Not sure what’s on in London this weekend? Whatever the weather, we’ve got you covered. From cocktails, to brunches, markets to gigs, there’s something for everyone on our list of things to do in London this weekend!
Danny Trejo –Hollywood star of films such as Machete (2010) and Spy Kids (2001), and restaurant owner of LA mainstay ‘Trejo’s Tacos’ – opened up his highly anticipated London outpost last weekend (February 25). Head over to Portobello Road in Notting Hill to enjoy Trejo’s Tacos‘ terrific tacos (duh!), a snazzy cocktail bar that makes a mean margarita, and even an underground speakeasy.
The Gunpowder Plot Experience in Tower Hill Vaults brings the pivotal events of 1605 to life; immersing you in the story of Guy Fawkes and the conspiracy that sparked our annual Bonfire Night. Using a combination of virtual reality, live actors, and themed cocktails, you’ll truly feel you’ve stepped back in time for a couple of hours.
3. Get the group together for the ultimate sharing roast dinner
Sunday lunch is meant to be shared with loved ones – and Pivot Bar & Bistro has taken this pretty literally with their new offering. Every Sunday, this Covent Garden spot offers the ‘Ultimate Sharing Roast’, with unlimited trimmings for just £17.25pp. The roast is said to be the perfect size for four people to share; it boats three succulent meats, pigs in blankets, roasties, cabbage, cauliflower cheese, carrots, Yorkshire puddings, and gravy.
Pinching the pennies this weekend? Considering it feels like 50 quid evaporates from our bank account the minute we step outside, we don’t blame you. We’ve compiled a handy list of 200(!!) of the best free things to do in London, and they’re not all ‘go for a walk in the park’ – promise.
5. Head to a brand-new French bistro, with wonderful wine
Fancy a French meal in Fulham this weekend? Well, you’re in luck as Josephine opens this Saturday (March 2). The brainchild of revered chef Claude Bosi and his wife Lucy Bosi, this new neighbourhood spot will serve up nostalgic French bistro classics – such as French onion soup, rabbit in mustard sauce, and veal sweetbread in morel sauce – alongside wine from Rhone Valley. The restaurant also serves its own wine.
6. Dine in a luxury spot, reopened under new management
Sale e Pepe, the iconic Italian restaurant in Knightsbridge, re-opens this week (February 26). Follow in the footsteps of Rod Stewart, Sir Roger Moore, Priscilla Presley, and Ringo Starr in embracing a touch of ‘la dolce vita’, and feasting on Italian fare made with the freshest ingredients. A meal here makes for a real treat.
Bored of your local? Drink in some of the capital’s history alongside your beer this weekend at one of London’s oldest pubs. Better yet, if you’re up to it, you can even make a historic bar crawl out of our handy list (though traipsing from Holborn to Hampsted does seem a little far-fetched…)
8. Discover a new zest for life at this restaurant’s citrus festival
Saison, the relaxed Mediterranean restaurant located at Whitehall’s Raffles London, is currently hosting a Citrus Festival until March 3. Until Sunday, you can enjoy a menu of special dishes and drinks that will showcase different citrus varieties, including the much-loved Menton lemon.
9. Step into a Mexican-style speakeasy
Marylebone Mexican restaurant Cavita recently revealed its reimagined basement bar: El Bar de Cavita. At this speakeasy-style spot, you’ll find margaritas, mezcal-based cocktails, and Mexican street food, all served in a lively atmosphere.
A “weekend afternoon tea” encompasses everything from a flamboyantly fancy day out to a simple natter over scones and sweet treats. Grab a pal, and a glass of bubbles, and indulge in one of London’s wonderful afternoon teas this weekend.
Forget sushi: at the KERB-run Seven Dials Market, you’ll find Pick & Cheese, serving hungry Londoners a seemingly endless supply of cheese, all delivered via a 40-metre conveyor belt.
On each plate, you can expect cheese (obvs) paired expertly with a condiment or snack. There’s an assortment of charcuteries trundling their way around the room too.
