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: May 25, 2017

Things to do in London this weekend: May 25th-29th

Best for: Rooftop bars in London

Skylight

The vibe:

Summer comes to the city

Need to know:

You’ve not done summer in London if you’ve not spent at least one evening at a pop-up rooftop bar. So, with the opening of Wapping’s new Skylight venue this weekend, it could be said that summer’s actually here.

Taking over three levels of the Tobacco Dock’s former carpark, Skylight turns an urban space into a corner of the English countryside. There’s even croquet and petanque courts to play on.

There are several bars, offering classic and signature cocktails, beers and bubbles, and a gourmet street-food selection to choose from, including burgers from We Serve Humans and authentic Thai flavours from KraPow.

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When: Summer-long, from Thursday 25th May
Opening times: Thurs-Fri: 5pm-11pm, Sat-Sun (and Bank Holidays) 12pm-11pm 
Getting there: Pennington Street Entrance, Tobacco Dock, E1W 2SF
Nearest Tube: Shadwell (Overground and DLR)
Price: Free entry

 

Best for: Music and beer in London

Courtyard

The vibe:

Music festival meets beer festival

Need to know:

Brecon Beacons-based music festival Green Man is a big favourite with serious music lovers, thanks to its carefully curated line-ups and picturesque surroundings.

After a trial run in 2015, its London-based spin-off is back, with Courtyard set to take place in King’s Cross this Bank Holiday weekend. And while they unfortunately can’t bring the beautiful Welsh scenery with them, the Green Man team can bring the best of Wales’ craft brewing scene.

Both a beer and cider festival with live music, and a music festival with a great drinks line-up, there’ll be more than 150 brews of beer and cider on the menu over Courtyard’s five days. And a very hip music selection featuring Green Man favourites like Bill Ryder-Jones,  Pinegrove and Girl Ray.

You’ll also be able to experience theatre and art installations, dance at a silent disco, sample tasty streetfood and, if beer and cider aren’t your tipple, enjoy an excellent selection of wines and cocktails.

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When: Thursday 25th-Monday 29th May
Opening times: from 6pm Thurs and Fri, from 1pm Sat-Mon 
Getting there: Lewis Cubitt Square, N1C 4AB
Nearest Tube: King’s Cross
Price: From £10, tickets from the official website 

 

Best for: Street food in London

Last Days of Shoreditch Riviera

The vibe:

Beats, bars and beach life, in the heart of East London

Need to know:

More summery al fresco drinking and dining can be found this weekend at the Last Days of Shoreditch Riviera. Back for a second year, the  pop-up is an urban beach, conveniently found on Old Street.

You can enjoy craft beers, cocktails and karaoke – with Lucky Voice in attendance for the summer. There’ll also be DJ sets, live music and special events throughout the summer, kicking off with an opening party on Thursday night.

The pop-up’s food line-up looks set to be particularly special. Among the resident vendors are an Italian-themed avocado bar, The Belli Freschi, while a dedicated mezzanine restaurant will serve contemporary “punk tapas”, prepared by acclaimed chef Ben Spalding. The restaurant will serve a menu of gastronomic specialties changing throughout the season, and a selection will also be served at the neighbouring, more informal, terrace bar.

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When:  Thursday, Friday, Saturday (and selected Sundays) 25th May-27th August
Opening times: Thurs 5pm-11.30pm, Fri 5pm-midnight, Sat, 1pm-midnight, Sunday 4pm-11.30pm 
Getting there: Last Days of Shoreditch, 288 Old Street, EC1V 9LA
Nearest Tube: Old Street
Price: From free (fast track entry, restaurant meals and special event tickets should be booked in advance via the official website) 

 

Best for: Families in London

Horrible Histories: The Best of Barmy Britain at Hampton Court Palace

The vibe:

History with the nasty bits left in

Need to know:

Half term kicks off this weekend, so there are plenty of family-friendly things going on around London.

Sure to be one of the most popular is Horrible Histories’ open-air show in the gardens of Hampton Court Palace.

The special hour-long production of the hit West End show will teach the kids all about British history, from Boudicca to Queen Victoria (and, given that this far more entertaining than history ever was at school – you might learn something too).

Expect grisly and ghastly goings on, in some of London’s loveliest surroundings.

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When: Saturday 27th May-Saturday 3rd June
Opening times: Every day at 12pm, second performance at either 3pm or 6pm 
Getting there: Hampton Court Palace, A308, KT8 9AU
Nearest Tube: Hampton Court (Overground)
Price: £12 from the official website

 

Wetlands Trust Grass Zoo

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The vibe:

A topiary-rific pop-up zoo

Need to know:

Another beautiful spot in South-West London, Barnes’ WWT London Wetland Centre is a long-standing school holiday favourite, being an ideal spot to see all manner of wildlife.

And it’ll be even more wild this half term week, with the opening of its new pop-up zoo. However, these new arrivals dwarf the many birds, bats, amphibians and other animals that live in the centre’s 105 acre grounds.

You’ll be able to come face-to-face with a fearsome bear and a hippo, as well as a giraffe and a camel. And you can be guaranteed to spot them as, being made from grass, these animal sculptures will be easy to track.

Courtesy of Easigrass

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When: Saturday 27th May-Sunday 4th June
Opening times: Varies
Getting there: WWT London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth’s Walk, Barnes, SW13 9WT
Nearest Tube: Barnes (overground)
Price: From £12.26 (additional savings are offered with advance online bookings)

 

Best for: Theatre in London

Kinky Boots

The vibe:

A great offer to see the West End hit

Need to know:

Thinking of catching a show over the long weekend? How about getting a great deal on a multiple award-winning musical?

The fabulous Kinky Boots – with songs pop icon Cyndi Lauper – is the winner of every major Best Musical award, including the Olivier for Best New Musical, and is one of the hottest shows in town.

And if you book by Sunday, you can take advantage of our exclusive offer of up to 46% off the price of tickets, for select performances from today through to late July.

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When: Monday-Saturday, matinees Wednesday and Saturday
Opening times: 7.30pm, 2.30pm matinees
Getting there: Adelphi Theatre, Strand, WC2R 0NS
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross
Price: From £15 in our theatre section 

 

Best for: Italian food in London

Radio Alice Pizzeria Masterclass

The vibe:

Learn how to make gourmet pizza

Need to know:

Named after a pirate radio station, which broadcast across the Bologna airwaves in the 1970s, Hoxton Square’s Radio Alice isn’t your regular pizzeria.

Using ancient baking techniques, seasonal ingredients from small-scale Italian suppliers and organic sourdough bases, the pizzeria offers an authentic taste of Bologna tradition.

And this Saturday you can learn all about how they do it, at their pizza-making masterclass.

The restautant’s head chef and co-founder Matteo Aloe will show you the secret of creating a perfect pizza base, and then you’ll have your pick of the restaurant’s larder to find your own personalised combination of toppings. Which you’ll be able to enjoy along with a glass of organic wine.

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When: Saturday 27th May
Opening times: 11am1pm 
Getting there: Radio Alice Pizzeria, 16 Hoxton Square, N1 6NT
Nearest Tube: Old Street 
Price: £15 from Eventbrite

Essential weekend information

Find more inspiration for things to do in London here.

We’ve also pulled together a guide of where to see spring flowers in London, if you want to make the most of the pleasant weather. (And a list of 28 things to do in London when it rains, just in case)

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.