Things to do this weekend in London: July 2-3, 2022
Things to do this weekend are sponsored by the London Transport Museum.
The whole weekend
WIMBLEDON: The biggest fortnight in tennis is back. If you can’t make it to SW19 yourself, fear not – plenty of places in the capital are showing the action on the big screen, often for free. Here’s our guide on where to watch Wimbledon 2022. June 27-July 10
IN FANTASTIC DARK: Hayward Gallery’s new exhibition, In the Black Fantastic, brings together myth, science fiction, spiritual lore and the legacy of Afrofuturism. Discover the works of 11 contemporary artists from the African diaspora, who question our knowledge of the world. Southbank Centre, £13.50, book ahead, June 29-September 18
OTHER ART FAIR: Head to King’s Cross for The Other Art Fair, which aims to be accessible, to include everyone, and to abandon the elitist nature often seen in the art world. Around 100 artists are already confirmed for the event, giving you the opportunity to buy directly from painters, sculptors and more. West Handyside Canopy, from £11, book ahead, June 30-July 3
LONDON FAIR: Celebrating Spanish cuisine and culture La Feria de London takes over Guildhall Yard. Expect Spanish and flamenco music shows and workshops, food and drink stalls, and other family fun. If that’s your kind of thing, check out the Flamenco Festival in Sadlers Wells which runs until July 2nd. Guildhall Yard, £10, book ahead, July 1-3
WIRELESS: Taking place at two venues in London (plus one in Birmingham) over two weekends, it’s fair to say that the Wireless Festival is back in full force. It kicks off this weekend, with the likes of A$AP Rocky and The Kid Laroi headlining Crystal Palace, with Cardi B, SZA and Nicki Minaj taking over Finsbury Park next weekend. July 1-3 (and July 8-10)
ADVENTURE CINEMA: For three days, Adventure Cinema takes over Isleworth’s Osterley Park and House, screening three films in the open air that music fans will love. Book tonight for West Side Story, tomorrow for Mamma Mia! or Sunday for The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Also check out the other outdoor cinemas in London this summer. Osterley Park, £14.50, book ahead, July 1-3
AFRICA FASHION: The V&A opens a new exhibition, Africa Fashion, on Saturday, which examines the global impact of the African fashion scene through photography, textiles, music and visual art. V&A Museum, £16, book ahead, from July 2
GATSBY THE MAGNIFICENT: Dress to perfection and travel back in time to the Roaring Twenties at Gatsby’s Mansion. Enjoy the searing beats, bootleg booze, and pure hedonism of the Jazz Age, as you immerse yourself in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel. Use code “CHAMPAGNE” when booking for a complimentary glass of Champagne or receive a full bottle of Champagne when booking for a party of four or more. Immersive LDN (Mayfair), from £39.95, book ahead, until October 2022 (sponsor)
URBAN BEACHES: Do you dream of lounging on a deckchair on a sandy beach in a warm place? Well, we can’t guarantee good weather, but for the rest, check out London’s pop-up urban beaches, including one great for kids, and a few rather exclusive spots.
NAVIGATION: Cool off with a dip in one of London’s boating lakes. Rowing boats and pedal boats are available on lakes, ponds and even a canal, from the Serpentine in Hyde Park to the waterways of Olympic Park.
A Green Day at London Transport Museum’s Depot
Have you ever visited the Acton Depot at the London Transport Museum? It’s packed with historic London vehicles (tubes, trams, buses), heritage signs and posters (you’ll love the vintage roundels!) and unique exhibits (like part of a spiral escalator!).
On the weekend of July 2 and 3, there’s even more reason to get excited, with the program “Act-on it!” of the Deposit! weekend. You and your family will have the chance to learn how London’s transport technology is getting greener, with fun environmental activities.
Visit ‘Green Street’ to create your own vehicles using recycled materials. Put on your explorer hats for the Family Depot Sustainability Trail. And look for one of the new Abellio electric buses. This is what we call a fun (and educational) family day!
