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 22nd January 2018
The Truman Brewery on Brick Lane are hosting the ultimate craft beer festival, as 175 breweries descend onto the space bringing their finest craft beers, alongside great music and superb street food.
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.
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.
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…
Every Saturday, get yourself down to SiNK for one of the biggest house parties in East London. Expect beer pong, multiple floors of great music and spectacular UV wall murals like you’ve never seen before! And in true house party fashion, there’s going to be free pizzas at 1.45am.
Watching the Super Bowl at the Bat and Ball means watching it properly, with twelve extra large plasma screens and a big screen for uninterrupted coverage, a massive selection of craft beers, and nachos to keep you happy.
Found in Hoxton Hall, Jazz Verse Jukebox brings an amazing line up of wordsmiths and singers for a night which combines jazz improvisation and spoken word poetry. Jumoke Fashola is host – and sings too!
temper City will be playing host to the greatest Valentine's Day quiz in London in February, as Battleacts return to the restaurant with romance-themed special of the renowned Curry, Quiz & Fizz. With three course meal, bottomless bubbles and plenty of fun to be had, it's one of East London's best upcoming events.
This great East London drinks event is a great way to celebrate Australia Day. Head to Clerkenwell's Zetter Hotel to sample some of Adelaide's finest wines at this fun and informative tasting evening.
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.
Mac & Wild are bringing award-winning Scotland to London with their delicious City restaurant; join them this January for a series of events that range from whisky and beer pairing through to haggis making.
Join the Temple Cinema team at this quirky East London event for a season of cinematic chillers. With screenings of Basic Instinct, Dangerous Liaisons and more, it's one of the best upcoming events near Liverpool Street.
With laid-back style and an intimate atmosphere, Resident in Bethnal Green's Paradise Row is a hot spot for date night. The venue has a menu full of hearty and seasonal British plates along with a selection of wine and local craft beers.
One of the funnest upcoming events in East London, this night of mystic and futuristic vibes at Paper Dress Vintage is sure to blast you straight into the Year 3000.
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!
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.
What happens when hip-hop superstars Supa Dupa Fly and Ace Hotel team up on one ultimate brunch party? You get two courses of delicious food, prosecco, a quiz and all the 90s and 00s hip hop you can handle.
Proud East is hosting another of their hugely popular The Weeknd parties; expect the same great mix of ping pong, Playstation 4, cocktails, burgers and top-notch DJs.
This Shoreditch hangout has been drawing in the crowds for decades, promoting off-kilter theatre experiences in a completely creative environment. Those looking for cool things to do in East London will find comedy nights, immersive evenings, modern takes on classical theatre and all-manner of fun experiences at the Rosemary Branch Theatre.
Bringing you one of the most charming live music events in East London, head on over to Clapton this January in London as Folked Up #2 brings about a must-see roster of musicians and artists for an intimate evening.
Head to Hoxton Hall as Ms Paolini’s Phantasmagoria Cabaret presents to you a show examining the line between right and wrong, real and fake, with hilarious acts and the help of the three gorgeous girls of Jesus Paolini Park.
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.
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.
Head to Greenwich for this fun and informative whisky tasting evening. Sample four different whiskies from across the globe and learn more about them at this great East London event.
Looking for some R&R after the excesses of Christmas? This yoga class is all sorts of amazing; taking place at a Masonic Lodge, the class will cater for all abilities, before being followed by a delicious two-course vegan brunch.
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.
If you’re going to watch the Super Bowl, you might as well watch it in style at Red Rooster, where they have a big screen, DJ sets to keep the party going, and beer, cocktails and chicken wings to really make it an American experience.
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.
Margarita lovers, we’ve found the event for you. Not only will you get two hours to sample some of the best margaritas from some of the best bars in London, but you’ll also decide who wins the title of Best Margarita in London.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy a true cocktail masterclass at TT Liquor, where you’ll be guided through the fundamentals of mixology before making four cocktails with premium spirits – and even taking part in a competition.
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.
Enjoy a night of nothing but your favourite artist with Fan Club Village. Sing a long to every track with other fans at one of these great events in East London.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Find yourself a journey through Afropean sound at this cool East London club night. Playing everything from reggae to neo soul and hip hop, it's one of the best upcoming events in East London.
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.
Find yourself in three of East London's quirkiest bars as this fun bar crawl leads you on a tour of the area's kookiest cocktail haunts.