Things to do on a Saturday in London

Fill your Saturday in London with a spot of top-notch shopping, foodie treats and world-famous theatre shows.

Tuck into delicious food in London

Treat yourself to afternoon tea in London at the Scoff & Banter Tea Rooms, indulging in warm scones, cute cakes and finger sandwiches, plus hot dishes such as lobster and scallops.

Alternatively, head out for a tasty brunch in London. Choose from healthy brunch options and bottomless brunches, or try an indulgent caviar omelette at The Wolseley and waffles piled high with toppings at 24-hour restaurant Duck & Waffle.

Browse London's Saturday markets

Head west to the famous Portobello Road Market, overflowing with music stalls, vintage clothes and antique dealers selling wonderful pieces of history. Take a stroll down Broadway Market in east London for everything from street food dishes to beautiful arts and crafts.

Fill up on tasty treats at one the best food markets in London. Explore Duke of York Square’s fine food market, the well-hidden Maltby Street Market or the historic Berwick Street Market in Soho. Drop by Borough Market to stock up on fresh produce and high-quality artisan ingredients, or to enjoy a kerb-side feast of street food during your weekend in London.

Visit a little-known London area

Saturdays are a great time to explore a lesser-visited area of London. Spend the day looking for deer in the capital’s largest park in Richmond or discover the delights of Croydon in south London. Wander through the beautiful cobbled streets of Greenwich before visiting Cutty Sark or the Royal Observatory Greenwich, and cool off with a dip in the tranquil bathing ponds of Hampstead.

Discover a new way to travel

The Tube can get busy during the weekend in London, so hop on a Santander Cycle, docking stations are dotted all over the capital, for a leisurely ride through a London park or along one of the city’s many riverside cycle paths.

Glide through the skies above London on the Emirates Air Line cable car, see the city from the water during a relaxing river cruise, or paddle along the river with London Kayak Tours.

Watch a day-time show in London

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While away Saturday in London with an afternoon show in the sunshine at the open-air Shakespeare's Globe Theatre. Alternatively, catch a matinee performance of a top West End show; you can often find cheap London theatre tickets for afternoon performances.

Enjoy some free entertainment during your London weekend trip in Covent Garden, as the pretty Piazza buzzes with live street performers, including magicians, musicians and daredevils. Bag a front row spot and you might even find yourself part of the action!

Go vintage shopping

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If you’re looking to pick up some hidden treasures, there’s no shortage of vintage shops in London. Make your way to east London to search for retro shoes at Absolute Vintage and second-hand fashion in vintage department store, Blitz. Browse the stalls at Alfie's Antique Market, before toasting to a successful day of shopping on the rooftop cafe.

Discover hidden gems in London

Escape the crowds with a visit to one of the more unusual museums in London. See aisles packed full of specimens from the animal kingdom at the Grant Museum of Zoology and admire beautiful creations at The Fan Museum.

Nose around the former home of one of London’s greatest architects at Sir John Soane’s Museum or explore the residences of two world-famous musicians with Handel & Hendrix in London.

Alternatively, search for some of the best street art in London, including pieces by Banksy and tributes to music legends such as David Bowie and Amy Winehouse.

Enjoy Saturday night in London

Gather your friends around plates of Spanish and Italian tapas at the May Fair Kitchen, or sink your teeth into a scrumptious meal of Steak & Lobster in Bloomsbury.

Round off your Saturday night in London with a drink or two at the May Fair Terrace, which boasts an extensive range of cocktails created by top mixologists and a fine selection of hand-rolled cigars. And then soak up the sophisticated atmosphere in the May Fair Bar.

If you’re in the party mood, dance the night away at one of London’s late-night clubs and travel on the Night Tube, which runs a 24-hour service across some Tube lines on Saturdays.