No plans yet? Here are some more cool things to do this weekend in London. If you have tips we haven’t covered, don’t hesitate to leave us a comment below… Taking a Eurostar soon? 23 ideas to have fun around St Pancras this way.
London off the beaten path
1. Celebrate St George Day on Trafalgar Square : a 25-piece brass band, pop and folk groups, Victorian music hall, arts workshops for children, old fashioned rides, stilt walkers, roaming entertainers, pearly kings and queens and a giant dragon centrepiece of course. The Borough Market will join the St George celebrations this Saturday: performance of George and the Dragon, dance around the maypole, construction of a human tower from the Castellers of London, an interactive Discovery Barn for children, cooking demonstrations and sampling…
2. Spring break + Neverland = awesome party this Friday and Saturday. There are three funky rooms to explore, the Lost Boys will be serving street food (the fish tacos are brilliant), a tattooed Tinker Bell will mix your cocktails, the music will get you dancing in no time and there are lots of accessories (flower necklaces, colourful inflatable flamingos and donuts) to borrow for selfies.
3. It’s Record Store Day this Saturday – fantastic atmosphere guaranteed with live music in Soho, a label market at Pop Brixton.
4. Don’t miss the V&A Performance Festival this weekend, dedicated to censorship and circus: the Bookshop Band will present banned books through history, the Belarus Free Theatre the dual nature of their existence in Minsk and London, the Metta Theatre extracts of The Little Mermaid in the most enchanting way…
5. Going through Chiswick? Make a little detour to see this incredible house, which facade is entirely covered in colourful mosaics.
Culture and art in London
1. Sonic, a biennial dedicated to sound art, will take place at King’s Place this weekend. The most looked forward installation includes 176 snails, each harnessed with a small diode: a pure invite to slow down…
2. Fashioned from Nature at the V&A will tell you everything from the use of material in clothes through time (flax, silk, vegetal ivory, pineapple leaves, bark lace…) to the amazing materials developed today (work of art, really) via the ecological conscious in fashion in the 21st century.
3. The British Museum presents A symphony of cultures, a music festival featuring (baroque, flamenco, Indian…) concerts within the museum.
4. The most acclaimed musical this week? Tina, retracing Tina Turner’s life. See it at the Aldwych Theatre.
5. Street Orchestra and members of the busking community will jam together at the Migration Museum this Sunday: a symbol of the wonderful melting pot London is.
London foodie ideas
1. Coffee off the beaten path? These cafés are nestled in London churches are sure to enchant you! My favourite is Café Host.
2. Gordon Ramsay has opened Street Pizza at One New Change with a cool Bottomless Pizza option on the menu for £15.
3. Bermondsey is known for its beer mile – microbreweries nestled in the railway arches. Hawkes, London’s very first cider brewery, has now joined the neighbourhood and yes, you can stop by to try their creations.
4. Gelupo, my favourite ice-cream place in London, serves AMAZING spring flavours: avocado, strawberry/rose pepper, kiwi/gin/elderflower, chocolate/tomato/basil…
5. The Espresso Martini Society is opening a speakeasy in Soho for 6 weeks only, with 20 variations of this iconic cocktail on the menu: The Dirty Banana, The Merry Berry, The A-List Avocado, The Irish One…
London for families
1. The Museum of Childhood will have lots of activities for St George Day this Saturday: live song and dance traditions, storytelling, games, arts & craft activities.
2. Enjoy a family tour of the Museum of London’s collections this Saturday.
3. Join the Dulwich Picture Gallery’s craft workshop this Sunday: the little ones will create their own stamp from clay and natural colours.
4. The Globe will run a fun storytelling session on Shakespeare’s Henry V this Sunday. A brilliant way to approach this classic play.
5. Kids can join illustrator Vicky Woodgate for a workshop on animals at the Tate Modern this Sunday: amazing stories, activities, quiz…
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