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.
You're locked in Lady Chastity's boudoir, the clock is ticking and you need to solve the mystery to escape. Can you do it? Who will help you and (most importantly) will you win the infamous bottle of wine at the end of it all? This mysterious race will get your noggin' working, your pulse racing and your thirst peaking. Also worth checking out at The Four Thieves if you're a South London punter.
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.
The normally exclusive doors of private members club Urban Coterie are opening this Spring to welcome you into their bespoke Urban Garden. A sky-high haven away from the hustle of the Shoreditch streets, discover this beautifully designed space and knock back some custom made G&Ts to really round off the experience.
Looking for the best boat event in London? One that boasts booze to boot? Then it's all aboard the Alfred Le Roy this spring and summer in London as this Hackney canal cruiser is promising friends a cocktail dally along the river. It's not land, but drinks ahoy.
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!
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.
The award-winning pop up event 'Little Nan' is back! And guess what they little shiznits have gone and done - they've hired out Rio Cinema in Shoreditch and filled it with all of Nan's stuff. Head down to drink bottomless cocktails from her teapots and indulge on unlimited pick'n'mix at this 90s party.
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.
Campfire Cocktails in the City are back for a fifth season at their secretive rooftop garden. Located above Brunel’s Thames Tunnel, get comfy around a fire pit and sup drinks made with herbs and flowers from the garden itself, while Greek foods from I should Be Souvlaki satisfy any hunger pangs.
One of the best loved outdoor space in London are cracking open all the alfresco fun for Summer and inviting you down to take part in it all. Solomons' Yard is like an immersive playground of fun, music, food and drink in Camden that toys with vintage throws and some gangsta 'n moll stylings. This stunning lock-side location promises to bring some great events in London.
The 50s beckon you darling... One of London's ultimately creative spaces turns into a wonderland of Las Vegas inspired throws come Saturday night. Cecil's invites you to don your dancing shoes and jive to the sounds of their live swing band whilst you sup on deliciously crafted vintage tipples and marvel at the crowd of rat pack people.
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...
Looking for something unique to do in London? You've come to the right place. Join the Roof Gardens this May in London as they hark all the way back to the days of prohibition for a fun-filled night of flappers and drinks aplenty.
Everyone loves a foodie focused night out, so news that Dub Plates Kitchen are back with another special London supper club is just fabulous. After the success of their stint at Gordon Ramsey's Bread Street Kitchen, the Dub Plates team are back with some more Caribbean flavour and flare.
Ever wondered what it would be like to eat in a denim atelier on Blackhorse Lane? Of course you have. Finally answering your prayers, the creative skills of Michelin starred chef Pedro Passinhas is doing just that. Set in this unique and creative space he's created a cool pop up food event in London where you can experience unusual flavours and tantalising dishes.
A Big House theater production is due to be premiered at Dalston's New Hawaiian restaurant Pond this Spring. Written by David Watson, Knife Edge tells the story of a female protagonist confronting issues of fear, food and family. Set to be tense, darkly comic and a great production, don't miss out on this top London event.
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.
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!
If you're on the hunt for somewhere that promises a no holds barred kinda night where you can party until 3am, get messy and rave on the dance floor until 3am, The Clapham Grand can sort you out. One of the prime clubbing destinations in South London, this place is always heaving come the weekend so don't miss out.
Throwback to the 90s in all its haze and cult crazes with this film and movie night in London. The beautiful Rio cinema in Dalston will be screening Boyz N The Hood this May from their art deco two-floor auditorium. Settle in for the film and then fill your boots on music, DJs and cocktails until 3am after.
Wringer + Mangle celebrates the rich diversity of east London’s foodie scene with an 8-week supperclub launching on 19th April. The Great British Flavours of East London series will see four leading chefs take their turn in the kitchen, each focusing on a different culture flourishing in the east end to serve up a mouth-watering four-course feast on the night. Tickets include a welcome cocktail, and the chefs will be on cue to address guests later in the evening.
Looking for the best cinema events in London? A unique bash where the films are credible, independent and cool? Then let Temple Cinema be your guide. One of the most unique places to watch a movie in London, Temple Cinema is the only hidden, Masonic Temple to open its doors to the public for screenings and popcorn a-plenty.
Fed up of tiresome, lazy supper club experiences that didn’t offer value for money, Ben Spalding has moved to set up this #AllGunsBlazing series. He’s vowing to create something special here; collaborating with a number of the country’s most talented chefs to host a supper club that’s as innovative and daring as it is affordable and accessible. Come for a 10-course tasting menu that’s set to wow this summer.
