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 June 2017
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.
After a successful Christmas period that saw the London Shuffle Club draw in Londoners from all over, the team behind the pop-up are back, this time opening up 6 shuffleboard lanes in the heart of Shoreditch. Shuffleboard dates back to the 16th century and is a cross between bowling and curling. Perfect for a fun birthday celebration or a great team night out, this big kid activity will leave you beaming from ear to ear.
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.
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.
For a June blowout in the heart of East London, the team at Shoreditch's Beach Blanket Babylon are throwing a night, themed around the best old and new skool Hip Hop tracks. From the iconic sound of Ashanti to the great beats of Drake and Kendrick Lemar, the star-studded line-up of DJs will be playing the songs that have helped define this musical genre.
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.
Spend summer evening dancing to house music, enjoy views of the river and drinking delicious cocktails as 28 West put on their Saturday night evenings. Riverside Beats is all about partying in a gorgeous location; get yourself down before 10pm and entry is free.
Live music in London has never been better, especially with the Transatlantic Ensemble on their way. Join them this June in the city as they head to XOYO in Shoreditch to churn out some of their favourite Paul Simon tracks, live on stage.
Get yourself down to the Plateau Bar and Grill for dinner that comes with a healthy dose of virtual reality. That’s right, head to Canary Wharf and you can be treated to a glamorous three course meal before immersing yourself in a spectacular virtual reality experience that has been designed by Google.
Drink, dance and be very merry at this huge celebration of Mexico. The Tequila and Mezcal festival returns for its fourth year to The Old Truman Brewery, there will be entertainment such as a mariachi band, Aztec ceremony and exhibition as well as plenty of delicious street food.
Get yourself down to this beautiful studio space overlooking the Regents Canal for a cocktail masterclass with a difference. Not only will you receive a unique cocktail on arrival, you’ll be able to create two of your own with the help of their master mixologists. Afterwards, you will be able to create masterpieces out of them by creating your own original garnishes out of fresh produce.
Head to East London for a taste of la bella vita with Rotorino, the charming Dalston spot. This May bank holiday they're cranking up the volume with a live band, negronis, lasagne and craft beer at their special event.
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.
With a beer hall and beer market, London Vegan Beer Fest is back with another huge event. Join them in 2017 as they take over Hackney for plant-based goodies that include beer from Brass Castle, street food trucks and wine.
It’s going down in East London just like the East Coast in the golden age of hip-hop as Chain’ Fridays returns. Expect a night of live music before the stage is cleared for you to channel your favourite hip-hop artists, where only one person can be crowned hip-hop karaoke king (or queen).
Want some of the best comedy in East London? Look no further than Pickle Boy Comedy, featuring the best comedians in the comedy world and taking place in the unique Howling Hops Tank & Brewery setting. Expect the weirdest acts and tonnes of pickled eggs.
Last Man Standing is a fast-paced, interactive pub quiz with a difference: at the end of each round of questions, the winners are called onto the stage to compete in new challenges based on classic quiz shows. Then, at the end, the winners of these challenges are facing the ultimate showdown: Last Man Standing! With the chance to win a mega, royal prize, there’s no reason not to join the most hilarious quiz in London.
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.
For a 4th July celebration that you'll never forget, head East and join London's biggest bar crawl. Ticketholders will be led through the streets of East London, visiting 4/5 of the biggest bars - including Blueberry, Cargo, Trapeze, The Shoreditch, Floripa and Club Aquarium - and drinking free shots along the way. Expect a few surprises along the way.
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.
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.
Head down to Cargo on a Saturday night for one of the best parties in East London. Switched is bringing the most exciting resident DJs across two rooms, who will be playing the best tunes to get you partying until the early hours of the morning.
Join Shane and Edna for a walk through the local woods, for a spot of urban foraging. Your day will start with a coffee and chat before exploring Hackney Marsh's bountiful ingredients. Then it's all back to Shane's on Canalside for light snacks made from your wares.
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.
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.
City Music Foundation are hosting a series of great live musical performances that showcase the talents of the best up and coming performers in Britain's classical music circles. Taking place at Kansas Smitty's in East London, the team's July showpiece will revolve around pianist Joe Houston, who'll play a number of famous songs. Grab a drink, nestle into a seat and swoon all night with the melodic notes in the air at this live music event.
East London is known for its mad party nights and this promises to be no different as Artful Dodger come to McQueen in Shoreditch. The dance duo will be hyping up the crowd with their huge mix of MCing and DJing.
As a pioneer of politically conscious soul music, Curtis Mayfield's music is more important than ever. XOYO are celebrating the iconic figure as they invite in a live orchestra to play some of his most important pieces of music.
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.
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.
Get down to East London for a bottomless brunch with a twist. You’ll receive a banquet of mini burgers and fries, as well as a bottle of prosecco each, and also have access to their beer and ping pong tables. Bring some friends down because they’ll also be showing the sport on the big screens.
Head down to Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen to see some of the best names in Muslim comedy go head-to-head… to see if they can stay in the country! Three of the best comedians Omar Hamdi, Esther Manito and Amrou Al-Kadhi will have to compete in a series of challenges and make judges Bidisha and Karl Sharro laugh enough to stay in the country.
Take a dip in Enid Blyton's imagination and enjoy in a thrilling a cocktail and dinner pairing class that's sure to leave you smiling. With a night dedicated to Pinkster Gin in March and an equally intriguing Havana Club evening on offer in April, guests will be able to enjoy a delicious selection of dishes, where every ingredient has been selected to match the potent cocktails on offer. Guests will inhale courses such as camomile fizz, paired with smoked salmon and fennel mousse.
Head to the secret basement bar in Spitalfields for the best way to start your weekend. Absurd Bird are serving their fried chicken with a healthy heap of dance music and cocktails as their Friday night party gets you in the dancing mood.
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.
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…
Overdough brings unlimited pizza and cocktails to one big brunch party. On top of that expect an attack of the senses with lights, music, acts and hip-hop karaoke.
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.
From crab on waffles through to oysters doused in prosecco, Crab Tavern serves up some of East London's best seafood. Join them on Tuesdays for Ladies Night where two course are £17; three are £20 and you can add on bottomless prosecco for £15.
Turning heads with its profound theme, Welcome Home is an immersive event that challenges guests to explore their inner selves and ask a number of hard-hitting questions. Taking over the Apiary Studios in East London, each session features only 6 people and is totally moulded around each individual.
Little Nan's have bloomin' hired out Rio Cinema and filled it with all of her furniture, teapots and 90s treasures. Head down to this Dalston residency and gorge on bottomless teapot cocktails, unlimited pick'n'mix and popcorn, a dance away to the sounds of the 90s.
Located in Bethnal Green, The Pill Box Kitchen is playing host to one of London's most varied supperclubs. Having met on Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas 2016, four chefs have joined forces to take you around the globe with an eight-course tasting menu, each course giving you a different taste.