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.
Soho’s gleaming new boutique cocktail bar also know a thing or two about fine wine. Kicking off a series of refined wine tasting sessions on Thursday 9th, Boutinot Wines are in the house to host an informal and engaging masterclass. Swill a wide variety of both old and new age wines, accompanied with matching canapes.
Ditch that traditional cinema and swap a dark, windowless room for a rooftop view of Shoreditch. Snuggle under a blanket and enjoy some bottomless popcorn as the likes of Top Gun and other vintage classics take you away to another place.
Bringing together twenty-five of London most renowned bars is no easy feat, and yet the team behind Cocktails in the City have done just that. Held in the leafy haven that is Bedford Square Gardens, the Summer festival offers guests that chance to try some of the city's most extravagant and delicious cocktails whilst celebrating all that the July sunshine has to offer. A number of the city's most famous bars will be in attendance, such as the Cocktail Trading Co. and the Alchemist.
Striking away the boring reputation that's become attached to the word 'Bing', Rebel Bingo has proven to be one of London's most popular monthly events. Forget the boring crossword book and jigsaw prizes dished out at the local bingo hall, Rebel Bingo offers some genuinely life changing experiences for its lucky winners. With tons of confetti and fully-loaded cannons, you definitely won't be bored at this wild event.
An all-day session of eating kebabs, drinking and dancing in an east London warehouse sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it. Introducing Abra Kebabra, a one-off extravaganza which will introduce you to a whole new world of kebab consumption away from the post-nightclub, 2am splurge. Tickets include five delicious kebabs, a beer from Camden Town Brewery, and a Mojito made by the guys at Dalston’s infamous Ruby’s.
With a repertoire of top chefs having honed their artistry in cuisine, POPdown is the latest supper club craze that brings you the finest foods is a laid back setting, no pretension or dress code necessary. With Cuisson's chefs at the helm, sit down for a 7 course menargerie of palate pleasing dishes as well as a signature Cuisson cocktail to get the evening flowing.
The Jugged Hare will be hosting an almighty feast of wine and fish to celebrate the festival of Germany's most famous and adored grape, '31 Days of Riesling'. Glug down gallons of the pressed goodness and tuck into a hand curated menu of Confit Salmon and Scallop Roe Bavarois. Experience this iconic grape variety in the best possible way.
Tea specialists Akemi Solloway and the team behind 'The Tea House' unpack their spices at Knightsbridge's Buddha Bar for one night only, offering Londoners a chance to learn all about the wonders of green tea from the Far East. Alongside tasting a range of different infusions and concoctions, guests will be able to enjoy a special menu, created specifically for this event by Buddha Bar's talented chefs.
Summer is here, holidays are calling and London's favourite pop-up prin is here with a series of seasonal themed events that'll have you chasing the sun in no time. Tuck in to this Edible Vacation and you'll be treated to three courses of home made delights whilst you sup on your own booze (BYOB policy). Put on some shades, sit back and take your imagination aboard.
Few do immersive theatre like these guys. Selling out venues wherever they step foot, they’re arriving at a secret island somewhere in London for their next production, sure to wow and delight another set of packed out crowds. Get your ticket here then follow the instructions on the night but don’t delay; half of the current dates are gone already.
We’re all going on a summer holiday… and it’s right around the corner in Camden. Gordon Ramsay’s York & Albany introduces a quaint little coastal retreat to London, where guests ease into deckchairs, lap at Pimms-spiked ice-lollies and enjoy a picnic of traditional seaside cuisine. The Summer Cabin is available to book for up to 12, with a beach BBQ menu to savour if you’re hoping to eat.
Heaven knows you’ve earned yourself a little me-time. Here’s where to unwind at the end of the week, as Film & Fizz sets you up with a cosy little movie night in association with Lallier Champagne. Ease into the weekend with a blockbuster film, a three-course dinner and a chilled glass of champers.