Ben Spalding is collaborating with a string of top chefs from around the country for his latest supperclub experience. #AllGunsBlazing is all about leaving the safety of a comfort zone behind and creating daring dishes that push boundaries, enjoyed in unpretentious and relaxed surroundings. Expect a ten-course tasting menu crammed full of delicious and contrasting styles of food.
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.
For the first weekend of June, the Crafty Purley Beer Fetsival will be arriving at the Purley Christchurch. With over 50 London brewers in the mix, this festival will be a hop overload of independent labels and household favourites alike. Tickets are just a fiver with a spread of drink, entertainment and live music to enjoy.
You’ve not seen a movie, and we mean really seen it, until you’ve taken it in at The Grand. This Clapham hotspot is showing a run of cult favourite films on their enormous, 24ft wide screen, with free popcorn and all kinds of themed quirks to look forward to on the night. Once the credits have rolled it’s onto the after-party - included in the ticket price - where DJs play the best party tracks until 3am.
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.
Back for a run of Friday nights in June, these cabaret trailblazers reveal a brand new production for 2016 promising a riotous explosion of cabaret, circus and live music. Harking guests back to the 1900s in Paris, expect high-kicks and acrobats linking up in a production with madcap comic singers and live musicians.
Their last event sold out within two weeks, and now the unstoppable Rumpus are back, this time inviting the Kings, Queens, Jesters and motley crues of London together for a bewitching all-nighter in Islington. Join the city’s resplendent creatures of the night for a bewitching 8-hour programme, with 7 rooms showcasing bands, DJs, acrobats and some of the most daring, dazzling roaming artists in town.
One of the most famous dance performances is coming to the Vaults beneath Waterloo station. The operita tango masterpiece Maria de Buenos Aires will be hosted in 90 minutes of magnificence to an 11 piece orchestra and on the set of an abandoned fairground. This promises to be captivating, thrilling and the best in live London shows.
Get ready for a roasting DJ night this June in London as Brose present one of the best events on the party roster. Head on down for rooftop drinking, DJs and dancing aplenty as Paradise Lost present Robert James in all of his DJ glory.
Sipsmith host their latest pop-up from the House of St Barnabas, an iconic location with over 150 years of stories to tell in Soho. The Sipsmith Punch House is all about lapping up the atmosphere of 19th century punch houses, while you enjoy drinks and a masterclass in a location featured in Dickens’ famous A Tale of Two Cities. Tickets are £15 - inclusive of your first tipple - and all proceeds go straight to the House of St Barnabas charity.
Perfect for beginners, moderates and professional players alike, the American Bingo Club is where you need to be if you need to let off some steam on a Monday night. It’s held at Miranda and promises a raucous event with a feel-good factor; meet like-minded people and enter for your chance to win prizes like Sono speakers and bungee jumping experiences.
Four celebrities take over the Happenstance kitchen to create a beautiful, four-course meal at this charity feast. You’ll take a spot alongside a panel of food critic judges (led by MasterChef’s Greg Wallace) as you vote to crown the NAT Kitchen champion! There’s a welcome cocktail to get you started, all the food whipped up by the celebs will showcase the finest and freshest British produce, and there’s to be a money-can’t-buy auction to finish.
Nothing quite says a top event in London like....cowboys. Join Django Bango this summer in the city as they celebrate all things Gold Rush themed with a Wagon Wheel bar, five course dining, a rooftop terrace and more at one of the pop-ups of the year.
Whether you're a 90s kid who used to watch Saved By The Bell, or you just love a throwback to the era that brought you Justin and Britney, this is in tribute to you. This London event will be a night dedicated to pure 90s karaoke so lock down those pop lyrics and go double denim for this party.
Throwing back to the Gold Age of bootleg cocktails, decadent parties and glamorous dresses, The Candlelight Club return for another series of summer soirees at unique locations in London. Step into the 1920s here where live jazz music plays all night, people jive on the dance floor and sequins come as standard.
The Art of Dining and the London Dungeon have come together to create this unique pop-up dining experience to celebrate the launch of the new immersive show; Escape the Great Fire of London. Diners will embark on a five-course dinner that combines food, theatre, music and design to tell the story of the Great Fire like never before, all in the unrivalled atmosphere of this iconic destination.
