Things to do in London this weekend

The year has been off to a flying start and this weekend is no different.

January begins to brighten now, with contemporary art fairs and improvised dining experiences among the best of what's on across the city.

So fight the urge to stay in watching Netflix and get out and about this weekend instead.

Whether you fancy something musical or foodie, these are the best events to check out.

London Art Fair


The London Art Fair returns to the Business Design Centre this weekend. The show, which is dedicated to modern British and contemporary art, will see more than 100 global galleries participate in the fair. This year’s event pays close attention to Latin America and has a brand new section dedicated to ceramics.

Until January 20, Business Design Centre, N1 0QH,​

OFF menu at Foley’s

Foley’s in Fitzrovia will host its first OFF menu tasting experience on Saturday. Head chef Sakorn Somboon will take diners away from the usual fusion menu, instead presenting a four-course menu inspired by Asian dishes. The team will talk guests through the method and flavours as they fire up the pans in the open kitchen.

January 19, 23 Foley St, W1W 6DU,

Thank U, Next at Fest Camden


Fest Camden is hosting an event dedicated to the queen of pop Ariana Grande on Saturday. The night, fittingly called Thank U, Next, will play her greatest hits alongside other pop, hip-hop and R&B tunes from the likes of Little Mix, Dua Lipa, Justin Bieber and more.

January 19, Stables Market, NW1 8AH,

London Short Film Festival

Catch the last few days of the London Short Film Festival this weekend. During its final days, the festival has screenings at the Regent Street Cinema, ICA and Rio Cinema, with films exploring themes including black British cinematic presence and the therapeutic value of documentaries.

Until January 20, across London, for more information, visit

Grace Wales Bonner at Serpentine Galleries

Market Place, Goa. March 2018. Photograph by Grace Wales Bonner

A multisensory installation by fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner launches at the Serpentine Galleries this Saturday. The month-long exhibition explores themes of spirituality and African-American aesthetics, foreshadowing her upcoming 2019 clothing collection.

From January 18, Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA,

Yoga at Boxpark Shoreditch​

For those wanting to start off 2019 with a touch more zen, Boxpark Shoreditch is hosting a yoga session on Saturday morning and, to top it off, it’s completely free. Hosted by French company Baya, the session will offer intense flow yoga to hip hop.

January 19, 2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, E1 6GY,

Musical Fridays at Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea​

(Johnny Stephens)

Get the weekend started the right way by wining and dining at Battersea’s Cinnamon Kitchen. Musical Fridays offer a vocalist and pianist playing an eclectic range of songs, from pop to jazz. Saxophonist Chris Rand, who has played for the likes of Jools Holland and Rolling Stone Charlie Watts, brings along some of London’s top talent each week too — so expect some brilliant original music.

January 18, Battersea Power Station, SW11 8AB,


Jewish East End walking tour

This Sunday walking tour traces the history of London's Jewish community in the East End. It starts at Tower Hill tube and is set amongst the back streets of Spitalfields and Whitechapel, exploring figures such as former Prime Minister Disraeli and poet Isaac Rosenburg. Sunday tours start at 10.15am and are guided by either actor Shaughan or City of London Guide Judy.

January 20, Trinity Square, EC3N 4TH,

Pre-Presidential Library at Southbank Centre

Aleksandra Mir, The Pre-Presidential Library, 2007-2019, at Hayward Gallery’s HENI Project Space

This exhibition from Aleksandra Mir sees the walls of the Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery plastered in old US tabloids reporting on Donald Trump, in the years before he became president. Mir uses front covers from the New York Daily News and New York Post, where each headline relates to Trump's business dealings, political aspirations or personal life. The show shines a light on biases of the press as well what makes a good story.

Until February 7, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX,