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 13th October 2017
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.
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!
Celebrate black British, African and Caribbean excellence at Beautiful, where there’s live music, poetry, and testimony carefully curated to entertain, empower and uplift.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Enjoy a true cocktail masterclass at TT Liquor, where you’ll be guided through the fundamentals of mixology before making four cocktails with premium spirits – and even taking part in a competition.
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.
They're one of the coolest live music venues in East London, and they're celebrating their 10th birthday this November. Join Paper Dress Vintage for a rampant weekend of live entertainment, debauchery and more.
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.
What happens when hip-hop superstars Supa Dupa Fly and Ace Hotel team up on one ultimate brunch party? You get two courses of delicious food, prosecco, a quiz and all the 90s and 00s hip hop you can handle.
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.
Head to TT Liquor for this exclusive rum carnival, where you’ll be treated to three different rum cocktails, Trinidadian street food, a cocktail masterclass and even entry into a tropical butterfly house recently shown at the Natural History Museum.
Join Chef Elliot Hill as he creates an autumnal feast in East London. The renowned chef will be creating five courses of British seasonal fare at The Frog on Brick Lane.
With face-painting, tequila and an long night of amazing music, Shoreditch's Barrio is bringing all the best flavours of Mexico to East London this Halloween.
The Little Shuffle Club is a great night out; located moments from Shoreditch Box Park, the bar has huge doses of Patron cocktails and fun and games.
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.
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.
Get stuck in for an end-of-week bash at Chasin Fridays for an eclectic mix of live music, before the audience get to duke it out on stage for a spot of hip hop karaoke.
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.
London is great because of diversity – that’s what this ten hour festival is trying to prove, with an all-day celebration of bands, DJs and workshops around.
From Miley through to Xtina and Britney, this is a massive night of female pop artists and their best tunes at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club.
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.
With the best R&B beats, an unusual selection of wines and late opening hours, this Halloween party at Ruby's in Dalston is not one to miss.
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 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.
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.
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.
Dalston is hosting the punk rock event you’ve been looking for, featuring live music, burlesque, go-go dancers, spoken word, DJs and more.
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.
Give movie night a shake up as this new night aims to bring the best in new independent cinema to Shoreditch. Taking place at Cafe 1001 each month, the night will screen films from around the world, alongside talks from industry experts and the chance to network.
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.
You might be in prison, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. 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. Good luck!
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.