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 August 2017
Forget underground club nights and experiential dining, East London is also a great place for a cocktail or drinks masterclass. Case in point: Map Maison's expert Japanese whisky session. Snack on appetisers as their head mixolgist takes you through the history of the drink, before teaching you to mix the perfect cocktail - of which of course, you'll be drinking!
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.
Get your weekend off to a great start at The Birds in Leyton host a quirky bottomless brunch. Join the pub as they invite in a hostess who will be leading a whole line-up of song-based activities, from terrible duets through to guess the name of the song.
For a night of unadulterated hedonism and psychedelic character, head to the Paper Dress Vintage in Hackney and experience everything that Factory De Joie has to offer. Featuring musicians, burlesque artists and go-go dancers performing on stage, things will be kicked up a notched when the resident DJs take over. Perfect for anyone looking for something a bit different, this East London event is certainly not your usual night out.
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.
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.
Boisdale in Canary Wharf is inviting the legendary drummer Ginger Baker on stage to perform live this September. Considered by some as the first superstar drummer, Baker will be performing soulful songs with his talented band, the Jazz Confusion. Perfect for all the live music fans in London, this concert will leave a lasting impression on you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Drink, dance and be very merry at this huge celebration of Mexico. The Tequila and Mezcal festival returns for its fourth year to The Old Truman Brewery, there will be entertainment such as a mariachi band, Aztec ceremony and exhibition as well as plenty of delicious street food.
The Chinese Cricket Club are inviting you to a night of Chinese food and music, with multi-talented musician Joanna Qiu providing a multi-instrument rendition while you feast on a meal prepared by an award-winning chef.
Get down to East London for a bottomless brunch with a twist. You’ll receive a banquet of mini burgers and fries, as well as a bottle of prosecco each, and also have access to their beer and ping pong tables. Sweetening things even more, you can make the most of this offer until 6 PM, making it the perfect way to start a boozy night out in London. Bring some friends down because they’ll also be showing the sport on the big screens.
After last year's success, the masterminds behind Oktoberfest East are returning to Oval Space for another wild Bavarian celebration. The team are bringing a range of traditional Bavarian beers to East London, along with a selection of German dishes and a fun-loving live oompah band. Known for getting a bit out of hand, this event promises to leave a lasting impact on you.
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…
Perfect for a date night that certain to last in your partner's memory, Amala is a supper club that showcases Brazil's long culinary history. Run by Luciana Berry and Julio Ketteley, the event will revolve around a 5-course meal, featuring traditional recipes that have all been reimagined and created using authentic ingredients from Brazil. Vibrant, full of fiery energy and flair, there are few better ways to celebrate Brazilian culture in London this September.
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.
Learn how to implement healthy practices in your workplace with this practical and helpful workshop. Hosted by two industry experts, the class will teach you how to take time out, look after your nutrition and mind.
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.
Head to Shoreditch for a unique opportunity to see the London Astrobeat Orchestra perform a selection of Talking Heads greatest hits in an afrobeat style.
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.
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.
Get yourself down to the Plateau Bar and Grill for dinner that comes with a healthy dose of virtual reality. That’s right, head to Canary Wharf and you can be treated to a glamorous three course meal before immersing yourself in a spectacular virtual reality experience that has been designed by Google.
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.
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.
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.
Known for hosting suave dinners and elegant events, the team at McQueen in East London are pulling out all the stops this September, this time showcasing the best flavours from South America at a special wine-dinner. Head chef Kamil Kudlek has curated a 5 -course menu that taps into South America's most vibrant culinary circles, while the team at Bibendum wine match each course with a particular South American wine.
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.
What's better than pasta? Five whole dishes of pasta, that's what. Getting rid of all your bank holiday woes is Rotorino as they host a pastathon which will include dishes from their own menu as well as renowned sister restaurant Palatino.
Head to East London and take part in a thrilling wine tasting like no other. The Paul Jaboulet Aine UK sommelier Charlotte will be leading a thrilling wine tasting at B'acino in London, showcasing 6 of the finest bottles the vineyard has to offer. Alongside teaching guests all about the complex making process that goes into each drink, the team will be serving a selection of delicious dishes, all of which have been paired with a particular wine in order to highlight certain flavours and notes on the palate.
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.
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.
The Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch is hosting a huge night of funk and soul as they celebrate Sly & the Family Stone. Join the club for hours of their revolutionary music, along with a live set from the Beekays and a DJ to finish the night.
28 West Bar is a party bar in East London that's never afraid to upset the neighbours by hosting huge, larger-than-life club nights. Head down on a Saturday night and enjoy huge DJ sets, hand-crafted cocktails and a carefree, party vibe long into the night.
After a successful Christmas period that saw the London Shuffle Club draw in Londoners from all over, the team behind the pop-up are back, this time opening up 6 shuffleboard lanes in the heart of Shoreditch. Shuffleboard dates back to the 16th century and is a cross between bowling and curling. Perfect for a fun birthday celebration or a great team night out, this big kid activity will leave you beaming from ear to ear.