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 January 2018

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The Truman Brewery on Brick Lane are hosting the ultimate craft beer festival, as 175 breweries descend onto the space bringing their finest craft beers, alongside great music and superb street food.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Festival, Food & Drink, Daytime, Live Music
Electro
Brick Lane
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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.

20:00 - 22:00
Comedy, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Student Night
Liverpool Street
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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.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Something A Little Different, Sport, Fun Time Partying, Daytime, Food & Drink, Stag Do, Hen Party, Activity
Background Music
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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…

12:30 - 15:30
Cabaret/Burlesque, Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different
Canary Wharf
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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.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Clubbing, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different, VIP Party
Hip Hop/RnB
Shoreditch
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Watching the Super Bowl at the Bat and Ball means watching it properly, with twelve extra large plasma screens and a big screen for uninterrupted coverage, a massive selection of craft beers, and nachos to keep you happy.

19:00 - 03:30
Sport
Stratford
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2 events @ Hoxton Hall with 2 upcoming dates starting on 16 Feb 2018

Found in Hoxton Hall, Jazz Verse Jukebox brings an amazing line up of wordsmiths and singers for a night which combines jazz improvisation and spoken word poetry. Jumoke Fashola is host – and sings too!

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temper City will be playing host to the greatest Valentine's Day quiz in London in February, as Battleacts return to the restaurant with romance-themed special of the renowned Curry, Quiz & Fizz. With three course meal, bottomless bubbles and plenty of fun to be had, it's one of East London's best upcoming events.

13:00 - 16:00
Quiz Night, Brunch, Food & Drink, Daytime
80's Music
City of London
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Thames Lates

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Speedboats, cocktails, sunset and a summer sound-track? Come aboard for your most memorable summer experience! What you can expect? Thames Rockets 3 Point Plan for a perfect summer’s evening 1. 50 minute* part-guided - part speed...
Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Boat Party, Date Night, Something A Little Different, Walks & Tours, Stag Do
Background Music
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This great East London drinks event is a great way to celebrate Australia Day. Head to Clerkenwell's Zetter Hotel to sample some of Adelaide's finest wines at this fun and informative tasting evening.

18:00 - 19:30
Food & Drink, Drinks Tasting, Activity, Date Night
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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. 

20:00 - 01:00
Fun Time Partying
Funk & Soul
Brick Lane
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Karaoke with a joyous, full backed gospel choir! Ever wanted to sound like Tina/Stevie/Whitney on the mic? Have you always dreamt of singing on a stage, unleashing your hidden diva in front of adoring fan with a live GOSPEL choir backing you up?...
19:00 - 23:00
Fun Time Partying, Karaoke, Live Music, Something A Little Different, Activity
Funk & Soul
Shoreditch
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2 events @ 2 venues with 2 upcoming dates starting on 24 Jan 2018

Mac & Wild are bringing award-winning Scotland to London with their delicious City restaurant; join them this January for a series of events that range from whisky and beer pairing through to haggis making.

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The Candlelight Club is a clandestine pop-up party with a 1920s speakeasy flavour, in a secret London venue completely lit by candles. You'll be whisked away to those Prohibition days with a heady mix of live jazz music, vintage vinylism, delicious...
19:00 - 00:00
Themed Nights, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different, Live Music
Jazz
Central London
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Hop aboard Bristol Brewery Tours' private Bristol ferry for an unique afternoon of beer-tastings and tours. Your afternoon will start with a craft beer tasting experience on board the fully licensed vessel for around half an hour before taking you...
11:45 - 16:00
Bar Crawl, Boat Party, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different
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Join the Temple Cinema team at this quirky East London event for a season of cinematic chillers. With screenings of Basic Instinct, Dangerous Liaisons and more, it's one of the best upcoming events near Liverpool Street.

19:30 - 22:00
Film Screenings, Pop-Up, Themed Nights, Something A Little Different, Date Night
Background Music
Liverpool Street
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Art and Craft Beer combination tour of Street Art combined with Craft Beer in Peckham, South London. Saturdays: 2pm Start Your tour will start outside Peckham Rye Station with your guide taking you on an informative journey through the street art of...
14:00 - 17:00
Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Walks & Tours
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Resident of Paradise Row

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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.

Happily Affordable ££
Bethnal Green

One of the funnest upcoming events in East London, this night of mystic and futuristic vibes at Paper Dress Vintage is sure to blast you straight into the Year 3000.

19:45 - 01:00
Cabaret/Burlesque, Theatre/Arts, Something A Little Different, Fun Time Partying
Live Music
Hackney
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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!

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Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Themed Nights, Pop-Up
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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. 

20:00 - 00:00
Live Music
Jazz
Dalston
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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.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Brunch, Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying, Clubbing
Hip Hop/RnB
Shoreditch
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Proud East is hosting another of their hugely popular The Weeknd parties; expect the same great mix of ping pong, Playstation 4, cocktails, burgers and top-notch DJs.

