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: March 29, 2017

Things to do in London this weekend: Mar 31st-Apr 2nd

Best for: Drinks in London

Cocktails in the City

The vibe:

The country’s biggest cocktail party

Need to know:

For three days this weekend, 25 of London’s finest bars will set up pop-up shops in the stunning surroundings of One Marylebone, for the 5th Cocktails in the City.

Sample the best of the city’s bar scene, the latest trends in cocktail making and even a bit of Scandinavian Hygge, with three of Oslo, Copenhagen and Stockholm’s hottest drinking spots also making an appearance.

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When: Thursday 30th March – Saturday 1st April
Opening times: 6pm-11.30pm
Getting there: One Marylebone, 1 Marylebone Road, NW1 4AQ
Nearest Tube: Great Portland Street
Price: £15 (tickets include a welcome drink, and are available from Cocktails in the City’s website

 

The Water Poet’s Big Boozy Pub Quiz

The vibe:

A proper pub quiz, with a boozy twist

Need to know:

A classic bit of the old East End, in the heart of trendy Shoreditch, The Water Poet is one of the area’s most characterful drinking spots.

And it also hosts one of East London’s booziest pub quizzes, with the usual general knowledge questions mixed with creative challenges and the odd bit of blind drinks tasting.

Prizes are suitably alcoholic (including generous bar tabs and champagne), and with the evening raising money for charity, everyone’s a winner.

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When: Thursday 30th March
Opening times: 6.30pm til late
Getting there: 9-11 Folgate Street, Spitalfields, E1 6BX
Nearest Tube: Liverpool Street
Price: £25 for a team of 6 (book at wegottickets

 

Best for: Museums in London

THATMuse Lady Hunt at the British Museum

The vibe:

A feminine-themed treasure hunt

Need to know:

Standing for Treasure Hunt At The Museum, THATMuse made a name for themselves in Paris, offering quirky, challenging tours of the Louvre.

And now they’re in London, doing the same thing with the British Museum’s vast collection.

Marking the end of Women’s History Month, this Friday’s treasure hunt will have a feminine-theme, with clues based around some of history’s most famous femmes as well as the chance to learn about some of history’s lesser-known, but no less important, ladies.

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When: Friday 31st March
Opening times: 5.30pm-7.30pm
Getting there: The British Museum, Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, WC1B 3DG
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road/Holborn 
Price: £10-15 

Best for: Nature in London

Sensational Butterflies

The vibe:

Get up close to some majestic insects

Need to know:

With summer on the horizon, the Natural History Museum is once again inviting visitors to transport themselves to the tropics, with the return of their Sensational Butterflies exhibition.

Based in the museum’s grounds, the pop-up tropical butterfly house will be filled with exotic plants, and hundreds of colourful butterflies, ethically sourced from Central and South America, Africa and Asia.

During the course of the exhibition’s run, you’ll be able to get up close to some truly inspirational insects, observing them emerge from their chrysalises, feed and interact with each other.

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When: Friday 31st March – Sunday 17th September
Opening times: 10am-5.50pm
Getting there: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, Kensington, SW7 5BD
Nearest Tube: South Kensington
Price: £5.85 (available from the official website)

RISE

The vibe:

The hanging gardens of London

Need to know:

Found just off Bond Street, the St Christopher’s Place shopping street is really getting into the spring spirit, with its new art installation.

Created by artist Anna Garforth, RISE is a miniature garden, suspended above the street’s boutique shops and restaurants.

Crafted from live ferns, vines and moss, the garden will grow during the installation’s month-long run, giving visitors the chance to watch it come to life.

The area’s businesses will also take inspiration from the installation, with spring-themed shop window displays, garden-inspired drinks in the street’s restaurants, and a Garden Happy Hour every Thursday evening, where you can pick up exclusive tote bags with any purchase made in the street’s shops.

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When: Until Saturday 29th April
Opening times: Garden Happy Hour every Thursday 5pm-8pm 
Getting there: St Christopher’s Place, Marylebone, W1U 1AY
Nearest Tube: Bond Street
Price: Free

 

Best for: Walking in London

Explore, Exercise, Exhale

The vibe:

Walking tours to inspire

Need to know:

With more than 10 years’ experience of organising walking tours around the city, Southwark-based mental health charity CoolTan Arts are celebrating the relaunch of their walking programme with a weekend long festival.

Explore, Exhale, Exercise features 7 walks, a workshop in association with InspiralLondon and Bermondey Artists Group and an open afternoon – where you can take a taster walk and find out all about CoolTan Arts’ work.

The walks cover an interesting range of South London’s sights and history, including walks dedicated to the lives of the area’s most famous names, from Mary Wollstonecraft, to Charlie Chaplin and David Bowie, and are suitable for all abilities.

The tours are led by volunteers, trained by CoolTan Arts, with 100% of proceeds going back to the charity. The charity’s new walking programme will also include monthly well-being walks, which raise awareness of issues related to mental health.

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When: Until Sunday 2nd April
Opening times: Varies
Getting there: Various locations around London
Nearest Tube: Various
Price: Varies – from free (register in advance at eventbrite

 

Best for: Food in London

King of the Wing

The vibe:

London’s spiciest eating contest

Need to know:

Spicy buffalo chicken wings are delicious, particularly those from Clapham and Chelsea’s Fu Manchu and Jam Tree Bars. However, we’re not sure how many of them we could handle at once.

So, spare a thought for the brave souls taking part in the bars’ King of the Wing challenge. Back for its fifth year, the competition challenges participants to eat as many of the fiery wings as they can in 8 minutes, for the chance to win a generous bar tab. It won’t be an easy task either, with the record being set last year at 50 wings.

While we wouldn’t suggest taking part, we do recommend popping down to watch, as the contestants will need all the support they can get (plus you can enjoy some delicious cocktails while you’re there).

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When: Friday 31st March
Opening times: 7.30pm
Getting there: Fu Manchu, 15-16 Lendal Terrace, Clapham, SW4 7UX
Nearest Tube: Clapham North
Price: £12 to enter, free entry for spectators

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.