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.

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.

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@ Secret London Location on Saturday 30 May 2015

The latest Roxx party is arguably their coolest yet. Pitching up in a secret warehouse in Chelsea at the end of May, RVLRY will welcome 25 of London’s most cutting-edge brands together to showcase their best work in a casual setting. You can expect a memorable indoor festival rife with fashion, art, photography, live acts and DJs to finish, with that signature rock’n’roll vibe underpinning the action.

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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. 

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The Islington Metal Works are hosting an evening of moonlit mayhem to celebrate the Germanic ritual, Valpurgis Night. Unite with fellow earthlings to welcome in Spring and the arrival of May where travelling gypsy folk bands, live music and DJs pumping out tunes into the dark night sky will be waiting for you. Do you dare to take on the Hexens and spend the night doused in mystique, magic and surrealism? 

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This one goes out to London’s budding Tina’s, Stevie’s and Whitney’s. You’ve belted out a few karaoke classics in your time, but never like this. The Queen of Hoxton is set to stage London’s first Gospel-styled karaoke sesh, where you’ll hit the mic supported by the capital’s hippest urban choir – Singology. An unforgettable night of sass and flair will surely follow, as you raise the roof to those soulful anthems long into the evening.

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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.

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This extravaganza of classic cinema meets all time party anthem faves is set to explode all over your night in the Troxy this May and June, kicking off with that old-school guilty pleasure, Top Gun. Then get jiggy to top tunes all night long!

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Boat Parties have to be the only way to bring in the summer and celebrating the coming of new Ibiza season. So, get stoked party people, this is a boat party with a kick. This all nighter will have you cruising down the Thames to the beats of international DJs Timmy Trumpet and New World Sound, then you'll disembark and take to London's legendary Ministry of Sound dance floor until 6am. Corr. 

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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. 

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This Saturday 27th June, expect the best in retro hits, for one night only in The Victoria, a laid back working peoples pub in Dalston. With Disco, Post Punk and Electro tunes, keep the party pumping until 2am at this epic spring fun fest.

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@ The Star of Kings on Thursday 4 June 2015

Combining awe-inspiring magic acts with rib-tickling comics, it’s all going off at The Star in King’s Cross. Head on over for a Thursday night out sure to offer something different to your usual. It’s hosted by cabaret magician Dee Riley, and there’s performances from Fay Presto (see what she did there?), Siegfried Loew and Andy Clockwise too.

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Sit down for a delicious brunch treat this Saturday 16th May at the most buzzing Spring party in Soho. With tasty tipples alongside, you'll lose all inhibitions in preparation for your time to shine - take to the stage and belt out those hip hop hits at the top of your lungs.

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Get your alfresco dancing at this awesome summer event this Saturday 13th June and bust a move to the best in Techno, House, Disco and Bass top tunes. With a fantastic line up including Timoren and 2Kind, you'll be sure to drop it low all day long with your favourite people.

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@ Rileys Sports Bar Haymarket on Saturday 2 May 2015

This boxing match of the century is going to be a raucous all night affair and Rileys Sports Bar want you all on board and howling at the big screen. Open until 7am this Saturday 2nd May, teeter on the edge of a seat and jump and down as these two boxing champs exchange blows.

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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!

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Fancy trying out a unique clubbing experience, all whilst taking in London's most iconic sights? Well boy are you in for a treat. Immersion is a four hour party experience promising a killer sound system, two decks, 200 revellers and a banging after party. You don't want to miss out on this one.

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Get ready to lose yourself to a whole new identity in this secretly located venue. Pop along for a seductive evening of velvet curtains, iron cages, secret rooms and peepholes at this seductive event on Friday 1st May. Go on, give in to temptation.

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@ Chelsea Old Town Hall on Sunday 17 May 2015

The champions of showcasing cult films and pop-up cinematic experiences are back with some science themed sessions to help you get the grips with the nitty gritty of those blockbusting classics. Ever wished there was someone there to explain the mumbo-jumbo behind time travel, aliens or space? Well, Pop Up Screens have got your back. Alien, Apollo 13 and Terminator 2 are all on the class list this May. Get your notebooks out. 

