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: January 11, 2017

Things to do in London this weekend: Jan 13th-15th

Best for: Healthy living in London

Club Yoga

Drink, Shop & Do

The vibe:

A healthy alternative to clubbing

Need to know:

Not quite up to a big saturday night out? Or want to keep the party going on into sunday? King’s Cross’ crafty cafe Drink, Shop and Do might have the thing for you. Club Yoga will get you to work up a sweat on Sunday morning, with a power hour of yoga, with loud music and a clubby atmosphere. And then you’ll get to reward yourself for all that hard work with a delicious buffet brunch, including Bloody Marys, bubbles and bagels.

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Drink, Shop & Do

When: Sunday 15th January
Opening times: 10.30am-1.30pm
Getting there: Drink, Shop & Do, 9 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London, N1 9DX
Nearest Tube: King’s Cross St. Pancras
Price: £35 (tickets can be booked in advance from their website, bring your own mat)

Best for: Winter tipples in London

Midnight Apothecary Wassail

Honeysuckle sour

The vibe:

Winter carols and botanical cocktails

Need to know:

An ancient winter ceremony, Wassail has also become something of a tradition for the Rotherhithe roof garden and botanical cocktail specialist, Midnight Apothecary. For their fifth Wassail this Saturday evening, Midnight Apothecary will be inviting guests to join the Butler of the Ceremony, the Wassail Queen, and local folk group GreenTrad, to sing a few Wassail carols (bring a torch or lantern so you can read the song sheet). There’ll be hot punch, mulled apple juice and toasted marshmallows in the garden, as well as an indoor bar in the the neighbouring Brunel Museum’s vast underground chamber, which will be serving themed Wassail cocktails, hot food, and more music.

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The Brunel Museum’s Undergound Chamber © Jack Hobhouse

When: Saturday 14th January
Opening times: 6pm-10pm 
Getting there: Brunel Museum Rooftop Garden, Railway Avenue, London, SE16 4LF
Nearest Tube: Rotherhithe (Overground)
Price: £5 (tickets must be booked in advance from designmynight.com)

Best for: Hygge in London

Nordic Matters

Falling Shawls, Otti Pieski, courtesy Southbank Centre

The vibe:

A Southbank Centre Scandinavian celebration

Need to know:

This weekend marks the opening of the Southbank Centre’s year-long Scandinavian-inspired festival, Nordic Matters. And there’s plenty of super-cool Scandi things going on to try out. Inspired by the so-in-right-now concept of Hygge, the festival has a craft corner, which will host all sorts of fun things to do throughout the year. In this weekend’s schedule, you’ll get the chance to give your functional furniture a makeover at the Flat Pack Hack craft workshop, and learn about the secrets of the perfect cinnamon bun from the Finnish church’s master baker at The Great Big Cinnamon Bun Make.

The festival also features an exhibition of the latest in Scandinavian film and video art, and an installation of traditional Sami shawl making, while there’ll be a packed programme of live music and performances from Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Finnish and Icelandic stars throughout the year.

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The Great Big Cinnamon Bun Make. Image by Bengt Olof Åradsson, courtesy Southbank Centre

When: All weekend
Opening times: 10am-11pm 
Getting there: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
Nearest Tube: Waterloo/Embankment
Price: Free

Best for: Swinging lovers in London

Danny-Boy Hatchard

Danny-Boy Hatchard

The vibe:

EastEnders actor croons the classics

Need to know:

The art deco Brasserie Zedel’s Crazy Coqs room might be one of central London’s most stylish cabaret venues. And this weekend it’s hosting Danny-Boy Hatchard, who, in addition to starring as Lee Carter in EastEnders, has a pretty impressive set of pipes on him. He’ll be performing two intimate concerts, where he’ll tackle some of the classics from Sinatra’s back catalogue.

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The Crazy Coqs

When: Friday 13th-Saturday 14th January
Opening times: 7pm
Getting there: The Crazy Coqs, Brasserie Zedel, 20 Sherwood St, Soho, London W1F 7ED
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly Circus
Price: £23 from Brasserie Zedel’s website

Best for: Cocktails in London

Seedlip Dry January Takeover at the Bloomsbury Club Bar

EspresSeedlip Martini

The vibe:

Designer drinks, without the hangover

Need to know:

Resolved to drink less this year? Already struggling to keep it up? No problem – steering clear of the booze doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy a night out in one of London’s most stylish cocktail bars. The Bloomsbury Club Bar, found in the 4-star Bloomsbury Hotel, is inviting Seedlip – creators of the world’s first distilled non-alcoholic spirits – to takeover their cocktail menu this weekend. Created by The Bloomsbury Club Bar’s Head of Bars, Brian Calleja, the five cocktails on offer are all inspired by classic alcoholic favourites, including martinis and gin and tonics. The drinks will be complimented both by a specially designed food menu from the bar’s Head Chef, Peter del Campo, and a charming floral decor inspired by Seedlip’s botanical ingredients.

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The Bloomsbury Club Bar

When: 13th-15th January
Opening times: 4pm-2am
Getting there: The Bloomsbury Club Bar, The Bloomsbury Hotel, 16 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3NN
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Price: Free entry

Best for: Theatre Festivals in London

London International Mime Festival

Les Antliaclastes – Here Lies Shakespeare © Marc Mandril Ferarrio

The vibe:

Wordless drama worth shouting about

Need to know:

Think mime’s just a guy in white face paint pretending to be trapped in a glass box? Think again. Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, the London International Mime Festival brings a dizzying range of cutting edge physical theatre to venues around London – including the Barbican, Sadler’s Wells and the Soho Theatre. Among the highlights from the opening weekend of this year’s festival are Barons Perchés, a surreal acrobatic drama, staged on trampolines, and Here Lies Shakespeare – an investigation into The Bard’s life and works, featuring some rather sinister taxidermy-based puppets.

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Compagnie MPTA – Barons Perchés © Christophophe Reynaud De Lage

When: All weekend
Opening times: Varies
Getting there: Various venues (check website for details)
Nearest Tube: Varies (check website for details)
Price: Varies (tickets can be booked in advance via the official website)

Best for: Dogs in London

WoofTime

The vibe:

An afternoon of doggy delights

Need to know:

Wondering what to do with your four-legged friend this weekend? If it’s too cold for a long walk on Sunday, why not take him along to Battersea’s Four Thieves pub instead? The quirky and cosy pub will be hosting WoofTime, an afternoon gathering for dogs (and their owners). Among the activities on offer are a Drag Race-style doggy fashion show, a dog biscuit baking session and dancing competition, with a canine-themed playlist. Sounds barking mad, but it’ll be sure to get his tail wagging.

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When: Sunday 15th January
Opening times: 1.30pm-3.30pm
Getting there: The Four Thieves, 51 Lavender Gardens, London, SW11 1DJ
Nearest Tube: Clapham Junction (overground)
Price: £15 on the door, £12.25 in advance from designmynight.com 

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.