30 Fun Things To Do In London This Weekend

By Olivia Emily

1 week ago

Spend your treasured weekend wisely


It’s finally the weekend! How will you be spending it? Whether you’re in the mood for secret bars or exclusive pizzas, immersive exhibitions or pop-up experiences, there’s plenty going on in London to accommodate your desires. From new exhibitions to new activities (pasta making anyone?), here’s what to do in London this weekend.

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What To Do In London This Weekend: 15–16 June 2024

Embassy Gardens

1. Bloomsday Festival At Embassy Gardens

Nine Elms’ vibrant Embassy Gardens community will celebrate the life of esteemed Irish poet James Joyce in London this weekend, with a jam-packed programme of activities and events, featuring a line-up of incredible talent – both established and emerging – from Ireland. Co-hosted with Darby’s, visitors can expect live music, spoken word, craft street food and plenty more.

Details: Saturday 15 June 2024 from midday–9pm at Embassy Gardens (London SW11 7AY). Tickets are free and can be booked here.

2. Making Connections At Peckham Rye Station

Peckham’s community arts festival is back in the Old Waiting Room, following the success of its debut back in December. A brand new series of free and affordable events are running until 14 July, including film screenings, large scale art installations, site specific theatre, talks, workshops and more – all injecting much needed love and life into a disused, closed-to-the-public space hidden above Peckham Rye station.

Details: 1 June–14 July at Peckham Rye Station (Station Way, London SE15 4RX). See the full lineup of events at losttextfoundspace.com

Sketches viewed from above

Jack Penny

3. The Dot Project

The Dot Project is showcasing three free exhibitions at 14 Cavendish this weekend: a solo show by  Australian artist and poet Tais Rose Wae, her first show in the UK; a solo show of Jack Penny’s evocative figurative contemporary urban paintings; and a group show with works by artists including Alba Hodsoll and David Matthew King. A beautiful 18th century mansion, 14 Cavendish is rarely open to the public, so this is truly not one to miss in London this weekend.

Details: 13–18 June 2024 at 14 Cavendish Square, London W1G 9DB. thedotproject.com

A mannequin inside the Bridgerton & Liberty Fabrics Experience

4. Visit The Bridgerton & Liberty Fabrics Experience

Bridgerton obsessed? So are we. If you’re fit to burst with excitement for part two of season three, quench your thirst at the new Bridgerton & Liberty Fabrics Experience, brimming with  Regency romance, whispers and scandal of the ‘Ton. Located on the Fourth Floor, browse the exclusive new botanical fabrics collection as well as iconic props and costumes from the series.

Details: The Bridgerton & Liberty Fabrics Experience runs 17 May–2 July 2024 at Liberty London (Fourth Floor, Regent St., Carnaby, London W1B 5AH). It’s totally free to visit and tickets are not required.

 

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5. Try A Fully Edible Cocktail

Tony’s Chocolonely, Discarded Spirits Co. and The Alchemist have teamed up to present a delicious, 100 percent zero-waste Banana Split Cocktail, perfect for chocolate and rum lovers to have a taste of this weekend. Blending Discarded Spirits Co.’s award-winning Banana Peel Rum with Banana Liqueur, Strawberry Puree and Tony’s Chocolate Housemade Oat Milk, the cocktail is served in an edible Stroodle Cup and topped with vanilla cream foam, sea salt, a cherry and a banana-shaped Tony’s chocolate garnish made from broken chocolate segments.

Details: The cocktail is available at all 23 of The Alchemist’s sites until 30 June: Battersea, St Martin’s Lane, Victoria, Aldgate, Old Street and Canary Wharf. thealchemistbars.com

6. Livat Hammersmith Summer Market

Featuring everything from emerging artists and up-and-coming designers to sumptuous snacks and artisanal crafts, the Livat Hammersmith market is back for the summer following a successful Spring edition. Visit to shop a rotating roster of local traders, alongside pre-loved goodies and pop-up fun.

Details: 13 June–7 July 2024 at Livat Hammersmith (King St, London W6 9HW). livat.com

7. Immersive Scent Exhibition

Outernet’s first ever immersive scent immersion experience is kicking off this weekend, featuring digital floral displays, Insta-worthy photo moments and bespoke mood-boosting music, including fragrances from Comfort’s new Scent Booster Elixir range, inspired by high-end perfume notes such as rose and sandalwood.

