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 February 2017

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Thames Lates

12 user reviews
@London Eye Millenium Pier on Various dates
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...
Boat Party, Date Night, Something A Little Different, Walks & Tours, Stag Do
Background Music
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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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Join us once again for a celebration of both the Emerald Isle and the Spring Equinox. Your botanical cocktails will be bursting with signs of spring (lovingly grown in the garden or foraged nearby and fashioned into exquisite infusions and...
Food & Drink, Live Music, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different
South London
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If you loved London Cocktail Week - you'll love this new event from the same team at DrinkUp.London - announcing; DrinkUp : The Beer EditWith firm favourites and new discoveries all under one roof - The Beer Edit is your chance to see beer in a...
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Festival, Food & Drink, Pop-Up
Hackney
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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?...
Fun Time Partying, Karaoke, Live Music, Something A Little Different, Activity
Funk & Soul
Shoreditch
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We’ve all made deals with the Devil.Tonight’s your chance to wipe the slate clean or pay off what’s owed… Part interactive experience, part pop-up bar, part durational performance, The ‘Neath is an immersive fantasy...
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Theatre/Arts, Festival, Something A Little Different, Themed Nights
Waterloo
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A new addition to this year’s LBW are the Rickshaw Beer Tours, which each focus on a different neighborhood and celebrate the diversity of London’s craft beer scene. Tickets will be just £10 and will include a stop at 3 different...
Bar Crawl, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Walks & Tours
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The rickshaw tours are super flexible, and relatively unguided, so you can go at your own pace and start and finish wherever suits you the most. There'll be a few breweries and tap rooms to visit in a night and you'll be taken by Jameson’s...
Bar Crawl, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Walks & Tours
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The Yoncé Experience, #OneYearOfBeyAllNight Wed February 22nd 10:00pm till Late XOYO, Shoreditch, London IT'S OUR FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY! Join the event here: http://bit.ly/TheYonceExperienceBday So 1 year ago after a trial in the...
Clubbing
Hip Hop/RnB
Shoreditch
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This March will see feasting at an unprecedented level descend upon Islington in the home of debauchery, Dead Dolls House. Based upon the ancient Roman feasts of the infamous god Bacchus, guests will be able to enjoy five decadent courses...
Food & Drink, Supper Clubs, Something A Little Different
Background Music
Angel
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Orchids Lates

1 user reviews
@Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew on Various dates
Explore the Orchids Festival after hours at one of our Orchids Lates events for over 18s only. Enjoy an evening inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory celebrating the contemporary sights, senses and sounds of India’s exotic and vibrant...
Pop-Up, Something A Little Different, Themed Nights, Walks & Tours
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@BallieBallerson on Various dates
We reopen on 10th February as GlowyMcGlow: an adult play pen set over two floors; the underground club is kitted out with 250k clear balls set upon a 10k LED dancefloor. Upstairs the bar has glow in the dark murals that are charged with UV light...
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Fun Time Partying, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Activity
Funk & Soul
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Inspired by classic comedies like ‘Allo ‘Allo and Dads Army we take you to a world of secret agents, gadgets, gizmos and a bloke called Colonel Gubbins who runs the whole shebang. Failed the medical for the Air Force? Feet too big for...
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Themed Nights, Something A Little Different, Fun Time Partying, Food & Drink
Retro
Central London
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VAULT Festival | Sci-Filent Disco Our pick
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In space, no one can hear you sing Strap yourself in, kid: it’s Silent Disco: Sci Fi Edition. Its continuing mission: to seek out strange new grooves and mix them with the finest space-loving playlists. Come with us if you want to dance. An...
Fun Time Partying, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts, Activity, Clubbing, Festival
Waterloo
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Packed with beloved hits, impressive staging, mesmerising dancers and themed costumes, the show is a celebration of British pop throughout the decades. The night kicks off with recollections and memories from the freedom days of the 60’s and...
Date Night, Hen Party, Live Music, Cabaret/Burlesque
80's Music
Holborn
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 Cinnamon Kitchen’s #HouseofHoli is back - bigger, better and brighter than ever! Leave the dull, grey City at the door, don your protective white suit, and step into the madness at the House of Holi,for thirty minutes of paint-pelting...
Daytime, Festival, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Date Night
Background Music
Liverpool Street
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HIP HOP, RnB BINGO This March, the BLINGO crew take over the Brewhouse Hackney for the launch of London's first ever hip hop, RnB bingo gameshow - a night of bingo, breakin' and booty shakin'. With your old skool MC's bustin' the numbers and...
Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different, Themed Nights, Comedy
Hip Hop/RnB
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We're going big for our first Prince Night of 2017! Everybody’s favourite Prince Night returns, since 2014 we’ve been filling out our intimate party palace with The Purple One’s biggest fans, old and young alike. You want to dress...
Clubbing, Fun Time Partying, Themed Nights, Hen Party
80's Music
Angel
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Roll up Roll up Cirque de Ville is coming to town, exclusive to Proud City! Step into the big top basement where a high skill circus, burlesque and cabaret combine in a night of mesmerising enticement. The spectacular meets the best in burlesque...
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Cabaret/Burlesque, Something A Little Different, Date Night
Burlesque/Piano
City of London
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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...
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Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying, Hen Party, Activity, Daytime, Something A Little Different, Sport
Alternative / Indie
Shoreditch
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Pimp Your Drink and Beat those January Blues.... Our Cocktail Masterclass is a vibrant session of mixing and shaking our renowned 'Flirt' and 'Zinger' cocktails. These will then be transformed into visual masterpieces as you pimp them up with...
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Food & Drink, Activity, Classes, Pop-Up, Hen Party
Notting Hill
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Fancy creating a dazzling PINEAPPLE centrepiece, dead set to send anyone into a frenzy of pineapple green eyed envy - and whats more, it is the symbol for hospitality so you will feel right at home from the word go with a very special pineapple...
Food & Drink, Hen Party, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different, Supper Clubs, Date Night
Central London
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An evening of music and dancing led by Cuban Jazz trumpeter Yelfris
Date Night, Live Music, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different
Jazz
Camden
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In 2016 we took over a much larger main hall, this proved to be great, tea re keeping this the same but with a better layout to allow more space to roam. We are also opening a new room for 2017. So expect much of the same but with more...
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Festival, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different
Electro
Brick Lane
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Temple Cinema returns to the hidden Masonic Temple at Andaz London for another season of chilling cinematic classics. Taking place in London's most eerie, atmospheric and secret venue, Temple Cinema Season 4: Trouble in Suburbia presents four...
Film Screenings, Pop-Up, Themed Nights, Something A Little Different, Date Night
Background Music
Liverpool Street
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Starting in January, celebrate the greatest jazz albums of the twentieth century at The Jazz Cafe. We are teaming up with our cities more talented young jazz musicians, to recreate classic releases from Charlie Parker, Dave Brubeck, Miles Davies...
Live Music, Date Night, Food & Drink
Jazz
Camden
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Ball Pit Bottomless Brunch

