likes of Moby, Sasha and Dubfire.

Join them, and some special guests on the night, as they look back over the last two decades of cutting-edge dance music.

They’ve also got a photographic exhibition at the Edwin Jeans Exhibition Space at the Brick Lane Gallery (From October 27 to November 6)

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When: Friday, October 28
Opening times: 10.30pm to 6am
Getting there: The Gallery Ministry of Sound, 103 Gaunt Street, London, SE1 6DP
Nearest Tube: Elephant & Castle
Price: Tickets from £24 + booking fee

Best for: Cabaret in London

Live At Zédel


The vibe:

See something different this Halloween

Need to know:

Live At Zédel have got a special line-up for this weekend.

The wicked drag troupe, DENIM, will be putting a Halloween twist on their usual range of anecdotes, animated dances and songs. There’ll be lots of spooky sequins.

Music To Be Murdered By from Crazy Coqs involves a blend of music, comedy and theatre.

The narrator is the master of suspense himself, Alfred Hitchcock, and their performance should have you on the edge of your seat.

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When: Sunday, October 30 to Monday, October 31
Opening times: DENIM: Sun: 9pm, MTBMB: Sun: 4pm and 7pm shows, Mon: 7pm, DENIM
Getting there: Brasseie Zédel, 20 Sherwood Street, London, W1F 7ED
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Price: DENIM: From £15 – book, MTBMB: From £20 – tickets here

Best for: Halloween parties in London

Aquum’s Halloween Weekend


The vibe:

Get your freak on

Need to know:

This newly refurbished club is pulling out the stops for Halloween, with a special three-day party weekend with guest DJs on the decks.

Take advantage of the early doors Happy Hours (Fri-Sat: 5pm to 9pm, Sun: 5pm to 11pm) to get stuck into the spooky cocktails.

The food is Greek and they have plenty of sharing platters to choose from.

Dress code is on the smarter side, however Halloween fancy dress is welcomed.

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When: Friday, October 28 to Sunday, October 30
Opening times: Fri-Sat: 5pm to 4am, Sun: 5pm to 3am
Getting there: 68 – 70 Clapham High Street, London, SW4 7UL
Nearest Tube: Clapham Common and Clapham North
Price: Free entry until 10pm

Best for: Street food in London

Urban Food Fest Halloween Festival

Autumn Urban Food Fest

Autumn Urban Food Fest

The vibe:

Ghoulish gourmet

Need to know:

They’ve put some spooky twists on their classic street food offerings in time for Halloween.

It’s also buy one, get one free, on the Halloween themed cocktails and craft beers.

And you’re positively encouraged to get that fancy dress on (not that you need any excuses).

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When: Saturday, October 29
Opening times: 12pm to 12am
Getting there: Euro Car Parks, 162-167 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6HU
Nearest Tube: Shoreditch High Street
Price: Free entry

Best for: Shopping in London

Newburgh Quarter


The vibe:

Halloween treats

Need to know:

Get your weekend off to a sweet start on Thursday night in the Newburgh Quarter, just off Carnaby Street with Choccywoccydoodah.

They’ll be hosting a spooky soiree with pumpkin painting and a glitter station.

Carnaby Burger Co. has a special set menu for the night so you can try Vampire Ribs there.

You can also pick up some free Halloween-inspired doughnuts at Shinola from Crosstown Doughnuts between 4pm and 7pm.

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When: Thursday, October 27
Opening times: 4pm to 7pm
Getting there: Newburgh Street, London W1F
Nearest Tube: Oxford Street

Best for: Charity in London

Boo-rito at Chipotle Mexican Grill



The vibe:

Get prepared to party with some Halloween-themed food

Need to know:

Chipotle are treating customers wearing fancy dress to a burrito, burrito bowl, salad, or order of tacos for only £2 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting charity Action Against Hunger (minimum pledge of £10,000).

“We’re terrifyingly excited to be partnering with Chipotle on this year’s Boo-rito campaign. Head on down to your nearest restaurant in fancy dress, enjoy some fang-tastic food for just £2 and help raise money for Action Against Hunger. Bone appetite!” Matthew White, Action Against Hunger

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When: Monday, October 31
Opening times: All day – must be wearing fancy dress
Getting there: See website for six participating London stores
Price: £2

Essential weekend information

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 London hotels.

And finally, remember to check out the weather forecast.