Details: Botanical Bursts: A Next Level Fresh Experience runs 9–23 June 2024 at Outernet (Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 8LH). outernet.com

Summer in Sloane Square

8. Nibble In The Heart Of Chelsea

Summer in Sloane Square has landed, and it’s the perfect spot for a nibble beneath the sun this weekend. Created in partnership with The Royal Court Theatre, The Botanist, Côte and Azzurra, surrounded by festoon lighting, guests are invited to tuck into a selection of delicious summer plates, sharing nibbles and exquisite cocktails in the heart of Chelsea.

Details: All summer at Sloane Square.

Inside The Goring’s Newly Refurbished Restaurant

9. Visit The Goring’s Newly Refurbished Restaurant

The flagship Michelin starred restaurant at refined Belgravia hotel The Goring has finally reopened this week – so the weekend certainly begs a visit. Both the restaurant and the kitchen have had an overhaul at The Dining Room, with brand new interiors by Russell Sage Studio accompanied by a fresh seasonal menu for an all-round revived dining experience

Details: Open everyday for breakfast, lunch and dinner at 15 Beeston Pl, London SW1W 0JW. Book your table at thegoring.com

A New Lease Of Life For The Dining Room At The Goring

10. Visit A New Food Market

The latest street food market to hit London is Vauxhall’s Metropolis London, with 11 of the city’s best street food vendors taking over one of Albert Embankment’s railway arches, spanning loaded fries, Cal-Mex tacos and Sri Lankan food inspired by family recipes. The expansive space will also play host to up and coming talent, comedy nights, music and sports, open everyday from lunchtime until late.

Details: Metropolis London is now open at Albert Embankment Railway Arches (SE1 7TP) everyday of the week from 11am. metropolislondon.co.uk

Bluets' promotional poster

11. See Bluets

Margaret Perry’s adaptation of Bluets by Maggie Nelson is now being performed at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs for a limited time. A story about depression and desire, pleasure and pain, and a person possessed by a lifelong obsession with the colour blue, directed by Katie Mitchell, House of the Dragon star Emma D’Arcy leads the cast, with Ben Whishaw and Kayla Meikle rounding out the trio.

Details: 17 May–29 June 2024 at the Royal Court Jerwood Theatre Downstairs. Performances start at 2.30pm and 7.30pm Monday–Friday and 1.30pm and 6.30pm on Saturdays. Tickets can be purchased at royalcourttheatre.com

A spread of dishes at INKO NITO

© Rusne Draz

12. INKO NITO DJ Nights

Fancy starting the weekend with a bang? Every Friday, tucked away on Soho’s Broadwick Street, INKO NITO hosts vibrant and bustling DJ nights offering a mix of funk, soul, hip hop and deep house music alongside the unconventional Japanese robatayaki and sushi dishes that the restaurant is known for. Special dishes bespoke for DJ Nights will also be available, including Portobello mushrooms with smoked butter, sea bream with salsa rosa, Salmon teriyaki, and Kimchi rice.

Details: Every Friday at INKO NITO (55 Broadwick St, Carnaby, London W1F 9QS). inkonitorestaurant.com

Weekend roast at No Fifty Cheyne

13. Tuck Into West London’s Best Roast

Big words, but the Sunday roast at Chelsea’s No. 50 Cheyne is (rightly) the stuff of legend. Tucked away on Cheyne Walk – a stone’s throw from the River Thames and Albert Bridge with the King’s Road to the north – this light-filled brasserie is brimming with pretty flowers, bright interiors, and a buzzy atmosphere. Begin with a glass of fizz or treat yourself to a cocktail, before tucking into the legendary roast, choosing between 40 Day Aged Beef Sirloin, Roasted Cauliflower Heritage, Cumbrian Chicken or the restaurant’s prized 100 Day-Aged Belted Galloway Beef Rib Roast, with a limited quantity available. With Executive Chef Iain Smith inspired by a desire to first find and then cook London’s best roast, you’ll find all accompanied with perfectly roasted classic sides: roast potatoes (super crispy yet buttery soft in the middle, just as they should be), Yorkshire pudding (with a surprise stuffing ball nestled inside), huge glazed carrots and hispi cabbage, with a generous serving of gravy to boot. Divine. Best of all, this well-priced, in-demand roast is available on Saturdays as well as Sundays – but you’ll still need to be quick to cinch your table.

