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 27th July 2021


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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.

@ La Lounge on Mon, 30th Aug 2021 @ 15:00 - 4:00

This August bank holiday, head over to London Royal Rocks where La Lounge is celebrating the three-day weekend with a wild day and night of eating, drinking and dancing. Starting at 3pm, the event will be welcoming BBC 1XTRA and Capital Xtra DJs to the decks to blast out tunes till 4am.

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.


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Looking for fun things to do in East London? Head to Bethnal Green where The Double R Club will be in residence with a new series of shows. Host Benjamin Louche will be overseeing proceedings with his usual sinister flair.

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.


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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. 

Sin Gusano

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Among the best events in East London this season, this fun mezcal tasting from Sin Gusano is bringing you samples and delicious snacks. The pop-up will be taking over Caldera in Hackney, who will be providing snacks and welcome cocktails.

Smudged Lipstick Events

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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.

Love Pub + Grub

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One of the best events in East London has got to be Love Pub + Grub's summer pop-up. Following a sell-out season last year, the gang are back, bringing you cocktails, DJ sets, games and street food in a colourful setting.


@ The Old Truman Brewery on Sat, 11th Sep 2021 @ multiple start times (see ticket info)

Free From Festival lets you dig into street food, cakes and alcoholic beverages without having to worry about if they contain gluten, dairy or refined sugar. You can also catch expert demos from nutritionists, so you can learn how to make similar healthy dishes at home.

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. 

Jerk & Jokes Brunch

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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.

Backyard Comedy Club

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One of the best comedy nights in East London, Backyard Comedy Club is here to give you the giggles on a weekly basis. Head down with mates or dates to enjoy a thigh-slapping night of jokes and anecdotes at this Bethnal Green spot.

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.

Q Shoreditch

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Looking for fun things to do in East London? Get the gang together and head over to this Q Shoreditch. These guys will be offering you a range of fun party nights, offering you everything from weekly DJ events to one-off guest appearances.

Vintage Arts Asylum

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Looking for fun things to do in East London on Tuesday nights? Vintage Arts Asylum is the pop-up jazz club that's showing you how to dance like a vintage pin-up. Head over to Newington Green for live music, affordable drinks and a bit of a workout.

Locked in a Room

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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.

Trapeze Bar

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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.

The Hackney Social

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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.

The Book Club

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Head over to Shoreditch this month where The Book Club is back in business with some of the best events in East London. Their weekly drag brunch is bringing you bottomless drinks, tasty pizza and hilarious entertainment from morning until evening.

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.


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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.

Rooftop Film Club

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Some of East London's best bars are being transformed into amazing cinemas this summer. Check out Rooftop Film Club as they take over spaces like Roof East and Queen of Hoxton to show classic pictures outside, complete with comfy deck chairs, blankets and refreshments.