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.
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.
World-famous headline acts like Russell Brand, Flight of the Conchords, Stephen Merchant and Micky Flanagan have each taken their turn on the stage at The Comedy Tree. Retaining its fun and intimate atmosphere, this west London favourite showcases the best rising stand-up comics of the future every Thursday in Hammersmith.
They're the most notorious inked babes in town, and they're back for another blinder of a show. Taking to the Electric Ballroom this September in London, expect a foray into all things fun and frivolous as not only with the SuicideGirls be hosting a VIP meet and greet, there's sexuality, comedy and tattoos a-plenty.
Join some of the biggest names in the fashion world for a celebration of London's opulent fashion week. F.U.S.E. and their illustrious partner invite you to see the latest fashion innovations of Micheala Frankova, Fay Shafai and LnELondon. After this exquisite catwalk, enjoy a 3 course banquet prepared by the culinary mastermind that is Artaud Stevens, before heading to West London's DSTRKT nightclub for the official after-party.
Their first secret warehouse party in Chelsea was a roaring success, and now RVLRY are back for another helping of debauchery and excess in another secret warehouse. Welcoming 15 influential brands from fashion, music, art, food and drink under one roof, this is an indoor festival with a helping of Rock ‘n’ Roll spirit, and it’s going to be one heck of a party.
Rhythm Junction is a celebration of live vintage music and dancing held from Imperial College’s stunning concert hall. The glamorous age of the swing era returns for one night only, with two of the UK’s hottest swing and jive bands pencilled in to play a mix of West Coast Swing, boogie-woogie and 50s jazz into the evening. The night starts with a fun-filled jazz dance lesson (so it doesn’t matter if you’re a complete novice) and there’s DJ support from House of Amelia.
Head to the Carousel this autumn and embrace all the secret wonders of the Blue Lotus Opium den. The event is inspired by the not-so-secret dens that sprang up all over San Francisco’s Chinatown in the late 19th century, the most famous of which was the Blue Lotus Opium Den. Complete with dim sum dishes, spice-infused cocktails and live entertainment, the evening will draw in a diverse crowd of people, all hoping to experience a taste of Chinatown in the 1870s.
Flirty by nature and with bagfuls of character, Tales From New Orleans is a Louisianan themed burlesque and cabaret night created by Mad Men actor Bryan Batt. Taking place at the Vaults, underneath Waterloo station, the team of performers will be bringing the swing and shivers of the South to London through a line-up of tantalising dance numbers and stunning solo performances.
Bursting full of life, Storeys is a pop-up market showcasing London’s best street food vendors and quirky bars. The event is held on the barren rooftop of the old BBC broadcasting House in White City. Alongside brilliant food and tantalising summer cocktails, guests will be able to see a number of characterful, urban art installations; from graffiti-drenched walls to intriguing sculptures, expect to be amazed at this rooftop spectacular.
The UKs only dedicated Tequila and Mezcal festival is coming to London for a whirlwind weekend of Mexican fuelled drinking and tomfoolery. The Old Spitalfields Market will be transformed into hive of Tequila tipples and Mezcal drinking with industry experts on hand, live entertainment and a hoard of artwork, exhibitions and traditional Mariachi music.
Head to the Royal Academy of Art this September for a truly spectacular experience. The latest Late event will celebrate Joseph Cornell's spectacular imagination and fascination with theatrical performances and the wonders of the expanding cosmos. The evening will feature a number of different events, including a puppet show explaining the origins of the universe, and the wonderful Osmo, an immersive installation that displays all 9000 stars visible to the naked eye.
Nightspot Cinema is all about musical film screenings and raucous after-parties held in a secret East London location. 24 Hour Party People - starring Steve Coogan - is the movie of choice this time around, with ledge DJ Graeme Park hitting the decks with classic house and rave tunes for afterwards.
Celebrating everything we love about the funfair, head to Concrete for a spectacular evening of frivolous fun and Bingo-related banter. The evening is hosted by Ditzy Ritzy, who's dressed as the Blue Bearded Lady and will involve hilarious rounds such as 'Karaoke Classics', 'Dance Crazes' and 'All the Fun of the Seaside'. You'll leave this spot with a smile on your face and simply wanting more.
Nightfall is London's most flirtatious night of live performances. The right side of decadent, the evening is punctuated with wonderful musical performances, impressive dance routines and jaw-dropping cabaret performances. If that wasn't enough, guests will have the chance to tuck into a delicious, 3 course meal while they watch some of London's most promising performers.
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.
DubPlates bring those chilled Caribbean vibes to The Library this summer. Kitting this Private Member’s Club setting out with an eclectic, innovative design; head this way for 48-hour marinated Sorrel Chicken Wings, Curry Goat Sliders and Wray & Nephews rum cocktails galore. Pick your own plates or go for the mixtape tasting menu, with early-birds invited to check out Afternoon Tea with a Caribbean twist.
They knew how to party way back when, and to celebrate the bygone days of the glorious Golden Age, The Bootleg Club are hosting a 1920s themed bash in East London. Revel in the illicit activities of a prohibition styled party gone where all flapper dressed ladies and trilby tilted chaps will head underground for an evening of ultimate decadent partying.
If there's one thing London does well it's drinking on rooftops and plying people with spirits. And so, here we have Spirited Mixers - the holy matrimony of both of those things. Climb to new heights in either Peckham or Stratford and experience a Gin tasting overlooking the iconic skyline of London.
Competitive spirit coursing through your veins? Good, you’ll need every inch of it for the Are You Game? first birthday blowout this September. Try your luck at FOWL’s adaptions of all your favourite retro British game shows, with plenty of games on and off stage as well as the chance to scoop the highly coveted Egg Cup. A fun-filled night for the competitive and the intrigued.
One hot and heavy spread of South American culture is coming to London's doorstep. The Southbank Centre will be hosting the dance and percussion collective Baila Brazil on their stage where you can expect a funfair of carnival spirit, the raw essence of the favelas and a whole hoard of traditional Brazilian performers.
One of the most legendary family names in the Champagne industry, the Giraud-Hemart family will be behind an evening of bubbles and tastings at Searcys bar in Westfield. With an expert from the House of Henri Giraud in tow, you'll be taken on a journey of some of the finest bubbles in all the land, including the Esprit Brut, Esprit Rose, Hommage a Ay, Code Noir and the Fut de chene-price.
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.
A barrel of laughs in an iconic Victorian pub? There’s a pretty sweet comedy night to be had at The Crabtree, and that’s before we’ve even mentioned its idyllic riverside location. In short, this is a slightly more upmarket - but super friendly - alternative to your normal London comedy club. Come to laugh at a mix of top UK and international acts in a friendly atmosphere.
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.
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.
The historic Horse & Groom really gets moving at the weekend. A popular and relaxing East End boozer during the day, we’re dealing with a completely different beast come sundown. The venue welcomes some of London’s biggest guest DJs and promoters, each taking their turn on the decks to deliver a booming tracklist of house, disco and party sounds until 4am.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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.
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.
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.
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