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.
Soho’s gleaming new boutique cocktail bar also know a thing or two about fine wine. Kicking off a series of refined wine tasting sessions on Thursday 9th, Boutinot Wines are in the house to host an informal and engaging masterclass. Swill a wide variety of both old and new age wines, accompanied with matching canapes.
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.
Casting her net over North London, Suzanna Gonzo brings her bizarre, yet stomach-achingly funny comedy act to the Aces and Eight Saloon Bar. This critically acclaimed absurdist character comedy reflects on the life of Suzanna, who was forced to leave the Cruise ships behind after nearly killing the man she'd fallen deep in lust with. With songs, storytelling, clowning and hints of healing, this evening really is something that should be experienced.
For one evening only this August, join Musical Bingo star Luisa Omielan for a celebration of the female of the species. Taking place at Shoreditch's most popular underground bar Concrete, the evening will include rounds such as 'Queens of Pop', 'Dance Crazes' and a handpicked selection of Luisa's favourite 'Emotional Rollercoasters'. Full of laughter, great entertainment and steamy sass, this is definitely something you'll remember for a long time.
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.
The Gun invite you to unwind at their idyllic riverside terrace at an evening full of alcoholic milkshakes, exquisite hotdogs and fantastic films. This August, the team will be showcasing the terrifying blockbuster Jaws, the film that single-handedly changed the way that people approached a frivolous dip in the sea. Guests will be handed a complimentary bag of popcorn upon entry, the perfect way to enjoy a Summer's evening in Canary Wharf.
Waving their freak flags high in the air, the Boom & Bang Club are bringing their whirlwind of circus cavorting to The Clapham Grand for a night of incredible performances and awe inspiring acts. There'll be turntabilists, retro-remixes and clubbing anthems to go along side a raucous display of th best burlesque, cabaret and circus tricks you've ever seen.
Grizzly goods from The Fat Bear kitchen are getting fired up and stoked ready for the meat heavy festival Grillstock to arrive in the City. Cooking up a no nonsense BBQ of slow roasted meats, you'll have your fair share of sticky licky ribs to nibble on, Brisket to gnaw and pulled pork to pound. Get in there and get messy.
With the likes of Maverick Saber, Etta Bond and Wretch 32 having graced their fantastic stage, London's only Rooftop festival now welcomes Daley and Zak Abel for a day of blazing sunshine, incredible drinks and even better tunes. Reverb returns this August to the Rooftop Garden in Kensington. In addition to the fantastic music, the event will now showcase knee-slapping comedy, delectable cocktails and fun-loving garden games.
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.
Featuring some of the capital's most famous DJs and artists, Can't Stop Wont's Stop return with a Summer spectacular at Hackney Wick's Cre8 Lifestyle Centre. The event will be soundtracked by the latest Deep House and Funky Soul tracks, and will include two rooms of irresistible music. Full of strobe lights, heavy tunes and with an impressive line-up of established DJs, there's no better way to spend your Summer nights.
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.
Chef Dougy Roberston is back after the superb success of his first supper club gig. Taking to the traditional 1926 sailing barge in the beautiful St Katherine's Docks, the Nomadic chefs will be knocking up a 4 course dinner of sea inspired dishes where you'll find ceviche, sous vide salt beef and potted crab.
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.
Few do immersive theatre like these guys. Selling out venues wherever they step foot, they’re arriving at a secret island somewhere in London for their next production, sure to wow and delight another set of packed out crowds. Get your ticket here then follow the instructions on the night but don’t delay; half of the current dates are gone already.
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.
A marathon of monthly mainstream music mayhem, call at Concrete in the heart of Shoreditch for a banger of a night with WeLovePop's chart-blaster busting beats that will have you grooving merrily like MJ and J. Lo. This August, the WeLovePop DJs will be drenching you in dance-happy tunes as they play you everything from Britney Spears and Beyoncé to Selena Gomez and The Saturdays, so let your hair down, don your perfect party dress and boogie and booze on the "Poptails" 'til your heart's content.
An all immersive, totally fantastical, weird and wonderful theatrical exploration of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland awaits you this Summer. Delve down the rabbit hole and discover the dark and mysterious depths of Alice's imagination underground. The Mad Hatter will be out in full force with rabbits, Dodo's and croquet playing flamingos even hopping about.
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.
Bringing the oriental opulence of Japanese culture together with a rooftop of summer drinks and BBQ eats, The Roof Gardens present to you their black tie ball. Ancient traditions and artisan performers will wander through the crowd in a medley of dance, acrobatics, music and magical acts with gorgeous Geishas taking the stage. East meets West on the rooftop - see you there.
Escape into the fantastical world of Alice's Wonderland at this theatrical supper club hosted at Library on St Martin's Lane. Taking you on a culinary adventure of the magical, whimsical and palatable plates of sensory stimulating foods, this pop up will feature themed dishes taking you on a taste journey of Alice's Adventures.
How better to spend an evening in August than sipping a cocktail on a boat whilst dressed as your favourite 1960s TV character? Inspired by the Avengers' character Emma Peel, Mrs Peels Love boat will be cruising up and down the Thames, soaking up all the Summer has to offer. Bursting full of go-go dancing and freakbeat DJing, this psychedelic event gives you the chance to express your creative side. Bright colours are a must, as are flared trousers and afro combs.
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.
Quirky comedy characterised, Billy Was Tap Dancing for the Seagulls makes for a showcase spectacular that will have laughter rip-roaring, and audiences beyond wowed with this creative and kooky edge in live entertainment. Appropriately housed in funky, atmospheric Aces and Eights Saloon Bar in London's Tufnell Park, let Katie O'Brien’s wacky wonder and its mad, magical cast of misfits whisk you on an exciting adventure into the world of the weird but wonderful.
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.
A sumptuous supperclub on a sailing barge, original or what?! First-rate chef Dougy Robertson from Nomadic Chefs will be serving up a scrummy stonker this August with a four course maritime-inspired meal that will have 12 lucky punters well and truly lip-smacked. Aboard an atmospheric 1926 boat anchored at St. Katharine's Docks in Wapping, get devouring this delectable dinner from Peruvian ceviche and sous vide salt beef to cinnamon and mascarpone panna cotta.
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.
Running through this sure to be sunshine-soaked August, Mayfair's very own opulent Quaglino's restaurant retreat is putting together a showcase spectacular centred around gin. Decked out in an exquisite, floral botanical theme, Giovanni's Gin Garden has partnered up with Tanqueray to have you lucky punters treated to a beautiful banquet of bespoke gin-based cocktails, so sup some Venetian Martinis and Tanqueray & Tonic Mojitos over a delectable dinner at this sure to be summer stonker.
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
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
Don your best black tie and head on over to The Roof Gardens in Kensington, where you'll enter an Oriental paradise. The Oriental Ball complete with traditional Geishas, acrobats, music, magic and awash with classic cocktails, you'll relish the real essence of elegance with a chic Japanese twist.
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