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 26th November 2020

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.


107 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.

This saucy series of craft workshops are taking over London Fields' Regent Studios to bring you a whole range of salacious evenings. From penis-shaped candles and DIY dildos, you'll be getting your hands dirty with some very unique outcomes.

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.

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.  

Disco Yoga

167 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.

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.

@ Backyard Comedy Club on Sunday 28th March 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.

One of the best club nights in East London, What's The Motive are here to bring you the best music and crazy amounts of energy, alongside epic freebies and giveaways.

Head over to Stratford where The Refreshment Room is waiting to kickstart your weekend with their brilliant bottomless brunches. Hosting a range of themes, take your pick between the likes of a reggae party or Lady Gaga-inspired feast and get ready for an hour of free-flowing drinks, banging hits and tasty bites.

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.

@ Trapped Escape Rooms on Various dates from Tuesday 1st December 2020

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...

Comedy Cabin

16 user reviews 5

Bringing together a diverse range of international talent, the Comedy Cabin is one of the best things to do in East London this season. Just a short walk from Hoxton Overground you'll find hilarious acts and laugh-out-loud moments all night long.

@ Proud Cabaret City on Sat, 19th Dec 2020 @ 11:30 - 16:55

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Looking for something fun to do in East London? Head on over to Proud Cabaret City as they host The Last Soirée Supper Club. Not only will you feast on fine dining with bottomless drinks, but you'll be kept on your toes with live DJs, photobooths and even fire breathers. 

Sure, you may be familiar with Brick Lane market, but if you want to really explore the area's vibrant food and drink scene then Imagine Experience's tour is for you. Tickets include plenty of tasty samples from all over the world as well as a professional guide and a lesson in Cockney rhyming slang.

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

1 user review 5

On the hunt for fun things to do in East London? The Hackney Social is brimming with a whole host of live music gigs, film screenings and vegan food events. Rally your mates and head over to one of their fun daytime or evening shindigs, promising a fun time for a wallet-friendly price.

Doña Bar

10 user reviews 5

One of Stoke Newington's most beautiful drinking dens,  Doña is a wonderland of pink velvet, red feathers and twinkling lights. This autumn, head to the mezcal masters for an evening of cocktails and live entertainment - from comedy and cabaret to jazz music.

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.