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The best things to do this weekend in London

London is bursting at the seams with incredible experiences and things to see and do, from galleries and museums to street food markets and pop-up events. Whether you're looking for the next best foodie event or want to hit up an art exhibition, there's bound to be something happening in the city to suit what you're looking for. Here are the top things to do in London this weekend, and don't forget to check back every week for a fresh batch of weekend highlights!

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  1. Things to do in London this weekend
    1. Get your caffeine fix at the London Coffee Festival – All things coffee
    2. Learn the art of foraging on a Flavour Led walk – Learn the art of urban foraging
    3. Enjoy a slice of Taiwanese culture and creativity – The work of 30++ Taiwanese artists
    4. Stock up on blooms at the Garden Museum – One for the gardeners
    5. Be a bookworm at the first Books in the Park festival – All things books
    6. See more than 300 pieces by one of Italy's greatest designers – spanning Mari's 60-year career
    7. See Ramadan lights illuminate up the West End – & Europe's first major light display honouring Eid al-Fitr
    8. Discover vibrant Brazilian art from the 1950s–70s – Some May Work as Symbols
    9. Explore Yoko Ono's Music of the Mind – A massive Yoko Ono retrospective
    10. Take a leap back to ancient Egyptian times – The Horizon of Khufu
    11. Enjoy an exhibition: Entangled Pasts, 1768–now – A journey through history and culture
    12. See Stranger Things: The First Shadow – A blockbuster adventure in the Upside Down
    13. Boogie at Mamma Mia! The Party – An ABBA-filled night
    14. Prepare for symmetry at Accidentally Wes Anderson – Dreamy imagery
    15. Pop to a free exhibition: Spies, Lies and Deception – Spy with your little eye
    16. Take a walk on the moon with Tom Hanks – The Moonwalkers: A Journey With Tom Hanks

Things to do in London this weekend

Here's what's on in London this weekend.

Get your caffeine fix at the London Coffee Festival – Weekend guide
Get your caffeine fix at the London Coffee Festival
Get your caffeine fix at the London Coffee Festival – Weekend guide
Get your caffeine fix at the London Coffee Festival

Get your caffeine fix at the London Coffee Festival

All things coffee

The London Coffee Festival, held at The Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, is the world's top coffee event spotlighting London's buzzy coffee scene. With over 23,500 visitors in 2023, it showcases the city's speciality coffee culture and stellar hospitality industry. Featuring 250+ brands, the festival offers tastings, barista demos, workshops, food, cocktails, music, and art, as well as the global barista tournament Coffee Masters™ and experiential additions like the Latte Art Live performance and cocktail masterclasses.

  • Date: 11 Apr-14 Apr
  • Price: varies
Go on an urban foraging walk with Flavour Fred – Weekend guide
Go on an urban foraging walk with Flavour Fred
Go on an urban foraging walk with Flavour Fred – Weekend guide
Go on an urban foraging walk with Flavour Fred

Learn the art of foraging on a Flavour Led walk

Learn the art of urban foraging

Enjoy a lush and informative exploration of urban foraging with Flavour Led Walks by expert forager Flavour Fred. Lasting around 2.5 hours, these leisurely strolls offer insights into wild ingredients found in the city. Fred shares rules, identification tips, folklore, and historical anecdotes. Learn about seasonal ingredients, preservation methods, and crafting tasty treats while sampling along the way. 

  • Date: 24 Feb-26 May
  • Price: £40
Londoners can experience Taiwanese culture without leaving the capital – Weekend guide
Londoners can experience Taiwanese culture without leaving the capital
Londoners can experience Taiwanese culture without leaving the capital – Weekend guide
Londoners can experience Taiwanese culture without leaving the capital

Enjoy a slice of Taiwanese culture and creativity

The work of 30++ Taiwanese artists

Bringing Taiwan's heritage to London, the Taiwan Festival at Notting Hill's The Coronet Theatre showcases the work of over 30 Taiwanese artists, musicians, and dancers, many making their UK debut. The programme covers diverse themes like colonial history, identity, politics, and sexuality, featuring highlights such as artist Cheng Tsung Feng's bamboo installation and singer-songwriter Yujun Wang's album launch. Tickets are available for individual shows or as a season pass, offering access to all events.

  • Date: 12-27 April
  • Price: varies
The Garden Museum is getting ready for its annual spring plant fair – Weekend guide
The Garden Museum is getting ready for its annual spring plant fair
The Garden Museum is getting ready for its annual spring plant fair – Weekend guide
The Garden Museum is getting ready for its annual spring plant fair

Stock up on blooms at the Garden Museum

One for the gardeners

The Garden Museum is preparing to host expert growers and specialist nurseries from across the country at their latest Spring Fair, showcasing their best blooms for London's gardening enthusiasts. Year after year, the Garden Museum Spring Plant Fair brings together experts in the realm of gardening, who not only showcase a wide selection of top-quality garden plants for visitors to browse but also offer their gardening expertise, tips and tricks so that your garden can bloom in full force.

