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 week before Halloween and we have some big exhibition and theatre openings for you, before all of the frights to come. The weekend’s activities vary wildly, from top-class photography to fine art, and from musicals to serious drama, we’ve got it covered.

Natural Beauty

A real crowd pleaser, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 exhibition opens today. If the above image is anything to go by this year’s entries will be as striking as ever. The best 100 images are on show at the Natural History Museum and there is a People’s Choice Award for the first time this year, so you can vote for your favourite. Better news still is that the museum is hosting a Late next Friday, so you can enjoy the exhibition after hours. 24 Oct-30 Aug

A Knight to Remember


Following her star turn on the West End stage in The Bodyguard, the incredible voice of Beverley Knight takes on Memphis the Musical at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Inspired by real-life events, the plot follows a radio DJ and a talented club singer during the rise of underground nightclubs in Memphis, Tennessee in the 1950s, as blues and gospel started to seep into the mainstream. 23 Oct-3 Jan

Duck and Cover


From a blockbuster musical to a classic of Scandinavian theatre, we know how to do high and low here. This production of Henrik Ibsen’s masterpiece The Wild Duck comes from Australian company Belvoir Sydney. The play is transported to modern-day Australia but the story of familial turmoil maintains its power in any setting. This is part of the Barbican Theatre’s International Ibsen Season, which has been bringing the Norwegian playwright’s works into contemporary settings this autumn. 23 Oct-1 Nov

War Stories


This fascinating exhibition is the culmination of a unique project by the Imperial War Museum to examine the day-to-day lives of soldiers stationed in the Afghanistan conflict. Given unprecedented access to a modern-day war zone by the Ministry of Defence, the museum has selected stories and items for War Story: Afghanistan 2014 in the aim of presenting a living history of the conflict, from drones to suicide vests. Until Sep 2015

North Italian Renaissance


For a dose of fine art, the Royal Academy of Arts never lets you down. This weekend, head over to the beautiful gallery to see the UK’s first comprehensive exhibition of works by Giovanni Battista Moroni. The Northern Italian painter was a contemporary of Titian and is famed for his portraits of religious icons and everyday people. 25 Oct-25 Jan