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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Last updated on 30th November 2018

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.

  Peckham Street Art Tour

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@ Meet Outside Peckham Rye Station on Saturday 23rd February 2019 and 4 other Saturdays

Art and Craft Beer combination tour of Street Art combined with Craft Beer in Peckham, South London. Saturdays: 2pm Start Your tour will start outside Peckham Rye Station with your guide taking you on an informative journey through the street art of...

  Rumour Mill

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@ Secret location in hackney on Monday 17th December 2018

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.

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.

  The Covent Garden Comedy Club

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@ Heaven on Various dates from Thursday 20th December 2018

The Covent Garden Comedy Club @ Heaven is the biggest and most successful independent comedy club in Central London with the best acts in the business. The success of the club is due to its professional, friendly and exciting atmosphere. We only...

@ Trapped Escape Rooms on Various dates from Monday 17th December 2018

A live-action escape the room with bite. Prepare to be locked in a room with 11 other people and 1 Zombie that is chained to the wall! Hidden in the room is a key that will unlock the door to your survival. To find the key you must locate numerous...

  Bottomless Brunch

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@ The Birds on Every Saturday

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.

  Thames Lates

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@ London Eye Millenium Pier on Thursday 20th December 2018 and 2 other dates

Speedboats, cocktails, sunset and a summer sound-track? Come aboard for your most memorable summer experience! What you can expect? Thames Rockets 3 Point Plan for a perfect summer's evening 1. 50 minute* part-guided - part speed...

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.

  Strictly Come Drag Queen

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@ Dr Kluger's Olde Town Tavern on Saturday 5th January 2019 and 5 other Saturdays

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.

  Shoreditch Brunch Social

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@ Flight Club Shoreditch on Various dates from Saturday 22nd December 2018

Love brunch but you're looking for something different? Let us introduce the Flight Club Weekender. Where Prosecco and pizza are just the starting point. Included in your ticket is 2 hours of endless pizza, a Social Darts sampler and a maximum of...

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.

@ The Horse and Groom on Every 1st Friday of the month

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.

  Alcotraz - Prison Cocktail Bar

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@ Alcotraz Penitentiary on Various dates from Tuesday 18th December 2018

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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!

@ Wringer & Mangle on Friday 18th January 2019 and 5 other Fridays

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.

@ Concrete on Various dates from Monday 17th December 2018

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.

  Gospeloke East London

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@ Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen on Various dates from Tuesday 18th December 2018

Karaoke with a joyous, full backed gospel choir! Ever wanted to sound like Tina/Stevie/Whitney on the mic? Have you always dreamt of singing on a stage, unleashing your hidden diva in front of adoring fan with a live GOSPEL choir backing you up?...

@ Club Aquarium on Every Saturday

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. 

  The Candlelight Club

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@ The Candlelight Club on Monday 31st December 2018 and 5 other dates

The Candlelight Club is a clandestine pop-up party with a 1920s speakeasy flavour, in a secret London venue completely lit by candles. You'll be whisked away to those Prohibition days with a heady mix of live jazz music, vintage vinylism, delicious...

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. 

  Bottomless Brunch

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@ Bounce, Old Street on Sunday 23rd December 2018 and 24 other Sundays

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.

@ Ray's Bar on Every Wednesday

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.