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.
Bringing you bumper-to-bumper Bruce all night long head to Hackney this September where Springsteen fanatics Hungry Heart will be paying tribute to The Boss in celebration of his 69th birthday.
Prepare to be taken to Treasure Island, as Long John Silver is brought to life with a four course menu, cocktails and literary surprises. Adults who love Robert Louis Stevenson's infamous tale will love this unique supperclub.
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.
What's better than a night out drinking? A whole week! Get your hands on tickets to London Cocktail Week, where £6 cocktails, one-off parties, exclusive masterclasses and more awaits. With over 300 bars taking part and a Cocktail Village in the heart of Shoreditch, there's something for everyone.
If you're into ABBA (really, who isn't) then you're gonna want to get down to Bethnal Green Working Men's Club as the badass girls at Pussy Liquor are hosting a night dedicated to the Swedish icons. Think groovy beats and dynamic DJs.
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.
One of the best upcoming events in East London, this epic tribute night to The Greatest Showman will be bringing you a three course meal, drinks and a stunning show of singers, dancers and epic entertainment.
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.
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.
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.
Taking up the space of two railway arches and a huge garden in Hackney, spend a night at Night Tales as the finest DJs play the hottest tracks, Fat Baby serve you up some delicious Japanese food, and you drink spectacular cocktails from their themed bars.
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.
See Idris Elba in his element as he takes to the Club E1 decks alongside DJ Spoony for this extra-special East London club where the actor will be playing his favourite tracks alongside some London club scene legends.
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.
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.
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,
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.
Head down to Clapton's The Depot for the launch of the latest issue of KAVN. The herstory-focues art and literature publication we've all been waiting for, it's the perfect way to meet, mingle and network with other smart, fantastic women.
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!
Head to The Apartment in The Hoxton where The Source will be presenting a live showcase of brands, live music, food tastings, interactive workshops and loads more activities to help inspire your events.
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.
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.
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.
MILK is back in town and it's making its grand re-entrance at Paper Dress Boutique. The team will be as saucy as ever, with the usual tagline: 'dress to undress' - expect a night like no other.
Prepare for a dark and surreal cabaret at Bethnal Green Working Man's Club, taking inspiration from David Lynch, expect a dreamlike performance with tonnes of humour, with amazing burlesque and cabaret artists.
It's all popping off in the City, as Grace Hall is transformed into a rockin' hangout filled with live bands from every genre and era. With the sound of guitars, bass, drums and keyboards flooding the space, you can let off some steam or sit back and watch the show.
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…
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.
Get yourself down to Cargo for Circus 83 this Friday for one of the biggest parties in East London. All about having fun until the early hours of the morning, their resident DJs will keep the party going with amazing tunes across two different rooms.
Shoreditch is playing host to this free rave, with UK Garage and Afro House at the forefront. Dance away your Sunday blues with plenty of drinks, some good music and heaps of confetti.
After selling out shows across Edinburgh, ACDC: Australian Comedians / Dope Comedy are heading to Bethnal Green's legendary comedy club for a night packed full of laughs. Expect stunning sets from Laura Davis and Grant Buse that are sure to make your belly ache.
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.
Head to Shoreditch Treehouse this London Cocktail Week for a taste of the capital's finest forages. The Botanist Gin have created a three course dining experience that will open your mind to the tastes of the city, along with some expertly crafted cocktails for you to enjoy along the way.
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.
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.
Just a stone's through from Stratford station, Pitch is an awesome thing to do in East London thanks to its alfresco urban garden (which is also weather proof), that doubles up as a chilled hangout with tonnes of games, a giant TV and street food, to a party destination due to their amazing events schedule.
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.
Sin Gusano is offering a unique opportunity to taste your way through the flavours of mescals not typically found in the UK, with a specially curated menu, alongside refreshing fruits and salts, and tasting notes.
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.
Head to Dalston Roof Park this October, where Chicken 'N' Beer is saying goodbye to summer the only way they know how... with an epic daytime party. Popping up at this iconic east London spot, you'll find special guest DJs, delicious cocktails, Caribbean cocktails and much more.
Paradise Alley has been entertaining party-goers all summer and now it's time to bid the spot adieu. Head to Brick Lane for a roaring closing party with DJ Norman JAY MBE on the decks along with a cocktail van to keep you hydrated.
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.
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.
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.