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Things to do this weekend in London

Friday 20 July-Sunday 22 July
Are you looking for ideas for what to do in London this weekend? Check out our pick of the best things to do in London this weekend.

People sit on park benches and blankets under a canopy of trees as they watch the Big Lebowski on a big screen.

Whether you want to see a hot new show, catch the latest exhibition or spend a fun family day out in the capital, discover what’s on in London this weekend with our guide. 

Things to do on Friday

Watch a movie in the great outdoors

Enjoy screenings of top films as the sun sets around you. Grab a blanket and head to Pop Up Screens at Bishop’s Park to watch Breakfast Club. Or, head to the Floating Film Festival at St Katharine Docks and relax in a deck chair as you experience the thrill of Baby Driver. Both film experiences have drinks and snacks available to purchase.

Africa Utopia at Southbank Centre

The five members of Kasai Masai smile for the camera, one member holds a saxaphone.

Discover the arts and culture of Africa at the Africa Utopia festival at Southbank Centre. Watch a film adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s short story Hello, Moto, listen to a fresh take on the traditional sounds of Congolese music and be moved by an exploration of two women’s fight for civil rights in the theatre performance, Woke.

Things to do on Saturday 

International Busking Day at Wembley Park

Celebrate International Busking Day at this year’s hub in Wembley Park. Enjoy a diverse programme of entertainment from international buskers as they perform live music, comedy, theatre and dance. Grab a bite to eat from food vendors and soak up the festival vibe.

Women’s Hockey World Cup at Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre

England and the Nethelrands will both be at the Vitality Women’s Hockey World Cup 2018. Image courtesy of FIH

Watch top hockey players compete in the Women’s Hockey World Cup. Feel the electric atmosphere at the former Olympic venue as England battle it out with India on the opening day of the tournament.

Mowgli at the Grand Entrance Hall of Thames Tunnel

Go deep underground to watch a play in an atmosphere like no other with Mowgli at the Grand Entrance Hall of Brunel’s Thames Tunnel. This unique performance space in the former shaft entrance to the world’s oldest river tunnel is the setting for a new reinterpretation of Rudyard Kipling’s classic, The Jungle Book.

Things to do on Sunday

Buckingham Palace summer opening

A selection of artworks line Buckingham Palace's State Rooms for the Prince and Patron exhibition

Follow in the footsteps of the Queen at the Buckingham Palace summer opening. Explore the lavishly decorated State Rooms of Her Majesty’s official London residence, with highlights including the throne room and paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens and Vemeer.

London National Park City Week at locations across the capital

Explore the city’s incredible green spaces and areas teeming with urban wildlife at the inaugural London National Park City Week. Events on Sunday include the opportunity to make your own podcast while climbing some of London’s highest spots and an early morning walk to admire urban flora and fauna.

Mülller Anniversary Games

The Atheltics World Cup comes to London Stadium, 14-15 Jul. Image courtesy of Getty Images / British Athletics

See the stars of track and field compete at the Müller Anniversary Games at London Stadium. This world-class athletic event has seen the likes of Usain Bolt and Sir Mo Farah compete for the honours in previous years. Watch more elite athletes attempt to break records this weekend.

This week's offers

Afternoon tea in London

Experience a quintessentially British tradition with one of these top afternoon teas in London. Feast on buttery scones, finger sandwiches and indulgent cakes. Book now

London family attractions

Keep the kids entertained with an array of family-friendly attractions and activities in the capital. From the ZSL London Zoo to The London Dungeon, there are plenty of exciting things to do with children in London. Book now