62 Incredible Things To Do In London At The Weekend

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Here’s a list of things you can do in London any weekend, every weekend.

Want to fill your weekends with something more meaningful and productive than just lazing at home, hungover, ordering pizza straight to your bed? Here’s the only list you need.

Eat and drink

1. If you’re going to do the weekend properly, it should always start with brunch – preferably of the boozy variety. Here are some ideas.

2. Or you could try out these brunch spots that boast fantastic views of the city.

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Bōkan, Canary Wharf

3. Or, if the concept of ‘brunch’ is lost on you, you could always go for a bit of good old fashioned breakfast.

4. Do as the British do and enjoy a spot of afternoon tea.

5. Go and discover your new favourite coffee shop. Here are some of the best coffee shops in Covent Garden and here are some of our favourites in east London.

6. Satisfy that sweet tooth at one of London’s lovely bakeries.

7. Scoff your way through all of Camden’s best street food.

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Halloumi fries from Oli Baba’s

8. Take your S/O out on a romantic date. Here are some of London’s most romantic restaurants.

9. Go t’ pub. Why not crawl the oldest pubs in London and sink a few pints?

10. We know how much you all love cheese, so why not team it up with some wine and charcuterie for a jolly marvellous evening? Here are the best places to go.

11. Or just head to Camden’s all cheese everything bar.

Mozzarella sticks at the London Cheese Bar
Photo by @cedarfilmco

12. Scrimped for cash? Try these cheap eats if you’re looking for a relatively wallet-friendly weekend.

13. Head to this Borough restaurant, where every dish includes chocolate.

14. Stay out late and eat a Full English at 4am, just because you can.

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Polo Bar

15. Try one of London’s best Chinese restaurants.

16. Or the best Japanese restaurants.

17. Splash out on a fancy meal at any of London’s Michelin Star restaurants.

18. Wine or dine at a bar/restaurant/café owned by a celebrity.

Explore a new area

19. Greenwich

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Photo by @wilhelmchangphotography

20. Dulwich

21. Dalston

22. Walthamstow

Gods Own Junkyard

23. King’s Cross

24. Stoke Newington

25. Kentish Town

26. Clerkenwell

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Photo by @sarah_leigh

27. Paddington

28. Hackney

29. Covent Garden

30. Camden

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31. Chiswick

32. Islington’s Upper Street

33. Exmouth Market

34. Commercial Street

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Strut and Cluck

35. Soho’s Kingly Street

Meander around a weekend market

36. From flower markets to street food markets, there’s no shortage of places to go for a lovely weekend stroll. Take a look at our definitive list of weekend markets.

Discover London’s prettiest places

37. Visit the pinkest place in London, Elan Café.

Elan Cafe Pink London

38. Go for coffee and brunch at Palm Vaults.

39. Get cocktails at Waterloo’s most Instagrammable bar, Tonight Josephine.

40. Explore these fanciful places full of foliage.

41. Explore London’s prettiest streets.

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42. Or discover the most colourful places in London.

Do something bonkers

43. Go to this south London pub with its own car race track.

44. Go to this King’s Cross venue that literally has everything, from a cocktail bar and a coffee shop to craft workshops and Beyoncé-themed dance classes. (Yes, really.)

Get cultured

45. Go to an art gallery and check out a new exhibition.

46. Head to one of London’s many free museums!.

47. See all the sights with the most efficient self-led sightseeing tour there is (probably).

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Photo by Jurica Koletić

48. Or, if you’ve done all the big touristy sights, go to these alternative places instead.

49. Finish off a touristy day with a meal at one of these restaurants near London’s top attractions.

50. Do things differently and discover these secret sights.

51. Take things to a new level and check out these beautiful spots to catch panoramic views of London.

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Searcys at the Gherkin

Watch a movie

52. Catch a film at one of London’s cosiest cinemas, including a cinema with freaking double beds in it!!!!

53. Or, if you just want a cheap movie night, head to any London Odeon for just £8.49.

Get some fresh air

54. Discover these magical places that you may not have known were in London.

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Pergola and Hill Gardens (Photo by Viv Lynch)

55. Get a bit of peace and quiet at one of these lovely green spaces.

56. Go for a run around one of these amazing routes.

57. If you can brave it, dive into one of these (sometimes heated) outdoor pools.

58. Get on yer bike! Here are some fantastic cycling routes to try out.

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Photo by David Merrigan

Do something different

59. If you’re a gin fan, take a trip to one of these beautiful London gin distilleries.

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City of London Distillery

60. Bit of a book nerd? Spend some time choosing your next read at one of these cute little bookshops.

61. Head to the London park dedicated to everyday heroes who died saving others.

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Photo by @m_t_egea

Get out of London

62. Take a day trip, or a mini break, to one of these lovely getaways that are less than 2 hours away from London.

Georgie Hoole

Georgie Hoole

Georgie is Deputy Editor at Secret London. She loves a trendy café and is all too familiar with the extortionate price of a coffee in the capital. She enjoys the finer things in life (like red wine on a school night and eating Ben and Jerry's straight from the tub) and hasn't quite grasped the concept of adulthood yet.