Things to do in London this weekend

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

Best for: Beers in London

Tate Tap Takeover x Siren Craft Beer

The vibe: One of the UK's most exciting breweries, comes to one of its most exciting galleries

Need to know

Tate Tap Takeover, the monthly event series, showcasing some of the UK's best craft breweries, returns this Thursday evening.

This month's event sees the Berkshire-based Siren Craft Brew pop-up at the Tate's Terrace Bar.

Known for their adventurous and unique beers, the Siren team will be bringing some very special brews for you to try out. And they'll be sharing their story at the "Meet the Brewer" talk.


When: Thursday 22nd February
Opening times: 6.30pm-10.30pm
Getting there: Terrace Bar, Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG
Nearest tube: Blackfriars/Southwark
Price: From £15

Best for: Flowers in London

Kew Gardens' Orchids Festival

Courtesy Jeff Eden/RBG Kew

The vibe: A celebration of Thailand's vibrant plant life and culture

Need to know: Now in its 23rd year, Kew's annual Orchids Festival is back to brighten up the winter.

This year, the festival has looked to Thailand for inspiration, with displays based around orchid species native to the country. The festival will also pay tribute to Thailand's vibrant culture, with artworks and soundscapes based around the country and live Thai music performances and street food every weekend.

And, for something extra special, the gardens' on-site restaurant, The Botanical, will be serving a special Thai Afternoon Tea throughout the festival. 


When: Until Sunday 11th March
Opening times: 10am-5.45pm
Getting there: Princess of Wales Conservatory, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Green, Richmond, TW9 3AE 
Nearest tube: Kew Gardens
Price: Included in entry to the gardens - check out the Kew Gardens deals in our experiences section

Best for: Vinyl in London

Independent Label Market 

The vibe: A farmers' market, but for super-cool vinyl

Need to know: Once again, the people behind the world's coolest record labels are pitching their stalls and selling their wares, for this season's Independent Label Market.

Returning to the King's Cross Canopy Market, after a successful first visit before Christmas, the labels taking part this time include familiar names like Bella Union, Erased Tapes and Late Night Tales, as well as new and upcoming labels such as Pirotecnia from Santiago, Chile and punk specialists Everything Sucks. And, while picking up your fresh vinyl, you can also enjoy fresh artisanal goods and street food, while checking out live music and work by some of the city's finest designers.  

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When: Saturday 24th-Sunday 25th February
Opening times: 11am-6pm
Getting there: West Handyside Canopy, Off Granary Square, King's Cross, N1C 4BH
Nearest tube: King's Cross St Pancras
Price: Free

Best for: Fashion in London

Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair

The vibe: Classic designer clothes and uniquely chic items

Need to know: This week is London Fashion Week. But, perhaps the most stylish event this weekend will be taking place away from the main stages and catwalks.

A firm favourite with London's best-dressed, the Clerkenwell Vintage Fashion Fair returns this Sunday, and in a new Covent Garden location.

Browse the collections of 50 traders, all experts in vintage style - from the Victorian era through to the 1990s. Expect to find beautiful, unique items and, most probably, some exceptional designer brands at a fraction of the price (Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Lauren, Vivienne Westwood, Gucci and Balmain all regularly feature on the fair's racks). 


When: Sunday 25th February
Opening times: 11am-5.30pm
Getting there: Freemasons' Hall, 60 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5AZ
Nearest tube: Covent Garden/Holborn
Price: £5 entry (£2 for students), pre-book tickets from Billetto

Essential weekend information

Find more inspiration for things to do in London here.

We've also pulled together a list of the city's best riverside pubs and bars, or for something a little cosier, the best pubs with open fires. (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.