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: July 21, 2016

Things to do in London this weekend: July 22-24

Best for: Summer festivals in London

Alexandra Palace’s Summer Festival

Giant waterslide at Alexandra Palace

Giant waterslide at Alexandra Palace

The vibe:

Free family fun with the best view in London

Need to know:

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

There’s an outdoor cinema, a silent disco and a fun fair to get involved with and if its really hot – maybe consider cooling off with some ice skating.

The monthly Street food & Craft Beer Festival is also taking place this weekend, which is also free to attend.

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When: Saturday, July 23
Opening times: 11am to 10pm
Getting there: Alexandra Palace Way, London N22 7AY
Nearest Tube: Wood Green, Alexandra Palace (Overground)
Price: Free

Silent Disco at Alexandra Palace

Silent Disco at Alexandra Palace

Roman Road Festival

Cockney heritage - the lady of the mannahh - via Roman Road Festival

Cockney heritage – the lady of the mannahh – via Roman Road Festival

The vibe:

Discover more about the East End

Need to know:

There is so much going on at this all day festival, with music on the main stage, pop-up street performances and special shop openings.

If you like your history – try one of the guided tours (meet at the Idea Store), with Suffragettes being the topic of the first one and Indie Shops in the area the second.

You can learn cockney, a Bangladeshi Folk dance as well as have a proper East End knees up.

There are more than 40 stalls from local desingers as well as a street food market.

See website for timings for all the events.

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When: Sunday, July 24
Opening times: 11am to 7pm
Getting there: Roman Road, East London
Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green
Price: Free

The Summer Circus

Summer Circus © Benedict Johnson (2)

Summer Circus © Benedict Johnson

The vibe:

The world of art and circus fuse

Need to know:

Go see the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition this weekend, where 1,200 works of art will be showcased alongside the eccentric members of a Victorian Circus.

The gallery and gardens will be transformed into a mini-festival with acrobatics, performances and live music and bands.

You can wander round with a cocktail, or try and be creative yourself with screen-printing and painting workshops on offer.

The dress code is “vintage circus” – and don’t worry if you have no idea what this – they’ve put together some images to inspire you.

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When: Saturday, July 23
Opening times: 7pm to 11.45pm
Getting there: The Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD
Nearest Tube: Piccadilly
Price: £42 – buy tickets here

Summer Circus © Benedict Johnson

Summer Circus © Benedict Johnson

Best for: Arts, crafts and markets in London

Independent Label Market

Independent Label Market by Andrew Benge

Courtesy of Independent Label Market

The vibe:

Discover some new vinyl, CDs and other music straight from the labels themselves

Need to know:

Returning for a fifth year to Old Spitalfields, this market showcases the best in independent music – along with works by artists and designers.

The likes of One Little Indian and XL have been with the market from the start, however newcomers from Seattle, Sub Pop, are making their debut – see website for full list of labels.

They’ll be joined by the London Brewers’ Market, which means you can try ales and beers from local, independent London breweries in the beer garden.

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When: Saturday, July 23
Opening times: 11am to 6pm
Getting there: Old Spitalfields Market, 16 Horner Square, Spitalfields, London, E1 6EW
Nearest Tube: Shoreditch High Street, Liverpool Street
Price: Free entry

Courtesy of Independent Label Market

Courtesy of Independent Label Market

Best for: Crafts in London

Hackney Walk & The Stitch Academy

Hackney Walk - The Stitch Academy

Hackney Walk – The Stitch Academy

The vibe:

Unleash your creativity this weekend

Need to know:

This weekend sees the launch of The Stitch Academy’s series of summer workshops and masterclasses run by fashion experts and creatives.

Held at Luxury Outlet District, Hackney Walk, on Saturday you can go to the Katie Eary, Menswear Design Workshop, where you’ll create your own Katie Eary printed T-shirt.

Sunday sees the turn of Mary Benson, who is holding a Print Making Workshop.

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When: Saturday, July 23 & Sunday, July 24
Opening times: 1.30pm tp 3.30pm
Getting there: Hackney Walk, Arch 3, Morning Lane, London, E9 6NA
Nearest Tube: Hackney Central
Price: Free – register online on the website

Best for: Shopping in London

Carnaby Street Eat

Carnaby Street Eat food festival

Carnaby Street Eat food festival

The vibe:

Get to know the local restaurant scene

Need to know:

There will be more than 30 global cuisines on offer as this annual food festival returns for the summer.

You can buy £5 taster dishes, showcasing Carnaby’s restaurant, cafes and bars signature dishes, to eat alfresco.

Dirty Bones, Dishoom, Pizza Pilgrims and Rosa’s Thai are among the businesses serving up food and there will also be plenty of live music and entertainment on offer.

And of course there’s shopping…..

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When: Saturday, July 23
Opening times: 12pm to 5pm
Getting there: Carnaby Street, London, W1F 7FD
Nearest Tube: Oxford Street or Piccadilly Circus
Price: Free

Carnaby Street Eat

Carnaby Street Eat

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.