12 Wonderful Things To Do In London This Weekend (Oct 14–16)

Not sure what’s on in London this weekend in London this weekend? Whatever the weather, we’ve got you covered. From outdoor brunches and cocktails, to al fresco pop-ups and art installations, all the way to markets and parks – there’s something for everyone on our list of things to do in London this weekend!

Food

From bottomless brunches to food festivals, here are the best ways to satisfy your stomach in London this weekend.

1. Discover authentic, Venetian-inspired Italian cuisine at a Victoria-based restaurant

a bowl of maccheroni from Tozi

a bowl of maccheroni from Tozi

Italian restaurant Tozi transports diners from Victoria to Venice with authentic cicchetti-style plates (sharing small plates), sublime cocktails, Italian wines, and fantastic hospitality. Their ethos is a dedication to the enjoyment of food and wine, and when engaging with the staff, you can tell they take pride in the restaurant’s heritage. While their menu spans a range of impressive meat, seafood and veggie dishes, we highly recommend ordering a portion (or two) of maccheroni and pork cheek ragout, served with porcini and sage, for the table – it is divine. Whether you visit for a long Italian dinner and catch up, or a concise pre-theatre menu bite, you’re in for a treat at this restaurant. Read our full review of Tozi here.

2. Indulge in a Sunday roast with unlimited gravy

the interiors of Farrior

the interiors of Farrior

Scouring the colourful Camden neighbourhood is hungry work, so if you take a visit on Sunday, be sure to swing by The Farrier for a hearty roast dinner. The pub, which is set in a grand Grade II-listed building, serves up 28-day aged roast beef; lemon and thyme half chicken; 12-hour cider braised pork belly; and beetroot, tofu and mushroom wellington, with all the trimmings, plus unlimited gravy top ups, ideal for those who like their spuds to take a little swim. The Farrier is also a wine store, so you can pair your roast with a deep red or light white, and even nab some to take home with you. Book your table here.

3. Snap up a quick yet tasty pre-theatre meal at Fatt Pundit

a delicious dish of momo at Fatt Pundit
Image: jwhowardphoto

Got a West End show booked this weekend? Make an evening of it (or an afternoon if you’re catching a matinee), and grab a meal at Fatt Pundit. The Covent Garden-based spot serves up a selection of Indo-Chinese small plates, and they’ve devised a special menu specifically for theatre goers. There are two pre-theatre menus to choose from – either two courses for £30pp or three courses for £33 pp – comprising the likes of momos (Nepalese steamed dumplings), monkfish curry, and Szechuan honey duck. Book your table at Fatt Pundit here.

4. Make Sunday the new Saturday with a Swingers’ boozy brunch

the interiors of Swingers City branch
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Swingers‘ City branch mark the par-fect end to the week this Sunday (October 16) with the launch of their new weekly bottomless brunch. Forget Saturday; Sunday is the ultimate funday here. Adding fuel to any competitive fire, you’ll be able to enjoy 90 minutes of bottomless fizz, tequila cocktails or beer, alongside a round of crazy golf. Sumptuous street food from the likes of Pizza Pilgrims, Breddos and Patty&Bun is also included in the brunch package, so get ready to go head to your head with your pals across a lively afternoon. Make a booking here.

Bars & Nightlife

Whether you’re looking to let loose at a day party or dance all night, here are the best drinking and party spots to try this weekend.

5. Grab a glass for the return of RumFest

a man behind the bar smiling

a man behind the bar smiling

This weekend (October 15–16) marks the return of RumFest, which will take place in Earl’s Court‘s ILEC Conference Centre. The rum-filled festival has been a staple in London’s calendar for the past 15 years now (minus a brief hiatus for Covid), so you know you can expect a good time. Whether you decide to visit on the Saturday or Sunday, there’ll be exhibitions, seminars, demonstrations and, of course, rum tastings from both new and established international distillers and blenders. Visitors will also be able to enjoy Carnival Hour, with live music and dancing; dishes from food traders; and even food and rum pairing masterclasses. Sign up here – you’ll need to be quick though as tickets are going fast. If you’re in the rum industry, please note the trade and conference day will take place on Monday (October 17).

6. Upskill at a 10th-floor cocktail masterclass in Kings Cross

a pink cocktail on a table with a peach curtain in the background

a pink cocktail on a table with a peach curtain in the background

Sweeties, the lively, 10th-floor cocktail bar at The Standard, London hotel in Kings Cross, will host its first cocktail masterclass this Sunday (October 16). The 90-minute-long session, led by the bar’s head mixologist Jack Sotti, will teach attendees how to create three of Sweeties’ most popular cocktails with herbal wellness qualities. These cocktails are the gin-based Frothy Boi, and the vodka-based Pick Me Up and Love & Happiness. Tickets include a welcome drink and the three cocktails you create. Find out more on Sweeties website.

