Something awesome to do in London, for every week of the year.
Whether you’re hyper-organsised or super-lazy, we’ve taken the liberty of sorting out your weekend.
1. Ride the Tube in your pants (Jan 1-7)
Off to a strange start, but this is the one time it’s permissible, so best to hop on when you can. January 7th is ‘No Trousers on the Tube Day’, and you can find out exactly what is and isn’t permissible on their Facebook event. Hey, it’s the first week of the new year, you aren’t expected to have your shit together yet.
2. Haunt a hidden cocktail bar (Jan 8-14)
We’re going to test your commitment to Dry January nice and early. London is crammed full of modern speakeasies and hideaway bars, and a cold winter’s night is the best time to camp out in one.
3. See the lights of London (Jan 15-21)
Not one, but two light festivals kick off this week. Winter Lights begins January 16th and runs until the 27th, whilst Lumiere London 2018 (complete with singing seesaws) will make a triumphant return to the capital between the 18th & 21st.
4. Get your vegan on for Veganuary (Jan 22-28)
This new veganism fad doesn’t seem to be disappearing anytime soon, so why not embrace it? Vegan doughnuts from Dough Society and healthy fast food from by Chloe. – both opening in January – should make your challenge easier.
5. Dive into a bottomless brunch (Jan 29 – Feb 4)
If you made it through January both dry and vegan, then congratulations! Time to celebrate the end of your self-denial with more food and booze than you can possibly manage. Fear not, for bottomless brunches are also permissible if your January was neither dry nor vegan…
6. Try your hand at an Olympic sport (Feb 5-11)
As the Winter Olympics begin on February 9th, it’s a choice time to get in the spirit. Sliders curling club will be at Roof East until February 25th, giving you ample opportunity to brush up on your skills.
7. Woo someone fashionable on Valentine’s Day (Feb 12-18)
The perfect Valentine’s outing for the stylish guy or gal in your life is a trip to London Fashion Week, running from the 16th to the 20th.
8. Take in the delights of the West End (Feb 19-25)
London’s theatre scene is the envy of the world, and 2018 sees some great new productions. Highly-rated modern love story Beginning and a new revival of Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party are just two of the fabulous new arrivals.
9. Conjure up some magic at the British Library (Feb 26 – March 4)
The Harry Potter exhibition at the British Library officially ends on February 28th, so this is your last chance to indulge your Pottermania until those Cursed Child tickets come through.
10. Go on a girl’s night out (March 5-11)
March 8th is International Women’s Day, which means it’s ladies night, and the feeling’s right. Not complete without a visit to Tonight Josephine, the utterly irrepressible cocktail bar named for one of history’s biggest badasses.
11. Enjoy the luck of the Irish (March 12-18)
Time to paint the town green, for St Patrick’s Day is upon us once more. On March 17th, why not head to one of London’s Irish pubs for a drink (or seven)?
12. Race boats and goats (March 19-25)
Saturday 24th March sees a titanic clash of sporting powers, as Oxford and Cambridge go head to head in the 163rd Boat Race. Meanwhile at Spitalfields City Farm, another heavyweight clash sees the two universities pitted against each other in the Goat Race – hoof it across town and you might be able to catch both races.
13. Hunt the Easter bunny (March 26 – Apr 1)
We’re not condoning actual rabbit hunting here. Instead, follow the Easter bunny across London by touring the capital’s chocolate shops. Delicious, yes, but your waistline might have to take the hit.
14. Partake in a mahoosive pillow fight (Apr 2-8)
International Pillow Fight Day falls on April 7th this year, so it’s time to arm yourself with the fluffiest weapons in all the land and do battle!
15. Spring into spring (Apr 9-15)
By now, spring should well and truly have arrived. That means cute baby animals at city farms, pretty flowers blooming in the parks, and endless Instagrams of tree blossoms.
16. Run a marathon (Apr 16-22)
Easy peasy. April 22nd sees the return of the London Marathon, so if you’re hoping to compete, you’d better dust off those running shoes quickly.
17. Celebrate a very special birthday (Apr 23-29)
On April 28th, Secret London turns 3! Please celebrate in whatever way you feel best – if that involves sending us cake and celebratory drinks, then we certainly won’t refuse them…
18. Rave with a fire-breathing spider (Apr 30 – May 6)
With Glastonbury taking a year off, the giant arachnid that usually delights/terrifies festival-goers is homeless for the summer. As a result, it’s going to be terrorising east London at Arcadia Festival on May 5th & 6th.
