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: July 1, 2015

Things to do in London this weekend: July 3-5

Best for: New exhibitions in London

Audrey Hepburn: Portraits Of An Icon

Audrey Hepburn Portraits of an Icon at the National Portrait Gallery

Audrey Hepburn on location in Africa for The Nuns Story by Leo Fuchs, 1958. Audrey Hepburn Portraits of an Icon at the National Portrait Gallery

The vibe:

Unmissable iconic images of a much loved film star

Need to know:

This photographic tribute plays visual homage to one of the most famous stars of the silver screen, actress Audrey Hepburn.

There is a mix of some of the recognisable stills, from films like Breakfast at Tiffanys and Roman Holiday, alongside archive material and vintage magazine covers charting her rise to fame.

The more private and philanthropic side to Hepburn is also revealed with photos from her family archives and UNICEF charity work, sitting alongside fashion images captured by the likes of Cecil Beaton and Richard Avedon.

Advanced booking is highly advised

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 Audrey Hepburn Portraits of an Icon at the National Portrait Gallery

Costume test for Sabrina, Paramount Pictures,1953. Audrey Hepburn Portraits of an Icon at the National Portrait Gallery

When: July 2 to October 18
Opening times: Mon-Sun: 10am to 5pm, Thur-Fri lates: 10am to 8pm
Getting there: St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE
Nearest Tube: Leicester Square or Charing Cross
Price: £10 (with donation) and family tickets available – Book online

The Jam: About the Young Idea

The Jam

The Jam © Martyn Goddard, Modern World photo shoot 1977

The vibe:

Going Underground to discover the roots of this ground-breaking and talented trio.

Need to know:

This is the first major exhibition paying tribute to The Jam, whose late 70s / early 80s albums echoed an angry voice of a generation.

All three members of the band, Paul Weller, Rick Buckler and Bruce Foxton, have given unprecedented access to their personal memorabilia collections, including outfits, vinyl, photographs and instruments.

“When we were in the band, I would never have thought that some 35-odd years later, there would be an exhibition in our name at Somerset House. How incredible it is to think of all the memorabilia from the band, our families and fans together in one place. What an honour.” Paul Weller

You can walk through six rooms devoted to each of their hit albums as well as discover more about their personal history and the political and social times they created their music in.

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The Jam

The Jam © Martyn Goddard, Modern World photo shoot 1977

When: Now until August 31
Opening times: 10am to 6pm
Getting there: East Wing Galleries, Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA
Nearest Tube: Temple, Embankment Charing Cross or Waterloo
Price: £9.50 (£7 concessions)- book online

Best for: Live music in London

Unsigned London 2015

Live music at Unsigned London

Live music at Unsigned London

The vibe:

See the stars of the future for free

Need to know:

Emerging acts on the London music scene have a chance to showcase their talent in front a live audience.

There are more than 150 musicians, playing every genre from indie to jazz and reggae to electronic, taking to the stage at this free event.

Alongside the live music there is fashion market, TogetherTheyCome, a record fair and street food – add a funfair to this heady mix – and you’ve got yourself a cracking day out.

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Acts playing at Unsigned London

Acts playing at Unsigned London

When: Saturday, July 4 to Sunday, July 5
Opening times: Sat: 12pm to 9pm, Sun: 12pm to 7pm
Getting there: Shoreditch Park, New North Road, N1 6TA
Nearest Tube: Hoxton
Price: Free – register for tickets here

Bermondsey Carnival 2015

Bermondsey Carnival

Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel appearing at Bermondsey Carnival via Southwark Council

The vibe:

Free, family festival, fun

Need to know:

This annual event held in Southwark Park is a chance to enjoy the scenery while listening to some live music.

Entertainment in the form of a funfair, stalls, and other children’s activities should keep the little ones happy.

For the adults, headlining the main stage is Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel, with other live acts and local performers also taking a bow.

Leading the parade again this year is Kinetika Bloco, who are famous for their mix of young woodwind, brass, drummers and steel panners combined with costumed dancers – making it the perfect carnival combo.

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Bermondsey Carnival

Kinetica Bloco at Bermondsey Carnival via Southwark Council

When: Saturday, July 4
Opening times: 12pm to 8pm
Getting there: Southwark Park, off Jamaica Road, SE16
Nearest Tube: Surrey Quays, Canada Water or Bermondsey
Price: Free

Best for: Drinking in London

Kopparberg Urban Forest

Kopparberg Urban Forest

Kopparberg Urban Forest

The vibe:

Live music, street food and of course cider-Swedish style

Need to know:

Head to the bar to try the full range of Kopparberg premium ciders and beers, or try a specially created cocktail, before bagging a good spot in front of the live music.

This weekend sees Rock the Belles host a hip hop night on Friday, Saturday’s house party is led by So Fresh So Clean and on Sunday sees the return of Ms Dynamite.

It’s free entry, but when it’s full, it’s full – so arrive early to avoid disappointment.

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When: Wednesday to Sunday until July 12
Opening times: Wed-Fri: 4pm to 11pm, Sat-Sun: 12pm to 11pm (Bar closes at 10.30pm)
Getting there: 37 – 41 Whitepost Lane, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN
Nearest Tube: Next to Hackney Wick Overground station
Price: Free Entry

American Craft Beer Festival

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The vibe:

Celebrate Independence Day with some independent beer offerings

Need to know:

This beer festival has a distinctly Red, White and Blue feel as you get to celebrate America’s historic day with the very British pastime of ale drinking.

Breweries include Brronlyn, Sierra Nevada, Alashan Brew and Rogue and there will also be live music.

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When: Saturday, July 4
Opening times: 12pm to 2am
Getting there: Strongroom Bar and Kitchen, 120-124 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3BQ
Nearest Tube: Old Street or Shoreditch High Street
Price: Free Entry

Best for: Shopping in London

Summer Streets

Summer Streets 2015

Summer Streets 2015

The vibe:

Sunday shopping without dodging the traffic

Need to know:

Cars, buses and bikes are banned as shoppers reclaim the streets and browse for bargains on one of London’s most famous retail paradises, Regent Street.

Every Sunday there will be exclusive offers at different retailers and this Sunday sees the return of the Garden Party.

This year the party has a sustainable Bee and Butterfly Zone, face painting, F1 simulators and live music and dance performances.

You can also buy flowers at Moyses Stevens pop-up floral stand or have a speciality summer cocktail at Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill.

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Regent Street Curve

Regent Street Curve

When: Traffic-free streets every Sunday in July
Opening times: 10am to 4pm
Getting there: Regent Street, London
Nearest Tube: Oxford Street or Picadilly Circus

Best for: Competitions in London

Holiday? Love – One

Wimbledon selfie competition

Wimbledon selfie competition

The vibe:

New Selfies please

Need to know:

Make it Game, Set and Holiday if you are at Wimbledon this year by entering our competition to win a Flight + Hotel for two (worth up to £1,000).

Take a selfie in front of the lastminute.com billboard outside Wimbledon station (see picture above) and then upload it to Twitter using #LoveEveryMinute.

The balls now in your court.

Enter here: @lastminute_com
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When: Now until the end of The Championships
Getting there: The Broadway, London, SW19 7NL
Nearest Tube: Wimbledon Station
Price: Free to enter
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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.