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This Friday 22nd May, head on over to The Victoria for hours of musical indulgence. Scroob's sell out show will include the likes of Destruction, PUSH Music and Redshift Rebels and will keep you body popping until 2am.

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Sounds Familiar Music Quiz

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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...

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Musical Bingo

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This wild wild west in the middle of East London is a rip-roaring extravaganza of Deep South inspired attire, music and flare, hosted by Texan born Suzanna Gonzo in the thriving basement beneath Pizza East. With DJs Jonny Unknown and Rapture to keep you jigging, don't miss this one-of-a-kind event this May.

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Edible Stories rock up in the heart of Theatreland to tell the story of four cult classic productions. Les Miserables, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and Phantom of the Opera will take their share of the spotlight, as wonderfully skilled chefs create unique menus that tell a story as well as they please palates.

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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.

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@ The Roof Gardens on Sunday 3 May 2015

For a top-notch night out in Kensington this May bank holiday, reach new heights of fun and party with the best of them on the most packed out rooftop in London. With a BBQ and live music from Dimmi, alongside other talented DJs, enjoy the best in banging beats with your classy cocktails and bathe in the May sunshine. 

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This quirky little shindig is sure to be a rip roaring success this Sunday 24th May. A £44 ticket will get you 13 straight hours of fun, including a delicious brunch and plenty of prosecco to keep you going. Get down low to a funky disco of retro old school hits in this school canteen in Battersea and hark back to those detentions and lunchtime gossips in the days of yore.

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This event is bursting with flavour so snap up a ticket before it's too late. For £45, enjoy the finest of spiced wines and five courses of Ghanaian  cuisine for a taste bud sensation that you will not forget in a hurry. Hosted by the cosy King & Co in Clapham, don't miss out on an intimate occasion this April 14th and take a mate, a date or a gaggle for a lovely evening of flavoursome fun.

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The Candlelight Club

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@ The Candlelight Club on Various dates

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!

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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. 

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Ghetto Funk saves something pretty special for their monthly Proud residence. Coming to Camden on the second Friday of every month, these raucous party animals bring a night filled with bass, funk, hip-hop and breaks to a packed out dance floor. The DJ line-up is rotated to offer a fresh line-up each time, and you can save a few quid on entry by booking tickets in advance.

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Cabaret des Distractions

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@ Cafe de Paris on Every Friday

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.

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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. 

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If your Friday night calls for anything it's some serious drinking and dancing shenanigans at one of London's most flamboyant and raucous party joints, and you know it's gotta be Proud. Camden will be leading your Friday wind down with some Indie tunes, Electro hits and classic clubbing beats. With tickets only £4 as well, you'd be mental not to. 

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@ Pop Up Barbados on Various dates

Add a bit of the Caribbean into your evening with dishes infused with the exotic. Take your taste buds on a journey through the most authentic of jerk chicken, with coconut rice and peas for added flavour. Running on various dates from 20th March, this supper club is a paradise for your palate so book a ticket for £20 and prepare for taste sensation.

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@ The Electric Ballroom on Various dates

The Electric Ballroom in Camden is transformed into den of retro fuelled romping and throwback tunes come Friday night. That sacred fifth day of the week is dedicated to playing only the biggest, baddest and most iconic power songs from all of the best musical decades you can think of. Old or new, power ballad of rock jam - they don't care, as long as it's a classic and you can air guitar or sing 'til your throat is sore. 

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@ Maldon Promenade Park on Saturday 29 August 2015

Watch the stars under the stars at this boutique outdoor Cinema pop up this cinema! Popping up in stunning locations throughout Essex, this is an ideal summer's night for 2015. 

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Those mighty Mussel Men are putting together a weekday hot-pot of Lobster loving and musical musings. Welcome to Lobster Tuesdays! Chow down on some crustacean creations served with some beefy sized chips and a choice of 3 tasty toppings. For £35 there'll be a cheeky cocktail waiting for your arrival and then the feast will unfold with a seasonal starter and the glorious main following. Enjoy a line-up of live music whilst you munch on your decadent dinner. 