Get stuck into all things literature at Books in the Park festival – Weekend guide
Get stuck into all things literature at Books in the Park festival
Get stuck into all things literature at Books in the Park festival – Weekend guide
Get stuck into all things literature at Books in the Park festival

Be a bookworm at the first Books in the Park festival

All things books

Books in the Park, a new spring festival, offers author talks, scavenger hunts, guided walks, and workshops for adults and children, all focused on nature's impact on literature and community. Held in Beckenham Place Park, Lewisham, it'll feature renowned authors such as Claire Ratinon, Emilia Hart, Ben Jacob, Alex Falase-Koya, and comedian Isabel Losada, plus more. The festival celebrates nature's inspiration, healing, and community-building powers. Entry is free.

  • Date: 13 April
See more than 300 pieces by one of Italy's greatest designers at the Design Museum – Weekend guide
See more than 300 pieces by one of Italy's greatest designers at the Design Museum
See more than 300 pieces by one of Italy's greatest designers at the Design Museum – Weekend guide
See more than 300 pieces by one of Italy's greatest designers at the Design Museum

See more than 300 pieces by one of Italy's greatest designers

spanning Mari's 60-year career

London's Design Museum has opened an exhibition honouring Enzo Mari, one of the most influential Italian designers of the 20th century, renowned for his multifaceted career as an artist, teacher, and theorist and his commitment to socially responsible design. The extensive retrospective spans Mari's 60-year career and features over 300 works, including furniture, children's books, and conceptual installations, complemented by archival insights into his design philosophy and tributes from contemporary London-based designers.

  • Date: 29 Mar-9 Sep
  • Price: from £8.16
Ramadan Lights are back in London's West End – Weekend guide
Ramadan Lights are back in London's West End
Ramadan Lights are back in London's West End – Weekend guide
Ramadan Lights are back in London's West End

See Ramadan lights illuminate up the West End

& Europe's first major light display honouring Eid al-Fitr

Ramadan 2024 has begun, with Muslims globally embarking on a journey of reflection, prayer, fasting, and community bonding until April 9th. Mayor Sadiq Khan lit up London's streets on March 7th with 30,000 lights from Piccadilly Circus to Leicester Square. Edgware Road joins in with a new 2.9-meter crescent moon installation. Funded by the Aziz Foundation, the 'Sundial' exhibit symbolises the transition between suhoor and iftar. It greets Ramadan with "Happy Ramadan" and switches to "Happy Eid" as Eid approaches, marking Europe's first major light display honouring Eid al-Fitr.

  • Date: 7 Mar-16 Apr
  • Price: free
Discover vibrant Brazilian art from the 1950s–70s in Spitalfields – Weekend guide
Discover vibrant Brazilian art from the 1950s–70s in Spitalfields
Discover vibrant Brazilian art from the 1950s–70s in Spitalfields – Weekend guide
Discover vibrant Brazilian art from the 1950s–70s in Spitalfields

Discover vibrant Brazilian art from the 1950s–70s

Some May Work as Symbols

This exhibition at Raven Row in Spitalfields delves into the vibrant and varied styles of Brazilian art from the 1950s to the 1970s, a period of flourishing post-modernist movement. It features a range of artistic expressions, from the abstract works of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro's concretists and neo-concretists to the Afro-Brazilian symbolism rooted in spiritual practices. This collaborative effort with the Museum of Modern Art of Rio de Janeiro showcases pieces from four major Brazilian museums and private collections, some displayed in the UK for the first time.

  • Date: 7 Mar-5 May
  • Price: free
A massive Yoko Ono retrospective is coming to Tate Modern – Weekend guide
A massive Yoko Ono retrospective is coming to Tate Modern
A massive Yoko Ono retrospective is coming to Tate Modern – Weekend guide
A massive Yoko Ono retrospective is coming to Tate Modern

Explore Yoko Ono's Music of the Mind

A massive Yoko Ono retrospective

The UK's most extensive exhibition of Yoko Ono's work features over 200 pieces that span her seven-decade career as an artist and activist. The exhibition, in collaboration with Ono's studio, includes a diverse range of works such as instruction pieces, installations, films, and music, delving into themes of peace, feminism, and the everyday, often using the sky as a symbol. This exhibition redefines Ono's legacy beyond her Beatles association, affirming her as a trailblazer in conceptual and participatory art.

  • Date: 15 Feb-1 Sep
  • Price: £22
Discover the ancient wonders of Egypt at this unique event – Weekend guide
Discover the ancient wonders of Egypt at this unique event
Discover the ancient wonders of Egypt at this unique event – Weekend guide
Discover the ancient wonders of Egypt at this unique event

Take a leap back to ancient Egyptian times

The Horizon of Khufu

Embark on a time-travelling journey without having to leave London with "The Horizon of Khufu" virtual reality adventure. Transporting you back 4,500 years to Ancient Egypt, delve into the mysteries of the Great Pyramid of Giza at this unique AI event in Stratford. Led by renowned Egyptologist Peter Der Manuelian, experience mummification ceremonies, Nile voyages, and Pharaoh Khufu's funeral rites.

