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What’s on in London: 16 of the best things to do this weekend

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Excited for the weekend? So you should be with all of these wondrous things to do in London. 

London is an exhilarating melting pot of immersive experiences, exciting new restaurants, must-visit exhibitions and much, much more. The only problem with that, though, is there’s almost too much to choose from when organising your weekend plans. 

But don’t worry, that’s what we’re here for. We’ve got our ear to the ground on all things London, to make sure you’re in the know on the coolest, most interesting and unique things to do at the weekend. 

Scroll down for our weekly updated expert guide on what to do in London this weekend. Enjoy!

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  • V&A Friday Lates

    On the last Friday of every month the Victoria & Albert Museum stays open until 10pm and invites anyone with a passion for the arts along for free to observe its exhibitions by night. 

    This Friday not only will there be a DJ and bar, but film and installations on the theme of being seen, of watching and being watched. From challenging the lens through which we see the world to games that question the digital gaze, it’s set to be an interesting night. 

    Where: Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL

  • Urban Makers at Old Spitalfields Market

    On the last weekend of every month Spitalfields Market in east London is infiltrated by independent crafters and makers as part of the Urban Makers market.

    From clothing and accessories to homewares and artworks, this is a collection of unique products that you won’t find on the high street.

    Wander and peruse from 10am to 6pm and pick yourself up a treat. You deserve it.

    Where: 56 Brushfield St, Spitalfields, London E1 6AA

  • Attend the Orchard Festival at Kew Gardens

    Kew Gardens is a wondrous place to spend a day at the best of times. Its Victorian glasshouses and Instagram-worthy palms are enough to draw us in, but until the 8 March there’s also another reason to visit.

    The Orchard Festival is in its 25th year, and an opportunity to immerse yourself in the tropics this winter by exploring the wonders of Indonesia. Kew call it a “a celebration of the cultural and natural diversity that is scattered across the country’s archipelago of 17,504 islands”, which sounds pretty exciting to us. 

    Where: Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AE

  • Visit the Postal Museum

    Things to do in London: Postal Museum

    There’s something beautifully nostalgic about receiving actual, real-life paper mail, isn’t there? In fact, research has even shown how much we appreciate the act of a hand written note. 

    So, then, what a lovely way to spend an afternoon but to visit a museum dedicated to the stuff? Look at Victorian Valentine cards and ride the mail train, before stopping off in the cute postal-themed shop. 

    Where: 15-20 Phoenix Place, London, WC1X 0DA

  • Dare to take part in The Invitation by Secret Theatre Project

    Things to do in London: The Secret

    Fresh from a sell-out run in Hong Kong, Secret Theatre Project is returning to London with brand new immersive theatrical show call The Invitation, which launches this week.

    On arrival at the five-star hotel and fictional Masquerade Palace, guests will wear disguises and become dragged into a dark secret, taking part in a devilish narrative of action, murder and intrigue

    Tickets are between £39 and £109.00 depending on what you choose, but whatever you pick we think you’re in for one hell of a ride.

    Where: Masquerade Palace, 8 Patriot Square, London E2 9NF 

  • Swingers

    You absolutely do not need to be into golf to enjoy a night at Swingers (although we’re quite thrilled to admit we’re not complete strangers to a hole-in-one). You can enjoy tasty cocktails brought to you on a tray while working your way around the quirky and fun course, which gets more challenging with each round. 

    Beware: your competitive side will come out. The lively music played by a DJ gives the perfect weekend vibes, and you can enjoy some street food while gloating about your win afterwards. It’s the perfect place for a first date or to go with your gang, and spend the night battling your friends for the title of top golfer.

    Where: 15 John Prince’s Street, W1G OAB

  • Visit the recently-opened Sussex bar and restaurant in Soho

    Things to do in London: Sussex

    After the huge success of their Notting Hill restaurant The Shed and Kings Road haunt Rabbit, anyone could have guessed that Sussex, which recently opened in Soho, would be a winner. And winner, it is. With sumptuously dark interiors, which give your evening a sophisticated feel and dedicated, knowledgeable staff, anyone you take for dinner here will be impressed by your choice – and that’s before tasting the food. 

    The Gladwin Brothers have their own farm in the south of England, so not only can they guarantee that much of their produce is ethical and sustainable, but they change the menu daily depending on what they have coming in. This gives the chefs plenty of room to experiment, creating dishes like tasty squirrel ravioli and mushroom marmite eclairs.

    Where: 63-64 Frith Street, London, W1D 3JW.

  • Sophie Tea NUDE exhibition at the South Place Hotel

    Things to do in London: South Place Hotel

    The South Place Hotel has worked with St-Germain Elderflower Liqueur to transform its lobby bar into a ‘Mystical Garden’ with dangling wisteria and foliage, creating a ceiling installation. Not only does this make a great backdrop to catch up with friends, there’s also a pop-up exhibition from Sophie Tea, the female empowerment artist and influencer, who is among the first people to earn £1m from her art through her social media.

    She’s hand-picked a selection of her artwork from her NUDE collection to display at the hotel, which focus on the female form is palette of pink and purple tones.

