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9 things to do in London this weekend

Find the best things to do in London this weekend.

Check out our pick of the best things to do this weekend, from eating out, seeing a show and shopping, to family activities and fun events.  

Things to do this Friday 

The two main characters stand next to the DeLorean car, with graphics showing Big Ben and lightning in the background. 

1. Return to the theatre

Head to London's West End for a fabulous Friday night show. Take a trip through time with Doc Brown and Marty McFly in Back to The Future the Musical, be transported into a murder mystery at Agatha Christie's long-running play The Mousetrap, or head to the plains of Africa with family favourite The Lion King. Alternatively, giggle your way into the weekend with slapstick show The Play That Goes Wrong.

Plan ahead for more top musicals in London.

2. Find immersive experiences

Start the weekend with something unique, by booking into one of London's immersive attractions or shows. Enjoy wizarding experiences at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, become one of the loveable ogre's gang at Shrek's Adventure! London, go on a bone-chilling journey at The London Dungeon and much more.

3. Warm up with wintry fun

Make the most of winter across the capital with seasonal events and activities. Treat the kids to family attractions with festive twists, including Hogwarts in the Snow, indulge in hearty food and drink such as iconic afternoon teas, or take a walk among frosty foliage in London's top parks.

Things to do this Saturday

 
The Tower of London, on a clear, bright day, with grass in the foreground and a large tree to the right. 

4. Tick off London’s top attractions

Plan an action-packed day out at the capital's top attractions, from crossing the walkway at Tower Bridge, to hearing historic tales at the Tower of London, hanging out with celebs at Madame Tussauds or exploring the best family attractions.

5. See the sights

Discover London from all angles on a sightseeing tour. Whether taking to the Thames on a river tour, putting your feet up or hopping on and off with a bus tour or seeing London by Night, there's plenty to enjoy this Saturday.

6. Shop till you drop

It's time to refresh your wardrobe this winter! Head to London's top shopping destinations, browse department stores, or find high-street names in shopping centres. If you're hunting down bargains, check out the January sales.

What to do on Sunday

7. Enjoy some me time

A steam room at the East River Spa decorated with buddhas and lanterns

Detox after the festive season by booking yourself and some friends into one of London's top spa days for an indulgent Sunday treat. Take your pick from treatments, relax in tranquil spots and unwind in saunas and pools at spas across the capital. 

Alternatively, discover more luxury experiences in London, from stylish train journeys to epic helicopter rides

8. Discover London on a budget

January's often the time to tighten the purse strings, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy London's attractions and activities. Many of London's top attractions are free to enter, including world-famous museums and art galleries, while you can save money on sightseeing with The London Pass and London Explorer Pass.

Find more budget ideas.

9. Explore London’s new exhibitions

Get your culture fix with new exhibitions across the city. Check out what's on at top museums and galleries, including an immersive exploration of an infamous ship with Titanic: The Exhibition at Dock X in London's Docklands, and Science Museum's focus on Ancient Greeks. With even more displays opening in the coming weeks, you’ll want to make a list!

For more ideas, 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.