19. Join the wisteria hysteria (May 7-13)
The early spring bank holiday (May 7th) is a great chance to take grab your camera and jump all over spring’s hottest hashtag: #housesofldn_wisteria.
20. Spend a night at the museum (May 14-20)
This one promises to be a busy week. London Wine Week runs all week, whilst Museums At Night will give you late night entry to London’s museums from the 16th – 19th. Oh, and there’s the small matter of a royal wedding on top of all that.
21. Attend London’s huge new music festival (May 21-27)
Lorde, The XX, LCD Soundsystem, and Bjork, all in one place? It can only be All Points East festival, which runs from May 25th until June 3rd. For a more sedate affair, head west to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, which also takes place this week.
22. See London from the rooftops (May 28 – June 3)
Whether your destination of choice is Roof East, Skylight, Pegola, or elsewhere, you’re guaranteed fun (and hopefully sun) at any of London’s awesome summer rooftop spots.
23. Get crazy (golfing) on a sunny day (June 4-10)
When the sun shines, there’s no better way to spend an afternoon by knocking some balls around. We’re talking about a round of crazy golf, get your minds out of the gutter!
24. Chug along in a hot tug (June 11-17)
Break out the bathing suits and take to the river with Hot Tug. Though this can be done anytime of year, we found that summer is the perfect time to be seen, dahling. And isn’t that the most important part of it?
25. Make the most of an endless summer day (June 18-24)
June 21st is the longest day of the year, so get yourself outside to enjoy the late evening sun. How about a leisurely evening bike ride, or if that’s too much effort, stealing a spot at a riverside pub and drinking as the sun goes down might be just what the doctor ordered.
26. Beat the Glastonbury blues (June 25 – July 1)
Heading to the park with friends, drinks, and a portable sound system won’t feel exactly like Worthy Farm, but it’s still a beautiful way to spend a lazy summer day.
27. Show your Pride (July 2-8)
Deck yourself out in all the colours of the rainbow for The Pride in London Parade on July 7th. You’ll need to bring your A-game to top these efforts from last year, though.
28. Watch a weekend of sports (July 9-15)
Grab yourself a spot on Murray Mound, because this is the final week of Wimbledon, with the men’s and women’s finals taking place on the weekend. The 15th is also happens to be the FIFA World Cup final, so anywhere with a TV may be a tad busy that day.
29. Have a picnic on Regent Street (July 16-22)
Not your typical spot to spend a lazy summer day, but the Summer Streets project was a barrel of fun last year, and it should be returning in 2018.
30. Head out for a night on the town (July 23-29)
31. Visit the outer zones (July 30 – Aug 5)
Normally this would induce an involuntary shudder, but summer is the perfect time to broaden your horizons. Painshill Park and Mayfield Lavender Farm are just two of the stunning spots you should definitely make a beeline for.
32. Go for a dip in a London lido (Aug 6-12)
With the confirmation that London Fields lido will open in January 2018, the capital will have a full compliment of lidos by the time summer rolls around. The perfect opportunity to work on your breaststroke, or simply float and watch the world go by.
33. Catch a film at Somerset House (Aug 13-19)
Come summertime, Somerset House transforms into a cracking outdoor cinema, and you can bet it will be returning for another go in 2018. The rest of the outdoor cinema gang should have their own complement of screenings, too – check out Luna Cinema, Rooftop Film Club, and Pop-Up Screens for more movie magic.
34. Shake a tail feather at the Notting Hill Carnival (Aug 20-26)
After fifty years, it’s hardly a secret anymore, but the biggest party in town returns to the streets of Notting Hill on August 26th & 27th.
35. Head to the beach (Aug 27 – Sep 2)
Perfect if your budget hasn’t allowed you to head abroad this summer. If you’re looking for the real deal that London’s beachy pop-ups can’t quite provide, there are some gorgeous beaches within two hours of the capital.
36. Go to Prom(s) night (Sep 3-9)
It’s already one of the hottest tickets in town, and there’s still time to grab one. September 8th is the Last Night of the Proms, so if you’re looking for a fancy night out, this could be the one for you.
