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Things to do in London this weekend: July 20th-22nd 


Best for: Art in London

Frieze Sculpture

The vibe: Amazing art in an iconic location

Need to know: After a successful first outing last year, contemporary art experts Frieze have brought their Sculpture Fair back to Regent's Park for another year.

Installed in the Park's famous English Gardens, Frieze Sculpture features 25 works by artists from all over the world, including some of the biggest names in the field. Among those taking part are Tracey Emin and Conrad Shawcross, alongside rising stars like Larry Achiampong.

It's free to enter, and you'll be able to check out stunning artworks, including an impressive glass pavilion, a 14-metre high tower and a stained-glass sculpture.

Frieze Sculpture 2018 runs until the famous Frieze Art Fair returns to the park, in early October. Throughout the run there'll be a number of family activity days, as well as a free app with Audio Tour, downloadable from the Frieze website.

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When: Until 7th October
Opening hours: 5am-9.30pm
Getting there: The English Gardens, Regent's Park, NW1 4JL
Nearest tube: Regent's Park
Price: Free


Best for: Dance in London

East Wall

The vibe: Summer's biggest dance spectacular

Need to know: For the closing event of this year's LIFT festival, acclaimed choreographer Hofesh Schecter will be taking over one of London's most iconic landmarks.

For their first major artwork since their award-winning Poppies installation, the Tower of London have invited Schechter to stage a dance work on an incredible scale.

Featuring 150 performers, East Wall is inspired by the diverse dance and music styles that you'll find across East London, from grime to gospel, krump to contemporary, with a live soundtrack performed by The Band of the Irish Guards, a capella vocal group The Gold Vocal Collective and rock musicians, string players and singers.

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When: Wednesday 18th-Sunday 22nd July
Opening hours: 7.30pm (doors open at 6pm)
Getting there: Tower of London, St Katharine's and Wapping, EC3N 4AB
Nearest tube: Tower Hill
Price: £12/£25/£50 - book in advance via the LIFT website.


Best for: Drinks in London

Ciderdog

The vibe: London's biggest real cider festival

Need to know: Back for a sixth year, Ciderdog is now London's biggest cider festival.

With more than a hundred British ciders and perrys to try, there's something to suit all tastes. There'll even be exclusive cider cocktails to try.

And when you're not busy sampling the best that Britain's independent cider producers have to offer, you can treat yourself to street food from Bunsmiths, live music by The Solid Steel Band and ping pong and other games in the pub's garden.

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When: Saturday 21st July
Opening hours: 12pm-1am
Getting there: The Miller, 96 Snowfields, SE1 3SS  
Nearest tube: Borough
Price: Free entry (£3.50 per pint)


Best for: Festivals in London

Kaleidoscope

The vibe: A new festival in a stunning location

Need to know: Already known for being one of the city's most beautiful concert venues, this weekend, Alexandra Palace will also host a brand new festival.

Set around the Palace and its surrounding park, the Kaleidoscope Festival is a family-friendly day of music, theatre and entertainment.

With a music line-up headlined by legendary psychedelic rock group, The Flaming Lips, and featuring the likes Ghostpoet, Mystery Jets, The Go! Team, Beth Orton and the London African Gospel Choir, it's set to be one of the most exciting festivals in town this summer. There'll also be DJ sets from The 2 Bears, Don Letts and many more, theatre from immersive specialists Rift, a comedy line-up including Katherine Ryan and Mark Watson, circus performances and even educational demonstrations from the Science Museum.

The festival's Gastro Avenue has a selection of London's best street food vendors, including a Vegan Corner, and a Wellbeing space, for those looking to relax. 

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When: Saturday 21st July
Opening hours: 12pm-10.30pm
Getting there: Alexandra Palace, Alexandra Palace Way, N22 7AY
Nearest tube: Wood Green/Alexandra Palace (National Rail)
Price: Adult tickets from £40 (discount child tickets also available)


Best for: Bars in London

Bottles

The vibe: Italian warmth meets London edge

Need to know: Since it opened at Elephant and Castle's Mercanto Metropolitano back in 2016, Bottles & Battles has been a huge hit in South London. And now the team have headed north of the river, with the recent opening of their brand new bar, Bottles. 

Bringing Italian flavour to Old Spitalfields Market, Bottles is set to showcase the best of regional and indigenous varieties, as well as forgotten grapes and a selection of international produce - with around 180 labels on offer. And, if that all sounds a bit daunting, no need to worry - every member of waiting staff is a sommelier in their own right, and will be able to advise you on the best wines for your taste, as well as the best matching dishes from Bottles' tempting food menu.

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Opening times: Mon-Sat: 11am-11pm, Sun: 11am-10pm
Getting there: 67 Brushfield Street, Old Spitalfields Market, E1 6AA
Nearest tube: Liverpool Street

Moonshine Saloon

The vibe: The Wild West comes to London's south-west

Need to know: The people behind Alcotraz - the immersive prison-themed cocktail bar - are back. And for their new experience, they're transporting visitors back to the days of the Wild West.

Moonshine Saloon turns a corner of Chelsea's iconic King's Road into a dusty frontier town. Bring a bottle of your own chosen spirit (a 35cl bottle per 2 guests is recommended), and the saloon's bartender will mix up your own signature moonshine cocktails. And while you're there you can try your luck at cards and dice, and avoid the beady eye of the town's sheriff.

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When:  Until Saturday 1st September
Opening hours: Thur-Fri: 6.15pm-10.15pm, Sat: 12.15pm-11pm
Getting there: 535 Kings Road, Chelsea, SW10 0SZ
Nearest tube: Fulham Broadway
Price: £33.99

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.