Best Events in London
Here at DesignMyNight, we're determined to bring you right up to speed with the latest and greatest happenings. From quirky pop ups to banging club nights via bar crawls and cabaret; we have our finger on the pulse of the best parties in London. Here's our hand-picked guide to the best events in London this week and beyond.
Leave your tales of tearaway London nights at the door this February as there's one event looking to wow them all. Brought to the city by ex Disappearing Dining Club's Scott Martin and chef Peter Barnard, get a dose of the Deep South as One Night in New Orleans promises lush three course dining, live musical entertainment and more.
One experience you cannot miss in this city has to be The Underground Supper Club. Taking a decommisioned 1967 tube carriage and transforming it into a cool dining space, you'll be jumping on board to taste a 4 course menu of French inspired cuisine as well as hitting the bar for some cool cocktails to accompany your dinner.
Looking for a unique foodie venture this month in London? Toting some of the best plates in the business, Disappearing Dining Club take to their stunning Ropewalk venue in Bermondsey for a plush night of dining on one of the most romantic weekends of the year.
Everyone loves a bit of bingo, but do you know what they seem to like even more... Musical Bingo! Luckily, it's back in business! On March 24th, it'll be taking over Shoreditch's Concrete and putting on Wild West themed night. For those not familiar, it's pretty much what it says on the tin. Instead of calling out number, they'll play songs! Categories for the night include: ‘Southern Comfort’, ‘Deep South' and ‘Born In U.S of A’.
Live music in London is always among the best of the latest growing talent and established artists out there. The Roof Gardens continue their winter LIVE! sessions above Kensington and welcome the acoustic sounds of Liam Bailey. Since being discovered by Amy Winehouse the singer of English and Jamaican heritage has been honing his soulful vocals for a return.
Fancy a night booze and boobs? Head down to Paper Dress Vintage as Hooray host the naughtiest night in London. Expect a cast of cabaret queens to get downright dirty for an audience of only the most debauched partygoers. They'll have your jaws on the floor as they dance the night away to live music from some of the sexiest DJs around.
If there's anything that always enjoyable, it's a good comedy event in London. And Chris Ramsey definitely comes up trumps in that case. Taking a break from his TV hopping antics after featuring on Celebrity Juice, 8 out of 10 cats and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, he brings you his newest stand-up show 'All Growed Up'.
Give the big smoke a bit of colour by playing Holi in the CITY! Donning a protective white overall (read: canvas for a multicoloured masterpiece), spend half an hour throwing paint pelts at your friends in this powdered paint playground. Naturally, this Indian festival will be capped off by a mouth-watering 5 course meal courtesy of Cinnamon Kitchen, and colourful Holi cocktails from Anise.
For something to do in London this Valentine's weekend, the London Shell Co invite you on board to their boat decked out with candlelit dinners and seafood fare in abundance. If you're looking for an amorous evening, then this is your go to as you'll be taken along the canals from Camden to Little Italy as you enjoy your meal.
You might think you're ready, but really, you have no idea. You're about to head into the lions den of nights out in London where air guitar is championed, air piano is nailed and some of the best worst singing you've ever heard will be yelled at the top of peoples lungs. This is Ultimate Power and it just won't stop.
Peaky Blinders meets the Borough brothers. The Tick Tack club is an homage to the gangster riddled days of 1920s England when the infamous alliance between Brummie lad Billy Kimber and the McDonald's came to form The Elephant Boys. Delve into the sordid tale of grime, glamour and dirty money as this era is reimagined into an immersive secret London event. Be aware: dodgy dealings are at hand...
Going to see VIBE perform live is an experience like no other. This super-talented sextet will perform all of your favourite songs like you've never heard them before. Unashamedly nostalgic whilst being assuredly cutting edge, they'll wondrously blend all of your favourite golden oldies with the biggest hits of today. Think Luther Vandross' 'Since I Lost My Baby' with ASAP Rocky's 'L.S.D'.
Head down to Hackney Road and you'll come across the Looking Glass Cocktail Club - a swanky speakeasy bar in the heart of Shoreditch. Step inside and have a bit of a nose around... and you might just find a secret room - a hidden haven of decadent debauchery and tantalisingly teasing playmates. With a cocktail in hand, spend the night here as cabaret stars keep you entertained for hours.
Giving Bob Marley & The Wailers a run for their money comes the movement to take London by storm and change karaoke as we know it. Presenting to you Reggaeoke. And yes, it's pretty much exactly what you think it is. Nothing but big love for de riddums and de rhymes this is a night at the Queen of Hoxton dedicated to the best sing-a-longs of reggae, dancehall and soca.
