Simply Things to do in London this Weekend – 23.01.15

Posted 23 Jan 2015 in Walk4Life, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Routemasters, Bus Weekend on the park, Whitehall, English Civil War Society, Purfleet, Totally Thames Stroll, RSPB Rainham Marshes by

Various Locations

All weekend, Transport for London has organised 41 free walks around and across the capital, with routes between 1.5 miles and 10 miles in length. The event is free so check the website for possible routes and just turn up.*/1292/*/*


The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford has a weekend of free family workshops to celebrate the Year of the Bus. All 60 New Routemaster bus sculptures will be on display at the Park, fresh from their trails around London. Painted and adorned by well-known artists, the buses have been capturing the imagination of Londoners and visitors since they first went on display in October. Between 10am – 4pm on both days, there will also be a range of free interactive art and music workshops, live entertainment and fun activities for the whole family including:

  • Take-home arts and crafts, face painting and balloons
  • Meet some of the artists and see a final bus sculpture being painted ‘live’ over the weekend.
  • A chance to view and board a New Routemaster bus
  • A chance to hop aboard the restored war time 1914 ‘Battle Bus’, back from its tour of the battlefields of France and Belgium
  • The Year of the Bus mobile exhibition which tells the story of the London Bus and looks to its future;

Live musical entertainment from licensed buskers from the London Underground Busking Scheme.


The English Civil War Society holds an annual commemoration of the route taken by Charles I to the place of his untimely death in Whitehall. Takes place at Horse Guards Parade. Expect to see several members of the Society dressed in 17th century costume. The event is free, just turn up at 11am.



The Totally Thames Stroll ambles around the trails of RSPB Rainham Marshes taking a look at the wildlife.

This post lunch amble around the trails will take in the sights and sounds of the denizens of our marsh. Some of our wildlife will only be visiting from far flung places while others will be our local residents. The River Thames provide a vital habitat and a gateway for migrating birds (and other creatures), and Rainham is the perfect stop off to rest and feed up before continuing on their journey. It’s free, just turn up at 1pm.