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. The Greenwich + Docklands International Festival is back with an amazing selection of shows. It’s all about mind-wowing outdoor dancing in extraordinary places. We love Plock (free) which mixes acrobatic dance and paint, Pollock style (you will be give an overall kit to protect you from splashes), Belly of the Whale (free) where performers ride a giant see-saw sculpture which creaks and groans like a boat on the sea and Rise! (free), a giant woman (lit) puppet exploring Woolwich.
2. Celebrate Eid with live music and street food stalls on Trafalgar Square this Saturday.
3. There is a new addition to London’s skyline: the Mastaba, a giant floating sculpture on the lake in Hyde Park. Made entirely of colourful barrel by artists Christo and Jean-Claude, it will be the star of the Lido until September 9th.
4. Seven Dials will be traffic free this Saturday to welcome to the Soundtrack Festival, a full day of free music. Bonus: glitter free face painting, flash mob, silent disco…
5. Join the street party between Union Street and Flat Iron Square this Sunday: music, shows, DJ, street food, kids fun, dance workshops, wacky races…
Culture and art in London
1. Famous architect Su Fujimoto presents his innovative vision of the future at the Japan House (High Street Kensington) through architectural experiments.
2. Join the Camberwell College of Arts’ Open Days this weekend: a fantastic opportunity to see the creations of a new generation of artists and enjoy free workshops (The Darkroom Experience, T Shirt screen printing, Stop Motion Animation, Letterpress…). Families are welcome to join.
3. On 22 June 1948, the ship MV Empire Windrush brought to London hundreds of workers from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago. Thousands would travel the same journey until 1971 and were allowed to settle down even without travel documents or British passport (the recent regulations, with Brexit on the horizon, caused many dramatic issues recently). The British Library dedicates its latest exhibition to those now known as the Windrush Generation. There, you will learn about Jamaican feminist poet Una Marson, who became the first black woman to be employed by the BBC, the memories of the first Caribbean nurses to join the NHS but also discover manuscripts, poems and listen to jazz and calypso.
5. Love classic movies? Don’t miss Cinema Paradiso at The Book Club this Sunday: the downstairs bar will offer rural 40s Sicily, complete with an authentic Italian house band, Sicilian pizza, themed cocktails, screening and dancing.
London foodie ideas
2. Fancy sipping cocktails around a campfire? Go to The Midnight Apothecary (in the Brunel Museum’s garden) Friday or Saturday night.
3. Dalloway Terrace pays tribute to Mrs Dalloway with an elegant afternoon tea: every slightly eccentric dish is, in one way or another, connected to a key figure in Virginia Woolf’s life.
4. The Gelato Festival, which tours Europe every year to present 16 gelato masters, is back in Covent Garden this weekend. Ticket in hand you get to try all the flavours, watch demonstrations, enjoy the animations and of course vote for your favourite.
5. Crosstown now does Limoncello doughnuts. Just saying.
London for families
1. Children will love, at the Greenwich + Docklands Festival, Bicycle Boys, a fun (free) show where you have to pedal to help the actors.
3. Kids can learn about the ancient tradition of shadow puppetry in Java then use tablets to bring puppet characters to life through film at the British Museum, this Sunday. Free.
4. Sit on the National Gallery’s magic carpet on Sunday for free storytelling sessions.
5. There will be special free taster sessions for families to try out some padel tennis in Canary Wharf this Sunday.
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