Events in London this weekend

Need some inspiration for the weekend? You’ll find all the busiest pubs and clubs and nightlife around Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus and Soho. Leicester Square is the best area for cinemas. The West End is great for theatres and musicals. Maybe you can enjoy a quiet Sunday in an art gallery or museum.

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Theatre shows this weekend

Why not surprise your partner this weekend and take them to see a show in London?

Leave To Remain at Lyric Hammersmith

Leave To Remain

19 Jan to Leave To Remain tells the story of a gay couple facing an uncertain future which threatens to fracture their families as well
Coming Clean at Trafalgar Studios

Coming Clean at the Trafalgar Studios

19 Jan to Coming Clean is a play about a seemingly happy couple whose relationship founders when a new man comes into their lives
Party Time Celebration at Harold Pinter Theatre

Pinter at the Pinter: Party Time / Celebration

19 Jan to The five-month long season of Harold Pinters one-act plays continues with Party Time and Celebration
The Room Victoria Station at Harold Pinter Theatre

The Room / Victoria Station / Family Voices

19 Jan to The five-month long season of Harold Pinters plays continues with The Room Victoria Station and Family Voices
Nine Night at Trafalgar Studios

Nine Night at Trafalgar Studios

19 Jan to The Jamaican Nine Night wake is a traditional way to see off the dead -- with a nine night party of food and laughter
Doctor Faustus at Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

Doctor Faustus by Christopher Marlowe

20 Jan to The Sam Wanamaker Theatre will be putting on a candlelit production of Christopher Marlowes Doctor Faustus
Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night Time at Piccadilly Theatre

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

19 Jan to When Christopher comes under suspicion for killing Mrs Shears dog he decides to solve the crime himself

Family & Kid’s events this weekend

Take your kids to London this weekend and see one of these family-friendly events

A Christmas Carol at Old Vic

Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol

19 Jan A Christmas Carol is returning to the Old Vic with a unique staging that will please everyone aged 8 and above
Medieval Banquet

Medieval Banquet with minstrels and knights

Enjoy a medieval banquet and be entertained by English knights and some singing minstrels and even King Henry VIII himself
London Zoo

Meet the animals up close at London Zoo

Heres your chance to enter the animal enclosures and get close to some of the friendliest animals at London Zoo
Royal Observatory

The night sky tonight (planetarium show)

The Royal Observatory in Greenwich puts on a daily show at their planetarium to show you what will be visible in the sky tonight
Museum of Childhood
free

A Pirates Life For Me

19 Jan to A child-friendly exhibition about pirates that will take your kids on a swashbuckling adventure and show them some real pirate coins
Namco Funscape

Play arcade games at NAMCO Funscape

NAMCO Funscape is like an indoor funfair with three floors of arcade games pool tables 10-pin bowling bumper cars and a sports bar
The Emirates Air Line (Cable Car)

Cable car across the River Thames

This cable car offers fantastic views as it carries you across the Thames from the O2 Arena to the ExCel Centre in five minutes
Science Museum

The Sun - Living With Our Star

19 Jan to The Science Museum will be telling the extraordinary story of the life-giving star that sits at the centre of our Solar System
Natural History Museum

Life In The Dark - Natural History Museum

19 Jan to Enter the nocturnal world of the creatures that live in pitch-black caves and at the bottom of the deep dark ocean

Art & Museum exhibitions this weekend

Our guide to the best exhibitions taking place in London this Saturday and Sunday

National Gallery
free

The Monarch of the Glen - Edwin Landseer

19 Jan to Edwin Landseers majestic painting of The Monarch of the Glen is one of the worlds best-loved animal paintings
National Gallery
free

Rachel Maclean - The Lion And The Unicorn

19 Jan to Rachel Macleans darkly comic and satirical film explores the relationship between Scotland and England
British Library
free

P G Wodehouse - The Man and His Work

19 Jan to Explore the development of P G Wodehouses writing career with this free exhibition at the British Library
Guildhall Art Gallery

Victorian Children - Seen and Heard

19 Jan to The Guildhall Art Gallerys new exhibition will explore the changing way that childhood was portrayed in Victorian art
British Library
free

Cats On The Page - British Library

19 Jan to An exhibition all about cats that explores how they have been portrayed in literature in paintings and on the stage
National Portrait Gallery