Curator of playful, inventive supperclub experiences, Christabel invites you to pack your bags and embark on a three-course, whirlwind holiday this month. Forget the suncream - you’ll get a suitcase of essentials upon arrival - as you feast on creative cuisine inside a secret apartment overlooking Regent’s Canal.
Probably the most uncensored how in London, the Hooray Cabaret pose will be back at The Moth Club in Hackney for a sassy Thursday night. Bringing some bare burlesque moves, comedy and music, the Hooray Cabaret are all about being excessive, revealing and generally naughty.
Epic Dalston hosts a masked rampage of the ancient rites to celebrate the longest day of the year on 17th June. Something in between a Midsummer Night’s Dream and Mad Max, dig out your masks and immerse yourself in a jubilant night out featuring live performances from the Ceilidh Liberation Front and Sheelangig, as well as a special guest DJ set to wrap things up.
Hips look set to be swinging this June in London as Mrs Peel's returns for another retro romp in the city. Set in the 60s and bringing about some of the best live music in the business, head on down for live bands, cocktails and more at this beach themed bonanza.
Hosting alfresco movie nights throughout the summer, the mighty Luna is back. These guys are consistently rated as among the UK’s premier outdoor cinema experiences, and it’s not hard to see why. Check out a stellar line up of cult classic hits and head along to enjoy some classic cinema under the stars.
Promising an off-the-chain 90s themed party, these guys take you backstreet back (alright!) for a hearty chunk of nostalgia and boozy excess. You’re encouraged to Be Dope, Be Awesome as you get settled into sharing platters of delicious 90s-inspired grub, washed down with bottomless Mimosas for an hour. There’s plenty of fresh entertainment on the agenda too (yes, that does mean lip sync battling it out) all soundtracked by a floor-slaying playlist of 90s classics to the tune of the Spice Girls, R.Kelly, Eminem and more.
Less a club night… more a religious happening. That’s how some critics have described a night at Ultimate Power, the clubbing event sweeping the UK armed with nothing but the biggest and best power ballads. They’re warming things up for the summer with a Dirty Dancing themed night out, where they’ll screen this legendary flick before getting firmly into their groove at the legendary London venue, Troxy.
If you’re a fan of immersive theatre events that draw you head-first into the narrative and take you on a theatrical journey, you won’t want to miss this. The Secret Theatre Project are back, returning to London after a Se7en Deadly Sins series in Hong Kong, where they’re promising a dazzling new production not for the faint-hearted. Buy your ticket then await further instructions on this super secretive event.
The perfect option for date night or catching up with your best pals, Pop Up Screens is all about bringing quirky movie night experiences to unique locations around London. They’ve put together another cracking line-up of cult favourites and Hollywood gems this summer, which they’ll show in stunning spots with comfy seating and cosy vibes aplenty.
A beautiful thing happens when you put together street food and a non-stop music fest, which is why the Jamm Factory Rooftop Party is one of the best events happening in London. With abundant amounts of treats and beats, and plenty of booze to boot, there's really no reason not to head on down to Egg on July 2nd for this gem.
The Roof Gardens is no ordinary place for a party, so it’s the perfect fit for this enchanting summertime ball. You’ll wander into a different realm altogether, where acrobats and trapeze artists take centre stage while theatrical folk mingle with stilt-walking fairies. Tickets include a complimentary cocktail and there’s to be live entertainment in the form of a saxophonist, percussionist and a top resident DJ.
Looking for a unique event in London that can cater to your every desires? Head on down to the Masonic Masquerade this July in the city as an elusive and enticing night of cabaret, burlesque and music awaits in the heart of a Masonic temple.
Creatures of the night unite - the almighty Rumpus returns and is calling all wild ones to experience the next chapter in his spectacular chronicles. One Saturday in July, after the boat party has got the adrenaline going, you'll be taken to Brixton Jamm where an 8 hour extravaganza of live music awaits.
Which house do you bear allegiance to: House of Stark, House of Tyrell, the legendary House of Targaryen? Or could it be the House of Toast? If it's the latter, you're in luck. A force of creative fun, arts and crafts events in London, Drink Shop & Do invite you down assemble your crumbly structures and see who will win the iconic Golden Toast Trophy.
Get the very best of both world this July in London as they Fat Gay Vegan comes out to play at an event that celebrates veganism and beer combined. Head on down to the London Vegan Beer Fest for breweries, tasters, pints, vegan bites and plenty more.
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.
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.
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.