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.

London is readying itself for the busy Christmas and New Year period. Here we've pulled together some fun ideas on how to enjoy the festive period in a quieter than usual London, as well as some activities to stretch the festivities out into 2015.

Christmas Time 

London is pretty quiet on Christmas Day, but there are in fact things to do apart from eating and drinking. You can hop on a Boris Bike and enjoy the quiet streets to yourself, and there are even organised tours on Christmas Day and some attractions are open. Find out what to do on Christmas Day. Dec 25 

Last Chance Exhibitions 

A whole host of top exhibitions are closing on 4 January, so this is your last chance to see work shortlisted for The Turner Prize, art made of LEGO and some incredible photography by Horst P. Horst at the V&A. The Turner Prize exhibition can be found at Tate Britain and includes art by the eventual winner, Duncan Campbell. Other exhibitions closing soon include Ships, Clocks and Stars: The Quest for Longitude at the National Maritime Museum and a celebration of everyone's favourite Peruvian bear at the Museum of London with A Bear Called Paddington. Until Jan 4 

Please Don’t Stop The Music 

Starting on Saturday with Glorious Handel by Candlelight and The Very Best of John Williams, the Barbican’s musical Raymond Gubbay Christmas Festival gets into full swing over the weekend. Handel’s best works will be played in a candlelit setting and Williams’ most memorable scores will be performed by the London Concert Orchestra, including Star Wars, Harry Potter, Indiana Jones and ET. 27 Dec-7 Feb. Book Tickets


London’s ice rinks stay open way beyond Christmas and this weekend would be a great time to enjoy one of them. The Somerset House, London Eye and Natural History Museum rinks are the most iconic, or you can head to Winter Wonderland or Winterville for a wider array of Christmassy activities. Until 28 Feb 

Dancing on Ice 

Otherwise you could head to The O2 and watch the professionals take to the ice, dressed as Disney characters no less. The whole family can enjoy Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic, as classic characters ranging from Pinocchio to Woody and Buzz perform choreographed routines on the ice. 24 Dec-4 Jan. Book Tickets

(Pre-)January Sales 

The post-Christmas sales kick off on Friday, so head out to London’s best shopping areas if you fancy taking on the other bargain hunters. Both Westfield shopping centres and many of the major department stores start their sales on Boxing Day, so you can snap up those designer pieces you wanted for Christmas at a fraction of the price. From 26 Dec