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: September 28, 2016

Things to do in London this weekend: Sept 30-Oct 2

Best for: Festivals in London

Fun Palaces

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The vibe:

Everyone an Artist, Everyone a Scientist

Need to know:

It’s double the fun this year as there are nearly 300 fun palaces taking place across the country – a huge increase from 2015

This annual weekend’s ethos is about creative places where art, science and community can be celebrated – and everyone is welcome to join in the free fun.

Events in London include the St James’s Piccadilly Eco Fun Palace – where local science organisations will be trying some new experiments, you can help crochet a coral reef or learn more about DNA.

Loads of the city’s libraries are taking part with fun events throughout the weekend- so there’s bound to be one with something going on near you.

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When: Saturday, October 1 to Sunday, October 2
Opening times: See the individual palace pages
Getting there:  Find your nearest palace by putting in your postcode here
Price: Free

Best for: New exhibitions in London

Floe Edge: Contemporary Art and Collaborations from Nunavut

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Niore Iqalukjuak

The vibe:

Art from the Arctic

Need to know:

If you want to see contemporary art from far reaches of the earth – then you’ll find these sanaugait (Inuktitut word meaning “things made by hand”) intriguing.

The 18 artists taking part come from the territory of Nunavut in Canada’s Arctic – which in the spring experiences a floe edge. This is when chunks of ice separate and  humans, animals and the sea meet.

Watch the melting and shifting walls of ice on film and see how the artists have used traditional methods and materials to produce modern pieces.

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Photo by Erik Boome

Photo by Erik Boome

When: Now until Wednesday, November 30
Opening times: Mon-Sat: 11am to 5.45pm
Getting there: Canada Gallery (Pall Mall Entrance), Canada House, Trafalgar Square, SW1Y 5BJ 
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross or Leicester Square 
Price: Free

Best for: Eating in London

 Zia Lucia’s Pink Pizza Campaign

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The vibe:

Eat pink and donate to charity.

Need to know:

It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, so Zia Lucia are adding a pink pizza to their menu, with a percentage of all proceeds going to the Pink Ribbon Foundation.

They’ll be donating £1 per pink pizza sale to the charity – with prices ranging from £7 to £11.

Choose from a classic variety of toppings and some more unusual ingredients to go with your pink base.

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When: Saturday, October 1 to Monday, October 31
Opening times: Tues-Sun: 11.30am to 10.30pm
Getting there: 157 Holloway Road, Islington, London, N7 8LX
Nearest Tube: Holloway Road

Where the pancakes are

Hummingbird Pancake

Hummingbird Pancake

The vibe:

Pancakes – all day

Need to know:

They’ve been running as a pop-up and now this new restaurant has a permanent home south of the river.

And it’s all about stacks – you can try American, Australian and English style – or tackle the Russian Blinis.

They’ve also got a range of boozy mini-stacks – so your pancakes might come with Cointreau cream or Southern Comfort salted caramel.

If you’re feeling thirsty then you can pair your pancake the French way, with a cider. They’ve also got fizz, wine, coffee and tea as well.

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When: Opens Saturday, October 1
Opening times: Mon-Tue: 8am to 4pm, Wed-Fri: 8am to 8pm, Sat: 9am to 8pm, Sun: 9am to 4pm
Getting there: Flat Iron Square Arch 35A, 85A Southwark Bridge Road London SE1 0NQ
Nearest Tube: London Bridge
Price: See menu – pancake stacks from £5.50 to £13

Best for: Vintage in London

Peckham Salvage Yard

Peckham Salvage Yard

Peckham Salvage Yard

The vibe:

Bag a bargain

Need to know:

South Londoners know this is the place to go to trawl for vintage items, oddities and salvaged home decor.

They’ll be more than 50 traders, many of whom are regulars here, with a wide selection of stuff including clothing, luggage, records and ceramics.

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When: Saturday, October 1 to Sunday, October 2
Opening times: 11am to 6pm
Getting there: Copeland Gallery, 133 Copeland Road, SE15 3SN
Nearest Tube: Peckham Rye
Price: Free entry

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.