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Things to do in London this weekend

A photo of a person putting olive oil on a dish during cooking demonstrations at Taste of London.
Cooking demonstrations at Taste of London. Credits: Andy Hughes. Image courtesy of W Communications.
Find out what’s on in London this weekend with our guide to unmissable events.

Fill your London weekend with lots of cool things to do, from Christmas events, to festivals, fun family activities and more.

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Things to do in London this Friday

Christmas at Kew Gardens

Two girls look up as they walk through a tunnel of white lights at Christmas at Kew.

If Christmas at Kew doesn’t have you filling up your Insta feed, we don’t know what will! From this weekend, embark on a journey through a real-life fairytale, get lost among more than a million of twinkling lights and make memories with the kids at this magical annual attraction. If you can’t make it this weekend, book ahead for Christmas at Kew tickets.

Santa's Snowflake Grotto at Westfield London Shepherd's Bush

Are your little ones naughty or nice? You'll soon find out at the Snowflake Grotto, which sets up home in Westfield London over the next weeks. Take them on a North Pole adventure like no other: watch them make their own Christmas decorations, snap a selfie with Santa and let them hang out with the elves.

Taste of London at Tobacco Dock

A photo of people sharing their food at the Taste of London.

Foodie fiends, this one’s for you! Warm up this weekend with indulgent bites from the crème de la crème of London’s food scene, as Taste of London returns to Tobacco Dock. Devour vegan burgers, barbeque nosh and Asian delights from more than 20 vendors, then watch hands-on cooking demonstrations. It’s sooo time for those warming wintry treats!

Things to do in London this Saturday

Liberty at Waltham Forest

A photo of a man on a wheelchair and a woman dancing during the Liberty Festival.

Immerse yourself in works and performances from deaf and disabled artists this weekend, as Liberty hosts an array of free sensory installations, thought-provoking performances and striking exhibitions at venues in Waltham Forest.

Holst: The Planets and The Perfect Fool at St Margaret’s Church 

For an out-of-this-world musical experience, head to St Margaret’s Church in Greenwich, where you’ll have a chance to enjoy a musical journey through the Solar System. Join Harmony Sinfonia for its 10-year anniversary with an intimate performance of Holst’s The Planets and The Perfect Fool.

Soundpit at Royal Festival Hall

A photo of people standing in a dark room, touching a sandpit.

You’re never too old to play in sand, so take your sandpit play to the next level this weekend… Unleash your creativity as your hands compose their own melodies, as they move through a beautifully illuminated pit during Soundpit at Royal Festival Hall. All ages and creative minds are welcome at this unique experience!

What to do in London on Sunday

International Swimming League at the London Aquatics Centre

Action shot of Adam Peaty swimming competitively.

Spend Sunday with some fast-paced competition and a thrilling atmosphere, as the London Aquatics Centre holds the International Swimming League this weekend. Cheer on the home team, London Roar, and watch more than 10 nations battle for victory and the title of Europe’s best.

Scandi Market at Albion Street, Rotherhithe

Browse hand-made creations, vintage clothing and foodie goodies at the Scandi Christmas Market where you can pick up all things Nordic this weekend only. Whether you’re on the lookout for a new woolly rug or a gift for a design enthusiast, don’t miss the opportunity to soak up the Christmas spirit, Scandinavian style.

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

A photo of families skating at the Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink, with the palace in the background.

Sunday calls for memorable experiences, so grab a friend, take the kids or treat your date to a skating session in a fairytale setting. Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink opens this weekend for seven weeks, bringing wintry treats, family fun and enchanting views of Henry VIII’s picture-pretty palace.

Best London offers this weekend

Steal great deals on top attractions, theatre shows, hotels, restaurants and more with our pick of special offers in London this weekend.  

Hop-on Hop-off London Bus Tour: Buy a 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus tour and get an extra 24 hours free. This offer is also valid on 48-hour and 72-hour hop-on hop-off tours. Book Hop-on Hop-off London Bus Tour tickets now

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter: save 10% on tickets for 2pm, 3pm and 4pm entry in November. Book Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter now

La Clique: save £5 on tickets for shows between 18 and 30 November, when booked by 20 November. Book La Clique tickets now

Seeking more inspiration? Discover more events in London this weekend with our guide to what’s on, find things to do today or check out our London events calendar for must-see London festivals. If you’re in London this month, we’ve made things easy by rounding up the key things to do in November.