Things To Do In London This Weekend: 17-19 August

All weekend

  • Watch the world's best inline skaters compete at SkateLondon at Westway Sports Centre (free).
  • Get active - join in local sport on Saturday and Sunday which sees community clubs and sports centres open their doors for free and cheap sessions of all sorts of activities.
  • Canary Wharf Jazz Festival presents top jazz musicians in Canada Square Park from Friday evening, and from lunchtime on Saturday and Sunday (free).
  • Watch films on the National Theatre flytower from 9pm (free).
  • Immerse yourself in Mexicana at Rich Mix's London MexFest (screenings/day pass £15, exhibitions and music free).
  • Drop by the Filling Station, Kings Cross to see what happens when "science meets art meets product placement" from 12-10pm daily (free).
  • Follow a mysterious art trail through a Victorian building with Traces (free).
  • Foodies Festival is in Battersea Park with top chefs, demos and tastings (day ticket £15).
  • Lollibop is a kid friendly festival in Regents Park (tickets £25 per person per day or £92 for a family of four in advance).
  • Have summer family fun at London Transport Museum with I-Spy Maps, trails, arts and crafts and storytelling sessions (adults £13.50 for a year ticket, under 16s free).
  • Have a Virulent Experience at Conway Hall (tickets £20).
  • Camden Fringe continues - pick a show at random and see what happens! (from £5 a ticket).
  • Have you been Promming yet? (tickets from £5 on the day).



  • Shop at the Pop-Up Vintage Market in Spitalfields from 11am-5pm (free entry).
  • Enjoy the family and community fun day at the Calthorpe Project, Kings Cross from 12-5pm (free).
  • Scala Beyond begins 6 weeks of independent film organised by Roxy Bar and Screen starting with an outdoor screening of the Big Lebowski in Morden Hall Park (£8), The Goonies in Queens Park (£12.50) and a launch night Film Jam at the Roxy itself (free entry).


  • Celebrate the tenth anniversary of the London Mela in Gunnersbury Park with live music, performance, stalls, kids activities and food between 1-9pm (free entry).
  • Historic Ham House hosts Out of Hours — an evening of performance, art and music in its 17th-century gardens with a bar and stalls from 5.30-9pm (free).
  • Chill out at the Relaxation Generation mini festival at Brick Lane's Vibe Bar with drum & bass, dubstep, grime, reggae, hip hop and soul music, including a performance from Roni Size + free jerk chicken from 1pm till 3am (ticket £5/£10).

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What did we miss? Let us know in the comments.

Kitty Blake

Test match at Lords..and weather forecast is for loads of sunshine, why go anywhere else?;)

Maya Morph

Loads of options at MexFest.... am going down there for the premiere of Drought that looks extraodinary and powerful, to catch some of the free music and hoping to meet the rather dashing Dario Yazbek Bernal (younger brother of equally dashing Gael Garcia Bernal) for the Closing Night screening of Daniel and Ana....


Saturday: Greenwich annual drag race starts outside 'The Prince of Greenwich' pub, Royal Hill SE10 at 18.30, must have facial hair and be wearing heels.