    Where: 3 South Pl, Finsbury, London EC2M 2AF

  • DJ Nights at Sexy Fish

    Things to do in London: Sexy Fish

    The iconic restaurant in Mayfair has launched a late night package which you need to check out.

    A series of famous DJ sets will be playing with Roger Sanchez, but it’s not all about the music. The guests will also enjoy some delicious snacks made by Chef Bjoern Weissgerber. From pepper crusted wagyu tatami to caramelised black cod and maki rolls, Sexy Fish will provide the tastiest party food ever served.

    Where: Berkeley Square House, Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6BR

  • Jump into a marshmallow pool at The Wonder Factory

    What to do in London this weekend: The Wonder Factory

    This is what Instagram dreams are made of. The Wonder Factory in Dalston is calling itself the “most ambitious interactive art exhibition” featuring an incredible 15 rooms filled with the likes of marshmallow swimming pools, confetti cyclones and mirrors that transport you to outer space. 

    If you’d like to visit, opening times are 12pm – 8pm Thursday and Friday, 9am – 9pm Saturday and Sunday, until the end of February. Tickets are priced at £23.

    Where: The Wonder factory, Unit B, Dalston Works, Dalston, London, E8 2FQ.

  • Watch a film at the new Electric Cinema White City

    What to do in London this weekend: Electric Cinema White City

    With dreamy loveseats and vintage lamps at every seat The Electric Cinema is one of the best spots on Notting Hill’s Portobello Road. So, it makes sense, then, that London deserved (at least) one more. Soho House has opened its second branch in the former BBC Television Centre in White City. Luxury touches include mohair armchairs, cashmere blankets and footstalls with a stylish bar serving drinks and pick and mix to nibble on.

    Where: Television Centre, 101 Wood Lane, White City, London W12 7FR.

  • Explore artifacts at Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

    What to do in London this weekend: Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

    To commemorate a century since the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, the Satchi Gallery is housing 150 glittering world heritage artifacts in a six exhibition, Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh. Learn about the life of the famous kind and see precious artefacts that have never before left Egypt. The exhibition is open until 3 May 2020, and tickets are priced at £28.50 for an adult.

    Where: Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY.

    Picture credit: IMG

  • Cosy up in a winter lodge

    What to do in London this weekend: Tutankhamun: Holborn Dining Room

    What screams cosy more than a Scandi-inspired winter lodge? One of London’s finest hotels, the Rosewood, joins forces with luxury vodka brand Absolut Elyx to transform its terrace for the winter. 

    From November 2019 to February 2020, the hotel’s courtyard will be a dreamy Swedish winter wonderland. Mulled wine and fancy old fashioneds will be accompanied by Holborn Dining Room’s chef exquisite menu. Oysters, gin cured salmon and an indulgent Paris-Brest to finish – The Elyx Chalet at Rosewood London is ‘the’ destination in London this winter. 

    Where: 252 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 7EN

  • Go back to the 1940s at Cahoots' The Ticket Hall and Control Room

    What to do in London this weekend: Cahoots' Ticket Hall and Control Room

    Cahoots, the underground post-war themed bar just off Carnaby Street, has made a name for itself as a go-to venue for creative cocktails, an immersive concept and tongue-in-cheek humour. Now, Londoners are being treated to a second site which is opening on 7 November, close by the original. 

    The Ticket Hall and Control Room will be split across two floors and in-keeping with the 1940s theme. Think vintage phone booths and ticket machines, cocktails served in tin cans over the old station kiosk with high-spirited swing dances for entertainment. 

    Where: 5 Kingly Street, Carnaby, Soho, London, W1B 5PF.

  • Carb-load from Cecconi's Pizza Bar £5 menu

    What to do in London this weekend: Cecconi's Pizza Bar

    Cecconi’s is the authentic Italian restaurant from Soho House, where stylish decor reigns supreme and hearty indulgence is the only thing on the menu. With branches in Shoreditch and The Ned already going down such a treat, it was only a matter of time until it landed in Soho, and now the Cecconi’s Pizza Bar is one of the area’s must-visit haunts.

    Just when we thought a menu full of pizza, pasta and Italian-inspired cocktails (think Aperol Spritz and Negronis on tap) couldn’t get any better, the restaurant has now introduced a £5 menu, running from 3pm until 6pm Sunday to Friday. On there you’ll find a long list of cocktails, one choice of beer and seven different pasta dishes all priced at £5. A welcome rarity in central London we think you’ll agree.

    Where: 19-21 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 5JJ

  • Have a drink at newly-opened The Lost Alhambra

    What to do in London this weekend: The Lost Alhambra

    When it opened in 1854, The Alhambra Theatre in Leicester Square was one of the only bars to accept women without the escort of a man. 

    Now, 100 years after it was lost to a fire and then demolished to make way for the Odeon Cinema, this gem is being resurrected by the people behind renowned Instagram-worthy drinking holes, Tonight Josephine and Blame Gloria. Think fun, fluorescent signage, 70s-inspired décor and a mean happy hour.

    Where: 28A Leicester Square, London WC2H 7LE

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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