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 21st October 2021

Backyard Comedy Club

36 user reviews 4

One of the best comedy nights in East London, Backyard Comedy Club is here to give you the giggles on a weekly basis. Head down with mates or dates to enjoy a thigh-slapping night of jokes and anecdotes at this Bethnal Green spot.

The Hackney Social

82 user reviews 4

Searching for the best things to do in East London? Check out what's on at The Hackney Social, one of the area's most exciting venues. Combining art, music, theatre and more under one roof, this unique creative space is sure to have plenty on offer.


12 user reviews 5

Set in an exclusive East London private members club, this kinky art class will see you using life models as your muse as you explore themes of performance and seduction. Suitable for all abilities, it's the perfect way to get in touch with your creative side. 

@ Secret Cottage London on Saturday 30th October 2021 and 3 other dates

Head to the charming neighbourhood of Woodford Green in East London for an overnight couples retreat at a secret cottage location. You'll be treated to a multi-sensory dining experience including three courses and bottomless prosecco, pairs massages, meditation workshops and free goodies on this unique date.

This month, head over to The Backyard Comedy Club for a Sunday of alcohol-free giggles. Not only will there be a number of comics waiting to bring the lols, but there'll also be some of the best booze-free drinks going too.

@ Arepa & Co Bethnal Green on Sat, 30th Oct 2021 @ multiple start times (see ticket info)

If you're looking for fun things to do in East London, check out Arepa & Co's reggaeton-fuelled bash. You'll be greeted with a punchy cocktail before hitting the dancefloor to the sound of live percussionists, with dancers to help show you all the right moves.

Fancy a wild night out in Stoke Newington? Then bag a ticket to one of Cherry Galore's Icon Thursdays and Cherry Cherry Boom Boom events. In the neon-lit basement bar, you can enjoy disco tunes, drag performances and quirky cocktails.

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.


6 user reviews 4

Looking for fun events in East London? Join your host Cookie Monstar at Proud Cabaret City where she'll be serving up bingo and boys. If your numbers are lucky you'll be up on that stage competing for some incredible prizes.

Art Paths

2 user reviews 5

Quirky events in East London don't get any better than fusing a painting class with a killer DJ and drinks at Boxpark, so Art Paths is delivering the goods. We expect nothing less from a cool night out in Shoreditch.

Smudged Lipstick Events

179 user reviews 4

Switching up London's dating scene, Smudged Lipstick is injecting the fun back into meeting singles. Their quirky events include live comedy, quirky games and hilarious icebreaker activities, all set in swish London bars.

Over at London Cocktail Club in Shoreditch, Shakeeoke are raising the karaoke stakes by challenging you to mix drinks while belting out songs. During the night, there'll also be plenty of boozy bevs to be had, as well as pizza and MCs keeping you entertained.

Dona Bar

29 user reviews 5

Looking for the best things to do in East London? Check out Doña this autumn. From DJ nights to drag showcases and stand-up comedy, this Stoke Newington gem will have you sipping cocktails in an unforgettable setting.


108 user reviews 4

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.

Trapeze Bar

65 user reviews 4

One of the best happenings in East London this spring, Shoreditch hotspot Trapeze will be back with some incredible events from May. Get yourself down to the circus-themed bar for quirky cocktails, delicious food, themed brunches and fantastic performances.

Vintage Arts Asylum

33 user reviews 4

Looking for fun things to do in East London on Tuesday nights? Vintage Arts Asylum is the pop-up jazz club that's showing you how to dance like a vintage pin-up. Head over to Newington Green for live music, affordable drinks and a bit of a workout.

Taking place at various locations around London this summer, Jerk & Jokes Brunch are spicing up your weekend plans. Head to one of their day parties and you'll find a lineup of DJ sets, mouthwatering Jamaican cuisine and fruity cocktails.

The Book Club

15 user reviews 5

Head over to Shoreditch this month where The Book Club is back in business with some of the best events in East London. Their weekly drag brunch is bringing you bottomless drinks, tasty pizza and hilarious entertainment from morning until evening.

Q Shoreditch

17 user reviews 4

Looking for fun things to do in East London? Get the gang together and head over to this Q Shoreditch. These guys will be offering you a range of fun party nights, offering you everything from weekly DJ events to one-off guest appearances.

Head over to Shoreditch where Cargo is putting on a host of fun activities for you to enjoy this summer. Along with a mammoth reopening party which is bound to be electric, it's also screening a tonne of UEFA matches, complete with DJs and buckets of beer.

Locked in a Room

1 user review 5

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.

Looking for fun things to do in East London? Swing by one of Barrio's bars and you'll find a full-blown fiesta every night of the week. From bottomless brunch events to quirky activities, this place is sure to add a dash of South American sass to your plans. 

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.