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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.