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.
Following up on their sold-out run there last winter, Dram & Smoke will be popping up in the Black Swan Yard again to serve up the best of Scottish booze and grub. Head down and tuck into five delectable tasting dishes that have been cooked up in their custom whisky barrel smoker. To wash it down, there's Naked Grouse whisky cocktails, wine and Harviestoun beer. Expect a house party vibe, a cracking playlist and a dedicated beer pong room too!
If you've never experienced a Swedish Christmas, this is the time. The one and only Skandilicious returns after being hailed as one of the best events in London last year. they'll be putting on their spread of traditional Scandinavian delights and hosting an evening of festive frolicks with some Swedish dustings. Watch out for the Glogg mulled wine, it's not to be messed with.
Everything you hoped it would be, The Glam Clam is both glamour and seafood in excess. London's latest pop-up dining experience invites you down to experience live music from self-professed jazz diva Collette Cooper whilst tucking into a fine 5 course seafood extravaganza. There'll be eccentric performances, palatable plates and much more from this great London event.
After selling out a 12-hour long summer garden party that saw 1,000 Londoners buoyantly backin' booze and gobblin' grub all day long, it's no secret that The Jamm Factory can throw one hell of party. Naturally, you're not gonna wanna miss their big winter bash. On December 5th, they're taking over The Old Street Magic Roundabout - expect schnitzels, experimental mulled cider cocktails, and of course, a slick soundtrack.
Setting up the festive season nicely, The Moth Club are hosting a Christmas Carol special that combines the best of comedy shows and burlesque performances. With a stellar line up of class acts, dabble in a little debauchery this Christmas with some captivating entertainment from this Moth Club event in December.
Saturday afternoons were an unexplored frontier on the London party circuit... that was until 2009 when five friends joined forces to create Love Brunch - a quirky brunch event that perfectly executes a natural transition between eating, drinking and dancing - Saturday afternoons were never the same again. This Christmas (Dec. 5th), Love Brunch turns six years old! Help them celebrate their biggest birthday yet as Robert James et al spin!
The Night Tales team are back at it again! Fresh back from their research trip to Tokyo, they'll be bringing the buzz of Japan's capital to the ol' smoke. They've taken inspo from some of Tokyo’s best markets, restaurants and cocktail bars to deliver an authentic interpretation of the city. Expect killer cocktails, top-notch Asian cuisine, and as is to be expected with a Night Tales event, great music.
It’s 1921, and the city’s shady gangsters have set up this illicit den for drinking and gambling. Hidden away in a Wallpaper Printing Shop below the train tracks of central London, The Tick Tack Club whisks you back to a bygone era of flat caps and flapper dresses for six top-secret evenings. Have a flutter, enjoy a piano singalong and mingle with a gangster or two at this immersive speakeasy event.
After the success of their stage at London Cocktail Week. Ruffians have invited the whisky Chivas Bar back for another residency this November in partnership with the Covent Garden weekender. Heads up for a selection of Chivas finest cocktails with old favourites and brand new concoctions making an appearance.
The Funny Side Comedy Club is coming to: The Durrell Arms in Fulham (which will be hosted by the Cockney Prince Compere, Quincy); The Crabtree in Hammersmith (headlined by the camp and outrageous Scott Capurros); and lastly, you can enjoy a special improv show in Soho's sophisticated bar Freedom (this will feature Glitch, a narrative improvised puppet show, and The Laughter Academy, an on-the-spot comedy group). With a bottle of beer in hand, laugh the night away as all of these funny chaps put on individuals nights of genuine 'laugh out loud' comedy.
With the past success of The Ghana Vista Social Club, they're back and bringing you a five course meal paired with New Zealand Cellar wine. This isn't just a foodie event but one where you're dancing shoes are required too. After dinner, guests will be entertained by the musical stylings of The Reformation Blues Club. The fun doesn't stop there, Ghostpoet will be spinning on the boards late into the night.
Quite simply a Christmas celebration like no other, Gospeloke returns to London for another euphoric singalong session. An event for all the part-time Tina’s, Stevie’s and Whitney’s, it’s time to unleash your inner diva and nail your karaoke tune with a 15-strong gospel choir backing you every step of the way.
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.
Cooking takes on a whole other level at this workshop event. The weird and wonderful worlds of science, art and food collide in this class to show you the leading principles behind what is known as Molecular Gastronomy. Learn the tricks of foams, mousses, spherification (it's a thing - trust) and many more cooking phenomenon from the man himself Jozef Youssef.
For a Christmas party experience that's full of more than just winter warming drinks, Grotto Outre is the next level festive foray in the city that will take you into the depths of the Ice Queen's lair, into London's Ice Caves. Prepare for an evening of seasonal overload where an Elf King will be handing out his Elixir and eccentric entertainers will be performing in this frosty setting.
Line up single file, we're heading back to school! But fear not, you won't stressing out over trying to decipher Pythagoras' theorem here, instead you'll be learning about the wild, complex and refreshing world of beer (isn't being an adult is great!?). BrewDog Clapham Junction will have you working your way through six of their favourite sour beers, all of which have been expertly paired with an amazing selection of complementary cheeses. You'll want to be in attendance at this one!
The fabulous Kettner's of Soho infamy are hosting a special event paying tribute to the joie de vivre of the Montmarte quarter in Paris from the 19th century. Douse yourself in the extravagant party era of absinthe fountains, Champagne and cabaret in this French fanciful night of total unhinged excess. There'll be show girls, the Can Can, Electro-swing DJs and a night of utter musical mayhem.