Back again to celebrate its 4th Birthday, Brick Lane's 'Craft Beer Rising' festival has firmly established itself as one of the best events in the capital. Offering the best music, street food and beer all in one space, CBR promises to deliver a merry ol' time. For those already familiar, expect to be blown out of the water again this year - we're talking more space, food, music, and more beer for 2016!
London is great. Where else would you be able to go to a party themed on bread-based building? Nowhere. If this sounds like your kinda thing - one, welcome to the weird club, and two, you're in luck. Head down to Drink Shop & Do and spread the love as they pump up the jam. Part competition, part pub quiz and part party - The House of Toast.
In a nutshell, this is London’s greatest cocktail party. Held in the stunning surroundings of the Grade II-listed One Mayfair, experience the finest cocktail blends from London, Amsterdam, Paris and Copenhagen-based bars as they pop-up over four beautiful floors. Sup away at a new range of signature drinks, perfectly complemented by experiential cuisine. At £15 a ticket (inclusive of your first drink), it’s a no-brainer if you love your cocktails.
Nothing says a happy ending quite like the sweet salvation of dessert. For anyone looking for that sugary fix this Valentine's Day Pond in Dalston are hosting quite the pudding-heavy event with a sweet specialist on hand dishing out 5 courses of desserts as well as Felix from Manhattan's Project who will be matching cocktails for you.
The latest tribute to the late, great Amy Winehouse comes from XOYO this month. Back for a second date due to incredible popular demand, you can expect a setlist of nothing but the biggest hits from Frank and Back to Black, performed by a live band and enjoyed in the company of a crowd of like-minded soul music fans.
How many people get the chance to spend their Valentine's day aboard a three-floored party boat? Well, if you're a DMN'er from London, you can be one of those lucky people. Head down to Tower Millennium Pier and jump onto the 400-capacity vessel - it's just waiting for you to let loose aboard! Drink and dance the night away as you sail past some of the most iconic landmarks in the world.
The starlett of sweet jazz inspired vocals and the Camden queen herself will be remembered at the next Roof Gardens LIVE! session. A live band will be playing iconic tracks from Amy Winehouse's collection and giving life to the songs that made her a musical legend. Head down for £15 and enjoy those famous lyrics once more.
Yep, that’s not a typo. Extreme Garnishing. If you were looking for something completely different to try for Valentine’s, you’ll need to report to The Hoxton Grill on Tuesday 16th. This is a ‘play with your food workshop’ where you’ll learn simple tricks and molecular techniques to help you make your own love potions and edible Valentine’s cards. Oh, and there’ll be a section on ‘cooking with explosives’, too.
Immerse yourself in the gruesome imagination of R.L Stine and the Goosebumps story at this world premiere experience. The set comes designed by the acclaimed team behind the Alice’s Adventures Underground pop-up; taking you on a theatrical story full of eerie twists and turns in an abandoned underground vault below Waterloo station.
Valentine's Day in London goes just a little bit dark at Zebrano In The City. They welcome you into their seductive underworld of performers, artistes and femme fatales as you endure the world of desire in the most glamorous of places. Experience cheeky cabaret and burlesque jaunts to lust over as you swill punchy cocktails.
Join the Brewmaster on Tuesday 23rd Feb for a tour of the Ealing Park Tavern’s fascinating microbrewery. You’ll learn all about the art of brewing while enjoying a hands-on masterclass into the workings of the brewery, before rounding your visit off with a tasting session.
If you're looking to combine your love of Southern cuisine with your burning passion for all things B.I.G, look no further, the Hip Hop Brunch is here to answer all your needs. Serving 3 courses of mouth-watering food and featuring a whole load of classic Hip Hop tracks, you'll have the chance to 'Get Your Freak On', dance the afternoon away and even try your hand at a bit of Hip Hop karaoke.
Set in Angel, The Elmore Jam is a haven for supper club fiends and unique atmospheres where the sounds of the 60s come out of a vintage juke box and you'll be surrounded by a warming and sociable ambiance. Sup on divine cocktails, experience a palate pleasing menu of chef delights and take in live music whilst you're at it. Tuck into one of the many bespoke foodie events in London right here.
Midnight Apothecary hosts a Valentine’s special oozing with intimacy on their rooftop garden this February. Toast some marshmallows in this magical candlelit space, then take an optional descent into Brunel’s underground love cave or take in some live music from the snug Engine House. There’s some very special potions created for the occasion, and foods from the epically named I should be Souvlaki if you’re feelin’ peckish.
