Things To Do In London On A Thursday

Last Updated 18 July 2024

Things To Do In London On A Thursday
A beautiful spiral staircase
Take a free tour of the Queen's House in Greenwich. Image: Artur Salisz via creative commons

Many Londoners WFH on a Friday these days, meaning Thursday is the new Friday. Whether you're looking for things to do in London on a Thursday evening — or you've got the luxury of an entire Thursday to burn — here's our guide on what to get up to.

ATTEND A LUNCHTIME LECTURE: Did you know the V&A does free lunchtime lectures on Thursdays? From 1pm-1.55pm each week, you can gen up on the museum's extensive collections/current exhibitions with chats by the people who work here. No need to book, either — tidy.

TAKE IN A LUNCHTIME CONCERT: How about a high-brow lunch break? St John's Smith Square in Westminster runs its Lunchtime Concert Series on Thursdays (it's £10 a pop), where you can feast on everything from Brahms to Liszt to Mussorgsky.

DRINK IN THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE QUEEN'S HOUSE: Every Thursday (and Monday) lunchtime, there's an opportunity to explore the Queen's House in Greenwich with a 45-minute guide-led tour. See its stunning Tulip Stairs, and ogle the iconic Armada Portrait of Elizabeth I. It's free.

Young hip people in 1960s London
Travel back to the Swinging Sixties every Thursday. Image: National Archives via creative commons

GO ON A GUIDED TOUR: The London Walks company puts on certain guided tours on a weekly basis: on Thursdays, themes include London in the Swinging 60s, the Blitz, a medical wander around central London, and a rock 'n' roll evening pub walk — with live music from the guide!

CEILIDH AROUND A BALLROOM: For over 10 years, the Bedford pub in Balham had hosted Pop-Up Ceilidh in its upstairs ballroom; it takes place on a Thursday evening (not quite, but almost, once a month) and is a wonderful way to blow off the cobwebs, learn new moves and make mates.

FIDDLE WITH INCREDIBLE CONTRAPTIONS: Novelty Automaton in Holborn is a one-of-a-kind games arcade in London — a collection of madcap contraptions (such as Money Laundering, Microbreak and Autofrisk) conceived and built by the incredible Tim Hunkin. Novelty Automaton opens late every Thursday (until 8pm) and on the first Thursday of the month, it opens a bar, and stays open till 9pm.

A diorama of a tube train
Image: Londonist

HAVE A WTF THURSDAY: Chisenhale Dance Space (CDS) in Bow describes itself as a "home for experimentation and new approaches" — and puts on regular 'WTF Thursdays', in which artists host avant garde events with an exploratory angle, where attendees can often participate. CDS also invites artists to host a WTF Thursday event of their own here.

PARTY AT THE ROXY'S RADIO CLUB: The Roxy near Tottenham Court Road vibrates to the unashamed sounds of pop all night every Thursday thanks to the Radio Club. 80s pop, indie pop, chart pop — if it pops, it's on the setlist. Entry is free before 9pm.

SPEND A NIGHT AT THE (SCIENCE) MUSEUM: South Ken's Science Museum occasionally hosts Lates events where you can wander around the spacecraft/planes/vintage computers drink in hand and engage in special events/talks/workshops. They're often on a Thursday — check the Lates page for upcoming events.

The Science Museum at night, with a plane hanging from the hall ceiling
The Science Museum is great fun — but even more so at one of its special Lates. Image: Londonist

TEST YOURSELF WITH A PUB QUIZ: Many weekly pub quizzes across London fall on a Thursday, but here's a selection of particularly good ones:

  • The Old Nun's Head, Nunhead — weekly jackpots, bar tabs to win, and free shots
  • Clissold Park Tavern, Stoke Newington — prizes, laughs and pizzas
  • Mondo Tap House, Battersea — first Thurs of the month at one of our fave breweries (they also have jazz on the third Thurs of the month)
  • The Acorn, Barking — chance to win £50 jackpot, plus bar tabs and spot prizes

LAUGH YOUR HEAD OFF AT SOME COMEDY: No dearth of great comedy available on a Thursday in London, but you might want to try Comedy Bandits in Clapham (see new and established acts for free), Comedy in Your Eye in Camden (watch standup for a few quid), the Legendary Try Out Night Downstairs at the King's Head in Crouch End, LOLipops Live Comedy at the White Hart in Southwark (who've had the likes of Clinton Baptiste and Catherine Bohart) and friendly new material night Quintessentially Comedy in Kentish Town.

Have we missed a regular Thursday happening? Email [email protected] and we'll consider adding it!