  • Date: 21 Feb-30 Apr
  • Price: £18-£21
Entangled Pasts, 1768–now: British artists of the African, Caribbean and South Asian diasporas – Weekend guide
Entangled Pasts, 1768–now: British artists of the African, Caribbean and South Asian diasporas
Entangled Pasts, 1768–now: British artists of the African, Caribbean and South Asian diasporas – Weekend guide
Entangled Pasts, 1768–now: British artists of the African, Caribbean and South Asian diasporas

Enjoy an exhibition: Entangled Pasts, 1768–now

A journey through history and culture

Experience a profound journey through history and culture at the Royal Academy of Arts this spring. Over 100 contemporary and historical artworks, spanning themes of empire, enslavement, resistance, abolition, and colonialism, will be showcased. Featuring prominent British artists from diverse diasporas, including Sonia Boyce and Frank Bowling, alongside works from the past 250 years, this exhibition promises to provoke reflection and dialogue. Informed by research into the RA's colonial history, it engages over 50 associated artists on migration, identity, and belonging.

  • Date: 20 Feb-28 Apr
  • Price: £22
“Stranger Things: The First Shadow” looks to be a major West End hit – Weekend guide
“Stranger Things: The First Shadow” looks to be a major West End hit
“Stranger Things: The First Shadow” looks to be a major West End hit – Weekend guide
“Stranger Things: The First Shadow” looks to be a major West End hit

See Stranger Things: The First Shadow

A blockbuster adventure in the Upside Down

“Stranger Things: The First Shadow,” a prequel to the popular Netflix series, is making waves in London's West End as a major theatrical hit. The play, unfolding the backstory of the series' villain Henry Creel, is co-directed by Stephen Daldry and Justin Martin, and has been praised for capturing the essence of “Stranger Things” as well as putting on an astounding visual feast.

  • Date: 14 Dec-25 Aug
  • Price: from £20
Dance the night away at this Mamma Mia party – Weekend guide
Dance the night away at this Mamma Mia party
Dance the night away at this Mamma Mia party – Weekend guide
Dance the night away at this Mamma Mia party

Boogie at Mamma Mia! The Party

An ABBA-filled night

Head on a Greek journey to the island of Skopelos for an unforgettable evening of dining and dancing at this Mamma Mia-inspired event. As the sun sets, discover yourself at Nikos' family-run taverna, feasting on a tasty four-course Greek meal, including dishes like Greek mezze, salad, confit lamb shoulder, and slow-cooked beef with garlic-roasted potatoes. A live band will play iconic ABBA tracks throughout the night, ensuring the dance floor stays lively with their best hits. 

  • Date: ongoing
  • Price: from £99
Accidentally Wes Anderson arrives in London – Weekend guide
Accidentally Wes Anderson arrives in London
Accidentally Wes Anderson arrives in London – Weekend guide
Accidentally Wes Anderson arrives in London

Prepare for symmetry at Accidentally Wes Anderson

Dreamy imagery

The hotly-anticipated exhibition "Accidentally Wes Anderson" landed in London in December. Developed from a popular Instagram account that shares images that look like they're straight out of a Wes Anderson film, visitors have the chance to see the photographs, discover more about these real locations, and take their own on-theme photos. The show takes place at 79-85 Old Brompton Road.

  • Date: 8 Dec-12 May
  • Price: from £11
Nothing is what it seems at the IWM's free exhibition “Spies, Lies and Deception” – Weekend guide
Nothing is what it seems at the IWM's free exhibition “Spies, Lies and Deception”
Nothing is what it seems at the IWM's free exhibition “Spies, Lies and Deception” – Weekend guide
Nothing is what it seems at the IWM's free exhibition “Spies, Lies and Deception”

Pop to a free exhibition: Spies, Lies and Deception

Spy with your little eye

A free exhibition at London's Imperial War Museum, “Spies, Lies and Deception” takes you behind the curtain to learn about the spies who changed history – and how they managed it. Covering the past century of espionage and intrigue, the exhibition features spy gadgets and tricks that would make even James Bond green with envy, along with fascinating stories about the people and operations that shaped the history of the world without anyone being the wiser.

  • Date: 29 Sep-14 Apr
  • Price: free
Walk on the moon with Tom Hanks at Lightroom – Weekend guide
Walk on the moon with Tom Hanks at Lightroom
Walk on the moon with Tom Hanks at Lightroom – Weekend guide
Walk on the moon with Tom Hanks at Lightroom

Take a walk on the moon with Tom Hanks

The Moonwalkers: A Journey With Tom Hanks

Lightroom, an immersive art gallery in King's Cross, has unveiled “The Moonwalkers: A Journey With Tom Hanks”. This immersive experience, narrated by Tom Hanks, uses advanced projection and audio to explore the historic Apollo missions and the current Artemis programme for manned lunar exploration. Co-written by Hanks and Christopher Riley, the experience also features interviews with Artemis astronauts, offering a unique perspective on this new chapter of space exploration.

  • Date: 6 Dec-9 Jun
  • Price: from £15

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