12. Have a blooming wonderful meal at a restaurant-florist
A stone’s throw from Mansion House station, you’ll find Stem & Stem – a unique dining experience that blends food, wine, and floristry. This restaurant-florist serves up delectable British dishes, and there is a real focus on championing local produce. Alongside the food, a carefully curated wine list awaits, as well as a florist for all your floral needs.
13. Eat unlimited oysters at a harbour-side bar
The Anchor Bar, located at The Chelsea Harbour Hotel, has a ravishingly good offer: unlimited oysters on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings for just £25pp (5pm–7pm). Enjoy as many as you like in the upmarket spot, as you admire the views of Chelsea Harbour and sip on ocean-inspired cocktails. The bar overlooks the Chelsea Harbour.
Treat yourself to a meal out in one of London’s prettiest restaurants this weekend – you’ve worked hard all week, you deserve it! From muted pastel tones or wildly OTT décor, we’ve compiled a handy list of the prettiest restaurants in London to save you the research time.
If a plane to South Korea is out of the question this weekend (pretty likely, eh), make your way to Borough Yards instead. Here, you’ll find Delight: Media Art Exhibition. The works, all produced by Korean artist Gyoungtae Hong, explore a range of topics, including the artist’s heritage, traditions, and culture. Thanks to floor-to-ceiling projections and the 360-degree installations, you’ll almost feel as though you’re within the artworks themselves.
Are you a fan of Wes Anderson’s distinctive visual style? If so, then it’s high time you take a visit to Accidentally Wes Anderson: The Exhibition – if you haven’t already. The exhibition in South Kensington shines a spotlight on over 200 places worldwide that could be straight out of the iconic director and producer’s masterpieces, taken by many photographers.
Yoko Ono: Music of the Mind recently opened at the Tate Modern, featuring more than 50 years’ worth of work from the formidable Yoko Ono. The 200+ pieces span a range of mediums, including artwork, music, film, and photography, and will hone in on key moments of Ono’s career.
Like the sound of Delight, Accidentally Wes Anderson: The Exhibition, and Yoko Ono: Music of the Mind? From its major galleries to its museums, London is bursting at the seams with art exhibitions. Take a leisurely stroll around the likes of the Tate Britain, the V&A or the National Gallery this weekend. We’ve compiled a list that encompasses everything from classic works to cutting-edge modern pieces and even free exhibits.
🖌️ Fed Lies – a three-day exhibition in Hackney beginning on February 29, which tackles misconceptions of the causes of food insecurity around the UK. Featuring work from Beth Evans, Ellis Lewis-Dragsta, and more!
💗 Barbara Kruger: Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You – taking to the Serpentine Gallery, Kruger’s first solo London show in over 20 years is an immersive video installation surrounding the consumption of culture online.
📸 Capturing The Moment – this exhibit at the Tate Modern explores the historical relationship between photography and paintings, including works by Pablo Picasso and Paula Rego as well as imagery from Hiroshi Sugimoto and Jeff Wall.
⚡You can also head to a free David Bowie photography exhibition at Fitzrovia Chapel, which opens up on March 1.
Above all else, the views at Good Hotel are exceptional; from the guest rooms to the seasonal rooftop bar, you’ll be able to admire the O2, the Emirates Air Line, and the Canary Wharf skyline from the Royal Victoria Dock water itself. On my visit, I truly felt like I was on a lake oasis, not in the heart of East London. Read my full review of Good Hotel here.
In a city of nine million people, you can guarantee that you’ll find something for everyone to enjoy, no matter how old you are. If you need to entertain the kids this weekend, check out some of the best family-friendly activities in London this weekend.
Fancy being a tourist in our beloved capital this weekend but short on time? Redditor ‘magulagie’ has created the ultimate London sightseeing map for those in a hurry. Spanning just over five miles long, his route will take you past a ton of London’s most iconic landmarks, and will take you around two hours (if you avoid going inside any of the places you pass, that is).
London. Weekend. If all else fails, what else is there to do, but enjoy a good ol’ bottomless brunch this weekend in London? Whether you opt for a raucous affair that promises to have you dancing on the tables by the early afternoon, or a (relatively) more relaxed affair, it’s your call.
Also published on Medium.