Details: Roasts are available every Saturday and Sunday at No. Fifty Cheyne (50 Cheyne Walk, London SW3 5LR), with prices starting at £25 on Saturdays and £28.30 on Sundays. Book your table at fiftycheyne.com

London’s Very Best Roasts

The interior of Apple Butter

© Emma Pharaoh

14. Eat Viral Pancakes

Apple Butter is a buzzy all-day dining spot and home to some viral pancakes that are worth going out of your way for. There’s the original branch in Seven Dials, or head to the newly opened venue on Langham Place – a stone’s throw away from Oxford Circus – for all the goodness in a slightly more tranquil spot. There’s a full menu of delicious, middle eastern inspired plates, plus an extensive menu of hot and cold coffees and speciality lattes; the cinnamon roll latte is a real treat. But the moment we’ve all been waiting for: the pancakes. There’s a daily special flavour of uber fluffy pancakes, spanning the likes of strawberry cheesecake, lotus and white chocolate, hazelnut praline and, if you’re lucky, sticky toffee pudding – a rich, gooey marvel with dates and a sprinkling of sesame seeds. Divine.

Details: Find Apple Butter in Seven Dials (32-34 Monmouth St, London WC2H 9HA) and Langham Place (4-5 Langham Pl, London W1B 3DG). Tables are walk-in only. Good luck! applebuttercafe.com

A photograph: Legless by James D Kelly

Legless by James D Kelly

15. See A Secret Photography Exhibition

Tucked away in the speakeasy bar of Chelsea’s chic …At Sloane is an exclusive exhibition of 12 hedonistic black and white photographs by James D Kelly, hung in tandem with Photo London. While you’re there, sip on a delicious cocktail in cool surroundings, or rest your head in one of 30 bedrooms tucked away in art-filled corridors.

Details: Find the Bar …At Sloane at 2 Holbein Pl, London SW1W 8NP.

Roof East and the London skyline at dusk

Roof East © Owen Billcliffe

16. Visit A Playground For Grownups

This is how Roof East is best described, featuring vibrant colours and sparkles that really shine when the sun finally shows up. Shoot up the elevator – or climb the many stairs – to the rooftop carpark, transformed into a fun haven featuring a beloved rooftop cinema, street food vendors, a Birdies mini golf course, Sluggers batting cages, Arrows archery and Glitter Bowls. Enjoy ice-cold cocktails, tuck into delicious street food, and challenge your friends to a round of giant jenga before snuggling up with a blanket for a movie.

Details: Roof East is officially open for 2024 at 7 & 8 Stratford Multi Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Rd, London E15 1XE. roofeast.com

A woman getting a facial

17. Natural Face Lift, Anyone?

This is how HarSPA Richmond’s brand new HIIT Facial and Stretch Treatment is best described. A truly rejuvenating experience, enter the spa at Harbour Hotel Richmond’s den of tranquillity, and emerge renewed. Created with UK-based sustainable skin and body care brand, Proverb, this facial is less about layers of serums and more about energising the skin and facial muscles for natural brightness and lift – all elevated with Proverb’s  gender-neutral, clean and natural skincare. Launched by former pro rugby player Luke Sheriff and his partner Kirstie, Proverb draws on athletic performance, and this facial really is a workout. Thanks to proven facial techniques to lift, contour and tone the skin, your circulation will be boosted bringing nutrients to the surface, and you will also benefit from lymphatic drainage, removing any toxic and waste. (Gua sha fans, this is your dream come true.) Afterwards, wind down from your workout (yes) in HarSPA’s idyllic facilities: luscious relaxation rooms, bubbly Scandi hot tubs in the garden, and a wellbeing juice bar to fuel your skin with lots of nutrients. For more fuel, Harbour Hotel’s laid back restaurant, The Gate, is the perfect pitstop – and the carrot salad is perfect (and very delicious) for any health-conscious visitors.