‘Act on him!’. London Transport Museum Depot, Acton, £15 / £7.50, advance booking, 2-3 July (sponsor)
Saturday July 2
DRAGON GUARDIANS: There’s a dragon hidden in South Norwood Country Park that’s been sleeping for thousands of years – and it’s up to you and your children (ages 4-8) to care for it. The Dragon Guardians interactive show features storytelling, song and puppetry and takes place every Saturday and Sunday in July – starting today. South Norwood Park, £11, book ahead, 10am-11.30am
CLIMATE FORWARD LONDON: The New York Times three-day event, Climate Forward, ends today. Science, culture, politics, storytelling and debate are all on the agenda, examining how the world fares on the Cop26 climate promises. Urban planning, the use of social media and the reduction of plastic use are all on display. The Conduit (Covent Garden) £100, or online free, book ahead,10am-3.15pm
FOX ARTISAN MARKET: Jewelry, ceramics, greeting cards, coloring books, gender-neutral clothing and leather goods are among the items available at this month’s Crafty Fox Market. Browse them, meet the creators and maybe treat yourself to an article or two. Also, this takes place in a food market, so that’s lunch sorted. Mercato Metropolitano (Elephant & Castle), free entry, just show up, 11am-5pm
BRUNCH OF THE SOUL: Put on your brightest gladrags and dance your way to the Got Soul Brunch & Day Party. They will play tunes by Erykah Badu, Wizkid, Jill Scott, Focalistic, Beyonce et al – served with rum punch, 60 minutes of bottomless prosecco, vegetarian food, plus games and competitions. The Gable (Moorgate), £43.71, book ahead, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
PRIDE IN LONDON: The Pride in London Parade is gaining momentum this year, as 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the very first Pride in London. The parade will take the same route as in 1972, marching from Hyde Park to Whitehall to commemorate the occasion, with celebrations also taking place in Golden Square, Trafalgar Square, Leicester Square and other locations – full details on the Pride in London website. There are also a lot of Pride after-parties going on today. Parade 12pm-6pm
OUTDOOR FILM FESTIVAL: Another of London’s outdoor cinemas is now also open. The Open-Air Film Festival screens 11 films over seven weekends, including a doubleheader today. Spend the afternoon watching King Richard, about the father of Venus and Serena Williams, or head in the evening to see Pedro Almodóvar’s film Parallel Mothers. Greenwich Peninsula (North Greenwich), from £6, book ahead, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., until August 27
Sunday July 3
FLOWER MARKET: Many Londoners are familiar with the Columbia Road Flower Market, but did you know that there is one on the first Sunday of every month in Chiswick? Browse through the flowers and choose one or two to add a splash of seasonal color to your home. Old Market Place (Chiswick), free entry, just show up, 9am-3.30pm
CROYDON AIRPORT: The first Sunday of the month is an open day at Croydon Airport – where you’ll learn all about the glitzy age when Hollywood movie stars, politicians and flying aces all used London’s first airport . Croydon Airport, free, advance booking, several hours 10 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
GLORYVILLE MORNING: Celebrate the arrival of summer with Morning Gloryville’s understated rave Here Comes The Sun. Enjoy yoga sessions, live DJs, open mics, art workshops for adults and children, plant-based foods and beverages, including superfood smoothies, all with a dress code golden, shimmering and shiny. Studio 9294 (Hackney Wick), £20-£25, book ahead, 10am-4pm
TURKISH FESTIVAL: Everyone is welcome at the West London Turkish Festival, which celebrates Turkish culture, cuisine and hospitality. Expect live music, stage performances, a soccer tournament, kiddie rides, and food stalls serving Turkish dishes, including plenty of kebabs. Springwest Academy (Feltham), free, book in advance, 10am-8pm
LONDON GAMES MARKET: Browse and buy retro video games, board games and merchandise all in one place at London Gaming Market. Over 20 merchants are confirmed, selling computers, consoles, handhelds, artwork, apparel, import games, arcade machines and more. Royal National Hotel (Russell Square), £5, book ahead, 11am-4pm
WALTHAMSTOW FLEA MARKET: Over 60 hand-picked flea and vintage dealers are on display at the Walthamstow Flea Market, giving you the opportunity to browse and buy salvaged furniture, industrial fixtures, salvaged electrical and lighting appliances, household items, vintage textiles and clothing, curiosities, collectibles and unexpected oddities. Truman’s Social Club, entry £1, just show up, 11am-5pm
PRIDE OF WEMBLEY PARK: London’s main Pride celebrations take place on Saturday, but the fun continues out west today with Wembley Park Pride 2022. The free event is open to all, with live performances, DJs, workshops dancing, art lessons and face painting around followed by a free after-party at Boxpark. Wembley Park, free, just show up (although reservations are required for some courses), 11am-10pm
RED BULL SOAP BOX FESTIVAL: Watch teams of amateur drivers compete in their own handcrafted cars in the Red Bull Soapbox Race. It’s like the Wacky Races come to life. Alexandra Palace. £29.99, book ahead, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
SUNDAY DIARY LIVE: Arts and crafts, pub quizzes, market stalls and live music are all part of Sunday Papers Live, which has an expert speaker to introduce each section of today’s Sunday papers. It takes place in an oversized lounge, with food and drink available throughout the day. Cecil Sharp House (Camden), £39.50 / £20 evenings only, book ahead, 12:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
BETWEEN TWO BARS: Take a guided tour of the Temple Bar monument and the original Temple Bar, admire the cornucopia of architectural styles in this part of town, and discover the various signs, reliefs and carvings that reveal the stories behind the buildings. Temple, £12, book ahead, 2 p.m.