The gin-loving geniuses at Sipsmith are teaming up with the Ham Yard Hotel to keep you warm during 2016's early winter months. Starting January 26th, Sipsmith will be setting up a pop-up bar on the hotel's secret rooftop terrace; here guests will be treated to a menu of toasty gin-based tipples - think 'steaming gin juleps' and more. Sip of one of these winter-warmers whilst soaking up the spectacular skyline views.
The first Bootleg Club event of 2016 takes place inside the lavish surroundings of Stationer’s Hall. Inviting you inside to indulge in a night of prohibition-themed excess, conceal your identity behind a mask until midnight at this glam black tie event. With a percentage of proceeds going to the Street Child charity, the signature cocktails will flow all night, there’s food from Smokestak and entertainment from the mighty impressive Blue Harlem swing band.
The Comedy Carnival at Bar Rumba is the perfect way to kick off your weekend with their spread of incredible stand-up talent from across the globe. Expect to see the best of established comedians and rising names in the industry every Friday and Saturday. With plenty of party packages to choose form too you can really make the night your own.
Bored of the same old bashes in London? Consider Napoleon Dynamite one of the greatest films of our generation? Then you need an event where the hair is big, but the outfits are event bigger. Playing host to a retro, valentine's prom this February in London, head to a selection of Grand Union bars for a night of 80s, tulle and party smashers.
Located just moments from the serenity of Regent’s Park, escape to a snowy mountain top with the return of York & Albany’s Winter Chalet. A snug little retreat glowing with fairy lights and spiced candles, gather around the open fire and take in some Tirol-styled folk music at this winter-warming retreat. Wrap up in luxury blankets and get canapes and two cocktails for £30 per person.
The ever-elegant Late Night Cocktail Club are back at the Roof Gardens to host a night of romance, revelry and temptation to celebrate Valentine’s. This idyllic Kensington venue will become a personal Eden for the night, with unearthly pleasures the likes of acrobats, stilt walkers and contortionists providing the entertainment. Take in performances from a live saxophonist come 10pm, before dancing the night away to the Roof Gardens’ top resident DJs until 3am.
The Exhibit continue to offer exceptional value for money with their dinner and a movie night offer. All yours for £19.95, you’ll enjoy something from their large plate menu before retiring to their boutique cinema space - filled with leather sofas and with room for no more than 28 guests - where they’ll bring you a roster of the latest releases and cult classic favourites.
Gutted to miss out on Little Nan’s Caribbean residency? Lucky for you, she’s agreed to stay on in Peckham for just a little longer; bringing a taste of the West Indies to her quirky tropical den until the end of February. Widely considered as one of the quirkiest afternoon tea experiences in London, a £25 ticket gets you a healthy range of sweet and savoury snacks as well as half a teapot of cocktail!
Head to Whitechapel for an incredible Indian food tour. A guide will navigate you through London's famous Brick Lane where you'll get the chance to taste a multitude of mouthwatering curries, Indian beers, savoury pastries, traditional indian sweets and fiery indian snacks. All the while, your guide will give you thorough yet enjoyable insight behind everything you see, smell and taste.
At a steal for just £45 per person, the incredibly opulent and delicious bar and restaurant One Canada Square present their 'After Dark' Saturday sessions. Devoted to serving up the finest food and drink, you can bag yourself a two course meal with bottomless drinks, whatever the poison you desire is.
Looking for a quirky night on the London tiles? We've just the affair. A debaucherous night with none other than BINGO, Rebel Bingo are known the world over for their roaring parties and unique flair. From bingo games and DJs to brimming dancefloors, join the Rebel Bingo crew for a night out in London to remember.
It’s probably easiest to think of this as a disco in pub quiz format. Leaving the boring trivia rounds at home, Sounds Familiar digs out clips of all your favourite sing-along anthems and tasks its visitors with remembering the song and the artist. Famous for getting even the most reserved of characters up on the chairs, singing and dancing into the night.
This rocking comedy extravaganza is the perfect Saturday night out. Names including Noise Next Door will be tickling your funny bones and with a club night at the end of the show, the fun doesn't stop until you're feet are falling off. Try something different on the Thames this May!
Cabaret Des Distractions finds inspiration from the Féeries of 19th century Paris. Taking place in Café De Paris’ spectacular roaring twenties ballroom every Friday, brace yourself for a performance packed with gasps of awe, roars of laughter and whoops of excitement. This innovative show features cabaret, musical theatre, circus acts and no shortage of plot twists.