Details: The Proverb HIIT Facial and Stretch Treatment is available at HarSPA (Richmond Hill, Richmond TW10 6RP). The treatment is £68, with an exclusive gift when you book your first treatment. The Gate is located in Harbour Hotel (152–158 Richmond Hill, Richmond TW10 6RP). harbourhotels.co.uk

Food stalls and tables in Islington Square

18. Islington Square Saturday Market

Every Saturday, Islington Square is overtaken by a carefully curated weekly market in partnership with Urban Food Fest. Visit for mouth watering street food, unforgettable desserts and artisanal products alongside creative crafts for all the family.

Details: Every Saturday from 11am–5pm at Islington Square (116 Upper St, London N1 1AB).

19. Build A Terrarium

Bring some brightness to your living space with your very own beautiful (and low maintenance) terrarium. If you fancy making your own, join Katie and Lucas in Tottenham for guidance and all the materials you need to craft your very own oasis.

Details: Sessions take place on Saturdays in Tottenham, priced at £70 per person. See all of the details at wecandoo.uk

Artist Jodie Carey's work on display at ‘Beyond the Matrix’, an installation put on by Brookfield Properties of two female-led sculpture exhibitions in partnership with The Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA) Members opens at 100 Bishopsgate, London, ahead of International Women’s Day

© David Parry/PA Wire.

20. See A Sculpture

With only 13 percent of known sculptures in London attributed to women, Brookfield Properties and its new partner, The Association of Women in the Arts (AWITA), has unveiled the first of two consecutive exhibitions by women sculptors, curated through a female lens and timed to coincide with Womens’ History Month. ‘Creating visibility for female artists and valuing them through a commissioning and exhibition platform is vital to continue progress towards gender equity,’ explains Sigrid Kirk, co-founder of AWITA. Crafted by Jodie Carey and curated by Eve Miller, Beyond the Matrix is on display now.

Details: ‘Beyond the Matrix’ can be seen at 100 Bishopsgate (London EC2M 1GT) until September 2024.

Hands holding a tub of ice cream

21. Learn To Make Gelato

Say hello to warmer days with a gelato making session. Join Elisa and Fabiano in Wandsworth to learn all about the art of gelato and sorbet making, before tucking into your creation – 500g of it, no less.

Details: Sessions take place on Wednesdays and Sundays in Wandsworth, priced at £65 per person. See all of the details at wecandoo.uk

Rooftop film club Bussey Building

22. Watch A Rooftop Film

Film lovers rejoice: Rooftop Film Club is back for 2024, herading rooftop season with it. Both the Peckham and Stratford venues will be screening a mixture of new releases and cult classics throughout Spring and Summer, from Anatomy of a Fall to About Time, Poor Things to Notting Hill. Meanwhile, nibble on pizza, popcorn and desserts, and sip on cocktails from the bar.

Details: Roof East (Rooftop Film Club Roof East, Great Eastern Rd, London E15 1BB) will be open from 18 April, while the Peckham venue (Roof A, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST) will open on 25 April. Book your tickets at rooftopfilmclub.com

A cocktail at Swift, London

Sgroppino cocktail

23. Celebrate Aperitivo Hour At Swift

With lighter evenings finally the norm once again, celebrate the weekend off in style with Aperitivo Hour cocktails at Swift. Order any cocktail before 6pm and get it for only £7.

Details: £7 cocktails are available everyday before 6pm at Swift Borough (66 Borough High St, London SE1 1XF; open from 3pm on Friday, 1pm on Saturday and close on Sundays) and Swift Shoreditch (91-93 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HZ; open from 3pm Friday–Sunday). Walk ins are very welcome, or secure your table at barswift.com

A woman getting a laser facial

24. Skin Refresh For The Weekend

Skincare lover wondering what to do in London this weekend? Cult skin clinic Skin Laundry is pioneering the non-invasive laser facial, and we’d highly recommend it. With a limited number of services available, expect high quality, clinically proven treatments delivered by warm clinicians, many with no down time at all and some with instant glowy results. Unsure what to go for? Book a consultation and step into the calming studio ready for a candid conversation with one of the friendly clinicians regarding your skincare goals. They’ll guide you through the whole process, explaining why the lasers work, and what results you can expect. And even though ‘laser’ might sound daunting, don’t worry: it doesn’t hurt in the slightest. Already sold? Join the Skin Laundry club for multiple monthly facials and exclusive discounts on all services and products.

