On the town: 5 things to do in London this week

By: Maxine Sheppard

February 27, 2017

The Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street © Martin Pettitt / Flickr Creative Commons CC by 2.0

The Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street © Martin Pettitt / Flickr Creative Commons CC by 2.0

Out and about in London this week? We’ve got the lowdown on the capital’s most interesting happenings, so get out there and make the most of everything London has to offer.

  • David Hockney at the Tate: To mark the 80th birthday of Britain’s most celebrated living artist, a new retrospective has opened at Tate Modern, becoming the fastest selling exhibition in the gallery’s history. The show includes more than 100 works of art, from the early 1960s ‘Love’ paintings to bright California landscapes and experimental works created on his iPad. Visit this week and you can also catch the final few days of the surrealist war and landscape painter Paul Nash’s long-running exhibition.
  • Great Spitalfields Pancake Race: Burn off any pancake over-indulgences on Shrove Tuesday (28 Feb) by cheering on the teams of frying pan-wielding runners at the Old Truman Brewery off Brick Lane. A fundraiser for the London Air Ambulance service, prizes are on offer for those who flip their way to victory, as well as for the best behaved and best dressed teams.
  • St. David’s Day at Borough Market: To celebrate Welsh culture and the life of patron saint, St. David, join cook, teacher and broadcaster Lisa Fearn at foodies’ favourite Borough Market for a cookery demonstration and insight into Welsh cuisine. Part of the Welsh government’s #ThisIsWales campaign, the showcase will feature a special performance from Welsh male choir Eschoir. If you can’t make it over to Southwark, there are more tastings of Welsh fare throughout the week, at Waitrose Canary Wharf, John Lewis in Oxford Street, and Partridges in Sloane Square.
  • Sunrise Yoga at the Sky Garden: Back for 2017, these popular sunrise yoga sessions on the 37th floor of the so-called Walkie Talkie building (or 20 Fenchurch Street, as it’s officially known) start up again on the 1st March. Suitable for all levels, the classes come with an abundance of natural light and exceptional city views, followed by a healthy buffet breakfast among the tropical landscaped gardens.
  • London SadFest: Take your tissues: it’s the saddest weekend in London. From 3–5 March, the capital ‘celebrates’ the world of heartbreaking films, with a festival featuring a line-up of classic tearjerkers, including The Elephant Man, Sophie’s Choice, and Ken Loach’s unforgettable 1969 drama Kes.

Check out our London destination guide for more of the best things to see and do in the capital.


Maxine Sheppard

Maxine is the co-editor of the Virgin Atlantic blog. Travel and music are her joint first loves, and despite having written for Virgin for more years than she cares to remember she still loves nothing more than jumping on a plane in search of new sights and new sounds.

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