5 things to do in London this weekend
Don’t spend another weekend pottering about at home. Get out and live a little! Be inspired by these ideas then get on the train and come into the capital for a weekend to remember.
Take it all in at Tate Modern
The Switch House - Tate Modern’s newest building - is open for business and makes use of the power station’s redundant oil tanks. Tate Modern already had vast and imposing spaces in which to wander but now gallery capacity has been increased by 60 per cent. The galleries are home to contemporary paintings, sculpture, photography and installations from 250 artists from all over the world. Check our page for 2FOR1 offers on special exhibitions at Tate Modern.
Escape to Hampstead Heath
Come and ramble over 800 acres of fields, woodlands, hills and formal grounds. Climb up Parliament Hill for impressive views of the London skyline and its major landmarks, find the tranquil secret garden or brave some open air swimming in the ponds. Or take in some culture at Kenwood House, Keats House or the Freud Museum.
Go to gorgeous Kew Gardens
Marvel at the world’s largest collection of living plants - more than 30,000 of them - arranged into climates and landscapes from all over the world. Explore tropical rainforest, mountain plants and even giant Californian redwoods. Plus there’s plenty of children’s activities including a woodland play area and treetop walkway. We’ve got 2FOR1 entry to Kew Gardens when you travel by train.
Feel posh in Primrose Hill
This pretty - and very posh - enclave of north London is a lovely place for a wander. The high street is filled with cafes and independent boutiques and perfect for a bit of celeb- spotting, while the top of Primrose Hill in the park has amazing views over London - especially at night. At the bottom of the hill is a great children’s playground and over the road is Regents Park and London Zoo.
Get to know Notting Hill
Wide streets lined by large stucco-fronted villas punctuated by tranquil garden squares make this one of the most attractive neighbourhoods in London. At the weekends the area draws in huge crowds who come to browse the antiques, vintage fashion and fashionable food of the markets in Portobello Road. The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising in Lancaster Road is a fascinating and nostalgic look at what has appealed to shoppers over the last 250 years.