16:30 - 22:30
Fun Time Partying, Food & Drink, Daytime
Hip Hop/RnB
Hackney
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1 events @ The Rosemary Branch with 2 upcoming dates starting on 28 Jan 2018

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. 

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Bringing you one of the most charming live music events in East London, head on over to Clapton this January in London as Folked Up #2 brings about a must-see roster of musicians and artists for an intimate evening. 

19:00 - 00:00
Live Music, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts
Alternative / Indie
Clapton
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Head to Hoxton Hall as Ms Paolini’s Phantasmagoria Cabaret presents to you a show examining the line between right and wrong, real and fake, with hilarious acts and the help of the three gorgeous girls of Jesus Paolini Park.

20:00 - 22:00
Cabaret/Burlesque, Comedy, Theatre/Arts, Live Music
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13 events @ Blues Kitchen Shoreditch with 13 upcoming dates from 27 Jan 2018 until 24 Mar 2018

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.

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The Lighthouse

9 user reviews

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

Head to Greenwich for this fun and informative whisky tasting evening. Sample four different whiskies from across the globe and learn more about them at this great East London event.

19:00 - 21:00
Classes, Drinks Tasting
Greenwich
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Looking for some R&R after the excesses of Christmas? This yoga class is all sorts of amazing; taking place at a Masonic Lodge, the class will cater for all abilities, before being followed by a delicious two-course vegan brunch.

10:30 - 14:00
Classes, Daytime, Sport
Liverpool Street
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A live-action escape the room with bite. Prepare to be locked in a room with 11 other people and 1 Zombie that is chained to the wall! Hidden in the room is a key that will unlock the door to your survival. To find the key you must locate numerous...
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Date Night, Hen Party, Something A Little Different, Stag Do, Activity
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2 events @ 2 venues with 11 upcoming dates starting on 30 Jan 2018

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.

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If you’re going to watch the Super Bowl, you might as well watch it in style at Red Rooster, where they have a big screen, DJ sets to keep the party going, and beer, cocktails and chicken wings to really make it an American experience.

21:00 - 04:00
Sport, Fun Time Partying, Clubbing
Hip Hop/RnB
Shoreditch
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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.

13:00 - 15:00
Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Daytime, Hen Party
Funk & Soul
Shoreditch
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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.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Activity, Food & Drink, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different
Live Music
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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.

19:30 - 23:00
Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different, Clubbing, Quiz Night, Themed Nights
Commercial/Pop
Shoreditch
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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. 

19:00 - 03:00
Hen Party, Karaoke
Party Mash Up
Shoreditch
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5 events @ The King's Head Member's Club with 5 upcoming dates from 17 Feb 2018 until 23 Nov 2018

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.

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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.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Classes, Date Night, Drinks Tasting, Food & Drink
Background Music
Shoreditch
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Locked in a Room

1 user reviews

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.

Happily Affordable ££
East London
2 events @ The Lighthouse with 2 upcoming dates starting on 24 Jan 2018

Enjoy a night of nothing but your favourite artist with Fan Club Village. Sing a long to every track with other fans at one of these great events in East London.

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7 events @ Cargo with 348 upcoming dates starting on 25 Jan 2018

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. 

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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.

20:30 - 03:00
Bar Crawl, Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying
Commercial/Pop
Shoreditch
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CARNIVALE

24 user reviews

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.  

16:00 - 03:00
Clubbing, Date Night, Fun Time Partying, Bar Crawl
Commercial/Pop
Shoreditch
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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.

19:30 - 22:30
Film Screenings, Festival, Food & Drink, Theatre/Arts
Shoreditch
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Find yourself a journey through Afropean sound at this cool East London club night. Playing everything from reggae to neo soul and hip hop, it's one of the best upcoming events in East London.

21:00 - 02:00
Fun Time Partying, Pop-Up, Live Music, Something A Little Different
Funk & Soul
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Join Fiddle Paradiddle for our Ceilidh Night at the Bedford! Fling your partners round the best dance floor in SW12 as London’s wildest ceilidh band bring ceilidh dancing to South London’s most famous pub! Every month we promise a...
20:00 - 23:00
Fun Time Partying, Live Music, Something A Little Different, Classes, Activity
Live Music
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3 events @ 2 venues with 150 upcoming dates starting on 25 Jan 2018

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.  

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Love brunch but you're looking for something different? Let us introduce the Flight Club Weekender. Where Prosecco and pizza are just the starting point. Included in your ticket is 2 hours of endless pizza, a Social Darts sampler and a maximum of...
Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying, Hen Party, Activity, Daytime, Something A Little Different, Sport
Alternative / Indie
Shoreditch
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Find yourself in three of East London's quirkiest bars as this fun bar crawl leads you on a tour of the area's kookiest cocktail haunts. 

18:30 - 21:30
Bar Crawl, Date Night, Dating, Something A Little Different

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