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 19th September 2019




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.

@ Sink Pong Bar on Every Thursday

Beer pong champ? Here's your chance to conquer all, as the biggest pub crawl in Shoreditch lead you on a night out packed with drinking games and boozy discounts. It's 2-4-1 as well, which means you'll head out with a tenner and likely come home with change. There's free entry to four of the area's top bars, free shots at each stop and a really fun crowd to keep you company.

@ Bread Street Kitchen on Various dates from Saturday 21st September 2019

Make it an evening to remember and chow down on a tantalising menu that includes potted salt beef brisket, spicy tuna tartare and, of course, Beef Wellington. There's even Grey Goose vodka cocktails to wash it all down in style.

THE DOUBLE R CLUB

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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.

@ Moonshine Saloon on Various dates from Saturday 21st September 2019

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Immersive theatre meets an outstanding cocktails at this unique East London event. Located just a short walk from Aldgate and Liverpool Street Station you'll find booze and bootleggers in equal measure as you wind your way through this quirky experience.

GIN-HOUSE BURLESQUE

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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.

Not your average night out, Doktoberfest is all about brews and beats, as the pop-up welcomes live Oompah bands, entertainers and circus acts for a range of Oktoberfest-style events.

  Gospeloke East London

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@ Colours Hoxton on Thursday 17th October 2019 and 2 other dates

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?...

  The Candlelight Club

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@ The Candlelight Club on Various dates from Saturday 5th October 2019

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...

A trendy bar and club in the heart of Shoreditch, The Lighthouse is a favourite among East Londoners for its chill vibe and fun events. From bank holiday parties to live music and commercial club nights (complete with confetti cannons and dancers) it's a truly unique spot.

@ Oval Space on Sat, 21st Sep 2019 @ 20:00 - 3:00

Taking over Oval Space for a night of non-stop Springsteen, Hungry Heart is celebrating The Boss's 70th birthday with a party of epic proportions. Expect career-spanning tracks, a full stage production and bar packed with late-night refreshments. 

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.  

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.

  ADONIS Cabaret

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@ 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. 

Disco Yoga

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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 21st September 2019 and 4 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…

  Bottomless Brunch

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@ Map Maison on Various dates from Saturday 21st September 2019

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.

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.

  The Covent Garden Comedy Club

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@ Heaven on Various dates from Saturday 21st September 2019

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...

@ The King's Head Members Club on Sat, 28th Sep 2019 @ multiple start times (see ticket info)

One of the best burlesque nights in London, this stunning affair from the Moon and Mischief gang are taking over the King's Head members club for a night of sterling acts and immersive cabaret. work your way through a maze of rooms, where some stunning performers will be on hand to entertain you until the early hours.

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. 

Rumour Mill

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Looking for quirky things to do in east London? Look no further, because Rumour Mill is heading to a top secret spot, ready to treat you to an evening of stunning burlesque and cabaret complete with food and drinks.

Take a trip down to Hackney where this unique cocktail and pizza making experience will have clad in hazmat suits and cooking up some stunning molecular concoctions inside a fully immersive science lab motorhome.

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.

@ Trapped Escape Rooms on Various dates from Saturday 21st September 2019

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...

Floripa is a fun Brazilian-themed bar and club with plenty of quirky events to sink your teeth into. Whether you're celebrating a bank holiday, got a hankering for a good ol' fashioned happy hour, or fancy the sound of a tiki Halloween party, they're a go-to.

  Shoreditch Brunch Social

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@ Flight Club Shoreditch on Various dates from Saturday 21st September 2019

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...

What's The Motive

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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.

  Bottomless Brunch

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@ Bounce, Old Street on Sunday 22nd September 2019 and 31 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.

@ Skuna Boats on Various dates from Saturday 21st September 2019

Setting sail from the historic West India Quay, these BBQ Boats are all you need for a quirky summer activity in East London. You'll take the helm and cook up a storm over the hot grill, while sipping on cold brews and taking in the idyllic scenery. 

  Peckham Street Art Tour

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@ Meet at Brick Brewery Taproom, Blenheim Grove, London, SE15 4QL on Saturday 5th October and Saturday 2nd November 2019

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...

  DRINKS + DRAG

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@ Wringer & Mangle on Various dates from Friday 27th September 2019

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.