37. Drink and play games (Sep 10-16)
Grab the gang, and head to Flight Club or the London Shuffle Club for drinks and a little friendly competition. Until the drinks take effect and the competition becomes a little less friendly, of course.
38. Step inside London’s most amazing buildings (Sep 17-23)
Open House London gives you a chance to peek inside some of the fanciest and most fascinating buildings in London. It falls on September 22nd and 23rd this year, but you’ll have to be swift to snap up the (very limited) tickets to look around 10 Downing Street.
39. Stay out all night (Sep 24-30)
There’s a very good reason London has a Night Tube. Whatever shenanigans you get up to, ending your night in a 24-hour restaurant beats a greasy kebab any day of the week. For our money, your best bets are the bustling Polo Bar, or Duck and Waffle for food with a view of the sunrise.
40. Drink all the cocktails (Oct 1-7)
The first week in October is London Cocktail Week, which is sure to make these seven days unforgettable. Or not, depending on exactly how many cocktails you wind up drinking.
41. Feast on beer at Oktoberfest (Oct 8-14)
Drinking ist sehr gut regularly, but at Oktoberfest, where there’s fine German beer and lederhosen involved, it only gets better. Prost!
42. Get lost in a book (Oct 15-21)
London Literature Festival takes place in October, drawing huge names from the world of literature and beyond. The 2017 edition saw Phillip Pullman, Hillary Clinton, and Tom Hanks arrive, so keep your eye on the lineup for 2018’s big names.
43. Go leaf peeping on an autumn walk (Oct 22-28)
London is prettiest this time of year, and we’ve got five walks that best show off the glory of autumn. Maybe start small before tackling the 152 mile London LOOP trail, though.
44. Enjoy fright nights and fireworks (Oct 29 – Nov 4)
The two seasonal heavyweights will vie for your affection this week. Seven days stuffed with enough Halloween events to fill a haunted castle, and an armada of fireworks lighting up the skies for the Bonfire Night weekend.
45. Drink in a cosy pub (Nov 5-11)
Winter is closing in, which is the perfect excuse to retreat to the fireside with a pint and some pals. Our oldest pubs roundup will keep you toasty, content, and most importantly, full of beer.
46. Head on a magical adventure (Nov 12-18)
November 16th sees the UK release of the sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, if you’re up for an adventure with Dumbledore & co. Alternatively, make a little festive magic with the return of London’s best Christmas lights, as the begin switching on at this time of year.
47. Get your skates on (Nov 19-25)
London’s best ice rinks are usually up and skating by now, so it’s time for the ol’ slide and glide. Top it off with a boozy hot chocolate and you’ve got yourself a lovely winter evening.
48. Embrace the spirit of Christmas (Nov 26 – Dec 2)
December begins this week, so activate full Christmas mode. Head over to Winter Wonderland, check out one of the capital’s charming Christmas markets, or just throw on a turtleneck and watch Love Actually.
49. Ride the Elizabeth line (Dec 3-9)
Take this one with a pinch of salt, because it’s a TfL project. Hopefully, the Elizabeth line/Crossrail should run through central London by December 2018, bringing far-flung places such as West Ealing within easy reach.
50. Hit up some Christmas pop-ups (Dec 10-16)
The arrival off Christmas brings with it innumerable festive pop-ups aiming to make you jollier than Santa. They’ll all provide you with a steaming hot mug of Christmas cheer, and some pretty filling food too.
51. Go last minute shopping on Oxford Street (Dec 17-23)
Now we wouldn’t usually recommend this, ever. But by Christmas 2018, the pedestrianisation of Oxford Street should have begun, so it might be a little quieter. Maybe.
52. Eat, drink, and be merry at Christmas (Dec 24-30)
As London winds down for the holidays, there’s little you need to do except watch Christmas telly and lazily open the next tub of Celebrations. If you’re feeling up to it, we’ve found some brilliant Boxing Day walks, but you’ve certainly earned yourself a laidback Christmas if you’ve been following this list!
Bonus: See 2018 off with a bang (December 31st)
It seems weird to be planning the end of 2018 only two days after it’s started, but we’re a forward thinking bunch. Whether you’re heading to a party or looking for a place to watch the fireworks, Secret London will be here to guide you safely into the New Year.
So much to do, and so little time – head out there and make 2018 your best year yet!