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 5th May 2021

Backyard Comedy Club

18 user reviews 4

One of the best comedy nights in East London, the Backyard Comedy Club is here to give you the giggles every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. Head down with mates or dates to enjoy one of the funniest events in Bethnal Green.

Q Shoreditch

17 user reviews 4

Head over to Shoreditch this summer for a series of brunch parties that'll have you bopping to house, disco and garage anthems. That's not all though, as you can expect free-flowing fizz alongside delicious bodes to eat throughout their events.

Looking for fun things to do in East London? Swing by one of Barrio's bars and you'll find a full-blown fiesta every night of the week. From bottomless brunch events to quirky activities, this place is sure to add a dash of South American sass to your plans. 

Smudged Lipstick Events

178 user reviews 4

Switching up London's dating scene, Smudged Lipstick is injecting the fun back into meeting singles. Their quirky events include live comedy, quirky games and hilarious icebreaker activities, all set in swish London bars.

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.


8 user reviews 5

Set in an exclusive East London private members club, this kinky art class will see you using life models as your muse as you explore themes of performance and seduction. Suitable for all abilities, it's the perfect way to get in touch with your creative side. 

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.

Disco Yoga

169 user reviews 5

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.


108 user reviews 4

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.

Fancy catching a play with a pint in hand? Fuller's are making it happen with their summer series of Shakespeare in the Garden. Taking place at pubs around London, the event will have you watching Love's Labour's Lost or As You Like It over a fun and raucous evening.

Trapeze Bar

6 user reviews 5

One of the best happenings in East London this spring, Shoreditch hotspot Trapeze will be back with some incredible events from May. Get yourself down to the circus-themed bar for quirky cocktails, delicious food, themed brunches and fantastic performances.

Locked in a Room

1 user review 5

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.

The Hackney Social

13 user reviews 4

Searching for the best things to do in East London? Check out what's on at The Hackney Social, one of the area's most exciting venues. Combining art, music, theatre and more under one roof, this unique creative space is sure to have plenty on offer.

Head over to Shoreditch where Cargo is putting on a host of fun activities for you to enjoy this summer. Along with a mammoth reopening party which is bound to be electric, it's also screening a tonne of UEFA matches, complete with DJs and buckets of beer.

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.

Sin Gusano

11 user reviews 5

Looking for a quirky night out in East London? Sin Gusano are hosting a series of unmissable drinks tastings and experiences. This May, head on over to Caldera in Hackney, where you'll taste the finest mezcal sourced from Mexico in a fun and informative setting. 

Jerk & Jokes Brunch

6 user reviews 5

Taking place at various locations around London this summer, Jerk & Jokes Brunch are spicing up your weekend plans. Head to one of their day parties and you'll find a lineup of DJ sets, mouthwatering Jamaican cuisine and fruity cocktails.


2 user reviews 5

Looking for fun events in East London? Join your host Cookie Monstar at Proud Cabaret City where she'll be serving up bingo and boys. If your numbers are lucky you'll be up on that stage competing for some incredible prizes.

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.  

@ Backyard Comedy Club on Sunday 25th July 2021

The ultimate way to get your giggles on while giving back, this unique charity comedy gig is taking over Bethnal Green's Backyard Comedy Club with an excellent line-up of stunning stand-up talent. And the best bit? All proceeds with be going to The Care Workers' Charity.

  Hip Hop Karaoke

1 user review 5

@ The Frozen Cocktail Club on Every Thursday

One of the best events in East London has got to be The Frozen Cocktail Club's Hip Hop Karaoke. The weekly shindig is inviting you and your bubble to their Spitalfields digs for a night of singing and drinking. Expect icy concoctions, fun vibes and a tonne of tunes to pick from.