9 things to do in London this weekend: 27-28 April 2024

Find the best things to do in London this weekend.
Written by Carole Rocton Edited by Kirstine Spicer 22 April 2024
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What's on in London this weekend?

Check out our pick of the best things to do in London this weekend, from seeing a West End show, eating out and shopping, to immersive experiences and fun family activities.

Things to do all weekend

Myles Frost is dancing on stage in the role of Michael Jackson while wearing a glitter made black vest and silver glove.

1. Enjoy London theatre this weekend

Head to London's West End for the ultimate afternoon or evening of entertainment this weekend. Be transported to the plains of Africa with family favourite The Lion King London, encounter a mysterious masked figure in London Phantom of the Opera, laugh out loud to the Book of Mormon London or secure Wicked musical tickets and follow the tale of two witches.

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Mamma Mia! at the Novello Theatre by sporting a sparkly outfit sure to catch the eye of the Super Troopers.

Or see the return of the King of Pop in MJ The Musical, as it takes you behind the scenes of the legendary Dangerous World Tour. Marvel at the spectacular costumes, be inspired by the mesmerizing choreography, and groove to an unforgettable soundtrack that will transport you back in time.

Take your pick from more of the best musicals and best plays in London.

2. Tick off London's top attractions 

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Plan an action-packed day out at the capital's top London attractions, from hearing historic tales at the Tower of London to soaring high at the London Eye, delving into the underwater world at SEA LIFE London Aquarium or exploring the best family attractions.

Buy a sightseeing pass such as The London Pass, or the wide-ranging Go City London Explorer Pass to see multiple attractions.

As the cherry blossoms fade, London bursts with even more beautiful flowers. You'll find bluebells in Hampstead Heath and colourful tulips in the alleys of Victoria Embankment Gardens. Don't miss the Hampton Court Tulip Festival, London's largest flower show. Wander through 60 acres of stunning gardens at this former royal palace and former residence of King Tudor Henry VIII, filled with over 100,000 tulips. It's the UK's largest display of cultivated tulips and is sure to leave you in awe.

3. Make your way to Kew Gardens, a natural wonder

Two women marvel at the flowering bushes and other plants at Kew Gardens, around Temperate House, the largest Victorian greenhouse.

Step into Kew Gardens and unlock a world of botanical wonder! From rare plants to historic landmarks, there's something fascinating for everyone at Kew. Whether you want to delve into the mysteries of the rainforest or admire the Victorian architecture of the Temperate House, there's something for everyone at Kew Gardens.

And don't miss the Spring Awakening Walking Tour (included with standard entry), where guides highlight some of the most spectacular flowers on display as the gardens come alive at springtime. 

Things to do in London this Saturday (27 Apr)

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4. Plan a fun day trip from London by train 

Feeling adventurous? Why not travel out of the city and discover day trips from London by train to other exciting UK destinations.

Whether you take a day trip to the beautiful city of Bath to experience the spectacular hot springs at the Roman Baths, shop at luxury outlet village Bicester Village or head to the coastal town of Brighton for a fun day out at the seaside, there are lots of day trips from London just waiting to be enjoyed!

If you're departing from Kings Cross, don't miss the annual Car Boot Sale. Admire rare classic cars parked in Granary Square and join vintage enthusiasts as they browse through collectibles, fashion and many other items for sale. When you're done shopping, enjoy a selection of street food before dancing to the tunes of a vinyl DJ playing from the top of the Routemaster bus bar in Granary Square.

5. Discover London’s immersive experiences 

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Stimulate your senses with one of the capital’s incredible immersive experiences. Travel back in time to uncover London Bridge’s gruesome past in The London Bridge Experience. Engage in larger-than-life challenges at Monopoly Lifesized, immersing yourself in the iconic game's world. Or, witness the iconic Swedish band ABBA come alive with breathtaking special effects and mesmerizing projections in ABBA Voyage.

Try out your best American accent as you mingle with fellow inmates on the Alcotraz Immersive Prison Cocktail Experience. Or wear your best cowboy hat as you join a notorious Wild West bootlegging gang on the Moonshine Saloon Experience and meet America's most wanted liquor smuggler, Clyde Cassidy.

New for 2024: Book ahead for the exciting immersive extravaganza coming to London in May, The Paddington Bear Experience!

6. Explore London night scene

Get ready to dazzle in your most glamorous outfit as you step into the electrifying world of Priscilia The Party on the Outernet. Three decades on from its big screen debut, this iconic film returns to London for an unforgettable evening of award-winning musical entertainment. Prepare your best disco moves as the Outernet opens its dance floor to this beloved cinematic masterpiece. Get your tickets now for the hottest party in town!

On a Saturday night in London, the city comes alive with a plethora of bars and clubs that will have you on the dance floor in seconds. Step into musical heaven at the Jazz Cafe, nestled in the vibrant streets of Camden Town. Every Saturday night, the beats of disco and house music set the stage for an unforgettable evening at Soul City.

If you're planning a romantic evening, look no further. Experience the magic of the Four Seasons Candlelight Concert at St Giles-in-the-Fields Church. Lose yourself in the timeless melodies of Vivaldi, Bach and Mozart as you bask in the soft glow of candlelight.

Things to do in London this Sunday (28 Apr)

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7. Explore London's exhibitions and art galleries 

Get your culture fix and check out what's on at top museums and galleries across the city. Visit the Tate Modern and explore Britain's national museum of modern and contemporary art by Picasso, Dali and Matisse and many other pioneering artists. See Yoko Ono's new exhibition Music of the Mind and immerse yourself in the conceptual work of the famous artist and activist.

Explore Frameless and enjoy the ultimate immersive art experience with works by some of the world's greatest painters. Wander through the sensational space where artworks take on a life of their own, from Edward Munch's The Scream to Vincent Van Gogh's Starry Night.

Don't miss the captivating Delight exhibition at Borough Yards, which explores Seoul's history, life and identity through striking art installations. Discover a new perspective on our media landscape as you navigate the art installations that explore modernity and tradition.

8. Explore London’s vibrant Jazz scene at Brick Lane Jazz festival

Get ready to groove at the Brick Lane Jazz Festival as this vibrant celebration of jazz music electrifies the streets of London's iconic Brick Lane. 

Immerse yourself in a kaleidoscope of sounds, from soulful saxophones to joyous trumpets, as world-class musicians take to the stage to captivate audiences at 10 venues across East London, including the historic Truman Brewery.

With a line-up of talented musicians from around the world, delicious street food stalls and a buzzing atmosphere, the Brick Lane Jazz Festival promises an unforgettable weekend of music.

9. Follow the Paws on the Wharf art trail 

Guide dogs and owners surrounding a colourful blue guide dog statue.
Put your best paw forward and discover larger-than-life guide dog sculptures on the Paws on the Wharf accessible art trail. Running until 17 May, this engaging initiative aims to raise awareness about sight loss while celebrating the extraordinary bond between guide dogs and the people that they help.

Follow this outdoor trail of discovery and find 25 guide dog sculpture in Canary Wharf, each individually decorated by talented artists in vibrant designs.

For more ideas on the best things to do in London, don’t forget to check out what’s on in London, including things to do each month and key events. Make sure to download the Visit London app to find more ideas on the go.