Things To Do This Weekend in London

There are so many things to see and do in London every day. Here is our pick of the best things to do in London this weekend, including hot new shows, exhibitions and family events

Ah, the long weekend is behind us and the kids have gone back to school, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t lots of great things to do this weekend, even if all you want is some R&R. We have the glitz of a film festival, the words of the Bard and men in speedos, what more could you want?

Indy darlings

America’s premier indy film festival Sundance relocates to London this weekend with a packed schedule of screenings, talks, workshops and music at The O2. Highlights include Frank, a quirky British film from the pen of Jon Ronson, starring Michael Fassbender, a full showing of Michael Winterbottom’s cult favourite The Trip to Italy with Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan, and “From the Collection” screenings of Sundance-discovered favourites Memento, Reservoir Dogs and Winter’s Bone. 25-27 Apr

Daly Dives

British Olympian Tom Daly is competing in the FINA/NVC Diving World Series 2014 on Sunday, which would explain why it’s sold out. Tickets are still available for the other four weekend sessions though, which will feature diving from the world’s best in a fantastic setting. This is the first major competition at the newly re-opened Aquatics Centre in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and is a great opportunity to relive the glory days of London 2012. But don’t take our word for it, here’s a video of Tom talking up the venue. 25-27 Apr

“There was a star danced, and under that was I born”

Celebrating the Bard’s 450th birthday, Guildhall Library is putting on a week of Shakespearean events. There is a look at Shakespeare’s London Theatreland, exploring the theatres that sprung up during the Shakespearean period, various Shakespeare inspired walks and a complete reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnets from volunteers and special guests. Booking is essential. 22-25 April

“Blood and revenge are hammering in my head”

While we are on the theme, Shakespeare’s Globe kicks off its summer season with his first, and most brutal, tragedy – Titus Andronicus – this weekend. Returning to Rome from a war against the Goths, the general Titus Andronicus brings with him the queen Tamora and her three sons as prisoners of war. However, Titus’ sacrifice of Tamora’s eldest son to appease the ghosts of his dead sons, and his decision to refuse to accept the title of emperor, initiates a brutal cycle of violence upon which the play viciously spins. 24 Apr-13 Jul

Not a Big Bird in sight

Those cheeky puppets on Avenue Q are back for a short revival tour which will stop in at the Greenwich Theatre from this weekend for a two and a half week run. The musical puts an adult spin on the family-favourite Sesame Street, riffing on the coming of age theme with a mix of sharp satire and catchy songs. 23 Apr-11 May