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 28th April 2017

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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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Guilty Pleasures isn’t just a night out – it’s a way of life. Where else can you hear classic pop tunes transported from your headphones and out to a club of people just like you who love pop and aren’t afraid to shout about...
Clubbing, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different, Themed Nights
Commercial/Pop
Camden
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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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14 events @ Blues Kitchen Shoreditch with 14 upcoming dates from 06 May 2017 until 30 Jun 2017

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.

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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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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.

Dating, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Supper Clubs
Canary Wharf
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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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@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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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...
Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Date Night, Hen Party, Something A Little Different, Stag Do, Activity
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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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@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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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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3 events @ Blueberry Bar and Kitchen with 150 upcoming dates starting on 04 May 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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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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East London is known for its mad party nights and this promises to be no different as Artful Dodger come to McQueen in Shoreditch. The dance duo will be hyping up the crowd with their huge mix of MCing and DJing.

Clubbing, Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying
House Music
Shoreditch
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Head to East London for a taste of la bella vita with Rotorino, the charming Dalston spot. This May bank holiday they're cranking up the volume with a live band, negronis, lasagne and craft beer at their special event.

Food & Drink, Date Night, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different
Background Music
Shoreditch
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January dates are SOLD OUT. Silent Sounds: On The Thames is waiting to take you on an unmissable trip and silent disco, all while showing you London's most incredible sights along the Thames. Hop aboard The Dutch Master, a two-storey party boat,...
Boat Party, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different
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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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Join Shane and Edna for a walk through the local woods, for a spot of urban foraging. Your day will start with a coffee and chat before exploring Hackney Marsh's bountiful ingredients. Then it's all back to Shane's on Canalside for light snacks made from your wares.

Walks & Tours
Hackney
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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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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. Bring some friends down because they’ll also be showing the sport on the big screens.

Daytime, Activity, Food & Drink, Sport
Commercial/Pop
East London
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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.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Pop-Up, Date Night, Hen Party, Something A Little Different
Alternative / Indie
Dalston
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18 events @ The Rosemary Branch with 27 upcoming dates from 30 Apr 2017 until 01 Jul 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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Sunrise Yoga

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@Sky Garden on Various dates
37 floors high - Sky Garden is the perfect setting for sunrise yoga and a delicious breakfast.Set in Sky Garden's domed roof with a backdrop of incredible city views, take to the mat on the intimate and idyllic Fenchurch Terrace. With a dynamic,...
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Activity, Classes, Daytime, Something A Little Different
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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...
Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Boat Party, Date Night, Something A Little Different, Walks & Tours, Stag Do
Background Music
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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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2 events @ London Beer Lab - Brixton with 3 upcoming dates starting on 24 May 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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Denim N' Dine

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@Blackhorse Lane Atelier on Various dates
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Expires 14th May
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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What’s East London without a bit of alternative comedy? Some of the UKs top up-and-coming alternative comedians are descending on JuJu’s for a night of challenges, where you and your friends will compete for prizes.

Comedy, Quiz Night, Themed Nights, Something A Little Different
Shoreditch
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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. 

Live Music
Jazz
Dalston
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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...
Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Food & Drink, Activity, Classes, Pop-Up, Hen Party
Notting Hill
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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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@The Boiler House at The Old Truman Brewery on Various dates

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. 

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Festival, Food & Drink, Live Music, Pop-Up
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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!

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Classes, Daytime, Food & Drink
East London
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The Strongroom Bar & Kitchen is hosting a whisky masterclass revolving around the wonders and iconic flavours of Macallan 12. Educating guests all about how each dram is made and showing off the best creations that the brand has to offer, this event is certain to leave you full of facts and with a better understanding of the world of whisky.

Food & Drink, Classes
Shoreditch
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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.

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Date Night, Food & Drink, Supper Clubs
Background Music
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Resident of Paradise Row

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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.

Happily Affordable ££
Bethnal Green

Head down to Apples and Pears for a vodka masterclass centred around the world’s first ‘green’ vodka. Distilled from glacial water and made with sustainable energy, guests will taste first-hand the difference this makes as they sip on two drinks and a neat taster, while their expert talks you through the history and flavours.

