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.
Musical Bingo never were the shy and retiring type. Famed across London for their fun-loving, all-action version of bingo, they’re pulling out all the stops to help celebrate their 8th birthday party this month. Come for a raucous night of music, partying, bingo and games, with plenty of twists along the way and delicious pizza coming from the Pizze East kitchen’s above.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We thought we were pretty clued up on the quirky events front. We thought there was nothing that could catch us of guard. We were wrong. Introducing Chessboxing, a wonderfully kooky event, where competitors clash with one round of chess followed by one round of boxing; finishing only when someone is checkmated or KO’d. There’s live cabaret, DJs, special guests, music and dancing, too.
Paradise welcomes the internationally renowned Plump DJs behind the decks for a dance floor frenzy on the 12th June. With remixes from the likes of Deadmau5 and Mark Ronson under their belt, this DJ duo keep it strictly disco and boogie focused for this one-off appearance. Get yourself up on the stage conducting that dance floor, in a packed out party that continues until 2.
Ever wanted to hear the tale of London's most famous serial killer, Jack The Ripper? On this unique tour you'll be transported back to Britain's Victorian era as you learn about the mystery of Jack The Ripper whilst wandering Whitechapel's ways and streets. Stopping off at drinkeries en route, you'll sample tastings fitting with the time as well as local East End favourites.
The Roof Gardens reel out another open-air soiree this June, as they invite you to their feel-good beach party. They’ve linked up with Snow Queen to host a party packed with BBQ bites, pumping party tunes and an immaculate crowd turned out in their beach front best. The tunes come from DJ Benny Blanco, and there’s a complimentary cocktail with your name on it if you’re there before 9pm.
Don’t be fooled by the rather brash name, there’s actually loads of fun to be had here. The Bogan Disco team bring their face-melting, adulterated version of bingo to the Clapham Grand for a night of seriously big prizes; how does a 10-day holiday to Egypt sound? After this particularly rowdy round of bingo the dancefloor is calling, where you’ll be busting shapes to a mix of 80s and 90s bangers until 3am.
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
Educational, exquisite and a little extraordinary, transport yourself back to the times of the Tudors and partake in age-old Italian aperitifs and recipes of the 14th century whilst listening to the Tales of Boccaccio. This authentic banquet will consist of white leek soup, chicken with orange and much much more accompanied by merry medieval ballads. A London summer event with a difference, take advantage of the garden and ale on offer.
Whatever you do, just promise you go to this one on an empty stomach please! Golden Bee hosts an afternoon of unlimited wings, flowing drinks and house tunes from its rooftop base in Shoreditch on the 7th June. Nope, it really is as good as it sounds, as Wingman’s introduce themselves to London with a launch party of delicious wings all afternoon long.
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.
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!
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.
When A Skillz isn’t busy owning a record label or producing new tracks, he’s dropping killer DJ sets to packed out venues around town. He’s dropping in on this wildly popular West London party palace on the 19th for a Friday night bash of funk, soul, hip hop tunes, with DnB, dubstep and breaks. Expect that party room to be packed out in a party that continues until 2am.
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.
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.
Hip Hop Brunch sign off for Spring with a party of delicious food, heady cocktails and hip-hop karaoke! Make sure you come hungry, there’s a 3-course Dirty South brunch menu to fill you up, with bottomless cocktails available for a power-hour between 12 and 1pm. From here it’s on to the dancefloor, where a classic hip-hop playlist will have you moving and shaking all afternoon, and there’s even a spot of hip-hop karaoke to get involved with if you fancy it.
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.
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.
Looking for one of the most unique boat parties in London? Got a hankering for something a little more razzle dazzle them? With this clandestine cocktail club, we've no doubts that you'll be impressed. Climb aboard the HMS President and indulge in the likes of the Harlem Swing Band as this prohibition inspired bash comes alive.
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...
Looking for a top notch dining experience this summer in London? Hankering for heralded grub in a unique setting? Come get 'em, tiger. A nine course Nordic meal with sexy Italian twists courtesy of chef Boris Buono, Sex in the Pan is the ultimate in sensual supper clubs. But you want more right? Good, because chasing the delicious dining experience is a pumping party courtesy of noted DJ Norman Jay.
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.
If you're tired of gaming solo then come down to Boxpark for the last Friday in April and indulge in some competitive gaming, democratic style. Every 10 minutes 2 new games will battle it out for a rotation on the custom Joypods. So, the choice is simple - will you hit the red button or the blue button?
A secret drinking endeavour for those after the almighty in juniper jaunts, Secret Gin Palace presents a supping adventure to remember this June in London. A subterranean adventure with the 1930s in mind, this secret underground event, try some of the best gin in the business, tuck into live 1930s music and enjoy some cracking canapes, just keep the location schtum!
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.
Re-e-wind, when the crowd say bo’ selecta! Eh hem. Paradise welcome a truly legendary act on the UK garage scene to Kensal Green on Friday 26th, for a night out drenched in nostalgic vibes. Tickets are a snip at £5, and there’s support on the night from DJs playing hip-hop, house, disco and party favourites.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Love a pub quiz? Want to try something new? Let the Last Man Standing live interactive quiz show revolutionise pub quizzing for you and your friends. Action-packed with easy-to-play true or false questions, a number of stage challenges inspired by previous game show classics and a range of rewarding prizes, you'll want to gather together your pals and have some up-for-it quiz fun.
Utterly original, creatively crazy and oh so tasty, London's most outlandish launderette pops up in June, requesting customers come to air their dirty laundry and buy boozy bevvies! With washing machines specifically designed for cocktail making over clothes washing, these drums will spin your favourite ingredients to stir together a magical cocktail mix, which you'll be able to drink out of customised detergent bottles within a Italian-American 1950s-style atmosphere.
Transport yourself back to the roaring twenties as you attend Mr. Gatsby's very own party. A unique narrative cabaret evening, involving a live band, as well as singing and dancing reflective of the era and, of course, a bloody great atmosphere, Mr. Gatsby's Party is not just like any old show. In fact, your name will be printed on the guest-list so revel in a night of electro swing following the cabaret as you meet real characters, who have actually lived through the Prohibition days.
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!
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.
The London Craft Beer Festival returns for another celebration of flavour and discovery this August. The event is one of the most famous beer festivals in the capital, renowned for gathering the hottest craft beers around London, the UK, Europe and the USA right now. Tickets include a free festival tasting glass, unlimited beer to try and the chance to chat away to craft beer lovers from around the world. There’s food stalls from the likes of Ginger Pig Onglet steaks and Big Apple Hot Dogs, too.