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.

It’s the last Bank Holiday weekend of the summer and that means: carnival! Notting Hill will be rocking to a Caribbean soundtrack all weekend, and south of the river Clapham Common will become a dance music mecca. If you are looking for something a bit more tranquil, Apsley House is going back to Regency England and Denise Van Outen has a new one-woman play!

Caribbean vibes

Notting Hill Carnival is one of the most popular events on any Londoners calendar. Our handy illustrated guide is full of hints and tips to make the most of your day, including transport information and maps. Now all that’s left to do is shake your tail feathers and tuck into some jerk chicken. 23-25 Aug

Chaos on the Common

Clapham Common will be filled with revellers this weekend as the giant dance music festival SW4 rolls in for its 10th year. The biggest names in EDM are headlining, including Above and Beyond, Alesso, Eric Prydz and the legendary Canadian Deadmau5. 23-24 Aug


Some Girl I Used to Know is a new one-woman musical play starring and co-written by Denise van Outen, making a short run of three weeks at The Arts Theatre. The plot is classic romantic-comedy, with the protagonist Stephanie Canworth recognisable to any Sex and the City fan and a pop-soundtrack from the 80s and 90s. Watch as Canworth’s past comes back to haunt her and old feelings and desires come bubbling up to the surface of her manicured life. 22 Aug-13 Sep

Revel with Regency

Apsley House, the former home of the Duke of Wellington on the corner of Hyde Park, will take you back in time for its Regency Weekend. Actors will be posing as Napoleonic gentry and you can learn how to dance Jane Austen-style. While you are there be sure to peruse the art collection, which includes works by Velázquez and Rubens, and Canova’s massive nude statue of Napoleon. 24-25 Aug

Hide and Seek

Musical maestro Imogen Heap has been given the keys to The Roundhouse this weekend for the annual Reverb festival of sound. The electronic singer-songwriter has curated a programme of live performances from her favourite artists. Heap will then round it all off by performing her fourth album, Sparks, for the first time, using her Gloves, a wireless, gesture-based, musical instrument (think Tom Cruise in Minority Report). 21-14 Aug

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