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.

We have a great range of events taking place this weekend, from a blockbuster new West End show to some great family fun in Chinatown and the Coliseum, and failing that you could always just head to the beach…

Star Crossed Lovers

Marc Norman and Tom Stoppard’s fictional rendering of Shakespeare’s love life has been adapted for the London stage by Billy Elliot pen Lee Hall. Shakespeare in Love opens at the Noel Coward Theatre this week and the timing couldn’t be better, with 2014 marking Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. The story sees The Bard beset with writer’s block, until he finds a beautiful muse and goes on to write his great romance, Romeo and Juliet. 23 Jul-1 Oct

Life’s a Beach

For all its charms London is missing that one great summer locale, the beach. Londoners are not ones easily put off though, and the folks over at the Roundhouse have flown in 150 tonnes of sand and enough rum to sink the Jolly Roger for its Camden Beach pop-up. Cocktails are 2-4-1 all night Monday and between 5 and 7pm Tuesday to Friday. 26 Jul-23 Aug

The Revolution Will be Televised

The Victoria and Albert Museum’s latest exhibition explores the role objects have played in inciting social change around the world. Disobedient Objects focuses on how technology has helped bring change, with items ranging from finely woven banners, defaced currency, political video games and even experimental activist bicycles and protest robots. 26 Jul-1 Feb 2015

Big Fun in Little China

Head down to London’s Chinatown on Sunday for the inaugural Chinatown Family Day. There will be Chinese dance and martial arts performances, a traditional lion dance procession and opportunities for kids to get involved with origami, calligraphy and other arts and crafts workshops. The festivities run between midday and 5pm and the event is free to attend. 27 Jul

Dolled Up

Continuing with the family-friendly fun this week, The English National Ballet is performing Coppelia seven times at the London Coliseum this week. The ballet tells the story of toymaker Dr Coppelius who wishes for nothing more than to bring his beautiful Coppelia doll to life, leading to a classic comedy of mistaken identity. 23-27 Jul

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