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 18th April 2018
Star of Bethnal Green are celebrating that East End community feel with their amazing street party, where you can enjoy cocktails, beer, great music and entertainment for the kids, all while keeping yourselves fed with great BBQ and street food.
Strictly Come Drag Queen is celebrate the Royal Wedding the only way they know how. Expect dancing, lip-syncing, and unstoppable sassiness from the queens, as well as two courses of delicious food and an hour of bottomless fizz.
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.
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.
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.
Is East London ready for this? Wu-Tang Clan founding members and proper hip-hop royalty Ghostface Killah and Raekwon are making a rare co-headline appearance at Roxy with some amazing support acts as well.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shoreditch's Junction House welcomes the movement that enables creatives to enjoy a night out without being held back or needing to justify themselves. Just being you is enough at this club in East London which looks to inspire the next generation of creatives to reach their potential.
Join The Star Of Bethnal Green for a cool gin tasting event as part of their 10th anniversary celebrations. With four gins to try for just £5 it's one of the best drinks events in East London.
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.
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.
Deviant & Dandy Brewery don’t just make some delicious craft beer: they’re inviting you round for a whole host of events, from brewery tours and distillation experiences, to live music in their tap room and parties in their massive beer garden.
Head to the Moth Club as Little Boots takes over the decks to celebrate the release of her new EP, Burn, with support from a host of amazing DJs, including Metronomy’s Anna Prior.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Paper Dress Vintage is making sure you have a big one this April as they host Factory de Joie. The Hackney space will be hosting all sorts of shenanigans including live bands, burlesque performers, go-go dancers and DJs.
Held in the gardens of the Geffrye Museum, this London cheese festival is one of the best events in East London. Enjoy tastings, talks, live music and cocktails all based around your favourite dairy product.
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.
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.
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.
Found on Oval Space, join this beer festival where you can sample 70 different beers and unlimited amount of time, listen to live music from neo-vintage band Boogie Belgique, and taste Belgium delicacies that will pair perfectly with the beers.
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.
Taking place every Friday, Uncaged is Absurd Birds latest offering. Head to the Spitalfields venue for a night of fried chicken, DJs, discounted cocktails and happy hour beers.
Wahaca's Shoreditch Kitchen is welcoming Chef Jonathan Zaragoza as he brings his knowledge of Mexican cuisine to this special night. His signature dish, slow-cooked traditional birria, is just one option from his sample menu which will explode with Mexican flavour in your mouth at this East London event.
Taste your way through the wines of New Zealand’s sunny Marlborough region by learning about the tastes and varieties, while sampling five different glasses with a selection of Zetter snacks.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
One of the coolest upcoming events in East London this self-pouring beer festival brings together over 30 different types of Belgian brews for your drinking and pouring pleasure.
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…
The Book Club are hosting the world-famous comedy night where four people from very different backgrounds tell embarrassing, hilarious and ridiculous stories, with one not being real. It’s up to you to guess which one is fake!
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.
Become a detective for a night at the Courthouse Hotel Shoreditch as you try to stop a killer before he strikes again, by solving clues, encountering suspicious suspects, and experiencing plot twists – and you’ll enjoy a lovely dinner too.
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.
Sticking around for the May bank holiday? Then make sure you get your hands on tickets for Kachette's all day music festival which features everyone from Mo Kolours through to Wu-Lu.
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.
Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club are hosting a village fete but not one you want your gran to see: they are inviting the best in cabaret, burlesque, and drag, and there’s not a shy coconut in sight.
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.
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.
Getting you in the Carnival spirit, this great May bank holiday party in East London is a one stop shop for all things chicken, rum, reggae, dub and bashment.