Fill your London weekend with lots of cool things to do, from self-care festivals to cosy exhibitions, outdoor family activities, and more.
Things to do in London this Friday
Chihuly Nights at Kew Gardens
Don’t miss one of the last chances to immerse yourself in fairytale-like installations at Kew Gardens this autumn before the end of Chihuly Nights. Grab your smartphone and snap away at the striking glass works as they’re lit up, completely transforming the gardens. Then, warm up with hot food, drinks and live music. Book now
Lyttelton Lates at National Theatre
Curious theatre-lovers will want to step into in the National Theatre this Friday, for an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Lyttlelton Theatre during Lyttelton Lates. Get closer to where the action happens with workshops and even enjoy an on-stage moment to top it off!
Mind Body Soul Experience at Alexandra Palace
Venture to Alexandra Palace for a well-deserved weekend of self-care. The Mind Body Soul Experience brings life coaches, mediums and inspirational speakers, alongside massage, acupuncture and reiki experts to London. Embark on a journey of self-discovery through workshops and talks, and pick up a few soul-feeding goodies, from skincare to superfoods.
Things to do in London this Saturday
Where’s Wally? The Big Museum Hunt at London Transport Museum
Take your little explorers on a special treasure hunt this weekend, as Where’s Wally? The Big Museum Hunt plants the loveable character among the iconic exhibits of the London Transport Museum. Is Wally hiding in the big red bus? Try to find him, join in special activities and hop on exhibits not usually open to public along the way.
Natural History Museum Ice Rink
Christmas is upon us (well, nearly)… so start building up your excitement for the most magical time of the year with a spin or two at the Natural History Museum Ice Rink from Saturday. Take in the beautiful surroundings of South Kensington’s museum quarter while you flex your skills, then sip on warming bevvies at alpine-style Café Bar’s balcony. Book now
Ronnie Scott's 1959-69, Photography by Freddy Warren at Barbican Library
Delve into music history and all that jazz... Discover the many faces behind iconic Ronnie Scott’s jazz club, as its 60th anniversary is marked by the free Ronnie Scott's 1959-69: Photography by Freddy Warren exhibition at the Barbican Library. See rare off-stage pictures and performance shots of greats such as Miles Davis, Art Blakey, Duke Ellington and Nina Simone.
What to do in London on Sunday
War Horse at Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre
Don’t miss the return of an iconic show, as Troubadour Wembley Park Theatre hosts War Horse. Michael Morpurgo’s moving story is brought to life with mesmerising full-size puppets, as Albert tries to rescue his horse, Joey from the First World War frontline – just remember your tissues for this heart-tugging show.
Transportfest at London Bus Museum
Piece together automobile history at the ultimate gathering of classic cars, buses and more during Transportfest this Sunday. Puppetry and horse-bus rides are just some of the fun things planned for the day, so make sure you grab the kids and make your way to the London Bus Museum at Brooklands.
It’s half-term this weekend! Don’t worry, we have plenty of ideas for cool things to do during half-term in London. Experience life at sea with All Hands On Deck at HMS Belfast, venture out of this world with the Moons Beyond Counting Planetarium Show, or take the teens to Instagrammable spots and adrenaline-fuelled activities.
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.
The Son: Catch the last weeks of gripping drama, The Son. Enjoy 50% off tickets – valid on all performances up to 2 November. Book now
Touching The Void: Book by 31 October to enjoy 50% off top-price tickets for this thrilling show. Book now
The London Pass: See London for less with 20% off selected London Passes – offer available 20 to 22 October. Book 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 October.