9 things to do in London this weekend: 20-21 July 2024

Find the best things to do in London this weekend.
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Written by Visit London Editors Edited by Hannah Cornish 18 July 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

Mrs doubtfire and her three children dance with broom guitars.

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.

Join the unpredictable Mrs Doubtfire in a hilarious musical comedy at the Shaftesbury Theatre. Delight in the antics of dad Daniel who transforms into Scottish nanny Mrs Euphegenia Doubtfire in an attempt to win back his family.

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

2. Tick off London's top attractions

Two women are laughing together while looking down the glass walkway at Tower Bridge.

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.

3. Plan a fun day trip from London by train

A white boat makes it way down the river Avon, passing Bath architecture.

Feeling adventurous? Why not venture 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!

Things to do in London this Saturday (20 July)

one woman sat on a chair, one in action playing ping pong smiling and the back figure of a man holding a drink watching the ping pong game 

4. Discover London's fun activity bars

Check out some of the best activity bars London has to offer. Mingle with fellow inmates in the Alcotraz Immersive Prison Cocktail Experience or experience the heart racing thrills of the Formula 1 racing experience at F1 Arcade.

Feeling competitive? Grab your friends and head to Bat and Ball in Stratford for the ultimate activity package. Choose from interactive darts, karaoke, ping-pong or pool, followed by a tasty main course and drink.

Take a look at other exciting activity bars in London.

5. Plan a fun-filled family day out

Taylor Swift's wax figurine in a purple sequin playsuit holding a microphone at Madame Tussauds in London

Enjoy plenty of exciting family friendly adventures perfect for big and small explorers. Visit London's top attractions for kids, meeting your favourite characters at Shrek's Adventure! London or get a photo with your favourite musical icon at Madame Tussauds. You can also find plenty of fantastic theatre shows for kids in London like Matilda the Musical among others.

If you're on a budget, there are also plenty of free things to do with kids in London such as the Science Museum and Natural History Museum, to name a few.

Find more things to do in London for families.

6. Make the most of the summer outdoor events in London

open air outdoor rooftop bar with boho decor, tiled flooring and palm trees

Summer in London means warmer weather and longer daylight hours, which is the ideal time to enjoy the city’s parks and outdoor spaces with a picnic, check out top rooftop bars for refreshing drinks, alfresco dining at tasty London restaurants, fun outdoor experiences and so much more!

Check out Summer by the River at London Bridge. Spread out over three locations along the river Thames, enjoy a vibrant mix of music, film, sport and pop-up events. Check out sport screenings in the Fan Zone pop-up, enjoy tasty street food and cocktails at the Riverside Terrace pop-up or visit the Live at The Scoop pop-up for film screenings, live music and more!

Things to do in London this Sunday (21 July)

Three people sitting on floor with colourful artwork and banners representing Seoul in background.

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. Check out Tate Modern and explore Britain's national collection of modern and contemporary art including works by Picasso and Matisse. Or explore Frameless and experience the ultimate immersive art experience from some of the world’s greatest painters and much more.

Step into a striking exploration of Seoul's history, life, and identity at immersive PULSE: Beyond Delight art exhibition at Borough Yards.

8. Indulge in the quintessential British tradition of afternoon tea

Two women are shown enjoying an afternoon tea aboard a panoramic bus tour of London and are cheering with scones while laughing together.

From traditional afternoon tea in elegant venues to themed afternoon tea with a fun twist, London really does have a fantastic afternoon tea scene.

Enjoy afternoon tea at the Cutty Sark and indulge on a selection of delicious sweet and savoury teatime staples beneath the iconic copper-clad hull. Or spot some of London’s most iconic sights and tuck into a traditional afternoon tea on an afternoon tea bus.

9. Enjoy panoramic views of London aboard a City Cruises boat

The City Cruises sightseeing boat navigates the river Thames with the Shard looming on the background.

Sit back, relax and take in the sights on a City Cruises river boat tour. Spot London icons such as the London Eye, the Shard, St Paul’s Cathedral and more. Pop in your headphones and listen to the entertaining audio guide to learn fascinating facts about the landmarks.

Come rain or shine, it’s the perfect way to enjoy the best views from the river Thames.

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.