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
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.