What to do on a Saturday in London

by Ren Nair
Last Update: 17 July 2023

There are so many things to do on a Saturday in London

that planning a weekend in the city will be an easy task. Choose from an array of Saturday Markets, explore the different shopping districts, dine in the best restaurants or enjoy some of the best events in London.
We’d highly recommend a stroll around one of the beautiful parks of London and in summer, there are even public pools that people flock to! And not to mention the vast number of museums and shopping centres to explore.

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How to spend a Saturday in London

However, there are also some things that are only available to do on a Saturday – so we’re going to tell you about those too.

• Saturday Markets in London
• Tourist attractions
• Museums
• Shops and restaurants
• Guided tours
• Something different
• Suggestions

Saturday Markets in London

If you’re planning a trip to London, it’s worth planning your trip knowing that some of the best street markets in London are only open on Saturdays, so don’t forget to include this in your itinerary.

Portobello Road, the iconic Notting Hill flea market. Even though parts of Portobello Road Market are open on other days of the week, there’s a full market on Saturdays. Open from 9.00am to 7.00pm, this is undoubtedly the best day to visit.

Borough Market is the oldest market in London, and a must-see. Located next to London Bridge Underground Station, there’s a full market from Wednesdays to Saturdays, and on Saturdays, the market is open from 8.00am to 5.00pm..

Camden Market is another incredibly famous London market, and even though it opens every day of the week, there is a full market on Saturdays, with all of the shops and stalls open. Camden Market is open daily from 10am to 6pm (except Christmas Day).

Broadway Market is a wonderfully charming street market next to Regent’s Canal in Hackney that only opens on Saturdays. It’s not a popular tourist spot, but frequently visited by locals. Broadway Market is open from 9am to 5pm on Saturdays.

Spitalfields Market is open every day of the week, and on Saturdays their opening times are from 11.00am to 6.00pm. Located next to each other, Brick Lane Market, Petticoat Lane Market and Spitalfields Market are open on Sundays.

Maltby Street Market is a hidden gem located in south-east London. It’s open during weekends, and on Saturdays is open from 10.00am to 5.00pm.

Brixton Market not only includes a beautiful covered market but is also on pedestrianised roads. The outdoor markets are located on Electric Avenue, Pope’s Road and Brixton Station Road. Brixton Village and Market Row are covered market arcades but are also connected to the outdoor markets. On Saturdays, the outdoor markets and the covered markets are all open, and there’s also a themed market on Brixton Station Road. Brixton Market is open on Saturdays from 10am to 5pm.

Tourist attractions open on a Saturday in London

All tourist attractions in London open on Saturdays (except if it’s Christmas Day!). This includes London’s most famous attractions like: The London Eye, The View from the Shard, Madame Tussauds, The Sea Life Aquarium, the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe, St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey (just to name a few!).
Sightseeing bus tours and sightseeing river cruises also operate on Saturdays in London, and they can sometimes be the best way to see London when the streets are crowded!

Museums open on a Saturday in London

All the famous museums in London are open on Saturdays, including The Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the British Museum and the Tate Modern, just to name a few!

Shops and restaurants open on a Saturday in London

Shops and restaurants in central London are always open on Saturdays (except if it happens to be Christmas Day!) and you can walk, shop and dine in the most popular tourist spots in London such as Regent Street, Oxford Street, Soho, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus.
Famous big department stores such as Harrods, Fortnum and Mason and Liberty are open on Sundays. Westfield shopping centres (White City and Stratford) also open on Sundays.

Guided tours available on Saturdays

Walking tours are available mostly during the weekends in London, some famous walking tours include Jack the Ripper, Changing of the Guard walking tour or the famous Harry Potter locations walking tour.

Walking tours in London

Located in the heart of the city, between the Strand and the River Thames is Somerset House, an incredible neo-classical building. On Thursdays and Saturdays, you can enjoy art and culture with a free guided tour of Somerset House, yes FREE! You’ll see 55 fountains dancing in the courtyard, and during the winter months you can even ice-skate. They often host open-air concerts, film and contemporary art and design exhibitions.

Do something a little different

If you’ve done all the most popular spots in London, then maybe it is time to explore an area that you’re not as familiar with. For example, you could make your way to the beautiful Richmond neighbourhood, where you can visit the farmer’s market on a Saturday or stunning Greenwich, where you’ll also find the Royal Observatory. The district of Hampstead has plenty of trendy bars and restaurants as well as Hampstead Heath, a stunning park to explore – and you can see the spectacular London skyline from the highest point in the park!

Our suggestions to spend the perfect Saturday in London
We think the best way to spend a Saturday in London is to spend the morning at one of the amazing Saturday markets in London before heading to Covent Garden to see the street entertainers, do some shopping and go to one of the restaurants. And as the sun goes down, head to the South Bank, for a walk along the River Thames – taking in the sights of the London Eye, Westminster Bridge and Big Ben.

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Hi, I’m Ren, a travel lover a mum of 2 and founder of Keetoo, a  leading website and app for tickets for days out.
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