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 edited by Izzah Kazi

Last updated on 14th May 2024




Experiences by Ibérica

While renowned for its authentic Spanish fare, Iberica also hosts a range of exciting events and experiences in Canary Wharf and Farringdon. Learn how to carve ham like a pro, enjoy a delicious cheese and wine pairing session and so much more.

Tonight Josephine

You can always rely on Tonight Josephine for cool East London plans. Step inside the cool Shoreditch venue, where you'll be able to let loose with its range of events. Think Britney or Beyonce-themed bottomless brunches and karaoke antics galore.

Backyard Comedy Club

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.

LDN Comedy

£1 comedy nights on a Wednesday? LDN Comedy is making it happen. Held at The Star by Hackney Downs, this event promises an array of performers from TV comics to funny folk rising to fame serving big jokes while the bars serves affordable drinks and BBQ food. 

MULTI-SENSORY DINNER EXPERIENCE : Shibari and Sensuality

@ Secret Loft East London on Sat, 22nd Jun 2024 @ 20:00 - 23:00

Taking place in a secret loft location in East London on Saturday the 22nd of June is the Multi-Sensory Dinner Experience: Shibari and Sensuality. You're invited to sport your best fetish wear and revel in sensorial and seductive experiences, by taking part in Japanese rope bondage and indulging in a three-course summer aphrodisiac menu. Tickets start from £240 per couple and include 90 minutes of unlimited prosecco, plus a shot with dessert.

KIKI: Drag Cabaret

@ Bethnal Green Working Men's Club on Saturday 25th May 2024 and 29 other Saturdays

When only Bethnal Green on a Saturday night will do, then check out Bethnal Green Working Men's Club for Kiki drag cabaret's two-hour show. Think London's most talented drag queens bringing you a whole heap of entertainment like lip sync, live vocals, dance breaks and hilarious comedy, all with the fabulous Ginger Phlappage as your host.

Barrio Bars

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. 

Gallio

Gallio is a vibrant, colourful restaurant found in Canary Wharf, with a great selection a food events on offer. Every Saturday, you can try out their bottomless pizza brunches for just £32 per person, complete with 90 minutes of unlimited prosecco, starters and delicious slices. What's more, chef Glenn Evans runs a Moroccan supper club every month which features a six-course tasting menu for £40 each.

Trapeze Bar

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.

INFINITY PIZZA, PINTS & PROSECCO - Unlimited for 90mins

@ Pizza Pilgrims Liverpool Street on Saturday 25th May 2024 and 5 other Saturdays

If unlimited pizza sounds like your cup of tea then you're going to love what Liverpool Street's Pizza Pilgrims has in store every Saturday afternoon, starting from the 30th of March. It's Infinity Pizza Beyond party features unlimited amounts of the good stuff for 90 minutes alongside free-flowing prosecco and pints. Tickets start from £39.50 each and toppings include a classic margherita and the famous double pepperoni and honey. 

Live Band Karaoke

If you're on the hunt for fun events in East London, then head to Live Band Karaoke. Taking place in Shoreditch and Hoxton, the event promises over 350 songs to choose from, as well as a screen with the lyrics if you don't know it by heart. Ready to channel your inner Ariana?

The Five Points Brewing Co

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.

Dabbers Bingo

Dabbers Bingo in both Aldgate and Hackney are throwing open their doors for all the bingo mayhem you could need, including big jackpots, kooky prizes and a whole load of gags. Expect show-stopping performances throughout your game, from drag queens to cabaret artists and comedians, with regular bottomless brunches on the cards as well.

Hidden Jazz Club

Wondering what's on in East London? The Hidden Jazz Club has exactly what you need. Step inside the stunning Grade II listed music hall from the 1800s, where you'll get to enjoy an epic roster of live music from some of the city's finest stars.

German Kraft

East London is coming at you with a fun evening with friends – especially if you're all beer fans. Kraft Dalston's tours and tastings comes complete with 3 half pints and a detailed walk through their fermentation and operations rooms.

Nikki's

Featuring themed bottomless brunches with decades worth of throwbacks across the 80s, 90s and 00s, Nikki's know how to get you up on your feet. Not only that, but there are drag queen hosts, 90 minutes of unlimited drinks and delish food to boot.

The Star In Shoreditch Tequila Festival

@ The Star In Shoreditch on Wed, 12th Jun 2024 @ 19:00 - 0:00

The Star In Shoreditch Tequila Festival is here, and it's going to be a blast. They've got the best tequila and mezcal brands lined up for you to revel in, along with stunning cocktails priced at just 2-4-£12 all night. Plus, an incredible Mariachi band will keep the energy high, with fun rhythms and lively beats blasting throughout the whole tipple extravaganza. Get your tickets now for just £10 and enjoy a free Margarita on them.

The Liquid Love Experience

Searching for more unusual events in East London? The Liquid Love Experience is for those couples and singles looking for a deeper connection with their body. You'll be guided gently to explore your own sexuality using warm olive oil.

Bounce

Wondering what's on in East London? Then check out Bounce's venues in Farringdon and on Old Street. Make your way inside, where you'll get to chow down on unlimited pizza slices and enjoy non-stop ping pong at a boozy brunch or hang out with pals across the fun-packed spaces.

Old Skool Bingo

For an amazing night of RnB anthems and high-energy entertainment, check out Old Skool Bingo's Aldgate events - starting from just £16 per person. You can expect live DJs playing throwback tunes from the 80s, 90s and 00s, as well as fun-filled games of bingo and ridiculous challenges, all for the chance to win some hilarious prizes.

The Leyton Star

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.