Details: Skin Laundry is open everyday in Chelsea (69A King’s Rd, London SW3 4NX), Soho (9 Newburgh St, Carnaby, London W1F 7RL) and Hampstead (68 Heath St, London NW3 1DN), 10am–8pm with reduced hours on Sundays. Book your appointment at skinlaundry.uk

Yoko Ono with Half-A-Room 1967 from HALF-A-WIND SHOW, Lisson Gallery, London, 1967. Photo © Clay Perry

Yoko Ono with Half-A-Room 1967 from HALF-A-WIND SHOW, Lisson Gallery, London, 1967. Photo © Clay Perry

25. See The Yoko Ono Exhibition

She may be best known for being married to John Lennon, but there’s a lot more to Yoko Ono than her Beatles connection. The Japanese musician and performance artist, now 90, has a fascinating body of work that spans over seven decades – which is being explored in an landmark exhibition at Tate Modern. The largest show Yoko Ono’s work yet, Music of the Mind will delve into some of the most talked about works of her career, from the 1950s to the modern day. Naturally, her London years (1966 – 1971) will be a point of intrigue: the period she became intertwined with a nonconformist network of artists and musicians, including Lennon. Her banned Film No. 4 (Bottoms) will be shown, and visitors will have the chance to participate in White Chess Set, a game with solely white chess pieces believed to symbolise Ono’s anti-war stance.

Details: 15 February–1 September at the Tate Modern (Bankside, London SE1 9TG). tate.org.uk

Otherworld: The Immersive David Attenborough Experience

26. Visit The Immersive David Attenborough Experience

Nature fan looking for a new immersive experience in London? We’ve found the perfect thing for you to try this weekend in London: OTHERWORLD’s David Attenborough Immersive Anthology. A three-part immersive journey narrated by David Attenborough, this stunning 8K virtual reality casts nature’s beasts and beauties into sharp relief, featuring carnivorous flytraps, majestic butterflies and towering pterosaurs, all brought to life by state-of-the-art 3D cinematography and computer graphics, spatial audio and tactile bass technology.

Details: OTHERWORLD has two London venues: Victoria (85 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0QJ) and Hackney (336 Acton Mews, Haggerston, London E8 4EA). Tickets are £35 per person for the 70 minute experience, including a 15 minute interval, and can be purchased at other.world

The moody interiors of a London bar

27. Sip Cocktails In A Secret Bar

Sotto is London’s latest speakeasy bar opening, hidden beneath Soho’s buzzy Bocconcino. It’s all about classic Italian elegance, expressed through chic interiors, soft lighting, and a cool menu of unique savoury cocktails. Everything has an Italian twist: think an Old Fashioned infused with wild mushrooms, or the Avocado Amore blending the favourite fruit with Italian lemons, Calabrian chilli and basil foam, or the Velvet Corvina mixing corvina wine with peach purée, wine cordial, crème de cassis and blood orange. Enjoy alongside a selection of small plates for the perfect intimate date night spot. Cheers!

Details: Sotto is open on Fridays and Saturdays from 7pm–2am at Bocconcino Soho (59 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7JY). Book at bocconcinorestaurant.co.uk

Sound Healing at The Mandrake

28. Sound Healing At The Mandrake

Seeking some serenity? Experience the transformative combination of Reiki and Sound Healing every Saturday at The Mandrake Hotel, guided by skilled sound healer Maria Lodetoft. Expect Reiki healing amid the soothing soundscape of alchemy crystal singing bowls, producing tones and frequencies thought to align the chakras, calm the mind, and open the heart.

Details: Every Saturday at 11am at The Mandrake Hotel (20-21 Newman St, London W1T 1PG). Places cost £40 per person and can be booked at themandrake.com

29. The Leo Green Experience

Live music and jazz fans should flock to QT this weekend, where The Leo Green Experience celebrates the best sax solos centre stage, putting a high-energy sax twist on the biggest hits of the last 30 years. Featuring table service delivering an array of small plates and cocktails, there’s an old school vibe with an easy breezy air: think drinking, dancing and eating while Leo and his band raise the roof.

