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The Edit: The Best Things to do in London This Weekend

The Edit: The Best Things to do in London This Weekend

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Looking for fun things to do in London this weekend? We’ve got you covered with this guide to what’s on in the capital over the next few days. 

The UK heatwave is finally over (fingers crossed), though the summer events are still in full swing in the capital.

This August weekend brings music festivals, immersive experiences, and a free day trip (yes, you heard that right) – his weekend in London is certainly shaping up to be a good’un.

As well as this, there are plenty of brilliant exhibitions and free things to do popping up this weekend in the capital.

Read on to discover the things you need to keep on your radar this weekend in London…

Best Things to do in London This Weekend

Take Advantage of FREE London Bicycles

Shoreditch

17th – 24th August

Swap Fiets Free Bike

Bracing yourself for the commuter chaos this week in the capital? There’s no need – Dutch bike company Swapfiets has pulled through to save the day ahead of the planned Tube strikes in London.

They’re offering Londoners free bike rental for the entire week, between the 17th and 24th of August – so there’s no better time to get out and explore London’s gorgeous parks via two wheels.

All you need to do to grab yourself a free bike for the week is head to Swapfiets’ Shoreditch store on 17th August and fill out a form. Bring the bike back by the 24th of August and you’re all good. 

They’ll even throw in the full subscription benefits, including full maintenance and repair, as well as a free bike lock. Remember your own helmet though, folks!

Sip Cocktails at New Bar Lost Property Office

Waterloo

Opens 18th August

Lost Property Office

Rich Woods, AKA The Cocktail Guy, is unveiling his latest joint in the capital this week in London – just in time for weekend drinks. Lost Property Office will be hidden behind a secret door in BrewDog’s Waterloo bar, and revamped cocktails await.

Oozing with prohibition-era vibes, complete with dim lighting and leather seating, the bar will feature an impressive cocktail menu filled with classics that have been given a modern culinary twist. 

Think the Lagerita – a reformed Margarita with Hopped Tapatio Tequila, Clarified Lime, Blood Orange, and Bergamot, topped with a Beer Cloud, and seasonal micro flowers and leaves.

Attend All Points East Festival

Tower Hamlets

19th – 25th August

James Blake at All Points East
James Blake at All Points East

Ran by the same people behind Coachella, is it any wonder that All Points East is one of the most highly-anticipated festivals in London? We don’t think so. 

Well, wait no longer, it returns for its 2022 edition this weekend in London – and the stellar line-up boasts Gorillaz, Tame Impala, Kraftwerk, and Disclosure.

Shop the Typical Freaks Pop-Up

St James’s

Throughout August

Typical London

Fashionistas will want to head to the Typical Freaks pop-up this weekend in London. 

The London-based fashion brand was launched in 2016 by Central Saint Martins’ MA Fashion graduate, Seun Ade-Onojobi, and London College of Fashion, UAL graduate Sonia Xiao, and they have been making waves in the industry ever since.

Expect to browse maximalist, bold pieces inspired by their lives in London – this is the first time that people in London have been able to peruse their clothes IRL. Head to 12 Piccadilly Arcade to see for yourself.

Party at the Boxpark Wembley Coldplay Fan Zone

Wembley

20th + 21st August

It seems as if everyone and their gran have attended the string of sold-out Coldplay concerts over the last few days. And, ahead of the final shows this weekend in London, Boxpark Wembley has transformed into an electric festival a la Coldplay to celebrate.

Whether you’re heading to the concert or not, this looks to be the place to party in London this weekend. DJs will be spinning all evening to hype up the crowd, face glitter artists will be on hand to bring some glam, and there will be plenty of street food and booze to guzzle.

Tickets are free and can be purchased on the Boxpark website – hurry, they’re selling fast!

Drink Immersive Cocktails at Silverleaf Bar

Bishopsgate

Until Sep 4th

Glenfiddich

Glenfiddich Whiskey has teamed up with new bar Silverleaf (inside Pan Pacific London) for an exciting experimental series, Orchard Experiment. Curated by bar manager Chris Tanner, this experiment combines delicious cocktails and whiskey-based drinks with immersive art and technology. 

ALBA, the exclusive room for private tastings at Silverleaf, has been completely transformed by synaesthetic artist Jake-Andrew Nason and features physical artwork, digital projections, soundscapes, and tactile effects for you to enjoy as you sip.

Hop on a Free High Water Bus to Brighton

Victoria

20th August

High Water Bus

Fancy escaping London this weekend? High Water – the delicious hard seltzer brand – is running a free trip to Brighton from London Victoria Apollo Theatre. All you need to do is nab a ticket here from the 17th August.

Once you’ve been dropped off, you’ll have all day to wander around the gorgeous city – it’s one of our favourite places for a day trip from the capital. Indie shops, quirky eateries, and, of course, Brighton beach and pier are the best places to visit.

The bus home will leave at 5pm promptly, so make sure you head to the Sea Life Centre location at least 15 minutes before.

Dance to DJs at Elrow Town 

Dagenham

20th August

Elrow Town London
Credit: Luke Dyson

Elrow Town is a one-day music festival taking place in Parsloes Park, East London, and some of the world’s best DJs will be coming together to play house music all day. 

The festival will feature seven stages and it’s not for the faint-hearted – the sensory overload will be in full flow. Expect heavy strobing, colourful set-ups, and trippy visuals all day.

This year’s line-up is mega (dare we say, the best ever?) and features Eats Everything, Paco Osuna, Claptone, and Vintage Culture, and plenty more brilliant DJs.

Visit CALM’s The Last Photo Outdoor Exhibition

South Bank

It may not be an easy-breezy way to spend the weekend, but CALM’s completely sobering The Last Photo is an important exhibition this weekend in London.

The mental health charity has teamed up with adam&eveDDB to create an emotional installation made up of photographs of smiling people. The heartbreaking twist? Each and every one of the people in the photos have died by suicide. 

This poignant campaign aims to raise awareness of the importance of talking about suicide – a humbling must-visit exhibition, we think.

Enjoy the Jerk Cookout at the Horniman Gardens

Forest Hill

21st August

The Horniman Museum and Gardens will be celebrating the 60th anniversary of Jamaican independence this week in London with a huge jerk cookout. 

The family-friendly event will feature fun activities, live music, dance, and, of course, delicious jerk chicken courtesy of the UK’s top chefs.

The likes of Carroll Thompson, Ciyo Brown’s Jazz Band, and Cristale will be providing the ultimate summer soundtrack to the event, whilst the cookout village will be bringing all the flavour. Book tickets here.

Shows on in London This Weekend

You Know We Belong Together

Southbank Centre

18th – 20th August

You Know We Belong Together

The hype around You Know We Belong Together is real – and it’s finally coming to London this week. Southbank Centre’s Purcell Room will host Julia Hales and the cast of this production that celebrates the portrayal of living with Down Syndrome. 

This production calls for a better representation of disability on screen and stage, and the entire cast is fabulous.

their lived experience and tell this joyful celebration of community spirit, calling for better representation of disability on screen and stage. This is part play and part live documentary and is well worth going to watch and support.

YolanDa Brown’s Free Gig at Hawley Wharf

Camden

20th August

YolanDa Brown, a double MOBO award-winning musician, will be performing a free gig at Hawley Wharf in Camden Market this weekend in London – and you do not want to miss out. 

Although she has recently released her debut children’s album and has been composing music for Sesame Street, she is best known for her beautiful jazzy voice and will be performing her top hits this weekend between 2:30pm and 3:15pm. 

Nab your free ticket here.

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