Things to do in London this weekend – 5th & 6th September

Hay's Galleria London

Hay’s Galleria London Photo By: David Iliff | Creative Commons

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again I can’t believe how cold it got. I actually went to our local Waitrose and bought Nesquik just so I can indulge in a steaming mug of hot cocoa or hot chocolate. I find myself making a cup of coffee not to drink, but to hold. It works as a hand warmer. We got some sunshine trying to fight its way through the clouds today and I got so excited that I let out a little squeal of joy in the middle of the office. It was too soon, there’s no sun left. The lack of warmth will not keep me wrapped in a blanket sitting on my couch this weekend though. I’ll be heading to Buckingham Palace tomorrow and then off to explore some more of this wonderful city I live in. So what are the things to do in London this weekend?

Things to do in London this weekend, Saturday 5th September 2015

Grillstock, a BBQ and music festival descends onto the E17. You can buy tickets for the two day Walthamstow festival online at £30 for a day or £45 for a weekend one and children under 12 go free. Tickets give you access to sample the competition food from some of the rounds and the BBQ Academy masterclasses. You can also get money back on your ticket if you share a unique code you receive with the purchase with your friends and if they then buy a ticket. Saturday welcomes the Fun Lovin’ Criminals to the main stage, but there’s plenty of music gigs all weekend long. There’s also eating competitions for the brave ones.

Totally Thames Festival is back for the whole of September. It’s a whole month of river based festivities, family fun, boats and walks and much more. There are many 2for 1 options on the river boats service, so you can save yourself some money and discover London from the Thames. On Saturday you can hop onto Lady Daphne, a wooden barge, at St Katharine’s Pier between 12.30pm – 2.30pm & 3pm – 5pm. The tickets for the cruise are £30 for adults and £10 for children over 2. The special treat is that Tower Bridge will be raised twice especially for you.

The View from the Shard - Tower Bridge

The Thames

Southbank Centre is the place to go for some cabaret fun as Miss Behave is on till 20th September. It has some amazing reviews as well as the Oliver Award. The website describes it as There are games and prizes from the rubbish to the fantastic and guaranteed stupidity and silliness in this deliberately lo-fi, silly and audience-centric performance.  The Miss Behave Gameshow is a part of London Wonderground with incredible performances from family friendly ones to cabaret and comedy.

Don’t forget about the Urban Food Fest in Shoreditch. The entry is free and you get to enjoy some amazing street food and buy drinks from the bars. It’s totally up my street.


Things to do in London this weekend, Sunday 6th September 2015

If you feel like some refreshing and chilling exercise, you can jump into the water at London’s Royal Docks for a spot of open water swimming. In their own words the Royal Docks are one of the most scenic open water venues in the world.

Lovers of electronic music will get their party in Shoreditch this Sunday. Half Baked parties are always in spaces that are exclusive to them and give away the industrial vibe. There’s resident DJs and bucketfuls of great times.

On Saturday and Sunday you can explore Walthamstow Marshes accompanied by a theatrical performance. The excursion is free, but you need to book your place through Eventbrite online.

Climb the Gherkin for the NSPCC. Yes, this Sunday you can climb the stairs or run up them to the top of one of London’s most iconic buildings. There are 38 floors, so you better be in a decent shape. The price for adults is £20, £10 for children and £70 for teams of 4. Runners need to commit to raise £200 in donations/sponsorships to support the NSPCC. Note: you can’t join this years climb, but you can sign up for next year’s one.

If you’re looking for a relaxing Sunday, you can chill while listening to some music as a part of Acoustic Sunday Circus in Dalston. There’s open-mic sessions and talented musicians and reasonably priced drinks.

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