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: February 22, 2017

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

Best for: Beer in London

Craft Beer Rising

Image courtesy Craft Beer Rising

The vibe:

The UK’s biggest craft beer festival returns

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After their 2016 edition was a sell-out smash hit, Craft Beer Rising are returning for another year to the Old Truman Brewery in Shoreditch. And they’re once again bringing a pretty exciting line-up of brewers, musicians and street food vendors with them.

You can taste the best and latest offerings from more than 150 craft breweries, from all corners of the UK, and as far afield as the US and South Africa.

Some of London’s favourite street food names will also be there, including Crabbie Shack and Le Bao.

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Image courtesy Craft Beer Rising

When: Thursday 23rd February-Saturday 25th February
Opening times: 11am-6pm (11am-9pm Thursdays, closed Mondays)
Getting there: The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QR
Nearest Tube: Shoreditch High Street (Overground)
Price: From £12.50 (Thurs tickets available from yplan, Fri-Sat tickets available from designmynight

Best for: Carnival in London

South London Carnaval

Image courtesy Brazilian Events UK

The vibe:

Brazil’s biggest party comes to Clapham…

Need to know:

It’s officially carnival (or carnaval) season. And, if you can’t make it out to Rio, you can still soak up the atmosphere, without leaving zone 2.

Found opposite Clapham Junction station, the historic Clapham Grand venue will be hosting an authentically Brazilian party on Sunday, with several top samba groups performing, alongside acrobats, DJs and plenty more besides. Including facepainting and carnival-inspired food and drink to add a bit of tropical sunshine to a late winter weekend.

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Image courtesy Brazilian Events UK

When: Sunday 26th February
Opening times: 5pm-12am
Getting there: The Grand, 21-25 Saint John’s Hill, London, SW11 1TT
Nearest Tube: Clapham Junction (Overground)
Price: From £7.50 (tickets available from designmynight)

Tropicana Beach Club Carnival Weekend

Image courtesy Maxwell’s Clubs, Bars & Restaurants

The vibe:

…and Covent Garden

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Fancy stretching out the carnival party to a whole weekend? You can at Covent Garden’s Tropicana Beach Club.

The beach-style club (complete with a lagoon pool-style dance floor, VIP cabanas and jungle of exotic flowers) has its fair share of tropical vibes all year round, but this weekend, they’re going all out for carnival.

Kicking off with a parade featuring the London School of samba, Thursday’s opening party is an ideal way to get into the party spirit (not least because it’s free entry all night).

The party continues with live music and Brazilian DJs on Friday night, while Saturday sees the return of the club’s massive Masquerade Ball.

It’ll also be opening specially on Sunday too, with another full night of Latin American and Brazilian pop and beach-themed tunes.

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Image courtesy Maxwell’s Clubs, Bars & Restaurants

When: Thursday 23rd February-Sunday 26th February
Opening times: 5pm-2.30am
Getting there: Tropicana Beach Club, Parker Street, London, WC2B 5PW
Nearest Tube: Holborn
Price: From free (tickets available from designmynight)

Best for: Fashion in London

London Fashion Week Festival

The vibe:

Get the latest looks, hot off the catwalk…

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Last weekend, the world’s top fashionistas flocked to London for Fashion Week. Now it’s our turn to find out what got them so excited.

Popping up in one of the city’s newest, and largest, cultural hotspots – The Store Studios, on The Strand – London Fashion Week Festival presents all the latest looks under one roof.

Throughout the weekend, there’ll be catwalk shows and talks from industry insiders.

Plus, you can get your hands on brand new looks with some of the latest designer threads available to buy, at exclusive prices.

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Image courtesy London Fashion Week Festival

When: Thursday 23rd February-Sunday 26th February
Opening times: Varies (check website for details)
Getting there: The Store Studios, 180 Strand, WC2R 1EA
Nearest Tube: Temple 
Price: From £20 (tickets can be booked from the official website

House of St Barnabas’ Future Fashion Weekend

Image courtesy Margaret_ London

The vibe:

…and see what will hit the catwalks of the future

Need to know:

Already completely over the latest looks? How about spending the weekend considering what the fashion of tomorrow might be like?

Soho hangout The House of St Barnabas is both a homeless charity and an exciting private members’ club, and this commitment to ethical style will be reflected in their Future Fashion Weekend, presented in partnership with Fashion Revolution co-founder Orsola de Castro.

Showcasing the work of design collective SLOW, the event will feature catwalk shows of chic new looks that respond to social and environmental issues, focusing on small, sustainable and handmade craft.

Feeling inspired? You can also take part in a craft salon on Saturday afternoon. Hosted by designer Bethany Williams, the salon will include discussions and the chance to learn a new craft – including mending and embroidery.

