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 14, 2017

Things to do in London this weekend: August 17th-20th


Best for: Festivals in London

Spotlight Seven Dials

The vibe:

A free festival of music, performance, shopping and dining

Need to know:

Covent Garden’s shopping, dining and theatre hot-spot, Seven Dials, is throwing a big free party this Saturday.

Expect performances from the casts of hit shows like The Lion King and Disney’s Aladdin. And they’ll be joined by the West End’s newest arrival, Five Guys Named Moe, as well as indie choir Some Voices, The House and Garage Orchestra and pop singer Whinnie Williams. And many more besides.

You can get a complimentary Monmouth Kitchen cocktail at the Earlham Street Bar, a festival-themed makeover at the Glitter Box and see music, fashion, magic, burlesque and acrobatics, or just chill out on the temporary lawn.

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When: Saturday 19th August
Opening times: 12pm-6pm
Getting there: Seven Dials, WC2H 9HD
Nearest Tube: Covent Garden/Leicester Square
Price: Free – register for tickets in advance on the official website

Best for: Dining in London

Lahpet Burmese Supper Club

The vibe:

An authentic Burmese-style supper

Need to know:

London Fields’ Lahpet is one of the few restaurants in the city which showcases the extraordinary cuisine of Myanamar (formerly Burma).

And, if you’ve not experienced this hidden gem for yourself yet, this Thursday evening is the perfect opportunity, as Lahpet is launching a brand new monthly supper club.

Using ingredients sourced directly from Myanamar, the restaurant’s head chef, Zaw Mahesh, has created a thoughtful menu for the evening. And, with the restaurant’s long communal tables, it’s set to be a friendly and inviting evening.

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When: Thursday 17th August
Opening times: 6.45pm arrival, 7.30pm start
Getting there: 5 Helmsley Place, E8 3SB
Nearest Tube: London Fields (Overground)
Price: £35 per person, from (tickets include a 3 courses and either a glass of wine or bottle of Kirin lager)

Best for: Concerts in London

Baroque to Rock

The vibe:

Classical meets pop, in a stunning location

Need to know:

To coincide with their Enlightened Princesses exhibition, Kensington Palace are hosting a rather special open-air concert in their beautiful grounds.

Featuring the Orchestra of the Age of the Enlightenment, Baroque to Rock celebrates the work of George Frederic Handel. Including pieces which Handel wrote and performed at the palace for one of the stars of the exhibition, Queen Caroline.

As part of the evening’s programme, the orchestra will also perform some modern pop classics, demonstrating how Handel continues to influence music today.

Bring some prosecco and a picnic, or treat yourself to a combined picnic box ticket, and enjoy some truly timeless music in a beautiful venue.

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When: Saturday 19th August
Opening times: 6.30pm (gates open) 7.30pm-9.30pm (concert)
Getting there: The Orangery Gate, Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, W8 4PX
Nearest Tube: High Street Kensington
Price:  From £10 via the official website

Best for: Dance in London

Rambert at the National Theatre River Stage

Ballet Rambert River Stage Dance Workshop (c) James Bellorini

The vibe:

Dance, music and workshops with one of the world’s best companies

Need to know:

Once again, the National Theatre have lined up another very special guest curator for their free River Stage Festival. This weekend the entertainment comes courtesy of the renowned dance company Rambert.

Throughout the weekend, there’ll be the chance to enjoy performances based around some of the company’s ground-breaking shows, including music from the Chilean-inspired Ghost Dances and the samba and capoeira-flavoured A Linha Curva.

Friday night will also present an exclusive preview of a new work by former Rambert dancer Patricia Okenwa. And during saturday and sunday, there’ll be yoga classes and dance workshops to join in. It’s the chance to learn from world-class performers, and it’s entirely free.

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When: Friday 18th-Sunday 20th August
Opening times: Friday: 7.15pm-10pm, Saturday: 12pm-10.30pm, Sunday: 12pm-5pm
Getting there:  Outside the National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, SE1 9PX
Nearest Tube: Waterloo/Embankment
Price: Free

Best for: Vegan food in London

KERB Presents Livin’ on the Veg

The vibe:

The ultimate vegan rumble

Need to know:

For the second in their series of street food battles, KERB are pitting the best vegan vendors in London against each other.

8 vendors will offer up their best dishes (all entirely meat and dairy free), and you’re invited to try them all.

Once you have, vote for your favourite, and at the end of the 2 day food fest, a winner will be crowned.

Among the stalls taking part are the so-hot-right-now “vegan fried chicken” specialists Temple of Seitan. You can also enjoy Korean BBQ bahn-mi baguettes from Eat Chay, thai tofu from Greedy Khao and ‘chip butty’ arepas from reigning champion Petare.

There’ll be DJs playing til late, bars serving up vegan specials and even a vegetable decorating corner.

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When: Friday 18th-Saturday 19th August
Opening times: Fri:6pm-11pm, Sat: 12pm-5pm & 6pm-11pm
Getting there: West Handyside Canopy, King’s Cross, N1C

Nearest Tube: King’s Cross St Pancras
Price: From £25 via the official website (includes 8 portions)

Best for: Art classes in London

Brush and Bubbles

The vibe:

A very boozy art class

Need to know:

Fancy recreating the fun of school art classes? And have a few drinks while you’re at it?

Chelsea’s The Jam Tree are hosting what looks like our sort of painting masterclass this Thursday, with their Brush and Bubbles night.

Taking place in the venue’s Loft Bar, the 2.5 hour class will be lead by talented young artists Anna Buckmaster and Augusta Artmitage. And there’ll be plenty of prosecco on offer to help get your imagination flowing.

Complete novices are more than welcome. And at the end of the class you’ll leave with your very own masterpiece to hang on your wall.

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When: Thursday 17th August
Opening times: 7pm-9.30pm
Getting there: The Jam Tree Chelsea, 541 King’s Road, SW6 2EB

Nearest Tube: Imperial Wharf (overground)
Price: £29.99 via tickettailor (includes a 25% off dinner voucher to be used at the Jam Tree at a later date)

Essential weekend information

Find more inspiration for things to do in London here.

We’ve also pulled together a guide of 50 brilliant things to do in London in the summer, and a list of the city’s best riverside pubs and bars, 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.