Things to do in London on a Saturday 

Are you planning a weekend away in London soon? If so, you’ll want to pack your itinerary full of great things to do and see, so you can be sure you’re making the most of your time in this incredible city. In this list we’ve put together some of our favourite things to do in London on a Saturday.

Portobello Road Antiques Market

There’s been a market on Portobello Road since the 19th century, and it’s one of the busiest and most exciting markets in London. Strolling along this street is a great thing to do in London on a Saturday as this is the liveliest day of the week and the best for antique shopping. Quirky stalls of vintage and secondhand items are also in the nearby area, so there’s plenty to look around (and spend money on!). The nearest tube station to the antiques end of the market is Notting Hill Gate which is just a few minute’s walk away.

Take a River Cruise

Escape the busy tourist attractions at the weekend, and instead opt to see the sights from a river cruise instead. City Cruises offer tours departing from all of the main piers in central London, and you’ll be able to see most major tourist sights along the river from the boat. It’s a great way of spending a Saturday afternoon.

Events in the Royal Parks 

In the summer months there’s an assortment of things taking place at the weekend in all London’s parks. You can take part in a tour about wild flowers, learn about pond dipping, listen to jazz, join in a scavenger hunt or search for butterflies. Some activities are free and others incur a fee, but they’re ever-changing and always lots of fun.

Borough Market

If you’re looking for a place to eat in London on a Saturday morning or Saturday lunchtime, then a visit to Borough Market is a must. Close to London Bridge Tube Station, this market is open Wednesdays to Saturdays. Saturdays are always a busy day though, and you’ll find the most traders on this day too - which means the most choice. The variety of food on offer is incredible; dishes from Ethiopia, Sri Lanka, Argentina and the Caribbean can be found next to pie stalls, spit roasts and veggie tables.

Rugby Matches at Twickenham 

On any Saturday in London there's always a sporting event taking place. You can mainly watch rugby in the winter months, although there are some junior and varsity games in summer. The atmosphere at Twickenham is exciting, whether you're a rugby fan or not, and the facilities are first class. Tickets need to be booked in advance and prices vary.

Mile End Park Run 

To keep fit, why not take part in an organised 5K Park Run in Mile End Park, East London. It’s one of the free things to do in London and starts at 9am every Saturday. There’s also a post-run coffee opportunity if you fancy it. You must register on their website before you start.

Brass Rubbing at St Martin in the Fields

A fun, family thing to do in London on a Saturday is brass rubbing. A traditional activity, this used to be a way to take home a keepsake from a church or cathedral. At St Martin in the Fields they have over 100 brass replicas for children to create their own rubbings. It costs £4.50 per child, and there’s a cafe in the crypt for refreshments afterwards. The church is in the corner or Trafalgar Square.

Gods Own Junkyard Neon Signs 

This place is a little hard to find in Walthamstow, London E17, but it is very quirky. Take a browse around a riot of neon signs and then enjoy coffee and cake in the Rock and Roll cafe. It’s free to enter and only open from 11am on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.