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.
Bidding goodbye to East London, Last Days of Shoreditch will be celebrating its own final hours in spectacular style. Head down and give one of the city's best pop up sites send-off of epic proportions.
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.
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.
Taking place in the gorgeous Abney Park in Stoke Newington, this night will be a gorgeous retelling of The Wizard of Oz. Follow the yellow brick road to find summer outdoor theatre courtesy of Pandemonium Productions.
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.
One of the top spots in East London for post-work drinks, this quirky cocktail bar and restaurant is bringing you delicious food and great cocktails every night of the week.
Enjoy a fabulous brunch with Tapas Brindisa Shoreditch, as you enjoy a delicious two course tpaas and paella feast, alongside gin and tonics, and cocktails, from the Fentimans pop-up bar.
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.
Who needs a flight to Ibiza when you've got McQueen? Prepare for the ultimate party, with brunch dishes, bottomless drinks, and the finest Djs to keep you partying until the early hours of the morning.
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.
Expect the biggest names in hip hop, R&B, dancehall and more, as Hoxton's most vibrant pub opens its doors for a bank holiday special featuring music from the likes of Lil Kim, Blackstreet, Usher, TLC and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the top upcoming events in East London, this night of old school Hip Hop and R&B will see the 90's face-off with the 00's so prepare to drink dance and sing along.
Ring the alarm, because XOYO has brought you a banging night dedicated to the Queen Bey herself. Expect all her biggest hits from back in the day to now, as well as, iconic R&B tunes.
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.
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.
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.
Drink, eat and dance the day away at this great August bank holiday party. With awesome music, food and drinks, all you need to worry about it chasing the sun across Dalston Roof Park.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Starting off at Number 90 Bar and sailing through to Granary Square in Kings Cross, enjoy this boat tour complete with beautiful Hackney Wick sights and a complimentary rum cocktail.
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.
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.
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,
Join Loves Company for this masterclass where you'll enjoy outstanding DJs providing the soundtrack, a cocktail on arrival, and you'll make three more after. The winner receives a bottle of prosecco too.
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.
East London's favourite late night disco party returns to the Arcola bar to bring you some of the finest tunes from the 80s, including Aha, Blondie, Erasure and Kraftwerk.
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.
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.
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 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.