An all immersive, totally fantastical, weird and wonderful theatrical exploration of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland awaits you this Summer. Delve down the rabbit hole and discover the dark and mysterious depths of Alice's imagination underground. The Mad Hatter will be out in full force with rabbits, Dodo's and croquet playing flamingos even hopping about.
Escape the big city in favour of one of the UK’s most famous social occasions; the Henley Royal Regatta. You’ll find us in the Chinawhite enclosure, where a stunning crowd watch up to 90 races a day as well as high tea and cocktails. The entertainment away from the river is pretty special too, as award-winning DJ Roger Sanchez heads an after-party befitting of this famous social event.
This isn’t any old cabaret production. It’s a “supernatural voyage through a shadowy dream world”, and it’s brought to us by the renowned team at Black Cat Cabaret. This is a brand new concept for the summer of 2015 and thus you’ll be one of the first to take in this exhibition of showgirl sirens, ghostly acrobats and shady troubadour tricksters.
Bringing the oriental opulence of Japanese culture together with a rooftop of summer drinks and BBQ eats, The Roof Gardens present to you their black tie ball. Ancient traditions and artisan performers will wander through the crowd in a medley of dance, acrobatics, music and magical acts with gorgeous Geishas taking the stage. East meets West on the rooftop - see you there.
Escape into the fantastical world of Alice's Wonderland at this theatrical supper club hosted at Library on St Martin's Lane. Taking you on a culinary adventure of the magical, whimsical and palatable plates of sensory stimulating foods, this pop up will feature themed dishes taking you on a taste journey of Alice's Adventures.
How better to spend an evening in August than sipping a cocktail on a boat whilst dressed as your favourite 1960s TV character? Inspired by the Avengers' character Emma Peel, Mrs Peels Love boat will be cruising up and down the Thames, soaking up all the Summer has to offer. Bursting full of go-go dancing and freakbeat DJing, this psychedelic event gives you the chance to express your creative side. Bright colours are a must, as are flared trousers and afro combs.
The Wick - Street Food-cum-Boutique Market-cum-Entertainment Hub
The Wick showcases everything great about East London creativity. A weekly extravaganza of music, street food and art, this hive of activity unfolds from the heart of Hackney every Sunday. With a boutique market, special musical events and plenty of other immersive experiences to sample, this is a free, family-friendly day out.Tell me more
Looking for a summer-time pop-up with a twist? Suppertub is the answer; serving ice-cold pisco sours and Ceviche canapes from the comfort of a luxurious, canal-side hot tub in Hackney Wick. Book out a tub for 8 or come to meet new people, there’s tubside waiters serving up the iced cocktails and ample opportunity to listen to some tunes and while away the hours.
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.
To celebrate the fact that festival season is upon us, Musical Bingo hosts a night inspired by Britain's proud and prevalent festival culture. Hosted by their favourite entertainer Ditzy Ritzy and compered by Olly Stock, Musical Bingo unpacks its confetti cannons at the renowned Shoreditch basement venue, Concrete. Remember to bring your wellington boots, this is a festival after all!
Capture the elegance and personality of the prohibition era at this super secretive Gatsby Party in central London. Taking to an industrial chic location adorned with speakeasy-styled vibes, expect a glamorous tribute to this visually beautiful era of partying. Get kitted up in your twenties best, dance to live jazz and swig champers long into the evening.
You could call this an Italian Job party atop one of Dalston’s coolest roof spaces, but really it’s much more than that. Aside from a screening of this 1969 classic, there’s carefully crafted cocktails, Italiana eats, sweets from the Candy Bar and a rocking 60’s after-party to get fully stuck into. Bask in the balmy summer heat and appreciate this cult classic like never before.
Summer Tales presents street food nosh, frozen punch bars and canopy's of rope swing chairs and hammocks primed for your alfresco lounging sessions. Discover this oasis of jungle themed fun and fill your boots on DJs, munchings and liquor laced goods in abundance. Pizza Pilgrims, Burger & Lobster and Forza Win will all be in tow to bring the noise in chow.
