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: August 16, 2016

Things to do in London this weekend: Aug 19-21

This week sees the launch of the Night Tube – well two of the lines, anyway.

The Central and Victoria lines will be taking you home well into the early hours of the morning from Friday, August 19.

Here’s some of our favourite late night bars in London to make the most out of London Underground’s new weekend system.

Best for: Street Food in London

Alexandra Palace’s Street Food Craft Beer Festival

Street Food & Craft Beer Festival (c) Alexandra Palace

Street Food & Craft Beer Festival (c) Alexandra Palace

The vibe:

Street food with the best view in London

Need to know:

If you want a weekend packed with music, entertainment and food and drink – you might want to head up the hill to Ally Pally.

This is the last monthly mini-festival of the summer – so make the most of the warm weather.

Grill My Cheese, Bodeans and Smokestak are among those providing the main courses, with The Waffle Float and The Ice Cream Cab hoping to tempt you into dessert.

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Street Food & Craft Beer Festival @ (C) Alexandra Palace

Street Food & Craft Beer Festival @ (C) Alexandra Palace

When: Saturday, August 20 to Sunday, August 21
Opening times: 11am to 10pm
Getting there: Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY
Nearest Tube: Wood Green, Alexandra Palace (Overground)
Price: Free

Best for: Photography in London

David Bowie – unseen photographs

David Bowi - copyright Gerald Fearnley c/o www.snapgalleries.com

David Bowi – copyright Gerald Fearnley c/o www.snapgalleries.com

The vibe:

An intimate look at an icon in black and white

Need to know:

As the exhibition rightly says – surely by now, everything worth seeing has been seen?

Not so as it turns out – these images (see above and below) taken by photographer Gerald Fearnley, brother of “Dek” (Derek) Fearnley whose band The Buzz backed Bowie in 1966, have been gathering dust for almost fifty years.

Fearnley took the colour portrait that appeared on the front cover of David Bowie’s first album and a rare previously unpublished colour outtake from that shoot appears here along with an unseen session of black and white photographs of the singer in playful mood.

You can also see images of the equally iconic Debbie Harry and Blondie, taken by photographer Martin Goddard in 1978 as they recorded the seminal album Parallel Lines at a sister exhibition at the gallery.

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Copyright Gerald Fearnley c/o www.snapgalleries.com

Copyright Gerald Fearnley c/o www.snapgalleries.com

When: Tuesday, August 16 to Saturday, September 24
Opening times: Tue-Fri: 11am to 6pm. Sat: 11am to 5pm
Getting there: 12 Piccadilly Arcade, London, SW1Y 6NH
Nearest Tube: Green Park or Piccadilly Circus
Price: Free

Best for: Summer fairs in London

Camberwell Fair

The vibe:

Family fun as the community comes together

Need to know:

Live music, games and plenty of food and drink is on offer at this festival in the heart of Camberwell – they just need the weather to do its bit.

Get a group together for a tug of war team or dust off your trainers for the three-legged race if you’re feeling competitive.

They’ve got some pop-up bars, including the Three15 cocktail bar and local independent, Orbit Beers.

Dining options have been drawn from some of the best street food, cafes and restaurants in the area to create a one-off food market.

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When: Saturday, August 20
Opening times: 12pm till late
Getting there: Western side of Burgess Park (near the tennis courts) Albany Road, London, SE5 7QH
Price: Free

Best for: Live music in London

Canary Wharf Jazz Festival

Canary Wharf Jazz Festival in Canada Square Park

Canary Wharf Jazz Festival in Canada Square Park

The vibe:

Very relaxed

Need to know:

Jazz on a summer afternoon is one of life’s pleasures – and it’s even better when it’s outdoor and free.

Canary Wharf have been hosting this event for ten years, so expect to see some established acts along with some new faces.

This year’s headliners are Red Snapper on Saturday and Beats + Pieces finish the weekend off on Sunday night.

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Canary Wharf Jazz Festival in Canada Square Park

Canary Wharf Jazz Festival in Canada Square Park

When: Saturday, August 19 to Sunday, August 21
Opening times: Sat: 1.30pm to 10pm, Sun: 1.15pm to 9pm
Getting there: Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, London
Nearest Tube: Canary Wharf – tube and DLR
Price: Free

Essential weekend information

Find more inspiration for things to do in London here.

We also have our 50 things to do this summer in London guide to give you more ideas.

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.