REZtron revisits the golden era of gaming with this one-off special at the Ministry of Sound. Join crowds of like-minded retro gamers in playing legendary titles on all four SEGA generation consoles, with plenty of booze and a playlist of retro hip-hop and techno to provide the backdrop. One lucky winner will win a Mega Drive, and guests can dance the night away at the Ministry of Sound after-party at no extra cost if they’d like; a saving of £20 in its own right.
The Ivy Cafe will be hosting a night of Magic, Mind-reading and Mayhem! Combining their 40 years of experience, Roberto Forzoni & Simon Rosselli (both members of the prestigious 'Magic Circle') have created a show which will have audiences young and old truly mesmerised - rabbits will appear out of thin air and one lucky member of the audience will be sawn in half! Great audience participation and fun for the whole family.
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.
From the infamous pages of Jules Verne, to London's streets, Phileas Fogg is an intrepid traveler ready to take on the world in all its culinary magnificence. Let your palate travel the globe as The Phileas Fogg Club journey to different corners of the globe to bring back a fantastic array of international dishes at venues across London.
Taking British films back to their rightful birthplace, Regent Street Cinema poses at the prefect place for a series of screenings this winter. Both old and new titles will grace this iconic venue with classics like Doctor Zhivago, The Usual Suspects and Monty Python on the line-up. There's even greats from Tarantino knocking about.
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.
Venture back in time to the industrial age of Victorian Britain for this bespoke and wholly custom 5 course dining experience brought you by 'The Art of Dining' collective. You're invited to come down to The Engine Room for an evening of hand crafted foods, incredible theatre, music and set design to create one ultimate sensory stimulating event.
Join the Musical Bingo gang at Paradise this Christmas for a fun-filled festive knees up! Fear not, musical bingo isn't as complicated as you may fear, simply swap out numbers for for songs and it's pretty much identical. Oh, and be warned, you better be ready to call in sick the next day - this is gonna be a real Christmas cracker!
Supported by a Michelin-starred kitchen team, head chef Jozef Youssef introduces a 7-course Mexican banquet sure to spoil all the senses. This is less a dining experience and more of a complete culinary journey, where you’ll learn all about Mexican cuisine through the foods, aromas, visual displays and explanations. An experimental, fun and downright delicious supper club designed for the open-minded.
POPDown are London's latest supper club craze that have made waves in the world of gourmet foods and communal dining. Taking to their next stage at The Vaults under Waterloo station, you'll be served 4-5 incredible courses of practical edible art in one atmospheric space. You'll be interacting with the evening and digging in to cocktails designed by the chefs as well.
Delve into the wonders of Chilean gastronomy at this intimate autumnal supperclub. Head chef Marcelo Henriquez introduces your palate to these flamboyant South American flavours at ONA, with hand-crafted ingredients sourced from the length and breadth of the country. Expect bold plates packed with inviting flavours, plenty of quirky artworks and authentic Chilean wines to wash it all down with.
Appreciate beauty, depth and clarity? Then this event if for you. And luckily, it's all about Whiskey. Conway Hall in Central London is hosting a whole evening dedicated to some of the best blends from Scotch, to Bourbon to global Whiskeys from as far as Japan. There'll be live music in the form of a rockabilly band to keep you entertained too.
The Duppy Share are bringing together some of London's best pop-up spirits and exhibiting them all in one convenient location! Pop down to the Maxilla Hall Social Club for an impressive night of cocktails from the likes of Black Cow Vodka, Sipsmith and Belsazar; street food rustled up by Charlie and Rory of Fundi Pizza; and live music brought to you by long-standing resident DJs for Bestival, Sombrero Sound System!
Summer may be coming to a sad close, but Little Nan has the perfect island inspired remedy for your cold blues. From a secret location South of the river, Little Nan and her party minions will be throwing together a tropical den beneath a cool Caribbean pub. Expect nothing but the best kitsch outfits, cocktails in teapots, vintage fun and authentic Caribbean foods.
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.
Attention! All class members must arrive at least 5 minutes before class starts and be in their seats. The much acclaimed Schoolhouse bottomless brunch is back for their winter term. Are you ready? A little boozier than your average breakfast gaff, the novelty of school is at large here with the added plus of a punctual prosecco reception.
The M&M Supper Club is the latest Nordic foodie experience to take East London by storm where you'll find Martina and Magdalena cooking up dishes inspired from their heritages. With a bit of Polish, Italian and Norwegian flare thrown in, you can expect home made comforting cuisines brought to you in a cosy setting. Brunch, lunch or mingling singles, get together with M&M.
Ever thought of putting your friends on trial with London’s top comedians forming the prosecution and defence teams? Probably not, but that was before you heard that the likes of Al Murray, Sara Pascoe and Phil Jupitus have all taken part in previous rounds. The UK’s only court-based improv show is a riotous laugh, where you’re guilty until proven innocent.
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.
Notorious for hosting a line up of award winning and famous comedic names, Lee Hurst's Backyard Bar & Comedy Club is a Bethnal Green staple on the stand-up scene. With a variety of shows on the go across Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights you can get your comedy fix throughout the week with dinner and drinks to accompany.
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.
Tucked below Stamford Bridge Football Stadium in Fulham, Under The Bridge is an uber-cool and contemporary basement space that accommodates all manner of entertainment. Super stylish and modish with a touch of industrial inspiration, this lively lair showcases a state-of-the-art sound system and lighting, and so is an ideal hub for late-night clubbing, gigs galore, fashion shoots, comedy nights and much more, so head down for a heady mix of nightlife at its finest.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.