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Things to do in London this weekend

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Many restaurants and pubs reopen for outdoor dining this week. Image courtesy of Alexandra Palace.
Find the best things to do in London and from home this weekend.

Check out our pick of the best things to do this weekend, from outdoor dining, shopping and family activities to virtual events. 

Remember to follow the latest government guidelines, maintain social distancing and act responsibly when out and about.

Friday 14 May to Sunday 16 May

Things to do this Friday

Rooftop terrace restaurant with chairs and tables set out or dining, with London skyline in distance.

Eat alfresco this weekend

End the week on a high with a meal or drinks outside in your favourite spots. Many restaurants, cafes and pubs have now reopened for outdoor dining, following the easing of coronavirus restrictions. Browse alfresco eateries, tuck into treats at London's best beer gardens or chill out with street food and delicious dishes at rooftop bars and restaurants. Booking is required for many venues, so make sure to plan ahead.

See a movie at an outdoor cinema

Grab your car keys and pick up some snacks, as many of the capital's drive-in and outdoor cinemas are reopening for the summer. Watch the Four Wheel Comedy at The Drive In, or Moulin Rouge at the Drive in Film Club at Alexandra Palace this Friday. Some outdoor cinemas also cater for those without cars. Find an outdoor cinema near you.

Sweat it out at an online class

Are you ready for a Friday fitness class? With live and recorded sessions available at the click of a button, you can end the week on a high with pilates, yoga, barre classes and more – all from home. 

Things to do this Saturday

A high-angle view of people walking down the Great Broad Walk Borders in Kew Gardens on a sunny day.

Wander Kew Gardens

With spring in full swing, it's the perfect time for a day out at London's largest UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kew Gardens. Named one of the most biodiverse places on Earth, here you can spot thousands of different species of plants, trees and insects; and if you're lucky, you may spot a cute new arrival or two! Book tickets to Kew Gardens now

Shop the London scene

It's time to refresh your wardrobe for summer! Most London shops have now reopened following the easing of coronavirus restrictions, with plenty of measures in place for your safety, such as one-way systems, staggered entry and hand sanitising stations. Head to London's top shopping destinations, browse department stores and markets, or find high-street names in shopping centres.

Learn something new

Whether you’re looking for a crafty activity, a cooking class or a dance workshop, you’ll find lots of online classes and resources from London’s venues. Catch up on Borough Market’s IGTV sessions, brush up on your gardening skills with Covent Garden or see if you'd make a good wizard with Access Escape's virtual escape room.

What to do on Sunday

The Shakespeare's Globe building from a low angle.

Tour Shakespeare's Globe

While the theatre season hasn't started at Shakespeare's Globe just yet, the historic landmark has reopened its doors to guided tours! Be taken on a journey through history, discovering how the 'wooden O' works now, centuries after Shakespeare set foot on the original foundations of this creative space.

Explore the city on two wheels

Dig out or hire a bike and head to London's hidden gems, gardens and picture-pretty areas. Check out the capital's cycling routes for stunning vistas and grab a few bites to eat for an impromptu picnic at these mouthwatering spots

Enjoy a stroll in nature 

Sunday walk, anyone? Stroll around pretty London areas, wander around one of the capital's many parks or admire the first blooms in London's top gardens. Explore the capital's Royal Parks by embarking on one of the More than Bugs walking trails, available for free via the Go Jauntly app.

Find more London-themed things to do at home with our Virtually London guide or keep an eye on the city with these London webcams

See what’s on in London, including things to do each month and key events. And make sure to download the Visit London app to find more ideas on the go.