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 17th May 2022

KERB Counter

2 user reviews 5

Head to KERB Counter in Shoreditch for a top-notch range of events. Whether you fancy checking out their oyster and wine pairings with pals, or testing your knowledge at one of their much-loved quizzes, this spot won't fail to disappoint. 

Plant Based Events Co

28 user reviews 4

Plant Based Events Co is taking over venues across the city for nights of feel-good food and music. Check out the Hackney Wick event headlined by Rebel Clash, frontman of Chase & Status, with delicious vegan grub being served up by the likes of Sun Kissed Plates, Chickenish and more.

Fancy doing something beer-themed in East London? Over at the Pembury Tavern, The Five Points Brewing Co is hosting a Green Hop Beer Festival, as well as a tasting event. Also on the agenda, you'll find they're throwing a Brewers Market at Coal Drops Yard.

Searching for fun things in London? How does bodypaint and dazzling performances sound? Enjoy amazing classes from Art Play - including painting classes, salsa dancing lessons and acrylic pour workshops.

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.

Rooftop Film Club

24 user reviews 4

Found on Level 8 of Stratford Centre car park, Rooftop Film Club's latest screening series is gonna be the highlight of your calendar. Admire the gorgeous views, enjoy a classic flick and get stuck into all kinds of tasty food and cocktails.

@ The City Summer House on Sat, 18th Jun 2022 @ multiple start times (see ticket info)

On the 18th of June, Good Time Gals will be heading to The City Summer House. What to expect? The Game Show, courtesy of Tizzy Von Tassel and Ditzy Ritzy, is a high-energy experience that'll see you trying your chance to win hilarious prizes by answering quick-fire questions.

Check out Coupette in Bethnal Green for a top-notch night out. Whether you're craving date night cocktails in their sultry space or fancy watching some fantastic live entertainment from London's best artists, they really have all bases covered.


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.

The Big Bakes

1476 user reviews 5

Looking for something to do in the city? The Big Bakes are hosting several events, where you'll get to put those baking skills to test. It'll come complete with instructions, tools and tonnes of tips to create your sweet bites.

Trapeze Bar

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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.

@ Bethnal Green Working Men's Club on Fri, 27th May 2022 @ multiple start times (see ticket info)

Need East London plans? Now you got 'em with Pussy Liquor: Big Birthday Bash! at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club. Expect a plethora of fabulous burlesque and cabaret-themed entertainment, alongside plenty of drinks for their 5th celebration.


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If you're on the hunt for epic events in the city, we've got just the boozy affair. Head to The Cocktail Club on Old Street and you'll get a 00's-themed bottomless brunch, which comes with free-flowing bubbly and epic throwbacks from your favourite pop icons - think Gwen Stefani.

Backyard Comedy Club

63 user reviews 5

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.

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.

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.

Dona Bar

84 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.

Sofa SoFunny!

6 user reviews 5

For comedy events in East London, Sofa SoFunny is coming up trumps. Popping up in friendly pubs across this side of the city, the cool event sees you treated to the best in up-and-coming material, whether that's from a seasoned pro or someone new to the stand-up scene.

Callooh Callay

12 user reviews 4

Bored of the same ol' things to do? Then head over to Callooh Callay's awesome venue on Rivington Street for some top-notch events. Whether you fancy delving into some first-class bevvies at a tasting, or building your own drinks, this spot is for you.

DUO Shoreditch

17 user reviews 4

Spruce up your plans and head to Duo in Shoreditch, for their extensive range of events. Think RnB bingo to get you movin' and groovin' and bottomless brunch with endless prosecco and waffle stacks.

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.

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.

@ Urban Food Fest Shoreditch on Every Saturday

Wondering what's on in Shoreditch? Urban Foot Fest have your back if you're looking to fill up on tasty grub and bottomless booze. Their Saturday brunch offers you the choice of mains from their international street food traders, all washed down with unlimited beers, cocktails or bubbles.

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. 

The Book Club

29 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.


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Found just a short walk from Old Street tube station, The King's Head is set to be taken over by Forbiddendog. What to expect? An evening of fetish performances, as well as a life drawing class. On top of that, there will also be fab music and delish nibbles.

Shakespeare Comedy Club

15 user reviews 4

For fun things to do in East London, look no further than nabbing a cheap ticket to a night of laughs. Comedy Downstairs at The Shakespeare have a talented and varied roster of comedians waiting to keep you entertained throughout the week. 

Comedy Cabin

111 user reviews 5

Fancy a bit of a giggle? We know just the place; Comedy Cabin, just a short walk from Hoxton Overground, is where it's at for a laugh-out-loud performance. Whether you head over for a show from a top comedian or love checking out newbies on the circuit, you'll have a righteous time.

Spruce up your average ol' afternoon in London at Simmons with their glorious afternoon tea events. Perfect for hen nights, birthdays or just to treat yourself. Think bottomless bubbles and a range of delicious sweet and savoury snacks.

Vintage Arts Asylum

34 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.


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If you're looking for thing to do in East London for adults, how about some twisted cabaret? These dark and sinister performances at monthly event The Double R Club are inspired by David Lynch, spanning burlesque, comedy, live music and more.

The Leyton Star

38 user reviews 4

Looking for some top-notch East London events? Then be sure to head to The Leyton Star. This top-notch boozer is not only hosting sports matches, pub quizzes and comedy nights, but they also have a food and drinks menu worth trying.