Nancy's Irish Bottomless Brunch: Live Music Bingo

@ Nancy Spains on Saturday 25th May 2024 and 3 other dates

For great craic and even better food, make your way to Nancy's Irish Bottomless Brunch, hosted by Patricia and Patrick Saint at Nancy Spains in Shoreditch. This two-hour session involves fantastic live music alongside all sorts of fun games and prizes, as well as 90 minutes of unlimited cocktails and Dominican sharing plates from the resident kitchen team BocaChica. Even better? Tickets cost just £49 per person.

THE DOUBLE R CLUB

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.

Rhythm Kitchen

Make your way down to Rhythm Kitchen in Walthamstow for a delicious afternoon tea complete with rum cocktails and Caribbean-style treats. Think mango-glazed chicken wings, handmade spices scones and more, all for £40.

Map Maison

There are plenty of cracking events taking place at Map Maison in Hackney, whether you fancy heading to a tapas-style afternoon tea, boozy bottomless brunches, cocktail masterclasses or whisky and gin experiences. This gorgeous spot boasts dark, sultry interiors and a sophisticated vibe, making these activities perfect for a quirky date night.

Forbiddendog

If you're looking for something outside the ordinary, then check out ForbiddenDog's performance art show with subversive life drawing, titled 'My BDSM Slave and I'. This experience features a real-life Dominatrix, performing unique routines and telling enticing stories while a thumping soundtrack plays. In between each section of the performance, you'll get a chance to create your very own work of art as she strikes different poses for you to draw.

The Book Club

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.

Avora: A New-World Cocktail Experience

@ Roscorp Laboratories on Various dates from Tuesday 21st May 2024

Taking place in Hoxton, Avora is a mesmerising immersive experience created by the team behind Moonshine Saloon and Alcotraz, perfect for unusual date nights or trying something different with your friends. You'll be given laboratory missions to complete in custom jumpsuits along your journey through mystical, luminous woodlands, with talented actors brining your adventure to life. You'll be given three quirky cocktails during this event too, including magical colour-changing concoctions containing Avora's precious substance Luminol. 

La Bibliotheque

Located in Hackney, La Bibliotheque is home to all sorts of fun events. Enjoy an evening of wine, cheese and small plates, or take a whisky masterclass with tipples from around the world. What's more, they offer cracking bottomless brunches at this elegant restaurant too.

Drag Brunch @ Devonshire Terrace

@ Devonshire Terrace on Saturday 1st June 2024 and 2 other Saturdays

Sashay down to Liverpool Street for a fierce Drag Brunch @ Devonshire Terrace featuring TV star queens like Choriza May from RuPaul's Drag Race UK and Netflix sensation Anna Phylactic. Starting at just £10 per person, you'll enjoy lip-syncing battles, comedy, and fabulous brunch delights from 12 to 2pm, followed by headliner queens from 2 to 4pm. 

Candy Store Comedy

Make your way to Dabbers Hackney on Mare Street for a night of laughter with Candy Store Comedy. Expect a lineup that blurs the lines between stand-up, burlesque, cabaret and magic performances to create an incredibly cheeky show. Snap up a bottomless package for £35 each, which not only includes entry to the show, but 60 minutes of free-flowing fizz or rum punch, plus a hot dog or OG nachos to much on.

The Star of Bethnal Green

Boasting a karaoke room, weekly cocktail offers and a vibrant atmosphere, The Star of Bethnal Green is a great shout for outings in East London. They host some cracking events here too, from their popular tequila festival fronting a live mariachi band to the hilarious drag bingo with Dame Jame, both of which cost less than a tenner to attend.

The Star by Liverpool Street

Gather your closest pals and head to The Star By Liverpool Street's epic Karaoke Bottomless Brunch. Taking place on a Saturday, this fun-fuelled brekkie event will have everyone quaffing free-flowing drinks, singing their hearts out and digging into tasty plates.

LONDON WING FEST 2024

@ London Stadium, on Friday 26th July 2024 and 2 other dates

Taking place at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London Wing Fest 2024 is a highlight of the east's calendar. It's a place where chicken-lovers come to vote on their favourite traders, all while getting stuck into eating contests, axe throwing and amusements. Plus, there's even more entertainment spanning everything from live music to cooking demos.

The Big Bakes

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.

The Heathcote and Star

For a night full of laughter or a belly full of Sunday roast, head to Leyton watering hole The Heathcote And Star, a cosy pub with a carefully-curated selection of drinks and delicious grub. Chow down on bangers and mash as you compete in a fun game of ping pong before making your way to their hilarious Oh So Funny comedy night with headliners such as Sara Pascoe.

A Most Mechanical Murder - Immersive Murder Mystery

@ Phantom Peak London on Thu, 27th Jun 2024 @ 19:00 - 22:00

Transport yourselves to the creative, Steampunk World of Phantom Peak where your help is needed to solve A Most Mechanical Murder. Inspector Rutherford will enlist your expertise as you question civilians and decipher clues to help figure out who committed an awful crime at the scene of beloved LoveBot 5000's funeral.

Good Ship Comedy

If you're looking for a barrel of laughs, head down to Good Ship Comedy, London's most welcoming stand-up humour club, located at the Swimmer in Grafton Arms, The Birds in Leytonstone and South London Theatre in West Norwood. From well-loved headliners to fresh new talent, let host Ben Van der Velde be your trusty guide as you set sail for a night of hilarity with talents like Romesh Ranganathan, Sara Pascoe, Jack Whitehall, Nish Kumar and much more.

London Comedy Lunch

@ City Central at The HAC on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th December 2024

Taking place at The HAC in the City of London, London Comedy Lunch is a great choice of things to do over the East side of the city - especially if you fancy giving back while having a great time yourself. Think three courses of food plus drinks packages at this often sell-out charity event, alongside Jo Caulfield, Simon Brodkin and Tom Stade taking to the stage.