Arts & Culture

Here are all of the best art exhibitions, pop-up installations and culturally stimulating things to do in London this weekend.

7. Dance the night away on an ABBA Voyage

ABBA voyage on stage
Image: Johan Persson

In case you somehow hadn’t already heard the news – the iconic pop band is appearing on stage for the first time in forty years. This 5-star acclaimed show has received rave reviews, and for very good reason. In a purpose-built ABBA Arena in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, the pop icons will perform 20 of the most beloved songs ever written accompanied by a stunning live band. Expect magnificent costumes, dazzling light shows and a concert experience that will make your heart sing – it’s the ultimate Christmas present for friends and family. Take your place on the dancefloor and immerse yourself in the magic of ABBA! Book your ticket here.

New Openings

We’ve rounded up London’s newest bars, restaurants, food markets, and more for you to check out.

8. Enjoy a meat feast at the newly opened temper Shoreditch

the meat bar at Temper Shoreditch

the meat bar at Temper Shoreditch

If you’re barmy for BBQ meats, then temper Shoreditch is the place to go. Following in the footsteps of the capital’s other temper branches, the Shoreditch spot serves up lunch, brunch, dinner and Sunday roasts, and while there is a non-meat eater menu available, the whole venue is basically a shrine to meat. If you head down this Saturday (October 15), be sure to book in for a bottomless brunch: you’ll get 90 minutes of unlimited wine, beer or cocktails, which you can flit between from drink to drink, and a rather large platter of beef and pork, with gochujang potatoes and a buttery paratha. Book a table on the temper website here.

9. Head inside Battersea Power Station as it opens to the public

The exterior of Battersea Power Station, where LIFT 109 is situated
Credit: Battersea Power Station

You may have seen our behind-the-scenes Insta reel earlier in the week, but now you can see the renovation with your own eyes as the iconic Battersea Power Station opens to the general public! After multiple failed redevelopment attempts, and almost 40 years after the power station turned off its lights, the Grade II* listed building welcomes you to explore its shopping centre, events space, all-day bar, and even a private members’ club with a cinema from October 14. Don’t worry, the building’s heritage is still honoured: in the two original control rooms (now the bar and event space), you can get up close to the original dials and controls that once provided power to swathes of London. Turbine Hall A has been done up in resplendent art-deco style, paying homage to the building’s original construction in the 1930s. Meanwhile Turbine Hall B brings a more Brutalist design from the 1950s, when it was completed, with a more industrial look and feel. Read more about the Battersea Power Station refurbishment here.

Travel

Looking for inspiration for your next day trip, weekend staycation or city tour? You’ll find it here.

10. Explore the City of London as it is transformed into an immersive theatre set for one day only

the cast of The Golden Key performing the disciplines in a church
Image: Simon Jacobs

If you amble around the City of London between 12pm–9pm on October 15, you may stumble across some surprising individuals… The City’s iconic landmarks, including Guildhall, St Pauls and London High Walks, will welcome over 200 performers on Saturday for a day of immersive theatre entitled The Golden Key. There’ll be drag acts, DJs, circus performers and contemporary dancers across the borough, taking part in the spectacular free event. What’s more, some of the local bars and restaurants are joining the action too, offering extended opening hours, discounts, and even complimentary drinks in some venues! Check out The Golden Key website for all the info.

Secret London Picks

The Secret London team’s top picks for more fun things you can do in London this weekend.

11. Find your perfect plant match at The Lonely Plants Club’s free ‘speed dating’ event

a woman gazing lovingly at her collection of plants

a woman gazing lovingly at her collection of plants

Is the current plant of your affections too dry? Too prickly? Too sensitive? Don’t worry, The Lonely Plants Club will find you your perfect plant match. In a very unique spin on speed dating, The Lucky Club Mayfair will welcome TV houseplant guru Mr Plant Geek and plant inspiration site The Joy of Plants to put on a free two-day event where the team will pair you with your perfect plant. It’s the ultimate London millennial event, right?! This Friday or Saturday (October 14–15), head on down, answer a few personality questions, enjoy complimentary plant-themed drinks and snacks, and leave with your perfect houseplant (and maybe even a gifted copy of Mr Plant Geek’s new book). Find out more via Mr Plant Geek’s Instagram or The Joy of Plants’ website.

12. Go behind the scenes of Camden Town Brewery on a dedicated tour

Image: John Phillips/Getty Images for Camden Town Brewery

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on under the arches at the Home of Hells, then this is one for you. This weekend, head on a tour of Camden Town Brewery to learn the history of the brand, take a look around the brewhouse, and of course, enjoy a few tastings along the way. After the tour, you’ll be led next door to Camden’s Beer Hall where you can enjoy one (or more!) of the 20 beers on tap, or grab a dish or two from the Beer Hall kitchen, should you wish. Book a tour here.

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