Things to do in London this weekend – 19th & 20th September

The week is already rushing to its end. Again. And I haven’t done much as I’ve fallen ill and spent a couple of days recuperating on the sofa. I actually felt so bad, I couldn’t even watch TV or write and that must say something. Blog posts and YouTube cooking videos are waiting in my to do pile now and the pile just keeps growing. I’ve so much to blog about and am trying to grab as much time as I can to make up for the lack of posting this week. Not sure how much I’ll get done as there are so many awesome events on this weekend. And what are some of the things to do in London this weekend?

Things to do in London this weekend, Saturday, 19th September 2015

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Foreign and Commonwealth Office

On top of the City Hall

On top of the City Hall

One thing that nobody should miss and it’s on this whole weekend is the Open House London. I’ve been going every year and have accessed buildings that on any other day would be locked and bolted for the general public. On the Open House London weekend the story is different. We can walk around government offices, houses, the list is almost endless. If you remembered in advance, you could also apply for a ballot to access 10 Downing Street (if you haven’t, there’s always next year!) and the BT Tower. I highly recommend a stroll through the Foreign and Commonwealth office as it’s beautiful. City Hall gives you wonderful views over the Tower of London. But have a look at the list of buildings and gardens you can go to. Start early though as the queues do get fairly long. Most buildings are free to enter.

Inside Government Offices

Inside Government Offices

View from the City Hall

View from the City Hall

If you like dogs (and even if you don’t), don’t miss the Bermondsey Street Festival. There’s going to be music, the always loved dog show, there’s children’s area, Bermondsey Art Trail and bucket-loads of fun. And of course, there’ll be plenty of food and drinks stalls, so no one will go hungry.

Lovers of jazz and those wanting to get transported back to New York of the 1930s can hop to Cadogan Hall for the 7.30pm Jazz in New York session. Tickets are from £16 onwards.

Don’t get frightened if you spot gorillas running around London as it’s time for the annual Great Gorilla Run London. It’s an 8km long route raising money and awareness to help saving gorillas from extinction. The run starts at Minster Court in the City and runners pass the Tower Bridge, St. Paul’s and many other iconic landmarks. There’s entry fee for runners.

Between 10am and 6pm on Saturday and Sunday we can head to  Eltham Palace and Gardens for the Art Deco Fair. There’ll be plenty of vintage stalls and if the weather permits, we can even enjoy the gardens.

If you love Mexico and its culture as much as I do, then you can’t miss the Tequila and Mezcal Fest on this entire weekend in Spitalfields. There’s going to be only the best tequila and mezcal, cocktails, Mexican food and art and even a mariachi band. Early Bird tickets are £15.

And there’s even more food related events. The Bayou Banquet with Louisiana atmosphere, music and a bit extra is more than just a food festival, so book your tickets quickly before they’re all sold out. Prices vary.

Things to do in London this weekend, Sunday, 20th September 2015

Continue with the Open House London on Sunday if you haven’t seen it all yet.

Inside Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Inside Foreign and Commonwealth Office

If you want a break from the art and architecture, there’s Brewery Taproom & Open Day at the Weird Beard Brew. They’ll be serving some great beer, with food also available. A great day out if you ask me. Some beers they’ll have on tap: Mariana Trench – a Transpacific Pale Ale, Mac Spreadsheet Ninja – a crisp Pilsner, California Common, Defacer – a triple ale and many more. It’s on between noon and 7pm.

Colourscape Music Festival is on till this Sunday. It’s a different music experience as musicians play inside the colourful structures being inspired by their surroundings. It’s setup in Clapham Common between 1pm and 6pm and adult tickets are £10.

Merge Festival on the Bankside is on till 18th October. It’s all about art, music and performance.

Greenwich Comedy Festival is on till the 20th. It’s not some random comedy acts, it’s a fair few of the greats 🙂

Greenwich View

Greenwich View

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