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 27, 2016

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

Best for: Theatre in London

River Stage Weekends

A Big Gay Songbook via The National Theatre

A Big Gay Songbook via The National Theatre

The vibe:

Camping it up down on the Southbank

Need to know:

This weekend, East London’s cross-dressing finest, The Glory, are hosting an outside party as part of the National Theatre’s summer season of free, live entertainment.

They promise to end the weekend with a drag-fuelled party, but beforehand you can listen to The Big Gay Songbook or take part in a world record attempt for London’s biggest outdoor sing song.

Expect some saucy and cheeky fun, but, especially during the day, they’re catering for a family audience.

They’ve also got the food and drink covered with a series of summer pop ups – so you can grab a slice of pizza or a proper cocktail while you enjoy the entertainment.

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Jonny Woo via The National Theatre

Jonny Woo via The National Theatre

When: Friday, July 29 to Sunday, July 31 (then every weekend until the August Bank Holiday)
Opening times: Fri: 6.30pm to 10.45pm, Sat: 1.30pm to 10.45pm, Sun: 12pm to 5pm
Getting there: In front of the National Theatre, Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
Nearest Tube: Waterloo or Embankment (have to cross the river from here)
Price: Free

Best for: Racing in London

Prudential RideLondon

The race: Image by Thomas Lovelock for Prudential Ride London

The race: Image by Thomas Lovelock for Prudential Ride London

The vibe:

Celebrate cycling

Need to know:

The largest cycling festival in the world returns to London with more than 100,000 riders taking part in races in London (and also Surrey on Sunday).

For the first time on Friday you can head to Lee Valley VeloPark, and watch handcycling, youths and BMX events.

On Saturday you can watch Olympic cyclists of the future compete in the juniors, then it’s the turn of the UK’s biggest women’s criterium race, Prudential RideLondon Classique.

Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle, gives you the chance to cycle through central London, past all the iconic landmarks, without having to keep an eye out for traffic (pre-register online).

You can see the newly crowned, three-times Tour de France winner, Chris Froome in action on Sunday in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic race.

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World trials record holder Andrei Burton (c) Prudential Ride London. Image by Jon Buckle

World trials record holder Andrei Burton (c) Prudential Ride London. Image by Jon Buckle

When: Friday, July 29 to Sunday, July 31
Opening times: Fri: 1pm to 8.30pm, Main Racing on Sat: Prudential RideLondon Classique – 5pm to 6.45pm, Sun: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic race – see website for times – race starts at 1.15pm and ends in Wimbledon c5pm.
Getting there: Races will take place on closed roads in and around St James’s Park in central London. See website for exact route
Nearest Tube: Westminster, Charing Cross, St James’s Park, Greek Park
Price: Free to watch

Best for: Maritime London

The Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race

The Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race

The Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race

The vibe:

Welcome the boats home to London

Need to know:

The fleet returns to St Katharine Docks, Tower Bridge, in the traditional homecoming this weekend.

The race will have finished that morning in Southend, and the procession down The Thames is their version of a lap of honour.

Enjoy some live entertainment, food and drink and nautical activities as the sailors celebrate their return

From Monday, August 1 to 7  you have the chance to take a tour below the deck of the Unicef 70ft racing yachts.

You can quiz the international crew, made up of amateur sailors, following their ocean experience.

DID YOU KNOW? The The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race is the world’s longest ocean race. It takes 11 months to complete and the yachts will travel 40,000 miles to complete the course.

(c) The Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race

(c) The Clipper 2015-16 Round the World Yacht Race

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When: Saturday, July 30
Opening times: 11am to 6pm – (fleet passes the O2 at 9am and Greenwich around 9.15 and reaches Tower Bridge c9.45am)
Getting there: St Katharine’s Way, London E1W 1LA
Nearest Tube: Tower Hill or Tower Gateway (DLR)
Price: Free

Best for: Drinking in London

Dalston Beer Day

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The vibe:

Did anybody say beer?

Need to know:

Come and support the local independent 40FT Brewery as they play host to their first community beer festival.