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Ada Zanditon Couture, photographed by Viktor Herak

When: Friday 24th February-Saturday 25th February
Opening times: 7pm-10pm
Getting there: The House of St Barnabas, 1 Greek Street, London, W1D 4NQ
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Price: From free (tickets available from the House of St Barnabas’ tickets page)

Best for: Film in London

The Salesman

Image courtesy Curzon Artificial Eye

The vibe:

See an Oscar Nominee, for free

Need to know:

This weekend’s Oscar ceremony might be a bit more political than usual (for reasons that we probably don’t need to go into here).

At the heart of this year’s biggest controversy is Iranian film (and Best Foreign Language Film favourite), The Salesman.

Director Asghar Farhadi won the award a few years ago for A Separation. But he won’t be in attendance at the ceremony in LA on Sunday night.

But he will be providing a video introduction to the film’s massive (and free) preview screening in Trafalgar Square.

Organised in part by mayor Sadiq Kahn, it’s set to be a unique cinematic experience – as well as an inspirational celebration of London’s diversity (and a great chance to see one of the year’s most acclaimed films, before anyone else).

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Image courtesy Curzon Artificial Eye

When: Sunday 26th February
Opening times: 3pm-7pm 
Getting there: Trafalgar Square, Westminster, WC2N 5DN
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross
Price: Free

Best for: Art in London

Friday Lates: Gal-Dem

Image (c) Victoria and Albert Museum London

The vibe:

Thought-provoking film-related fun with the pioneering women’s online magazine

Need to know:

… Not that last year’s Oscars were short on controversy either.

At this month’s V&A Friday Late, the team behind Gal-Dem will be responding to 2016’s #OscarsSoWhite reaction.

But in a really fun way, with activities including Bollywood dance-offs, anime sketching, mobile filmmaking class and live music from Shy One and Ojerime.

This specially extended version of the V&A’s regular monthly event will step foot outside of the museum – instead taking over several venues in Stratford, including the Picturehouse Cinema, which will host a special screening and discussion of one of this year’s Oscar favourites, the much-talked-about Moonlight.

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Image (c) Victoria and Albert Museum London

When: Friday 24th-Saturday 25th February
Opening times: 6.30pm-10pm (Fri), 11am-4pm (Sat)
Getting there: Stratford Circus Arts Centre, Theatre Square, London E15 1BX, Stratford Picturehouse, Salway Rd, London E15 1BX, Gerry’s Kitchen, Gerry Raffles Square, London E15 1BG 
Nearest Tube: Stratford
Price: From free

CUT Festival

Mark Bustos. Image courtesy Abstrakt Publicity

The vibe:

The art of barbering

Need to know:

A brand new arts event, the CUT Festival takes inspiration from the creativity and culture of the barbershop – from the black barbershops of 19th century North America, to Turkish and Indian barbers’ renowned rituals and treatments, and the current diversification of the traditionally male space.

Running for all ten days of the festival will be a free Art of Barbering Exhibition at Haggerston’s Archive Gallery, while Saturday will also see the chance to get your haircut by Open Barbers, while experiencing an immersive new piece from artist Emma Frankland. During Sunday, barbershops around Hackney will be taken over by the festival, with pop-up performance pieces and artworks.

New York barber Mark Bustos will also be in East London throughout the festival, offering free haircuts to the homeless, which will be documented on instagram.

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Paula Harrowing – Shaving Box. Image courtesy Abstrakt Publicity

When: Friday 24th February – Sunday 5th March
Opening times: From 12pm
Getting there: Archive Gallery, The Rose Lipman Building, 43 De Beauvoir Rd, N1 5SQ, and venues around Hackney (check website for details)
Nearest Tube: Archive Gallery – Haggerston (Overground)
Price: From free

Best for: Chips in London

National Chip Week at Oslo Hackney

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The vibe:

Chips get the gourmet treatment

Need to know:

Need to stop for a bite to eat after a busy weekend? Oslo Hackney have got some rather tempting specials on the menu, to mark the end of National Chip Week.

Already known for its excellent food, the nightspot’s downstairs restaurant will be pimping up their chips, with options including BBQ and Chilli, Parmesan, Rosemary and Truffle Oil and Blue Cheese and Stilton to try.

And after stopping for a refuel, why not check out Oslo’s cool club upstairs, which will be hosting its popular Valhalla and Locomotive Disco nights.

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When: Until Sunday 26th February
Opening times: 12pm-late
Getting there: Oslo Hackney, 1A Amhurst Road, Hackney, London, E8 1LL
Nearest Tube: Hackney Central (Overground)
Price: Varies (book a table and check the events listings at the official website)

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.