One of the best rooftop bars in East London, Skylight offers some great drinks and gorgeous views over London. Add to that its capacity for croquet and petanque and you can already tell this is where you'll be spending most of your summer.
What's On in East London
Shoreditch, Hackney, Dalston, big beards and even bigger fashion statements; East London is one of the most up and coming areas in London and it's with good reason. Known for its incredible selection of unique bars, host to some of the best pop-up events in London, and warehouse parties the rival of the UK over, East London is most certainly where it's at. But what to do, when and why? Check out our recommendations for the best events in East London and get a delicious dose of the the best that London has to boast.
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Bringing you a stellar line-up of jazz, soul and blues musicians, this East London jazz bar is a perfect spot any night of the week. With delicious food and drink as well, once you've arrived it's difficult to find an excuse to leave.
With a location at Our/London Vodka Distillery, this quirky Hackney venue couldn't skimp on the drinks now, could it? There's a fabulous selection of wine, prosecco and classic cocktails, but the real star of the show is the lineup of performers; from burlesque to drag and even fire-breathers.
Head to the Backyard Bar & Comedy Club for their monthly showcase of the best Aussie talent in the UK. With a line up that features Tom Cashman, Heidi Regan and Ray Badran it's the best way to get those Sunday night giggles in.
Head underground into this East London vault, where you can enjoy four courses of tasty Mexican food on communal tables – but only after you make your way through the unique and pretty venue.
Upgrade your gin selection with your very own botanical blends, as Martello Hall, Cattivo, and Cannova Hall invite you to blend, bottle and name two bespoke gins at this intimate masterclass. Located in the heart of east London, it's all about small batch creations and superb gins.
One of the best club nights in East London, What's The Motive are here to bring you the best music and crazy amounts of energy, alongside epic freebies and giveaways.
Heading East this Saturday night in London? Crack on with the partying as Apples & Pears unleash a top notch night of antics. From DJs and dancing to some of the best cocktails in town, join this party hearty bar for a fun night out on the London tiles.
Do things the British way and tuck into your bottomless brunch with a side of tea and toast... also bottomless, of course. A charming venue in east London, The Birds is perfect for catching up with mates, chilling out alfresco and now; soaking up unlimited cocktails and digging into brunch.
Iconic hangout, Sky Garden, is opening its doors to London's late-night partgoers. Head down for one of their DJ nights and you'll wine, dine and dance from dusk till dawn.
Coming to Shoreditch's Trapeze bar is Disco Yoga, a unique class of yoga combined with disco music to create an uplifting and energetic workout. Finish the session with a superfood smoothie cocktail.
This is your chance to catch some hilarious comedy straight from the London scene, come to the Water Poet for a night of top laughs, great drinks and tasty food.
Unleash your inner fabulous at this bottomless brunch with a difference: Strictly Come Drag Queen! Treat yourself to two hours of unlimited Prosecco, Bucks Fizz and draft beer along with towers of bacon butties and pancakes. Then watch the performance of your lives as the Drag Queens perform their routines and lip synch for their lives! There's even the chance for you to fulfil your drag queen fantasy…
East London is fun and frivolous at the best of times and things are being upped a notch with the arrival of Gin House Burlesque as they put on another intimate night at exclusive member's club The King's Head. Forget a stage, performers dazzle among the crowd, giving you a show like no other.
Come to Karaoke Hole and become the superstar you dreamed of. Their resident drag queens will guide you through the night, delivering special effects, cocktails on-tap, and all your favourite songs in their library,
The Little Shuffle Club is a great night out; located moments from Shoreditch Box Park, the bar has huge doses of Patron cocktails and fun and games.
The Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch is on a mission this year to serve East London the best blues, jazz and funk nights out in town. Featuring the likes of The Blues Brothers, Soul Exchange and Ephemerals, the venue's stunning stage, delicious comfort food and killer cocktails are certain to leave a lasting impression on you.
Faded is back with their All Black Everything theme, but this time they're extending it to Christmas. Head to Dalston's Junction House where they'll be going full gothic for the festive season alongside the freshest RnB, Hip Hop and Bashment tunes until 4am.
Head to Shoreditch the first Friday of the month for this awesome club night at the Horse and Groom. With Rude Movements bringing you the finest underground house and disco downstairs, and the London Sound Academy bringing you the best in electronic guests upstairs, it's one of the best club nights in East London.
Not only does this unique walking tour take you to some of east London's finest fried chicken spots, but it also gives you the chance to sample lip-smacking wings and thirst-quenching craft bevvies. This is definitely one for all the carnivores out there.