36 user reviews
@BallieBallerson on Various dates

 

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Pop-Up, Daytime, Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different
Funk & Soul
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The Covent Garden Comedy Club @ Heaven is the biggest and most successful independent comedy club in Central London with the best acts in the business. The success of the club is due to its professional, friendly and exciting atmosphere. We only...
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Comedy, Date Night, Something A Little Different, Fun Time Partying
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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...
Themed Nights, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different, Live Music
Jazz
Central London
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Axel Blake’s Krazy Klub

8 user reviews
@Tropicana Beach Club on Sunday 5 March 2017
Axel Blake's Krazy Klub is a live event showcasing the very best in stand up comedy, blended with gameshows and a splash of the unexpected from special guests to poetry or live music. IMPORTANT!!! Please Note: Doors open at 6pm. Seating is only...
Comedy, Something A Little Different, Food & Drink, Live Music
Live Music
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@Finsbury Park on Various dates
Join us for a walk around one of London's parks followed by a brunch at Mac & Wild and a Botanist Gin masterclass. We'll take you out with the Kew Garden's, Jason Irving, to show you what's growing on your doorstep. After a couple of hours in...
Food & Drink, Daytime, Something A Little Different, Classes
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@Meet Outside Peckham Rye Station on Various dates
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...
Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Walks & Tours
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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...
Bar Crawl, Boat Party, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different
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Denim N' Dine

35 user reviews
@Blackhorse Lane Atelier on Various dates
Experience a gastronomic pop up like no other by sensational chef, Pedro Passinhas. Set in a handmade denim atelier in Blackhorse Lane, a space shared with artists, including leather workers, weavers and indigo dye makers, Pedro’s pop up is a...
Food & Drink, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different, Supper Clubs
Alternative / Indie
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*'Best Place to Drink in the London' - Dot London small business awards 2016* (Little Nan is now in Peckham, Deptford and Dalston - This page is for Peckham Little Nan's) Little Nan's has extended her stay in her South East London Tropical Den...
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Date Night, Hen Party, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different
80's Music
Peckham
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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...
Fun Time Partying, Live Music, Something A Little Different, Classes, Activity
Live Music
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Faces you know from the TV and great names you know from the circuit - our Laugh Train Home comedy night on Wednesdays is going to have you in stitches. Oh, you want to know who’s playing? Fine, have a look at this lot...   November...
Comedy, Date Night, Something A Little Different
Not Applicable
Battersea
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Crazy In Love! We’re going to teach you the official dance to Beyonce’s “Crazy In Love”. Over the course of just two hours, our fun class will take you through the dancefloor moves every girl needs to know. A fondness for...
Something A Little Different, Classes, Hen Party
Commercial/Pop
Kings Cross
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1 events @ The Rosemary Branch with 1 upcoming dates starting on 26 Feb 2017

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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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.

Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Daytime, Hen Party
Funk & Soul
Shoreditch
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3 events @ Blueberry Bar and Kitchen with 150 upcoming dates starting on 23 Feb 2017

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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Little Nan's have bloomin' hired out Rio Cinema and filled it with all of her furniture, teapots and 90s treasures. Head down to this Dalston residency and gorge on bottomless teapot cocktails, unlimited pick'n'mix and popcorn, a dance away to the sounds of the 90s.

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Pop-Up, Date Night, Hen Party, Something A Little Different
Alternative / Indie
Dalston
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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. 

Fun Time Partying
Funk & Soul
Brick Lane
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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.

Bar Crawl, Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying
Commercial/Pop
Shoreditch
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Disco Yoga

26 user reviews

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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Something A Little Different, Classes, Clubbing, Activity, Hen Party
Funk & Soul
East London
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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. 

Hen Party, Karaoke
Party Mash Up
Shoreditch
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Head to the secret basement bar in Spitalfields for the best way to start your weekend. Absurd Bird are serving their fried chicken with a healthy heap of dance music and cocktails as their Friday night party gets you in the dancing mood.

Fun Time Partying, Food & Drink
House Music
East London
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1 events @ The King's Head Member's Club with 1 upcoming dates starting on 15 Apr 2017

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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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…

Cabaret/Burlesque, Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different
Canary Wharf
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Tea Tasting Masterclass

1 user reviews
@Yumchaa Café Brick Lane on Thursday 23 February 2017

Forget wine and whisky tastings, take some time for wine tasting at Yumchaa. Learn about the background, production and different types of tea, along with how to best enjoy its intricate flavours. They are also offering snacks and unlimited tea and coffees during the break.  

Classes, Something A Little Different, Activity, Date Night, Food & Drink
Background Music
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Join The Water Poet near Liverpool Street as they play host to Shoreditch Improv Festival. Bringing you the best in improvised comedy, story telling and sketches, join the talent artists for three dates.

Comedy, Theatre/Arts, Something A Little Different, Festival
Liverpool Street
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Take a dip in Enid Blyton's imagination and enjoy in a thrilling a cocktail and dinner pairing class that's sure to leave you smiling. With a night dedicated to Pinkster Gin in March and an equally intriguing Havana Club evening on offer in April, guests will be able to enjoy a delicious selection of dishes, where every ingredient has been selected to match the potent cocktails on offer. Guests will inhale courses such as camomile fizz, paired with smoked salmon and fennel mousse.

Food & Drink
Background Music
Shoreditch
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Last Man Standing is a fast-paced, interactive pub quiz with a difference: at the end of each round of questions, the winners are called onto the stage to compete in new challenges based on classic quiz shows. Then, at the end, the winners of these challenges are facing the ultimate showdown: Last Man Standing! With the chance to win a mega, royal prize, there’s no reason not to join the most hilarious quiz in London.

Fun Time Partying, Quiz Night, Something A Little Different, Date Night
Background Music
West End
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This is English
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Expires 24th February

Learn more about English wines with an expert as well as chowing down of four deliciously seasonal courses at This is English. Join wine expert Neil Deacon as he talks you through some of the hottest English wines currently available, all of which will be paired with your dinner.

Date Night, Food & Drink, Supper Clubs
Background Music
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Prepare for a night of soul, hip-hop, funk, jazz and broken beat as Sublive take over Old Street Records. Blending to together jazz and serious beats, Eric Lau will be headlining the show, with Poppy Ajudha and Oscar Jerome supporting with live music. For those wanting a more underground music experience, downstairs will be playing the best dancefloor tracks.  

Fun Time Partying, Live Music, Food & Drink
House Music
Shoreditch
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Head down to Cargo on a Saturday night for one of the best parties in East London. Switched is bringing the most exciting resident DJs across two rooms, who will be playing the best tunes to get you partying until the early hours of the morning.

Clubbing
Commercial/Pop
Shoreditch
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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.  

Clubbing
Commercial/Pop
Shoreditch
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3 events @ 2 venues with 11 upcoming dates starting on 22 Feb 2017

Located in Bethnal Green, The Pill Box Kitchen is playing host to one of London's most varied supperclubs. Having met on Kirstie’s Handmade Christmas 2016, four chefs have joined forces to take you around the globe with an eight-course tasting menu, each course giving you a different taste.

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Jackdaw and Star are hosting the beer event of the year as Pressure Drop defend their brewing title against Brockwell’s finest brewery Canopy. You’ll get to taste six beers, meet the brewers and judge who is the best – with accompanying snacks of course.  

Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying
Hip Hop/RnB
Hackney
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Try an authentic taste of Japan this February as The Snooty Fox in Canonbury puts on a night of whisky and cured fish. The quirky little pub will give out five samples out, explain each and pair them with cured fish.

Food & Drink
Dalston
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Get yourself down to the most fun party in East London as Reggaoke Live takes over the Queen of Hoxton. Get on stage and sing your heart out with the help of a live band or dance about in the crowd – at this event, laughter and niceness are the aims of the game.  

Karaoke, Fun Time Partying, Live Music, Something A Little Different, Activity
Shoreditch
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