London celebrations

Things to do this weekend in London: July 16-17, 2022

Things to do this weekend are sponsored by Hounslow Golf Park.

The whole weekend

The river scene is in town for five weekends this summer

LONDON RIVERS WEEK: This weekend sees the final of London Rivers Week, a celebration of London’s many rivers and wetlands, and plans to regenerate them. Events running throughout the weekend include guided walks, pond dips, citizen science projects and talks – browse the complete program. July 11-17

STONEHENGE: This is your last chance to see the British Museum’s epic Stonehenge exhibition – and you’ll need to set aside a few hours for this one. The gigantic spectacle places the mysterious stone circle in the larger context of what was happening in Europe at the time. Read our full review. Until July 17

HOBBLEDOWN HEATH: New family attraction Bobbledown Moor in Hounslow is now open, just in time for the summer holidays. It has indoor and outdoor adventure playgrounds, over 70 farm and zoo animals, towers to climb, underground tunnels to explore, and skywalks to scale. From July 11

FLOATING FILM FESTIVAL: As the outdoor cinema season continues, a floating film festival first appeared in St Katharine Docks, near the Tower of London. Climb onto the floating pontoon and sit on a deckchair or sofa to watch classic or unreleased films. Watch Encanto or Spider-Man: No Way Home on Saturday, or Sing 2 or West Side Story on Sunday. July 12-24

Bobbledown Moor in Hounslow is now open

ISLINGTON FESTIVAL: Music and art go hand in hand Islington Festivala nine-day event that began as garden concerts when the lockdown was released in the summer of 2020. Drawing lessons, photo workshops, string quartet and piano recitals are on the program. July 15-24

RIVER STAGE: national theater River scene — a free, outdoor performing arts festival — is back for five weekends this summer. On the program for this weekend, Glorycelebrates 50 years of Pride, with live DJs, drag performances, cabaret, lip-syncing, drag life drawing and more. July 15-August 14

BBC PROMES: The Proms are in full swing, and highlights from this weekend include John Williams leading the London Sinfoniaand Radio 1 Relax, a relaxing late-night event featuring hip-hop and rap artist Kojey Radical and singer-songwriter Poppy Ajudha. For all your information on tickets, highlights, promotions and more, see our guide to the BBC Proms 2022. July 15-September 10

LAMBETH COUNTRY SHOW: A children’s funfair, bouncy castles, barnyard animals, sheep dog and owl exhibits, food stalls, live music and craft stalls are just a few of the activities huge – and free entry – Lambeth Country Show in Brockwell Park. We once found a Jarvis Cocker model made from vegetables…that’s just the kind of show it is. July 16-17

Return to National Geographic Traveler Food Festival

CANAL PARTY: In the water for the East Canal Festival, set around Mile End Park. Enjoy boat tours and a floating cinema, learn about the history of the canal, participate in craft workshops and storytelling sessions, or simply enjoy tea and cakes from East End WI. July 16-17

LONDON WING FESTIVAL: wing party, reportedly the biggest chicken wing festival in the world, stops at the London Stadium on its UK tour. Several chicken wing vendors pit their dishes finger-licking hard, with 200,000 wings served over the weekend. July 16-17

GASTRONOMY FESTIVAL: Eat your way around the world at National Geographic Traveler Food Festival, held at the Business Design Center in Islington. Hear from cookbook authors and watch live cooking demonstrations and masterclasses, so you can try recreating your favorite dishes at home. July 16-17


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Saturday July 16

International street day takes over Wembley Park

CHARIOT MAKING CEREMONY: One of the most unusual events in London is the Cart-making ceremony, a 500+ year old tradition by the Worshipful Company of Carmen. See a collection of handcarts, horses and carts, steam-powered, electric, solar-powered and hydrogen-powered vehicles on display in Guildhall, complete with Livery Masters and Court Attendants in their robes, chains and hats officials. 10am-5pm

MACHINE GUN BODY: The National Army Museum is organizing a special day of conferences and activities on the machine gun corps, marking 100 years since its dissolution. Learn about what the Corps did and the legacy it left, learn about the equipment and uniforms used by its members, and delve into the museum’s archives. 10am-5pm

POPULATION DAY: Free outdoor festival People’s Day is back, and this time it’s part of Lewisham Borough of Culture. Head to Catford’s Mountsfield Park to see all manner of performers doing their thing through the Marquee, Blue Borough Stage, Unit 137 Sound System and Children’s Stage. Headliners include reggae singer Tipper Irie and local disco band, All Day Breakfast Café. Various shows and workshops on the subject of climate change take place on the yellow stage. 12 p.m.-7:30 p.m. (time of last entry)

INTERNATIONAL BUSKING DAY: They take International street day seriously serious at Wembley Park, with big names and grassroots artists taking the stage for an afternoon of live music, plus circus, hip-hop and juggling performances, a special food festival and what to occupy the children. 1-7.30 p.m.

JAZZ LEGENDS: As part of In The Black Fantastic series of eventsin connection with the exhibition of the same name, Southbank Center and The Jazz Cafe are joining forces for an evening of jazz legends. Sun Ra Arkestra, Norman Connors, Jean Carne, Gary Bartz, Bobby Lyle and the Starship Orchestra and Marva King are among the musicians on the Royal Festival Hall lineup. 7 p.m.

CHEESE CLUB: Cheese party night Cheese Club is back at the O2 Academy Islington with a 00s vs 10s special. Dance the night away to tunes from both decades, accompanied by nostalgic TV scenes playing on big screens, confetti cannons, balloons and mass chanting. 10:30 p.m.-3:30 a.m.

Sunday July 17

Last chance to see the British Museum’s Stonehenge exhibit. Photo: Tabish Khan

HORNIMAN MARKET: Climb to the top of Forest Hill to cycle through the Horniman Market. Located within the grounds of the Horniman Museum (with stunning views over the London skyline), the market hosts local and independent growers selling fruit and veg, cheese, bread, cakes, and handicrafts. 10am-3pm

CHESS FESTIVAL: Trafalgar Square hosts a free chess festival, open to everyone, whether you are a seasoned player or just want to learn the game. This year chess party marks 50 years since the 1972 World Chess Championship match between American Bobby Fischer and Soviet Boris Spassky – and features live chess with actors playing the part of the pieces. 11am-6pm

VOGUING WORKSHOP: south londoner Jay Jay Revlon offers a voguing workshop for anyone, regardless of skill level, who wants to master the improvisational dance style, which is inspired by poses often seen in fashion magazines. You don’t need a partner or experience – just come to the Southbank Center and join us. 12 p.m.

CANTERBURY TALES: Last chance to catch Dulwich players musical version of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales – well five of the stories in this one, anyway. They range from the heroic (The Knight’s Tale) to the bawdy (The Miller’s Tale). 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.

REBELLION EXPANSION: This week’s Thinking On Sunday focuses on the 2018 decision to allow a third runway at Heathrow moving forward and what effect that will have on climate change goals. Journalist and author Celeste Hicks focuses on the court case which claims the extra 700 planes a day will jeopardize the UK’s ability to meet its 2015 Paris Agreement commitments. 3 p.m.