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A yellow apple sculpture, Barnaby Barford's THIS EARTH OF MAJESTY, THIS SEAT OF MARS, as part of the Kensington + Chelsea Art Week.
See striking art works including Barnaby Barford's THIS EARTH OF MAJESTY, THIS SEAT OF MARS as part of the Kensington + Chelsea Art Week which starts this weekend. Credits: Lisa Baker Ltd.
Find the best things to do in London this weekend.

Check out our pick of the best things to do this weekend in London, from socially distanced fun with friends, to family activities and reopened London attractions.

Just remember to follow the latest government guidelines, act responsibly when out and about, and cycle or walk to the events and attractions where possible.

If you're not yet able to go out and about in London, there are plenty of things to do this weekend from home, including virtual experiences from London venues.

Friday 2 October to Sunday 4 October

Things to do this Friday

An exhibition in a bright room including wooden musical instruments and boxes.  

Find epic art events at London’s art-renowned neighbourhoods

Head to some of London’s most affluent neighbourhoods to join arty events and activities during Mayfair Art Weekend and Kensington + Chelsea Art Week this weekend. Find a whole palette of exhibitions, art trails and walks to revel in when out and about. This Friday, take to the galleries of Mayfair for Gallery HOP! or follow the Public Art Trail in Kensington and Chelsea. 

Grab an autumnal aperitif at London Cocktail Week

Start autumn off with a drink or two this weekend with London Cocktail Week, which has become a month-long gig this year. Enjoy £6 cocktails and mocktails across various London venues and look out for takeovers such as LAB22 Cardiff’s two-day residency at Callooh Callay from Friday.

Celebrate dub reggae at Museum of London

Dig into the roots of a music genre originating from Jamaica that has had a huge influence on London's cultural and social scene over the last 50 years, at the new Dub London: Bassline of a City exhibition at the Museum of London. See exhibits including Channel One Sound System, which has featured at Notting Hill Carnival since 1983, a bespoke record shop and much more.

Things to do this Saturday

A photo of a person taking a picture of the food using a phone. 

Have your fill at the London Restaurant Festival

Get a flavour of London’s restaurant scene during the month-long London Restaurant Festival. Treat yourself to online masterclasses, talks and more from home during the festival, or devour tasting menus in cosy outdoor spots, including St Katharine Docks this Saturday. 

Glam up for The Great Gatsby show at Immersive LDN

You’ve received an exclusive invitation to join Jay Gatsby’s extravagant party. So, don your glitziest fit and get yourself down to The Great Gatsby at Immersive LDN. You’ll be transported back to the 1920s with this immersive show like no other, as you become part of the cast and the drama, bubbly in hand – all socially distanced, of course. 

Have barrels of fun at Camden Oktoberfest

Don your Bavarian lederhosen and dirndl attire and grab a stein at a socially distanced version of Camden Oktoberfest, which kicks off this weekend and continues for the next three Saturdays. With traditional nosh to snack on between sips, plus live bands and competitions, you’re bound to learn a thing or two about this German celebration.

What to do on Sunday

The iconic Chinatown gate with colourful lanterns at the top. 

Admire Chinatown’s new look

With autumn in full bloom and cosy evenings falling upon the city a little earlier, it’s about to get even cosier... The iconic Chinatown lanterns have been given a new, multicoloured makeover. Before capturing the twinkling lights for your Insta feed, have a feast at one of the many Chinatown’s many restaurants.

Spend Sunday exploring exhibitions

Exhibition explorers, we’ve got plenty of Sunday treats for you. Explore our relationship with nature with works by Jan Hendrix in Paradise Lost at Kew Gardens, stay home and peruse 100 portraits of the nation at the Hold Still digital exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery, or see the connection between physical and immaterial states of being at Introductions by Michael Hilsman from White Cube.

See more exhibitions in London.

See a live concert from Sir Bryn Terfel and Britten Sinfonia

The Barbican is back with a series of live performances streamed directly to your couch until December. Live from the Barbican kicks off this Sunday with opera superstar Sir Bryn Terfel and Britten Sinfonia's varied concert, covering everything from Bach to Ivor Novello. If you’re in London, secure a ticket to enjoy the action live as part of a small socially distanced audience.

Best London offers this weekend

ArcelorMittal Orbit: Enjoy 25% off entry to the ArcelorMittal Orbit and The Slide for visits until 31 October. Book tickets to the ArcelorMittal Orbit and The Slide.

Hop-on Hop-off London Bus Tour: Enjoy an extra day free with your one-day ticket when purchasing the Hop-on Hop-off London Bus Tour. Book tickets to the Hop-on Hop-off London Bus Tour.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter: Experience the magic of the Harry Potter films at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. Celebrate the attraction's reopening with this special promotion, including tickets and return transport from London Victoria. Book tickets to Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter.

If you're exploring London this weekend, don’t forget to tag #BecauseImALondoner on social media to share your fun!

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.

You can also make the most of what’s on in London, including things to do each month and key events. Make sure to download the Visit London app to use on the go if you're in the capital for a London weekend to remember.