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.

River Roaming

Formerly known as the Mayor’s Thames Festival, this year Totally Thames celebrates London’s central waterway with a packed programme. Over the weekend you can see The Falmouth to Royal Greenwich Tall Ships Regatta, where up to 50 spectacular ships gather in Greenwich. Or you can see what Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman does to follow up his 2013 commission of a giant floating rubber duck. Finally, Battersea will be taken over by a spectacular show of fire as French artists Carabosse have been tasked with creating a special fire garden on the site. 1-30 Sep

Long Live the King

Following a critically acclaimed run at the Almeida, Mike Bartlett’s controversial play about the British monarchy King Charles III transfers to Wyndham’s Theatre. Tim Pigott-Smith will reprise his role as King Charles III as he ascends the throne after years of patient waiting. The play asks big questions about the monarchy’s role in society and the person behind the crown. 2 Sep-29 Nov

Flash and Glamour

See the acclaimed work of Horst P. Horst, one of the 20th century’s greatest photographers, at the Victoria and Albert Museum this weekend. Horst: Photographer of Style will display classic works of couture, including Chanel, Schiaparelli and Vionnet in 1930s Paris and his later work in New York. There is also a replica of his studio and other rare personal items. 6 Sep-4 Jan

I’ve Seen Better Acting From a Waxwork

On Friday night you can watch Pretty Woman with Julia Roberts and Top Gun with Tom Cruise. Madame Tussauds is screening the two classic movies in its domed cinema as part of its Experience Cinema series, in association with London favourites the Rooftop Film Club. So grab a quick selfie and settle in for the film. 4-5 Sep

Fully Booked

Comedian Kevin Bishop stars in the one-man play that put the Menier Chocolate Factory on the London Theatreland map ten years ago; Fully Committed. This satirical play mocks the pretentious world of trendy restaurants and the desire to be seen at them. Will they have brought the script up to date with a mention of the Chiltern Firehouse, or some ultra-trendy pop-ups? You will have to go and see. 3 Sep-15 Nov

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