Things to do in London this weekend

Zoe Paskett

Expand your mind this weekend, with philosophy, literature or a good old fashioned party.

It's arts festivals galore from Hampstead to Leamouth, and craft beer arrives from Germany and America.

Here's the best of what to get up to this weekend in London:

Wine Over Water

London’s first ever floating wine festival is docked at Albert Embankment this Saturday and Sunday. Wine Over Water brings award winning wines from around the world for you to sample, while you take in views over the Houses of Parliament and the Tate. Take part in blind tastings, with alcoholic prizes to be won.

September 22-23, Albert Embankment, SE1,


London’s largest philosophy and music festival, HowTheLightGetsIn, comes to Kenwood House on Hampstead Heath this weekend. With events across eight stages, you can hear Deborah Levy talking about her books or listen to Rae Morris on the music stage. Edinburgh favourites Olga Koch and Alfie Brown entertain with top notch comedy.

September 22-23, Kenwood House, NW3,

Open House

Open House weekend offers a peek behind the curtains of some of London’s most famous and impressive buildings. More than 800 venues open their doors to the public, including private homes and government buildings, with tours and walks, all absolutely free.

September 22-23, building across London,

Unity Arts Festival

Unity Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday brings culture and creativity to Leamouth Peninsula. There will be dance classes from the English National Ballet, London Film School screenings, art exhibitions and craft workshops, all in the name of showing what the neighbourhood has to offer.

September 22-23, venues across Leamouth Peninsula, E14,

Kraft Beer Oktoberfest

With live German music, sausages and steins full of beer, German Kraft are hosting the first ever Kraft Beer Oktoberfest in London, serving straight from the tank. They’re teaming up with other local breweries including Anspach&Hobday and Gipsy Hill who’ll have 16 different craft beers to get your hands on.

September 21-23, Mercato Metropolitano, SE1,

Dirty Computer viewing party

Calling all you Dirty Computers. Deptford Cinema is hosting Reel Good Film Club to screen Janelle Monae’s 50 minute long “emotion picture” music video. If you missed out on the chance to see her live, this is the next best thing, as the screening is followed by an afro-futurism inspired party.

September 21, Deptford Cinema, SE8,

London Queer Fashion Show

London Fashion Week is over but the glamour remains. Head over to Bethnal Green on Friday for the London Queer Fashion Show. See the style from some of the capitals best queer designers, showcased by models of all identities and body types, interlaced with performances from London’s bursting LGBTQ+ scene.

September 21, V&A Museum of Childhood, E2,

Pages of Hackney 10th Birthday

Bookshop and east London modern institution Pages of Hackney is celebrating its 10th birthday with a big bash. There’s music, food and author readings by Jeffrey Boakye, Eley Williams and Iain Sinclair, among others, and a chance to get your hands on a year’s supply of books.

September 22, Pages of Hackney, E5,

LDN Block Party

Goose Island’s block party returns for a third year, with The Vaccines as headliner. The eclectic mix of music also includes Little Comets, Four Tit, Dream Wife and Willie J Healey. Tuck into hop smoked meats and savoury doughnuts, washed down with new beers from across the pond.

September 22, the Oval, E2,

Indigo rooftop bar

Hotel Indigo has unveiled its panoramic restaurant and bar at the top of the 1 Leicester Square building. It’s the only rooftop terrace in Leicester Square, giving magnificent views out over the West End. Sip on a cocktail or two after work and tuck into food inspired by the decadence of 1920s Shanghai.

Open now, Hotel Indigo, Leicester Square, WC2,