Details: Every Friday and Saturday evening from 7.30–9.15pm and 9.45pm–1am at QT (Middle Eight Hotel, 66 Great Queen St, London WC2B 5BX). Tickets are £25 for general admission, or £35 for seated table service. Book at middleeight.com

bar des pres

30. Dinner Break From Shopping

Going shopping in London this weekend? If you’re looking for a chic spot to fuel up after a busy day on your feet, Bar des Prés is the perfect answer. From acclaimed French chef Cyril Lignac, expect a thrilling blend of Franco-East Asian cuisines across meticulously crafted dishes, from California rolls to sashimi, gyoza to the signature Crunchy crab & avocado galette (you’ll see everyone ordering this; it tastes as beautiful as it looks). Sit barside for a front row seat to the cold kitchen show, plus watch the mixologists shaking up a storm, with a concise cocktail list catering to all tastes – the signatures are all delightful. There are some seasonal specials evoking perfect cosy vibes, from Beef Gyoza with Ginger and Soy to Miso Caramelised Aubergine to Roast Scallops with Potimarron Squash. But the signature dishes remain stunning as ever, including ever-delicious Black cod caramelised with miso, served with baby spinach (who knew spinach could be so delicious), plus perfect cubes of Wagyu and the ever-intriguing Vanilla wash (weird and wonderful). All this amid sophisticated, moody, intimate surrounds; if it’s just a cocktail you seek, venture downstairs for a subtly chic subterranean space.

Details: Bar des Prés (16 Albemarle St, London W1S 4HW) is open for dinner everyday from 6pm, closing at 11pm Monday–Saturday and 10pm on Sundays. bardespres.com

Brilliant Corners bar in Dalston

© Sam Harris

31. Live Music Bars

There’s only one thing better than live music: live music with a glass of something in your hand. London’s live music bar scene is thriving – it always has been – and from jazz clubs to hi-fi DJ venues, there are plenty to choose from. Our favourite this winter is Brilliant Corners, a vibrant yet moody spot tucked away in Dalston, serving natural wine, zingy cocktails and a delicious seasonal five-course set menu inspired by the izakaya of Japan.

Details: Brilliant Corners is open 5pm–1.30am on Fridays and Saturdays and 4pm–midnight on Sundays at 470 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AE. Book your table at brilliantcornerslondon.co.uk

London’s Best Bars For Live Music

bouquets of flowers wrapped in brown paper at a market

32. Columbia Road Flower Market

Brighten the gloomy winter days with a trip to London’s premiere flower market this weekend: Columbia Road. Taking place every Sunday between Bethnal Green and Hoxton, it attracts people from far and wide in droves and for good reason, offering a glorious slice of unchanging London life, with reasonable prices across flowers and bulbs, succulents and houseplants. With a rainbow of vibrant colours, it’s hard to resist succumbing to the classic Instagram shots. Afterwards, head into Shoreditch, or grab a bagel on the ever-popular Brick Lane.

Details: Sundays, 8am–2pm at Columbia Road, Bethnal Green E2 7RG. columbiaroad.info

More Of London’s Gorgeous Flower Markets To Visit

Five people holding bowling balls

33. Go Bowling

OK, OK, a generic weekend suggestion – but London’s bowling alleys are some of the nation’s best. Whether you’re looking to host a big birthday blowout, make plans with friends or you’re in need of new date ideas, you’ll bowl everyone over with these spots.

Chef Roberta in action

34. Learn To Make Pasta

Wondering what to do in London next weekend? Try your hand at the Italian art of pasta making at Pasta Evangelists’ Pasta Academy in Farringdon. Expect to learn all about the best ingredients and techniques, and eat your creation at the end, too. Read our review of the Beginners’ Class here.

Details: Pasta Evangelists’ Pasta Academy (62-63 Long Lane, Barbican, London EC1A 9EJ). These classes are extremely high-demand, so your weekend activity will inevitably be booking ahead for a future weekend. pastaevangelists.com

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