Taking place in ExCeL Centre, Locked in a Room is perfect for a birthday party or group celebration. The venue has built 13 escape rooms, split between two scenarios that will challenge and entertain you for an hour.
You might be in prison, but that doesn't mean you can't have fun. In this immersive drinking experience, you'll have to smuggle your favourite liquor past the warden – while wearing your orange jumpsuit, don't forget – and into the hands of the working inmates, so they can mix you up some spectacular drinks. Good luck!
All sorts of fabulous, this night is bringing drag superstars and amazing martinis to you. Taking place in Wringer & Mangle near London Fields, the night includes five delicious martinis, alongside huge performances and a roaring after-party, all for only £20.
One of the booziest Christmas brunches in The City, this quirky offering from M Restaurants is bringing you tasty food, free-flowing Champagne and cocktails and some cheeky festive extras for those really getting in to the spirit of things.
Concrete have something planned for you that you're just going to love: Musical Bingo! With a changing genre every week, several different rounds for different styles, some mystery challenges and a shed load of pizzas, you are in for a treat.
Bingo academy is back for another roaring season, this time appearing in Kitty Hawk, only moments from Liverpool Street. Spend the evening tips and tricks that will help you beat gran at the next bingo match, all while playing the game and competing for prizes.
Give movie night a shake up as this new night aims to bring the best in new independent cinema to Shoreditch. Taking place at Cafe 1001 each month, the night will screen films from around the world, alongside talks from industry experts and the chance to network.
One of the most exclusive supper clubs in East London, this stunning seven course meal from Michelin-starred chef Gabriel Waterhouse is bringing high-end dining to the relaxed surrounds of Bert & May.
Set on Dalston's Kingsland Road, Map Maison is an intimate and lovely cocktail joint that also serves bottomless brunch. Taking place on Saturdays, the brunch includes two plates from their Mediterranean style menu and 90 minutes of cocktails and bubbly.
Setting up in bars across East London, come to a Speed Date Changed My Life for a fun and light-hearted environment to meet other single and creative people. It's relaxed, a laugh, and you might just find something special.
The name Adonis Cabaret is somewhat legendary in Britain's nightlife adult circles, having stunned crowds in all of the country's biggest cities. The managers have collected together some of Britain's best male strippers and showcase a night of high jinx, cheeky flirtation and frivolous mischief every Saturday. Great for a hen party or perhaps just a night out with a twist, the team take over Club Aquarium on Old Street and offer the city's cheeky crowds an easy way to forget their troubles. Grab your mates, grab a drink (the grabbing stops here) and let loose at this wild event in London.
If it's a delicious meal and fine wines that you're after, head to Canary Wharf where this gorgeous waterside restaurant is bringing you an evening dedicated to the grapey stuff. Not only will Ivan Giuliani of Terenzuola talk you through some great wines, but you can try them all too.
From rowdy student nights to top-name DJs, Cargo is a London clubbing favourite located in Shoreditch, offering a huge roster of events all throughout the week. Head here for a cool London club experience, without any kind of pretension.
This supperclub is focused around sustainability and swapping. Clear out your cupboards, fridges and wardrobe and receive a delicious dinner with your ingredients ans some new garms. Tis the season for giving so leftovers will be going to charity.
Bringing together the best tunes of both the 60's and the 90's, this quirky club night will be turning Studio 338 into a paradise for fans of Britpop, girl bands and classic songs.
Forget the health kick and eat whatever the hell you like at Bounce's bottomless brunch sessions. There's no smashed avocado and Eggs Benedict here - just a limitless supply of specialty brunch pizza washed down with bottomless prosecco in one of east London's coolest games bars. Eat and drink to your heart's content, play a few games of table tennis and finish with a lil' sing and a dance - the tunes come courtesy of DJs from Hoxton Radio.
From drum & bass nights to festive specials, The Lighthouse throws some of the best budget-friendly parties in Shoreditch. Check out their Christmas disco or two-day New Year's Eve party for some of the best nights out in East London.
Live At 95 is a weekly live jazz night that draws in crowds from across East London. The night takes place every Wednesday at Ray's Bar and is hosted by the talented saxophonist Rachael Cohen. Calling on some of the most promising jazz players in London to help, Cohen will perform two sets each Wednesday, dazzling the room of guests with her soulful tunes and wonderful charm.
Nights out in East London can be a bit of a chore; rallying the troops, deciding a meeting poing, making sure everyone gets in, it's a nightmare. But, the Shoreditch Pub Crawl are kind of good at that stuff. As the biggest bar crawl collective, they'll take care of getting you cheap drinks, cheap entry and lots of fun on your voyage out East.