Thomas Gainsboroughs Family Album

19 Jan to Gainsboroughs Family Album collects together fifty works showing the family life of 18th-century artist Thomas Gainsborough
British Museum

I am Ashurbanipal - King of Assyria

19 Jan to The major new exhibition at the British Museum will reveal treasures from the reign of King Ashurbanipal of Assyria

Royal & Religious events this weekend

If you’re visiting London at the weekend try one of these Royal Family-related events or church services

Buckingham Palace

Exclusive evening tour of Buckingham Palace

19 Jan to Enjoy a glass of champagne and a tour of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace in the company of an expert guide
Tower of London

Twilight Tour at the Tower of London

20 Jan to See the Tower of London after dark and be led around the grounds by a Yeoman Warder as he tells you all the stories
Queen’s Gallery

Russia: Royalty & The Romanovs

19 Jan to The Royalty & The Romanovs exhibition will explore some of the events and works of art that passed between British and Russian Royal families
Hampton Court Palace

Ghost Tour of Hampton Court Palace

20 Jan to Spend a spooky night at Hampton Court being led around the courtyards whilst listening to some spine-tingling ghost stories
Windsor Castle

Visit the State Rooms at Windsor Castle

Visit the State Apartments at Windsor Castle - the worlds oldest inhabited castle which has been home to the Royal Family for a thousand years
Hampton Court Palace
free

Choral Mass at Hampton Court Palace

Attend a Sunday service in one of the countrys most beautiful chapels -- Henry VIIIs Chapel Royal at Hampton Court Palace
Tower of London
free

Sunday service at the Tower of London

You can attend a Sunday service at the Chapel Royal in the Tower of London -- one of the most historic churches in the City
Westminster Abbey
free

Evensong Mass at Westminster Abbey

You can enjoy a choral Evensong service at Westminster Abbey which combines a traditional mass with a choir
St. Paul’s Cathedral
free

Evensong Mass at St Pauls Cathedral

If you attend a choral Evensong service at St Pauls Cathedral then you can see a small part of the Cathedral for free

Political & Military events this weekend

History buffs might like to attend one of these parades or political events at the weekend

Houses of Parliament

Houses of Parliament tour with afternoon tea

Enjoy a Saturday tour of Parliament and then enjoy an afternoon tea on the Terrace Pavilion overlooking the Thames
Houses of Parliament

Saturday tour of the Houses of Parliament

The Houses of Parliament offers guided tours on most Saturdays when the MPs have returned to their constituencies
Buckingham Palace
free

Changing the Guard at Buckingham Palace

20 Jan to The Changing the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace is one of the must-see events for every tourists itinerary
National Army Museum

Alfred Munnings - Horse artist from World War I

19 Jan to World War I paintings by Sir Alfred Munnings created when he was part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force
Queen’s Gallery

Shadows of War - Fentons Photos of the Crimea

19 Jan to The Shadows of War exhibition at the Queens Gallery reveals the futility of war through Roger Fentons photographs of the Crimean War
National Army Museum
free

Call in the Cavalry - National Army Museum

19 Jan to An exhibition about the British Hussars exploring their history and shared traditions with the Hungarian Hussars
Churchill War Rooms

Private tour of the Churchill War Rooms

Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms and experience Winston Churchills wartime bunker from behind the glass
Speakers’ Corner
free

Listen to a speech at Speakers Corner

If you visit Speakers Corner at Sunday lunchtime you can listen to orators discussing whatever they like in the name of free speech
Horse Guards
free

4 OClock Parade or Dismounting Ceremony

The Dismounting Ceremony (or 4 OClock Parade) is a short ceremony that takes place every day at Horse Guards

Classical music this weekend

Music lovers might like to try one of these classical music events this weekend

Royal Albert Hall

Guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall

This guided tour of the Royal Albert Hall will take you inside one of the balcony boxes for a fantastic view of the famous auditorium

Sightseeing tours this weekend

Why not explore London this weekend on one of these guided sightseeing tours?

