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 28, 2015

Things to do in London this weekend: May 29-31

Best for: Markets in London

Embankment Summer Market

Embankment Summer Market

London Town by Postcode Prints – on sale at Embankment Summer Market

The vibe:

Summer fun down by the river

Need to know:

Run by City Showcase: Markets, who organised the popular Soho Flea Market, expect artisans and all kinds of designers at this free event.

After browsing the clothes and jewellery designers, tuck into some street food and choose a real ale from the Meantime Brewery Bar.

If you want to take some produce home, there will be a farmers’ market selling seasonal stuff.

The music will be provided throughout the weekend by scores of musicians on the live stage, which has the gardens, the Thames and Somerset House to compete with for attention – along with some traditional lawn games.

Money raised will go towards charity partner, The Connection at St Martins, which helps the homeless in Central London.

Embankment Summer Market

Cupcakes by Cat Food – on sale at the Embankment Summer Market

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When: Friday, May 29 to May 31
Opening times: Fri: 12pm to 7pm, Sat-Sun: 11am to 6pm
Getting there: Victoria Embankment Gardens, Westminster, WC2N 6PB
Nearest Tube: Embankment or Charing Cross
Price: Free entry

Best for: Street parties in London

The Magnum Pink and Black Party

Magnum Party in Regent Street

Magnum Party in Regent Street

The vibe:

Two tone street festival with special shopping deals and freebies

Need to know:

The event, to launch two limited edition ice cream flavours, has the pink and black theme running throughout a traffic-free Regent Street.

Make sure you visit the list of stores on the website or get a programme on the day to make the most out of all the special offer.

These include a free manicure if you spend over £25 in H&M or the Ted Baker Cart which will have a range of giveaways.

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When: Sunday, May 31
Opening times: 12pm to 7pm
Getting there: Regent Street
Nearest Tube: Oxford Circus or Piccadilly Circus
Price: Free to visit

Best for: Vintage in London

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair

The vibe:

Get the authentic 70s summer look

Need to know:

Celebrating the fair’s sixth birthday in style, not only will there be clothes but also a vintage tea room, Singer and manicures on offer.

The ornate and Art Nouveau architecture of the old hall serves as a traditional backdrop to the 50 stalls selling high-end vintage clothing.

This is the chance to tap into this year’s trend for 70s pieces, without worrying that someone will have the same outfit as you.

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When: Sunday, May 31
Opening times: 11am to 5pm
Getting there: Old Finsbury Town Hall, Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4RP
Nearest Tube: Angel or Farringdon
Price: Entry: £4 for public, £2 for students

Best for: Exclusive events in London

Watch Art Grand Exhibition

Watch Art Grand Exhibition

Watch Art Grand Exhibition

The vibe:

Taking the time out to see some exquisite pieces

Need to know:

Some of Switzerland’s finest watches will be seen for the first time in London at this rare (and free) exhibition of timepieces at the Saatchi Gallery.

Patek Philippe are the oldest family-owned, and still independent, watch manufacturer in Geneva (1839), and they’ve brought over more than 100 historical watches from their museum collection which is based there.

Highlights include their first watch made in 1868, which was bought by the Countess of Hungary and a 1830s table clock, shaped like a cage and containing musical singing birds.

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Watch Art Grand Exhbition

The Watch Art Grand Exhbition

When: Wednesday, May 27 to Sunday, June 7
Opening times: Mon-Sat: 9am to 7pm, Sun: 10am to 4pm
Getting there: Saatchi Gallery, Duke Of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London SW3 4RY
Nearest Tube: Sloane Square
Price: Free

Best for: Outdoors in London

Walk London Spring into Summer Weekend

Walk London by the Thames

Walk London by the Thames

The vibe:

The sights at a stroll in London

Need to know:

Find out more about the capital on foot by taking one of these free guided walks.

Organised by Walk London (and funded by Transport for London), just pick one from the list of walks and head to the meeting point.

They range from a few miles on the flat in central London, to a six mile hike along the south bank of the Thames.

Some of the walks have a nature or architecture theme, while others focus much more on the history of parts on the capital you might not have visited before.

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Walk London

Enjoy a free guided stroll with Walk London

When: Saturday, May 30 to Sunday, May 31
Opening times & Places: Vary per walk – see website for meeting information and timings
Price: Free – some may need booking in advance

Essential weekend links

Find more inspiration for things to do in London here.

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.