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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
A little party never killed nobody, so party hard this May in London as one of the best nights out comes to town. Taking to the stunning Victorian powerhouse that is the Clapham Grand, join White Mink for some of the best electro swing acts in the business.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Sundays at the Hard Rock are all about kicking back and digging in to a brunch feast of all-American treats. The perfect antidote if you’ve gone a bit too hard the night before, recuperate with platefuls of pancakes, muffins, bacon and southern fried chicken, with bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas awaiting if you’re going all hair of the dog. Tickets are £29.95 and include your entertainment, which comes in the form of live rock and blues covers from A.J Moore and Johann Tingall.
Looking for one of the best supper clubs in London? With high end dining and high end chefs to boot? Then join luxury rum brand Ron Zacapa and Typing Room’s pioneering Head Chef Lee Westcott as they present a three course meal that highlights the stunning art of slow dining.
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 the ACE Hotel 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.
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.
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.
Scrap your usual night out in London and jump on board a a boat that will take you on a cruise down the river Thames for a 2 hour party, followed by an after party at the incredible nocturnal nightlife club, Lightbox. There'll be house music from the boats on board sound system as well as 2 dedicated bars.
East London's Wringer & Mangle have started a new craze for pop up cinema in London ... with your pup. That's right, bring your four-legged best friend to this movie night and you can spend the day in this pawfect setting complete with special dog treats to keep your companion happy.
That’s right, the incredibly popular Golden Bee rooftop movie night series makes a return this springtime. Here to welcome the warmer weather in style, take it outside to enjoy a snug movie night offering happy hour drink deals, complimentary blankets and bottomless bags of popcorn!
Paradise by Way of Kensal Green hosts a delicious supper club in aid of a great cause this May. Linking up with Trekstock and Deliciously Ella, feast on an innovative, sumptuous three-course dinner and grab your chance to meet this towering blogger and author in the foodie scene. The event is held in aid of the vital work carried out by Trekstock, the charity devoted to supporting the practical and everyday needs of young adults with cancer.
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.
Glitter, jazz and all things fab await you behind the mirrored facade of the Looking Glass Cocktail Club. The Flamingo Room will be thriving with burlesque beauties putting on a stunning show, a live jazz quartet bringing the entertainment and bespoke cocktails to create a evening of utter excess.
Kick off a wet and wild summer at Concrete's 'Under the Sea' Musical Bingo on May 26th. Complete with dolphin drinks, samba dancing, and nautical-themed prizes and entertainment, consider this beach party to be one of the best London events of the season.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Returning with their sky high specials to kick off the slide from Spring into Summer, the fabulous Kensington Roof Gardens will be hosting their One Day festival. Head over from 1pm until 8pm for an all day feast of BBQ foods and live entertainment from some international DJ talent. Let the shine too!
London is a premium location to catch some of the best movies in the business, but how about trying something different this upcoming date night? Not only found in a hidden London location, Pillow Cinema promises comfortable bean bags and a top roster of indie classics and cult favourites to boot.
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.
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.