They’re going to be ably supported by lots of other London brewers, including Beavertown, 5 Points Brewery and East London Brewery to name but a few.

The venue used to be a neglected car park but now its been transformed into a cool drinking destination – head down there to support your local brewers this weekend.

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When: Saturday, July 30
Opening times: 12pm to 9pm
Getting there:  40FT Brewery,  Bootyard, Abbot St, E8 3DP
Nearest Tube: Dalston Junction or Dalston Kingsland
Price: Free entry

Best for: in London

Cocktails in the City

7- Tales - Banks Rum via Cocktails in the City

7- Tales – Banks Rum via Cocktails in the City

The vibe:

Sip some of the finest cocktails in London

Need to know:

The creme of the capital’s cocktail experts will be ensuring you enjoy the perfect serve this weekend.

There will be 25 pop-up bars under canopies in Bedford Gardens, waiting to tempt you with some carefully curated cocktails.

There’ll also be cocktail-making demonstrations, games and live entertainment – as well as a barbecue to keep you fed.

Among the bars and drinks brands taking part include: Cahoots & Sauvelle Vodka, London Cocktail Club & El Jimador, 7 Tales & Banks Rum and Fontaine’s Bar and Naked Grouse.

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Cocktails in the City

Cocktails in the City

When: Friday, July 29 to Saturday, July 30
Opening times: Fri: 4pm to 9.30pm, Sat: 12pm to 4pm, 5pm to 9.30pm
Getting there:  Bedford Square Gardens, London, WC1B
Nearest Tube: Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road
Price: £15 – includes a cocktail, complimentary experiences and a cocktail booklet.

Best for: Raves in London

Fuse London

Fuse

Fuse

The vibe:

Rave the night and morning away

Need to know:

To celebrate five years of Fuse London recordings (a label which support local emerging talents) they’re doing what they do best – throwing a party.

Resident DJs over the years, Enzo Siragusa, Seb Zito, Rich NxT and Rossko are joined by a large number of guest DJs to keep you going from the afternoon to well into Sunday morning.

You’ll hear some new electronic talent along with some of the classic rave sounds of the last two decades at Fuse’s only London event of the summer.

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Fuse-party

When: Saturday, July 30
Opening times: 4pm to 7am
Getting there: Studio 338, 338 Boord Street; Greenwich; London SE10 0PF
Nearest Tube: North Greenwich
Price: Tickets from £15 + booking fee – get tickets here

Best for: in London

Hackney Wicked

Hackney Wicked 2013 ©KDixon

Hackney Wicked 2013 ©KDixon

The vibe:

Celebrating art in the community

Need to know:

More than a hundred artists are throwing open their doors and inviting you into their studios over this weekend which showcases Hackney Wick’s creativity.

You can visit the different work spaces, speak to the artists and find out how you can support the arts in the area.

There will also be street art and live performances taking place across the neighbourhood.

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When: Friday, July 29 to Sunday, July 31
Opening times: Fri: 6pm to 9pm, Sat: 12pm to 6pm, Sun: 12pm to 6pm
Getting there: Various locations around Hackney – see programme and map for details
Price: Free

Best for: Beaches in London

Camden Beach

Camden Beach (c) Stuart Leech

Camden Beach (c) Stuart Leech

The vibe:

Chill out on a rooftop beach

Need to know:

The return of Camden Beach usually signals the official start of summer.

You can sip on a cocktail, eat fish and chips or just have an ice cold beer, while feeling the warm sensation of sand (all 150 tonnes of it) between your toes.

Entry is on a first come, first served basis – so if you want to grab a deckchair or a great spot, get there early (or alternatively book a beach hut – see below)

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When: Friday, July 29 to Sunday, August 29
Opening times: Mon-Tue: 5pm to 11pm, Wed-Sun: 12pm to 11pm
Getting there: Roundhouse, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8EH
Nearest Tube: Chalk Farm
Price: Free entry: Hire a beach hut from £375 for guaranteed entry. Book here

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.