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9 things to do in London this weekend

Find the best things to do in London this weekend.

Check out our pick of the best things to do this weekend, from eating out, seeing a show and shopping, to family activities and fun events.   

Things to do this Friday 

Four dancers leap across the stage in lion costumes in The Lion King. 

1. Enjoy London theatre this weekend

Head to London's West End for a fabulous Friday night show. Be transported to the plains of Africa with family favourite The Lion King, encounter a mysterious masked figure in The Phantom of the Opera, follow the tale of two witches in Wicked, or laugh out loud to the Book of Mormon. Alternatively, see one of London’s top plays such the slapstick The Play That Goes Wrong or spellbinding Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

Take your pick from more top musicals in London.

2. Find immersive experiences

Start the weekend with something unique, by booking into one of London's immersive attractions or shows. Enjoy wizarding experiences at Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter, become one of the loveable ogre's gang at Shrek's Adventure! London, go on a bone-chilling journey at The London Dungeon and much more.

3. Soak up some views

Make the most of the autumn colours by seeking out spectacular views. Cross the Thames on the Emirates Air Line cable car, see for miles from The View from The Shard, or step into a pod on the iconic London Eye to spot London icons near and far.

Things to do this Saturday

A view across the river Thames, including Tower Bridge, City Hall and The Shard on a bright day. 

4. Tick off London’s top attractions

Plan an action-packed day out at the capital's top attractions, from crossing the walkway at Tower Bridge, to hearing historic tales at the Tower of London, hanging out with celebs at Madame Tussauds or exploring the best family attractions.

Buy a sightseeing pass such as the new Big City Saver attractions passes, The London Pass, or the wide-ranging Go City London Explorer Pass to see multiple attractions.

5. Take a London tour

Discover London from all angles on a sightseeing tour. Whether taking to the Thames on a river tour, putting your feet up or hopping on and off with a bus tour, taking to the skies on a helicopter tour or seeing London by Night, there's plenty to enjoy this Saturday.

6. Go beyond London

Book a day trip from London to visit some of the UK’s most famous sights and landmarks. See mysterious monoliths up close with various Stonehenge tours or you can also pick from combined trips taking in Bath, Canterbury, Dover and more historic towns.

What to do on Sunday

7. Have some "me time"

A steam room at the East River Spa decorated with buddhas and lanterns

Book yourself and some friends into one of London's top spa days for an indulgent Sunday treat. Take your pick from treatments, relax in tranquil spots and unwind in saunas and pools at spas across the capital. 

Alternatively, discover more luxury experiences in London, from train journeys to afternoon teas

8. Learn something new

Mix up a cocktail, get creative or learn to dance at a masterclass in London. There are plenty of fun workshops and activities to do with friends and family across the capital and you'll end up with a new skill! Find more epic experiences in the city.

9. Explore London’s new exhibitions

Get your culture fix with new exhibitions across the city. Check out what's on at top museums and galleries, including an exploration of Walter Sickert's distinctive works at Tate Britain and the chance to catch a glimpse of royal lifestyles from Japan and the UK with Japan: Courts and Culture at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace. With even more displays opening in the coming weeks, you’ll want to make a list!

For more ideas, see what’s on in London, including things to do each month and key events. And make sure to download the Visit London app to find more ideas on the go.