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: March 22, 2017

Things to do in London this weekend: Mar 24th-26th

Best for: Mother’s Day in London


The vibe:

A floral extravaganza, just in time for Mothers’ Day

Need to know:

Say it with flowers, this Mother’s Day. And then some. As Hampton Court Palace will be hosting an extravaganza of flower displays, just for this weekend.

In addition to the beautiful permanent displays in the palace’s extensive gardens, King William III’s State Apartments will be filled with flowers, and there’ll be flower arranging demonstrations taking place throughout the weekend.

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When: Friday 24th – Sunday 26th March
Opening times: Fri & Sat 10am-4.30pm Sun 10am-6pm
Getting there: Hampton Court Palace, Surrey, KT8 9AU
Nearest Tube: Hampton Court (overground)
Price: £18.40 (includes Palace Admission)

OSLO Hackney Mother’s Day Special

The vibe:

London’s hippest Mother’s Day brunch

Need to know:

If you’re taking mum out for the day, why not grab some refreshments at OSLO Hackney?

The restaurant, bar and club will be giving their regular renowned Sunday brunch and roast dinners a Mother’s Day spin.

There’ll be complimentary prosecco for any pre-booked table before 6pm, 2 for £9 cocktail deals, and a DJ spinning classic Motown, Soul and Disco tracks, that’ll be sure to get your mum on her feet.

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When: Sunday 26th March
Opening times: 12pm til late
Getting there: 1A Amhurst Road, Hackney, E8 1LL
Nearest Tube: Hackney Central (Overground)
Price: Free entry (book a table at the Oslo website

Best for: Gigs in London

Folk at the Foundling

The vibe:

Folk music in a stunning location

Need to know:

London’s not short on fantastic gig venues. But it’s probably fair to say that few are quite as stunning as this.

The Foundling Museum – the UK’s first children’s charity and public art gallery – will be teaming up with folk music specialists, The Nest Collective, for a series of intimate concerts.

This Friday the multi-instrumental trio Three Cane Whale will kick off the concert series, with a performance of folk with an added twist of movie soundtrack influences.

The museum will also open late, so you can enjoy a drink and wander through the collection.

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When: Friday 24th March
Opening times: 6.30pm doors for 7pm start
Getting there: 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ
Nearest Tube: Russell Square 
Price: £12 in advance from the museum’s website, £14 on the door (concessions available) 

Best for: Film in London

The Last Chapel

The vibe:

A Tarantino-inspired season of classic movies

Need to know:

Settle down for the city’s comfiest, cosiest, cult cinema viewing at The Last Chapel.

To celebrate their Tarantino-inspired season, featuring screenings of his entire catalogue, as well as action-packed favourites, from The Blues Brothers to Drive, Backyard Cinema have given themselves a little bit of a Tarantino-esque makeover (although their signature beanbag seating – perhaps London’s most comfy cinema seats – will still be there).

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When: Wednesday 22nd March – Sunday 30th April
Opening times: Screenings start at 4pm, 8pm or 8.30pm
Getting there: Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR
Nearest Tube: Elephant and Castle
Price: From £16.50 (tickets available from the Backyard Cinema website)

Best for: Festivals in London

Festival Embassy

The vibe:

Bestival comes to London

Need to know:

Festival season starts early this year, as Bestival will be bringing a little bit of their famous vibes to Soho for the first Festival Embassy event.

Taking over members’ club and charity The House of St Barnabas, Festival Embassy will feature DJ sets from some of Bestival’s favourite talent – including Basement Jaxx’s Felix Buxton, and festival founder Rob da Bank – as well as live performances from Will Varley, Mary Epworth and Bud.

The festival’s unique character and style will also be represented with Tie Dye and Mother’s Day Card Making workshops, a Carly Grace Sound Bath session and an optional bottomless brunch from Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen.

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When: Saturday 25th March
Opening times: 12pm-7pm 
Getting there: 1 Greek Street, Soho Square, W1D 4NQ
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Price: From £15 (tickets available from eventbrite, the House of St Barnabas will also be offering a Pay it Forward scheme, where for every ticket bought, another will be provided to graduates of their Employment Academy)

Best for: Style in London

Stitch Academy Presents Hackney Fashion Masterclasses

The vibe:

Learn from upcoming fashion stars

Need to know:

Looking for a little bit of style inspiration? Head down to luxury outlet district, Hackney Walk, this weekend and you could learn from some of the best in the business. And for free.

Every Saturday and Sunday for the next month, the Stitch Academy will offer a programme of talks, workshops and masterclasses from exciting designers, curated by acclaimed stylist Louby Mcloughlin.

This weekend’s guests include Fashion East designer Mimi Wade, leading a workshop in Fashion Illustration, and a Print Design session with Ashley Williams. Guests at later sessions include milliner Piers Atkinson, textile designer Fyodor Golan and editorial and blogging sessions with i-D Magazine and super influencer Susie Bubble.

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Fyodor Golan

When: Every Saturday and Sunday from 25th March – 29th April
Opening times: 1.30pm-3.30pm
Getting there: 163 Morning Lane, Hackney, E9 6LH
Nearest Tube: Hackney Central (Overground)
Price: Free (register in advance at eventbrite

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair Spring Edition

The vibe:

Treat mum to some fab threads

Need to know:

The award-winning Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair returns to the swish surroundings of The Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch this Sunday, just in time for Mother’s Day.

Once again, the market will gather together 50 specially selected stalls, offering vintage fashions and accessories – including classic pieces by renowned designers. And you can also treat yourself to a manicure with Hula Nails, or a tasty treat at the hotel’s brasserie, accompanied by live jazz music.

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When: Sunday 26th March
Opening times: 11am-5pm
Getting there: Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch, 335-337 Old Street, EC1V 9LL
Nearest Tube: Old Street
Price: £4 

Best for: Decor, drinking and dining in London

Ideal Home Show/Eat and Drink Festival

The vibe:

Plan for your dream home (and get some great food while you’re there)

Need to know:

Get some fresh new ideas for your home makeover (or some serious dream property envy), at the Ideal Home Show, which returns to the Kensington Olympia this weekend.

Once again, the show will host big names in everything property-related – from gardens to windows. And there’ll also be a packed schedule of talks from celebrity guests, ranging from Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis to First Dates’ suave maître d, Fred Sirieux, and 2016 Great British Bake Off winner Candice Brown.

And there’s a big new addition this year, as tickets to the show also get you into the Eat and Drink Festival, taking place in the same venue. The festival will offer the best in street food and artisan produce, the chance to learn the tricks of the trade at the Cook’s Academy and a fabulous selection of drinks, including creative cocktails, and the world’s first Rosé-only wine bar – showcasing just how versatile the drink can be.

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When: Friday 24th – Sunday 9th April
Opening times: 10am-6pm (10am-5pm Sunday 9th April, Thursday late opening until 9pm)
Getting there: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX
Nearest Tube: Kensington Olympia
Price: From £19 – you can find savings on tickets in our entertainment section

Essential weekend information

Find more inspiration for things to do in London here.

We’ve also pulled together a guide of 50 things to do in London in the Winter, if you’re in need of even more suggestions.

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.