Things to do in London this week

Discover the biggest and best things to do in London over the next seven days

Hello, London. Got a quiet week ahead? Not any more. Get a load of this week’s hottest happenings and you’ll be begging for a night off by Sunday. From new restaurant openings, museum shows and the latest art exhibitions to out-of-the-way events and secret gigs that you really don’t want to miss – here’s your social lifesaver for the next seven days. If you’ve got a tip for something fun going on in London, tweet us your suggestion and help spread the word.

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Chris Coulson
Things to do, Food and drink events

Mr Hyde National Burger Day

icon-location-pin London

What is it? A full day dedicated to those big meat patties shoved in buns.

Why go? For a belly-busting tour of London’s burgers at a discount.


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Things to do

The Monster

icon-location-pin Muswell Hill

What is it? The pro kidult-pleasers behind last year’s inflatable fun zone, The Beast, are back with its bigger, badder, better-looking brother. 
Why go? To try and tackle 42 obstacles, go down an 18-metre mega-slide and flap around in an adult ball pit.

Movies on the River

Movies on the River

icon-location-pin Aldgate

What is it? London’s first ever cinema on the Thames.
Why go? To watch a movie under the stars on the top deck of a boat, after a cruise along the Thames. A pretty perfect evening if you ask us. 

Notting Hill Carnival
Notting Hill Carnival © mubus/Shutterstock

Notting Hill Carnival

What is it? Europe’s biggest street festival is a vivid and thrilling spectacle celebrating London’s rich multicultural past and present. 

Why go? To dance, sing, listen to incredible steel bands, dance to soundsystem sets and party with fellow Londoners. 

Luciano Castelli 'His Majesty the Queen' (1973). Image courtesy of Christophe Gaillard, Paris

Show of the week: ‘Drag​: Self-portraits and Body Politics’

icon-location-pin South Bank

What is it? A show celebrating the relationship between art and drag from the 1960s until now. 

Why go? To see how drag has been used by artists to critique class, consumerism, race, colonialism and the Aids crisis of the 1980s.


Film, Drama

Film of the week: ‘BlacKkKlansman’

What is it? Spike Lee is back to his best with this film based on the true story of a black cop going undercover in the Ku Klux Klan. 

Why go? Veering from blaxploitation spoof to undercover thriller and ending with a no-punches-pulled real-life coda, it’s riotous fun one minute, savagely biting the next.


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Theatre, Musicals

‘Little Shop of Horrors’

icon-location-pin Regent's Park

What is it? The already gloriously OTT tale of Audrey II, the rampaging man-eating plant, gets an extra twist in Maria Aberg’s exuberant open-air production. 

Why go? To see the
 magnificent cast, not least drag queen Vicky Vox playing a killer plant. 

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Little Gay Brother at Omeara

icon-location-pin Southwark

What is it? These rising stars of the LGBT+ club scene really know how to throw a bank holiday party. 

Why go? For eye-catching looks, joyous drag shows and perfectly pitched house and disco beats that don’t quit till the early hours. 

Stevie Wonderland Carnival Afterparty at The Good Ship 2014

Stevie Wonderland Carnival Afterparty

icon-location-pin Peckham

What is it? The Stevie Wonderland crew’s annual Carnival afterparty, full of tropical house and disco.
Why go? This year the line-up includes Romare, Auntie Flo, Mr Mendel, Alexander Nut, Donna Leake and Banana Hill DJs. It will, as always, be lit.

Things to do, Performances

UK Panorama Steelband Competition

icon-location-pin Kensal Town

What is it? The great steelband standoff that takes place on Carnival Eve (Saturday) and has been a local institution for the past 40 years. 

Why go? I
t’s kind of a big deal: the competition pits the UK’s biggest bands against each other. Plus you get to hear lots of banging calypso tunes.

Things to do, Food and drink events

Field Day at Dinerama

icon-location-pin Shoreditch

What is it? Mix street food, good booze, lashings of wicked beats and a dollop of dancing, and you’ve got yourself one helluva bank holiday sandwich. 
Why go? Foals, DJ Supermarkt and the Stevie Wonderland DJs will be spinning while you chow down on sliders and slices.

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Bars and pubs, Cocktail bars

Bar of the week: The Library Bar at The Ned

icon-location-pin Bank

What is it? An opulent bar inside The Ned that serves drinks from its own booze trolley. 

Why go? For tasty, elegant champagne cocktails. Getting trollied has never looked so good.

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'Pericles' at National Theatre
Theatre, Shakespeare


icon-location-pin South Bank

What is it? Shakespeare’s tale of nautical derring-do with 200-odd performers sourced from eight London community groups.
Why go? To see 
summer’s biggest and most ambitious theatre production.

Things to do, Festivals

Smithfield 150

icon-location-pin Farringdon

What is it? Spend the bank holiday weekend celebrating Smithfield Market’s 150th birthday at this big ol’ blowout. 
Why go? For fairground rides, experimental psych-pop, dog shows and pop-up markets. 

'Great Big Summer Weekend' at Southbank Centre
Things to do, Festivals

Great Big Summer Weekend

icon-location-pin South Bank

What is it? Southbank Centre is putting on a massive free party over the August bank holiday weekend, and it’s full of chances to throw some shapes.

Why go? For a four-day line-up of mambo workshops and interactive carnivals which finishes off with a celebration of 45 years of hip hop. 

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Bars and pubs

Coach And Horses

icon-location-pin Clapham

A south London boozer specialising in craft beer and pizza. Look out for quiz night on Sundays, the Lego challenge on Thursdays and two-for-one pizzas on Mondays.

Venue says Local craft beer, delicious thin-crust pizza and the best in sports TV. Monday to Friday lunchtime: any pizza for just £5, noon-3pm.