Food & Drink, Classes, Something A Little Different
Brick Lane
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3 events @ 3 venues with 8 upcoming dates from 02 May 2017 until 31 May 2017

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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3 events @ Howling Hops - Brewery & Tank Bar with 3 upcoming dates starting on 10 May 2017

Want some of the best comedy in East London? Look no further than Pickle Boy Comedy, featuring the best comedians in the comedy world and taking place in the unique Howling Hops Tank & Brewery setting. Expect the weirdest acts and tonnes of pickled eggs.

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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...
Comedy, Date Night, Something A Little Different, Fun Time Partying
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East London is certainly not shy of huge club nights, but none are bigger that WeLovePop's Britney vs Christina night at Concrete in Shoreditch. The WeLovePop DJs will be helped by DJ Mikey Cyprus and the team at Fascination DJs, playing all of the biggest tracks ever created by these two megastars.

Fun Time Partying, Themed Nights, Clubbing
Commercial/Pop
Shoreditch
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Get yourself down to this beautiful studio space overlooking the Regents Canal for a cocktail masterclass with a difference. Not only will you receive a unique cocktail on arrival, you’ll be able to create two of your own with the help of their master mixologists. Afterwards, you will be able to create masterpieces out of them by creating your own original garnishes out of fresh produce.

Pop-Up, Classes, Activity, Something A Little Different
East London
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Gin

1 events @ Geffrye Museum with 1 upcoming dates starting on 19 May 2017

Background Bars have teamed up with a number of East London bars to host a series of events that celebrate all the wonderful things we love about London gin. As part of their series of events, guests will sample drinks created by the Mead Men, The Gin Whore and the East London Liquor Company. 

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The Larder Wanstead are hosting a night of relaxed wine-tasting for all you buddy wine sommeliers out there. Guests will sample a range of six wines, each paired with a delicious canape, with their expert talking you through the various flavours.

Food & Drink
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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, Something A Little Different, Classes, Walks & Tours
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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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Get yourself down to East London hotspot The Mangle as they host Supa Dupa Fly’s sixth birthday party. Top tier DJs will be taking advantage of their massive sound system to bring you the best in RnB, garage and hip hop from the 90s and 00s.

Clubbing, Fun Time Partying, Hen Party, Something A Little Different
Hip Hop/RnB
Hackney
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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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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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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.

Clubbing, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different, VIP Party
Hip Hop/RnB
East London
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It's summer time which means it's time to start partying during the day. Magic Roundabout are helping you out with hours of massive hip hop tunes, street food feasts, giant games and some of the best East London DJs.

Clubbing, Daytime
Hip Hop/RnB
Shoreditch
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Doused in glitter and dragon bubbles, Down the Rabbit Hole will fulfil all your party needs at a late-night, trippy event that takes place at a secret location. Use your golden key, find the rabbit and get ready to follow him down the rabbit hole.

Clubbing, Fun Time Partying, Themed Nights
East London
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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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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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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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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.

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Food & Drink
Background Music
Shoreditch
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McQueen is hosting a night dedicated to the party island of Ibiza! As May rolls around and that summer sun comes out, so does the sights and sounds of Ibiza, as Club Mambo brings all of this thanks to DJs like Paul S, One of Them, Beyond City Limits, Markhese and more.

Clubbing, Fun Time Partying
House Music
Shoreditch
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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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Urban Coterie in East London are hosting an interesting tasting session revolving around extra virgin olive oil. The maestro from Olivocracy will be teaching guests all about the different ingredients and making processes that go into different oils, explaining how these have a crucial impact on the final flavour.

Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Date Night, Classes
Background Music
Shoreditch
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Combining a canalboat cruise of the River Lea, with drink and brunch options it's all aboard the Alfred Le Roy departing from Hackney Wick at the edge of the London Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park before heading out on a two hour east end waterway...
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Boat Party, Daytime, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different
Background Music
Hackney
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Whitechapel has fallen back in time and is now being stalked by the most famous Victorian killer – Jack the Ripper. As one of three characters it’s up to you to uncover the mystery: will you find your answers in a gin at the Ten Bells or in the confession box at St Botoloph’s Aldgate Church?

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Pop-Up, Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts, Themed Nights, Activity
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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...
Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Date Night, Hen Party, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different
80's Music
Peckham
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2 events @ The King's Head Member's Club with 2 upcoming dates starting on 26 May 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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Get down to Willy’s Wine Bar for a night of wine tasting and cheese nibbling. Their expert sommeliers have carefully selected five different wines while you get to eat an offering of wonderful cheeses.

Themed Nights, Food & Drink, Drinks Tasting
City of London
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Circus 83

1 user reviews

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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