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 November 2019




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.

Floripa is a fun Brazilian-themed bar and club with plenty of quirky events to sink your teeth into. Whether you're celebrating a bank holiday, got a hankering for a good ol' fashioned happy hour, or fancy the sound of a tiki Halloween party, they're a go-to.

A trendy bar and club in the heart of Shoreditch, The Lighthouse is a favourite among East Londoners for its chill vibe and fun events. From bank holiday parties to live music and commercial club nights (complete with confetti cannons and dancers) it's a truly unique spot.

Head underground into this East London vault, where you can enjoy four courses of tasty Mexican food on communal tables – but only after you make your way through the unique and pretty venue.

@ Bethnal Green Working Men's Club on Fri, 29th Nov 2019 @ 21:00 - 2:00

This month, Pussy Liquor is joining forces with Bethnal Green Working Men's Club for a night that dives deep into the world of Brexit, Putin, climate change and beyond. Expect renegade performers, eclectic cabaret and a whole load of surprises.

@ Downstairs at Mother on Fri, 22nd Nov 2019 @ 18:30 - 23:00

Looking to get cuffed thus November? Get yourself to this dating event with a difference, as I Fucking Date London Vol. 3 kicks off. The immersive event takes the piss with a tale of a wedding gone wrong, a cracking bar and quirky theatrical production to get stick into.

  ADONIS Cabaret

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@ Club Aquarium on Every Saturday

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. 

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.  

@ Trapped Escape Rooms on Various dates from Friday 22nd November 2019

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...

Disco Yoga

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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.

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.

@ The Star of Bethnal Green on Saturday 7th December 2019

Any Bethnal Green dweller knows that The Star is the top spot for good drinks and great vibes... and brunch is no different. Head to the east London favourite for a 90s theme that pormises flowing bloody marys, mimosas and cocktails alongside classic dishes.

  The Covent Garden Comedy Club

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@ Heaven on Various dates from Saturday 23rd November 2019

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...

  Bottomless Brunch

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@ Bounce, Old Street on Sunday 24th November 2019 and 23 other Sundays

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.

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. 

  Gospeloke East London

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@ Colours Hoxton on Various dates from Tuesday 17th December 2019

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?...

Rumour Mill

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Looking for quirky things to do in east London? Look no further, because Rumour Mill is heading to a top secret spot, ready to treat you to an evening of stunning burlesque and cabaret complete with food and drinks.

  Strictly Come Drag Queen

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@ Dr Kluger's Olde Town Tavern on Saturday 30th November 2019 and 2 other Saturdays

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 DOUBLE R CLUB

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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.

  Shoreditch Brunch Social

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@ Flight Club Shoreditch on Various dates from Saturday 23rd November 2019

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...

What's The Motive

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One of the best club nights in East London, What's The Motive are here to bring you the best music and crazy amounts of energy, alongside epic freebies and giveaways.

@ Moonshine Saloon on Various dates from Friday 22nd November 2019

Immersive theatre meets an outstanding cocktails at this unique East London event. Located just a short walk from Aldgate and Liverpool Street Station you'll find booze and bootleggers in equal measure as you wind your way through this quirky experience.

  Peckham Street Art Tour

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@ Meet at Brick Brewery Taproom, Blenheim Grove, London, SE15 4QL on Saturday 1st February 2020 and 3 other Saturdays

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...

@ Bread Street Kitchen on Various dates from Friday 22nd November 2019

Make it an evening to remember and chow down on a tantalising menu that includes potted salt beef brisket, spicy tuna tartare and, of course, Beef Wellington. There's even Grey Goose vodka cocktails to wash it all down in style.

One of the best Christmas events in East London this year, The Curtain is opening up its rooftop lido for the ultimate festive film pop-up. Catch Christmas classics including Love Actually, Die Hard and It's A Wonderful Life complete with views across the city.

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.

  The Candlelight Club

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@ The Candlelight Club on Various dates from Friday 22nd November 2019

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...

GIN-HOUSE BURLESQUE

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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.