All aboard the Moretti Gran Tour. Booze, beer and big fat load of tasty treats from some Italian stallions of the street food industry. Experience the regional cuisines of Naples, Lombardy, Puglia and Sicily on this joyous journey through the authentic and rustic foods of Italy. Rumour has it Arancina, Pasta E Basta, Cooking Cooks, The Arencini Bros & Gelupo and more will be on the road!
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.
Nothing marks Summer like pitching up in one of London's lushest spots of greenery and camping out for the evening for a taste of woodlands cinema at its best. That's where Pop Up Screens come in with their prime selection of cult classics like Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Pulp Fiction, When Harry Met Sally and Baz Luhrmann's Romeo & Juliet masterpiece.
Ever wondered what a foodie partnership between New Orleans and South London would look like? Po’ Boys is your delicious answer, as this five-course feast of Louisiana awesomeness gets underway. Report to Vauxhall for 7pm where the secret gate swings open and reveals a world of southern cooking, summer-time soul tunes and special brew coffees for your nightcap. It’s a communal sitting event, so you’ll meet loads of new people at this discerning dining experience.
To all you fitness fanatics out there an excuse to don your finest gym gears and throw yourself into a test of speed, strength, balance, agility and perseverance is here. Welcome to Urban Ninja - the ultimate obstacle course designed to take you through your paces right here in the City. Limber up for this one folks, it's a jungle out there.
Mamma Anna invites you to her west London Laboratory, where an evening of Italian gastronomy delights await. Hailing from Milan, Anna’s dining room is a haven for authentic, lovingly cooked food and expertly selected wines to match. Come for a six-course feast where the focus is on quality rather than labels at these cosy dinner party events.
The Roof Gardens are back to host their Reverb summer time sessions for all you stunna shades guys and gals out there. With a line up featuring Delilah, Elli Ingram, Etta Bond and Brixton bred boys The Thirst, this is set to be one hot skyline party. Expect cocktails to be poured, BBQ foods on the go and some of the best live music sets around.
Breakfast Club Bingo is BACK, and aren't we going all balls mad to get a piece of the action. Hosted at the Canary Wharf digs, a night of glorious gaming, paper dabbing and good nonsense fun is set to unfold. Drink, dine and bingo to your hearts content!
Hip Hop Brunch is all about setting its guests up with great food, killer cocktails and a rowdy afternoon of dancing to all those hip-hop classics. Start off on a three-course ‘Dirty South’ menu, then fill your boots with limitless cocktails between 12 and 1pm. That should give you a boozy boost towards the dance floor, where the hip-hop tunes ring out all afternoon.
Another stunning set of cinematic experiences is about to get underway thanks to Press Play. These guys are famous throughout London for challenging the conventions of a film night, and there’s plenty to look forward to this sunny season. Setting up on sky-high rooftops and quirky hideaways all over town, snuggle up and enjoy a cult classic film with your loved ones and a free bag of Propercorn.
Kettner’s return to the fold with another raucous night of WW2 inspired fun this July. Their April party was a roaring sell-out success, and they’re returning with another programme of swing dancing, live music, ‘Home Front’ inspired dining and cocktails served in tin cups. Don’t hold back on the dressing up front; you’ll find girls glammed up with victory curls and gents digging out their military best for this fun-filled themed night out
Serving up side-splitting laughs and late night clubbing vibes, The Tattershall Castle hosts the famous Boat Show Comedy Club every Friday night. Hop aboard this floating club on Victoria’s Embankment and strap yourself in for an event of belly laughs, great company and a bit of a dance to round things off.
Discover the history of Lady Chastity and the legend behind her lustrous coveted Reserve at this immersive team game experience. You'll be given a time frame to delve into the fabled past of this Lady and her sordid serets to see if you can solve the mystery of her vineyard and win the precious treasure that is her aphrodisiac wine.