See London by Night

See London by night - on a sightseeing bus

The See London By Night bus tour will show you Londons most famous landmarks beautifully lit up in the night sky
Ghost Bus Tours

Ghost Bus Tour around Londons dark past

The Ghost Bus Tour will take you on a journey through Londons gruesome past and into the dark heart of the capital
Thames Rockets

Roar down the Thames in a speeding boat

A trip on a Thames Rocket is something youll never forget speeding down the river underneath the Londons bridges
City Cruises

Boat trip down the Thames with City Cruises

City Cruises offer one-way return or all-day boat trips between Westminster and Greenwich stopping off at Tower Bridge
TRS River Cruise

TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich

Spend a leisurely afternoon on a TRS river cruise from Big Ben to Greenwich and see some of the sights along the river
Big Bus Tours

London Bus Tour - open-top sightseeing bus

This traditional open-top bus tour will take in all the best landmarks and attractions with a free river cruise and guided walk
Original Bus Tour

The Original Tour - Open-top sightseeing bus

The Original Tour is one of Londons most popular sightseeing buses and its also a great way to travel around the capital
Buckingham Palace

Exclusive evening tour of Buckingham Palace

19 Jan to Enjoy a glass of champagne and a tour of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace in the company of an expert guide
Tower of London

Twilight Tour at the Tower of London

20 Jan to See the Tower of London after dark and be led around the grounds by a Yeoman Warder as he tells you all the stories

Sports events this weekend

Saturday and Sunday are definitely the best days to watch a bit of sport in London

Canary Wharf

Skate around Canary Wharfs ice rink

19 Jan to This ice rink sits in the shadow of the Canary Wharf skyscrapers with an icy perimeter path made of fir trees and fairy lights
Natural History Museum

Ice Rink at the Natural History Museum

19 Jan to The Natural History Museum has one of Londons prettiest ice rinks decorated with a huge tree and fairground carousel
Lord’s

Guided tour around Lords Cricket Ground

Cricket fans will love having a look around the home of cricket with this tour of Lords Cricket Ground and the MCC Museum
Hackney Marshes
free

Sunday football on Hackney Marshes

Hackney Marshes is the home of Sunday league football with over 70 matches played between dozens of amateur teams
Chelsea at Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea FC - Tour of Stamford Bridge

Walk in the footsteps of your football heroes with a guided tour of Stamford Bridge and the Chelsea Museum
Arsenal at Arsenal FC, Emirates Stadium

Arsenal FC - Tour of the Emirates Stadium

Walk in the footsteps of your Arsenal heroes on a tour of the stadium and pitch and visit the Arsenal Museum
Wembley Stadium

Wembley Stadium tour

Join a Wembley Stadium Tour and see the changing rooms and pitch and walk up the stairs to the Royal Box and pretend to lift the FA Cup

Other London events at the weekend

Here are some more events over the weekend that we couldn’t fit into the other categories…

Bateaux London

Dinner cruise on the river with Bateaux London

Bateaux London offers you great cuisine and live entertainment onboard the boat as it sails serenely down the Thames
Thames Clippers

Thames Clippers from Putney to Greenwich

Thames Clippers offer one-way return or all-day trips along a 15-mile stretch of the river between Putney and Greenwich
Fortnum & Mason

Enjoy an Afternoon Tea at Fortnum & Mason

Put on your best clothes and enjoy an elegant Afternoon Tea in the famous Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon at Fortnum & Mason
The Ritz

Afternoon tea in the Palm Court at the Ritz Hotel

Dress up in your Sunday best and enjoy an afternoon tea at the Ritz Hotel in the luxurious surroundings of the Palm Court
O2 Arena

Climb to the platform at the top of The O2

Climb to the top of The O2s tented roof and enjoy a spectacular 360-degree view of the London skyline from the viewing platform
Portobello Road

The famous Portobello Road Antiques Market

Portobello Road is home to the UKs most famous antiques market where 100000 people browse hundreds of stalls every Saturday
Trafalgar Square

Ride an old-style double-decker bus

Enjoy riding around on one of Londons old 1960s double-decker buses (the one with a conductor and an open platform at the back)
Docklands Light Railway (DLR)

Have a ride on the Docklands Light Railway

The driverless Docklands Light Railway train allows you to sit right at the front giving you a fantastic view of the track ahead
The City

Hire a Boris Bike and cycle around London

If weaving your way in and out of the busy London traffic on a hire bike sounds like fun then how about hiring a Boris Bike for the day?
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