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This event is not for the faint of heart. Expect to get hot under the collar and prepare your lungs for a hell of a lot of screaming. These guys have all the right stuff, performing strip teases, acrobatics and fire-eating for all your thrill-seeking needs. Free prosecco, professional photos, VIP entrance to the Pacha after party and a chance to meet and greet the stars are all included in this red hot ticket.

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The Spirit Social

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@ Maxilla Hall Social Club on Every 2nd Thursday of the month

Independent Rum company, The Duppy Share are hosting a series of Thursday pop-ups dedicated to spirit tasting and those Rum connoisseurs out there. Celebrating four new and unique spirit brands in the industry, this event will showcase the latest, greatest and undiscovered spirits in an old social club in Notting Hill. Get your drinking on with eats, beats and cocktail treats. 

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Dinner Dance

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@ Disappearing Dining Club on Various dates

Dinner Dance have carved out a reputation for hosting excellent pop-up parties in unlikely locations. Where will they land next? Well that’s a secret, but we can confirm that there will be cocktails, canapes and a four-course meal to get stuck into. DJs take over with an eccentric mix of house and Balearic disco, and £1 from each ticket sold goes to the Teenage Cancer Trust.

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Saturday Circus Show

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@ Aeronaut on Various dates

Prepare to be dazzled, astonished and completely entertained. Aeronaut are modern day champions of circus theatrics and stage dramatics. This will be one weekend event you won't want to miss out on with balancing acts, juggler throws and heavy duty hula-hooping all part of the itinerary.  

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@ Town House on Various dates

Fancy savouring a unique supper club this month in London? We've just the destination. Taking up residence in an 18th century town house and antique shoes, Town House not only boasts a lush four course meal in suitably vintage surroundings, there's a complimentary cocktail chucked in for delicious measure.

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Canal Party Club

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@ Canal Boat Party on Various dates

Spend your summer afternoon sailing through the City by hiring out this party canal boat for you and your friends. Bring your own booze, food and music and throw the party exactly the way you want it. The two hour cruise leaves from King's Cross and travels to Camden, through the locks and along the stunning 200 year old underground Islington Tunnel. An extremely fun day out and a beautiful ride in London.

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@ Eight Moorgate on Various dates

The Swinging Sixties was all about tailored suits, black and white luxe and mini dressed ladies. The private members club Eight Moorgate will be turning its penthouse pad into a retro wonderland of go-go dancers, psychedelic light shows and Mary Quant make-up stylings throughout February and March all in the name of the oh-so-fabulous Emme Peel character from The Avenges. 

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Housed in one of North London's most glamorous party spots, Sintillate delivers a ruacous roster of international house/electro DJs and a fun time party atmosphere to ensure that Saturday nights in London are always something special. Make the most of the cocktail and dining packages available at MODE, an ever talked about club and restaurant in Westbourne Park, North London.  

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This Autumn London’s cutest and most intimate cinema, with just 25 seats, returns to CellarDoor with a series of classic movies divided into 4 seasons, from Amelie to Back to the Future, there is something for everyone. 

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UFF TEA SHANGHAI PARTY

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@ Cecil's on Every Saturday

The UFF Tea Party is here to help you escape from the monotonous trials and tribulations of the 21st century world. They’re on hand to transport you back to Shanghai circa 1936, where a stylish black tie cocktail party overflowing with live Jazz tracks, DJs and wonderfully crafted cocktails loom large.

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Camden Pub Crawl

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Camden Pub Crawl is the original alternative London Pub Crawl, taking you away from the tourist haunts and around some of the best bars, clubs and live music venues London has to offer. With great deals and prices, this is one of the best crawls in the capital. Enjoy some of Camden's more alternative party spots with some of the finest revelers in London! Tickets cost a mere £10, so make sure you get yours now!

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The Drury Club

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Matching NYC basement bar vibes with the decadence of a Parisian drinking den, The Drury Club’s entertainment programme offers a refined night out in the heart of Covent Garden. Kick back and ease into a night out on Drury Lane with a devilish cocktail and a quick sample from the absinthe tower.

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