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: June 20, 2017

Things to do in London this weekend: June 22nd-25th

Best for: LGBTQ culture in London

Queer and Now

The vibe:

A day of culture to kick off Pride

Need to know:

This year’s Pride in London festival starts this weekend.

While the big parades and parties aren’t for another couple weeks yet, there’s still plenty LGBTQ+ culture to explore this weekend.

The Tate Britain gallery has teamed up with Pride in London to present a day-long festival, Queer and Now.

Tying into the gallery’s current Queer British Art 1861-1967 exhibition, the festival includes special exhibition tours, as well as an exciting range of performances, workshops and talks.

Among the highlights are vogueing lessons from Jay Jay Revlon – one of the most respected performers currently in the scene, a DJ set from hip club night Sink the Pink, queer craft stalls from Etsy and a tasty selection of food and drink.

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When: Saturday 24th June
Opening times: 2pm-10pm
Getting there:  Tate Britain, Millbank, SW1P 4RG
Nearest Tube: Pimlico
Price: Free entry

 

Best for: Vintage Fairs in London

Union Chapel Summer Fete

 

The vibe:

A Victorian-style summer celebration

Need to know:

One of London’s most beloved venues, Islington’s Union Chapel turns 140 years old this year. And to celebrate, they’re turning back the clock for their annual summer fete.

This year’s entertainment will have a Victorian theme, with punch and judy shows and a Victorian fancy dress competition taking place alongside the usual stalls, raffles and music performances.

For keen cooks, there’s also a cake bake-off. If you can make a mean battenburg (any flavour and colour combinations welcome), be sure to take yours down for the chance to win the fete’s coveted golden spoon award.

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When: Sunday 25th June
Opening times: 12pm-4pm
Getting there: Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, Islington, N1 2UN
Nearest Tube: Highbury and Islington
Price: Free

 

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Summer Fair

The vibe:

Get a vintage summer wardrobe

Need to know:

Want to rock a vintage frock on your summer holidays? Or even an original itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dot bikini on the beach?

Your best bet is this Sunday’s Clerkenwell Vintage Fair, the award-winning celebration of vintage designer chic.

Popping up, once again, in the elegant Courthouse Hotel – Shoreditch, the fair will have more than 50 vintage fashion specialists taking part.

As it’s a special summer fair (and the last one of the season – the next will be in September), there’ll be plenty of vintage swimwear, and even 1930s beach pyjamas for serious enthusiasts, to check out.

And if you fancy popping down, you’ll be supporting a good cause, as a percentage of the door entry will go to the Grenfell Tower fund.

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When: Sunday 25th June
Opening times: 11am-5pm
Getting there: Courthouse Hotel – Shoreditch, 335-337 Old Street, EC1V 9LL
Nearest Tube: Old Street
Price: £4 (£2 for students)

Best for: Sport in London

The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre

The vibe:

A masked Mexican wrestling extravaganza

Need to know:

Bethnal Green’s York Hall is the home of boxing in East London.

But, for two nights this weekend, it’ll welcome another form of action-packed sport, with the return of The Greatest Spectacle of Lucha Libre.

Capturing the colourful, crazy vibe of Mexican masked wrestling, the show will feature guest appearances from some of Mexico’s most iconic Lucadores. And they’ll be joined by performers from Lucha Britannia and ring girls who’ll help bring a bit of the authentic lucha libre spirit to London (expect some very vocal support from the crowd).

And, to make things even more authentic, you can also enjoy some tasty Mexican food while catching the show.

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When: Friday 23rd-Saturday 24th June
Opening times: Doors 7pm, Show 8pm
Getting there: York Hall, 5 Old Ford Road, E2 9PJ

Nearest Tube: Bethnal Green
Price: From £20 

London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

The vibe:

A day at the boat races

Need to know:

2017 marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. And so, this year’s installment of the London Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival will be more spectacular than ever.

Now in its 22nd year, the festival sees 40 teams of rowers take part, including club, corporate and amateurs, to win 6 cups.

And, in addition to 7 hours of racing, other aspects of Chinese and Hong Kong culture will be celebrated throughout the day. The line-up is set to include live music, martial arts displays (with an appearance by YouTube star Master Wong) and a food festival.

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When: Sunday 25th June
Opening times: 10am-6pm
Getting there: London Regatta Centre, Dockside Road, E16 2QT

Nearest Tube: Royal Albert (DLR)
Price: Free 

 

Best for: Theatre in London

West End Live

The vibe:

See what Theatreland has to offer, for free

Need to know:

Trafalgar Square’s annual celebration of the West End theatre scene returns this weekend.

Taking place on both Saturday and Sunday, West End Live will see cast members from most of Theatreland’s hottest shows take to the stage.

You can catch numbers from classics like Phantom of the Opera and Les Miserables, new arrivals like Wind in the Willows and An American in Paris, and even the English National Opera.

And as it’s all free, it’s a great way to plan which shows you’d next like to see.

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When:  Saturday 24th-Sunday 25th June
Opening times: Saturday 11am-6pm (Gates open 10.30am), Sunday 12pm-5pm (Gates open 11.30am) 
Getting there: Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN
Nearest Tube: Charing Cross
Price: Free 

An American in Paris

The vibe:

An exclusive offer for a 5-star show

Need to know:

One of the hottest new arrivals this year, An American in Paris has been wowing both audiences and critics, since opening back in March.

In fact many reviewers fell completely in love with the show, based on the classic Gene Kelly film. It’s picked up plenty of five star reviews.

Why not see what all the fuss is about for yourself? And for cheaper than you might think – our current exclusive Flash Sale has tickets from just £18.50, with no booking fees.

However, you’ll have to act fast – as these offers are only available for the next few days.

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When: Currently booking until January 27th 2018
Opening times: Monday-Saturday 7.30pm; Matinees Wednesday and Saturday 2pm  
Getting there: Dominion Theatre, 268-269 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7AQ
Nearest Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Price: From £18.50, via our theatre section

 

Best for: Gigs in London

Rock the Strand

The vibe:

A rock gig, in a luxury venue

Need to know:

This Thursday, the Strand Palace Hotel once again brings together some of the hottest new musical talent, for this month’s Rock the Strand gig.

Taking place in the 4-star hotel’s lounge bar, Rock the Strand presents a mix of upcoming names, and veteran performers.

This month’s line-up features Bangkok and Boston-raised singer/songwriter Alex Sypsomos, 24-year old singer and pianist Drew-Levi, who featured in the original cast of Billy Elliot The Musical as a youngster back in 2005 and folk-flavoured sibling trio EMMAY.

There’ll also be a headline set from the night’s founder Tony Moore, whose colourful history in the music industry includes being a founder member of Iron Maiden and the keyboardist for 80s balladeers Cutting Crew.

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When: Thursday 22nd June
Opening times: From 7pm
Getting there: Lounge Bar, Strand Palace Hotel, 372 Strand, WC2R 0JJ
Nearest Tube: Temple
Price: Free entry

 

 

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.