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 29th September 2022

This month, head over to The Backyard Comedy Club for a Sunday of alcohol-free giggles. Not only will there be a number of comics waiting to bring the lols, but there'll also be some of the best booze-free drinks going too.

Vintage Arts Asylum

34 user reviews 4

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.

Comedy Cabin

123 user reviews 5

Fancy a bit of a giggle? We know just the place; Comedy Cabin, just a short walk from Hoxton Overground, is where it's at for a laugh-out-loud performance. Whether you head over for a show from a top comedian or love checking out newbies on the circuit, you'll have a righteous time.

The Hackney Social

151 user reviews 4

Looking for fun things to do in East London? The Hackney Social is a creative community space that's hosting all kinds of exciting events, from black-owned markets and vegan parties through to reggae soundsystem shindigs and unique workshops.

Fancy doing something beer-themed in East London? Over at the Pembury Tavern, The Five Points Brewing Co is hosting a Green Hop Beer Festival, as well as a tasting event. Also on the agenda, you'll find they're throwing a Brewers Market at Coal Drops Yard.

Searching for fun things in London? How does bodypaint and dazzling performances sound? Enjoy amazing classes from Art Play - including painting classes, salsa dancing lessons and acrylic pour workshops.

  PARADE Fridays

1 user review 5

@ 93 Feet East on Every Friday

Looking for club nights in East London? PARADE Fridays at 93 Feet East is the place for live performers merged with a blend of disco and Ibiza-inspired house. They're launching you into the weekend with plenty of delish cocktails to boot.


20 user reviews 5

Found just a short walk from Old Street tube station, The King's Head is set to be taken over by Forbiddendog. What to expect? An evening of fetish performances, as well as a life drawing class. On top of that, there will also be fab music and delish nibbles.

Plant Based Events Co

29 user reviews 4

Plant Based Events Co is taking over venues across the city for nights of feel-good food and music. Check out the Hackney Wick event headlined by Rebel Clash, frontman of Chase & Status, with delicious vegan grub being served up by the likes of Sun Kissed Plates, Chickenish and more.

The Book Club

44 user reviews 5

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.

Backyard Comedy Club

82 user reviews 5

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.


67 user reviews 5

If you're looking for thing to do in East London for adults, how about some twisted cabaret? These dark and sinister performances at monthly event The Double R Club are inspired by David Lynch, spanning burlesque, comedy, live music and more.

Spruce up your average ol' afternoon in London at Simmons with their glorious afternoon tea events. Perfect for hen nights, birthdays or just to treat yourself. Think bottomless bubbles and a range of delicious sweet and savoury snacks.

The Leyton Star

46 user reviews 4

Looking for some top-notch East London events? Then be sure to head to The Leyton Star. This top-notch boozer is not only hosting sports matches, pub quizzes and comedy nights, but they also have a food and drinks menu worth trying.

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. 

Smudged Lipstick Events

180 user reviews 4

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.

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.

The Big Bakes

1675 user reviews 5

Looking for something to do in the city? The Big Bakes are hosting several events, where you'll get to put those baking skills to test. It'll come complete with instructions, tools and tonnes of tips to create your sweet bites.

Trapeze Bar

100 user reviews 3

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.

Check out Coupette in Bethnal Green for a top-notch night out. Whether you're craving date night cocktails in their sultry space or fancy watching some fantastic live entertainment from London's best artists, they really have all bases covered.

Shakespeare Comedy Club

22 user reviews 4

For fun things to do in East London, look no further than nabbing a cheap ticket to a night of laughs. Comedy Downstairs at The Shakespeare have a talented and varied roster of comedians waiting to keep you entertained throughout the week. 


109 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.

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.