Who fancies a set of Summer smashers this year atop one of the coolest hotels in London? We thought as much. Returning the Sanctum Hotel Soho, Roxx On The Roof presents another series of raucous antics, rock 'n' roll themed partying plush drinks. From skull shaped cocktail sharers to a jacuzzi, don't miss out on yet another roaring West London bash.
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!
Whether it’s setting your TVs volume to a multiple of 5 or avoiding stepping on the pavement cracks, we’re all superstitious in our own little ways. Richard Leigh’s mesmeric night of magic explores superstition, fears and phobias further, in a big and bold performance that includes support from a variety of guest magic acts.
At various venues on dates throughout the next few months, enjoy a party in a pub quiz at this great event. Can you work out the titles of seven/eight musical tracks, and their artists? Well we challenge you to find out...
Ride the waves this Saturday 22nd August and get down low on a dance floor that can keep up with you. With celebrity special guest DJs all night, alongside two decks, a sun deck and two fully stocked bars, don't miss this boat for a summer event that's going places.
The mighty Candlelight Club return for their first speakeasy pop-up parties of 2015. Taking to a secret London location lit entirely by candles, guests enjoy a lovely combination of jazz music and delicious cocktails in a roaring twenties atmosphere. Kit up in your finest 1920s outfit and expect an email two days before the event telling you where to meet!
Roll up and clamber aboard the Craft Beer Bus this April 11th for a boozy bus ride with a difference. Get your four free craft beers, your brewery tours and your £1.50 pints here, all included in one £27 ticket. There's a BYOB policy so don't feel self-conscious as you guzzle your bottles at the back of the bus - save some dollar and have it your way on the hottest wheels in London.
Beehive Place are returning to Brixton for a set of Springtime dinner sessions off the back of their sensationally successful winter pop-up. Chef Samuel Hodges penchant for fresh produce and ingredients sourced from across the UK has curated a signature style to all of his dishes. Explore rustic tastes, home grown flavours and mouth-watering morsels on your plate at Beehive Place.
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.
With a history steeped in one of the most iconic British Indie bands, Mike Joyce is swapping his drumming sticks for a set of decks to DJ at Proud Camden every other month. Forget The Smiths (joking, that's impossible), this night is all abut appreciating good music across all of its forms. Indie, House, Disco, Northern Soul, you name it, Mike will be playing it.
Don your best black tie and head on over to The Roof Gardens in Kensington, where you'll enter an Oriental paradise. The Oriental Ball complete with traditional Geishas, acrobats, music, magic and awash with classic cocktails, you'll relish the real essence of elegance with a chic Japanese twist.
Old-school and atmospheric, dress to the nines with a splash of Shanghai as you and your pals enter this Oriental, 1930s-inspired nirvana. Invited by Mr. Cecil Russell George Uff esq. for an elegant event awash with Art Deco, catchy cocktails and complete with "Our Boys Swing" jazz band, you and your cronies will be sure to have yourselves a very suave and swingin' evening ahead.
Shoot down to suave and sophisticated Soho Revue for a real celebration in the world of whisky this summer. "Hibiki Japanese Harmony" is the newest addition to the award-winning House of Suntory Whisky group, and this fine blend is set to have tastebuds tingling. Authentic and elegant, you'll certainly be enchanted by this Japanese haven as you sample the whiskies, pick up some complimentary cocktails and taste some traditional "kaiseki" finger-food.
From Wednesday 'til Saturday at the start of July, The Halfway Point nestled in Henley-on-Thames will be evolving from chic Champagne and Cocktail Club as it steps up its summer game and gets decked out for Love Brunch in collaboration with Lux. For the Royal Regatta, revel in daytime debauchery, sup a few sunny snifters, grab some grub, boogie to the busting beats of resident DJs and soak up that fun-filled festival feeling. Set to be boasting some of the best entertainment Henley Regatta has ever seen, you'd be making a mistake to miss this excellent, annual sporting event.