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.

Things to do in London this weekend: January 23-25

Best for: Art in London

Renato Guttuso Shark’s Jawbones in a Landscape

Renato Guttuso Shark’s Jawbones in a Landscape 1974 courtesy Galleria d’Arte Maggiore Bologna

Renato Guttuso: Painter of Modern Life

The vibe:

Strong and bold statements on politics and life from one of Italy’s most respected painters.

Need to know:

Renato Guttuso (1911-1987) was one of the most influential artists of modern times. He created his own blend of abstract and naturalistic painting (both popular at the time) to create a whole new style.

The works on show are bold, rich and vibrant, particularly when showcasing Guttuso’s native Sicily. These landscapes, alongside some of his more political works, give a great insight into post-war Italy and European culture.

Italian art

Still Life with Lamp (Still Life with Skull and Lamp 1940-41: Estorick Collection

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When: Now until April 4, 2015
Opening times: Wed-Sat: 11am to 6pm, Sun: 12pm to 5pm (closed Mon-Tue)
Getting there: Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 39a Canonbury Square, London, N1 2AN
Nearest Tube: Highbury and Islington
Price: £5

Best for: New exhibitions in London

original radar receiver

1935 (c) Science Museum

Churchill’s Scientists

The vibe:

The spotlight’s on science

Need to know:

Unsung heroes who helped Britain win World War II are celebrated in the Science Museum’s latest exhibition.

You’ll see work from Robert Watson-Watt, whose Battle of Britain breakthrough was the invention of the radar (see above photo) and work by nutritionists Elsie Widdowson and Robert McCance, who followed the war diet and recorded its effect, influencing much of what we know today.

This, alongside rare archive footage, some of Churchill’s personal effects and obscure items like a green velvet “siren suit” or onesie, perhaps for looking dapper during an air raid.

“Many people are unaware of Churchill’s fascination with science and its power to help in war. This is a great opportunity for us to bring these stories to the public’s attention as we pay tribute to Sir Winston Churchill in the 50th anniversary year of his death.” – Andrew Nahum, Lead Curator of the exhibition

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When: Opens Friday, January 23
Opening times: 10am to 6pm
Getting there: Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD
Nearest Tube: South Kensington
Price: Free

Best for: Performance in London

Theatre Ad Infinitum

Theatre Ad Infinitum, Light with Deborah Pugh (c) Alex Brenner

Theatre Ad Infinitum Light

The vibe:

In your face story-telling through the power of dance and sound

Need to know:

Part of January’s London International Mime Festival, these Edinburgh Festival Fringe favourites are bringing their topical theatre show to the Barbican.

A riotous LED show alternating with just darkness and torchlight, and influenced by Japanese-style animation storyboards, should make for both an illuminating and unsettling experience.

The story is based on whistleblower Edward Snowden, revealing how far state surveillance has gone and a 1984-esque dark vision of the future.

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When: Tuesday, January 20 to Saturday, January 24.
Performance times: 7.45pm: show is one hour, ten minutes with an interval
Getting there: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
Nearest Tube: Barbican, St Paul’s or Moorgate
Price: £18 + booking fee – click here for tickets

Best for: Films in London

Pillow Cinema

Pillow Cinema

Pillow Cinema

The vibe:

A laidback visit to the pictures from the founders of Hot Tub Cinema

Need to know:

If you are looking for a little legroom and the chance to snuggle up with your nearest and dearest while watching the latest blockbuster, then the Pillow Cinema has the relaxed and cosy ambience you need.

This weekend you can watch 1980s film classic The Breakfast Club, and wonder what happened to all those Brat Pack actors’ careers or see Cate Blanchett’s Oscar-winning turn in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.

“There’s nothing more satisfying than a night cuddled up watching a great film. We created Pillow Cinema as our tribute to cuddly film watching on a grand scale.” – Asher Charman, Founder of Hot Tub Cinema

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When: Open Mon-Sun
Opening times: Vary per day; see listings for more information
Getting there: The former Shoreditch Underground station (off Brick lane), 3 Code Street, London E1 5ER,
Nearest Tube: Shoreditch High Street
Price: £20 for a bean bag for two or if you want to go it alone, a spacious seat for one. Book online here

Best for: Burns Night in London

KERB'S Burns Hootenanny

KERB’S Burns Hootenanny

This Sunday is Scotland’s national hero, Robert Burns, birthday, and across the capital there are suppers, ceilidhs and whisky tasting to toast the poet in style.

We’ve pulled together all the events here: Haggis, Ceilidhs And Kilts: Where To Celebrate Burns Night In London 2015

Essential weekend links

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 places to stay.

And finally, remember to check out the weather forecast.