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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Searching for quirky happenings in East London? Taking place every Tuesday, Cabaret Life Drawing Session at The Looking Glass Cocktail Club is coming in hot. Enjoy sipping themed tipples all while drawing live models as they strut their stuff.
Looking for fun things to do in East London? Over at German Kraft Brewery, you can learn how they create their beer with a guided tour around the sprawling underground space. But of course, that's thirsty work - so they throw in a few tasters of their delicious beers too.
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.
Head over to Shoreditch for a Sunday spent bopping to funk and soul beats from a DJ while tucking into tempura, robata-grilled meats and sushi rolls at Apothecary. Want to go all out? Take things up a level with an hour and a half of bottomless cocktails.
Fancy learning about a fantastic range of beers from across the world? Then head on over to Hackney Wick where they're holding monthly tasting sessions. Led by Rambling Beer Co., this event will see you sampling unique brews in a friendly setting.
Make your way to Clapton Country Club, just a stone's throw from the station, for its awesome A Celebration of Ukrainian Cuisine and Art event. Not only will you be able to tuck into tapas-style dishes, but there will also be top-notch wines from Odessa. Sign us up.
East London plans? Whitechapel Arts Showcase has got you covered. Head along to this week-long festival, where you'll be able to catch a wide range of entertainment. From comedy to burlesque and cabaret, the London Hospital Tavern will be home to it all.
If you're craving pancakes with crème fraiche and blueberry compote or a loaded sourdough, with halloumi, tomatoes and poached egg, then head to Joan. This Shoreditch spot is serving a range of eats in their delicious bottomless brunches with unlimited mimosas.
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.
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.
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.
Immersive theatre meets an outstanding cocktails at this unique East London event. Located just a short walk from Aldgate and Liverpool Street Station you'll find booze and bootleggers in equal measure as you wind your way through this quirky experience.
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.
From drum & bass nights to festive specials, The Lighthouse throws some of the best budget-friendly parties in Shoreditch. Check out their Christmas disco or two-day New Year's Eve party for some of the best nights out in East London.
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.
Set on Dalston's Kingsland Road, Map Maison is an intimate and lovely cocktail joint that also serves bottomless brunch. Taking place on Saturdays, the brunch includes two plates from their Mediterranean style menu and 90 minutes of cocktails and bubbly.
Tantalise your taste buds with a foodie affair like no other; 10 Miles Supper Club. Taking over 83 Dalston Lane for a flavourful extravaganza, this will see you wolfing down a mouthwatering, multi-course feast made using sustainable produce, with tasty drinks to match.
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.
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.
Renowned for holding a range of awe-inspiring musical performances, DEBUT is heading to the loft at Shoreditch Treehouse for an exciting, secret concert. Enjoy live shows from newbies on the scene, as well as fully fledged stars. Even better? It's BYOB.
East London is coming at you with a fun evening with friends – especially if you're all beer fans. Kraft Dalston's Brewery Tour & Tasting comes complete with 3 half pints and a detailed walk through their fermentation and operations rooms.
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.
If you fancy discussing some fun or thought-provoking topics, then check out Philosophy Cabin at The Nelson's in Shoreditch. Not only will you (and your dog) be invited into its cool space, but you'll also be able to make some friends or chat with like-minded folk about ethics.
Scandal Brunch at Rake's Cafe Bar is one of our favourite bottomless brunches in East London, fronting the likes of pecan waffles drenched in rose fennel syrup and eggs benny topped off by caviar and truffle. Better yet, it's topped off by dessert, a side and unlimited bubbles or cocktails.
Upgrade your gin selection with your very own botanical blends, as Martello Hall and Serata Hall invite you to blend, bottle and name two bespoke gins at this intimate masterclass. Located in the heart of east London, it's all about small batch creations and superb gins.
From the question-fuelled Last Man Standing to the wild Musical Bingo and the ballad-filled Gospeloke, It's Unknown is raising the stakes when it comes to quirky nights out in London.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From the haunted toy store to the deadly butcher and demon barber, No Escape has two terrifying escape rooms in Aldgate and Oxford Street. Head over for the chance to take on 60-minute experiences, with equally horrifying themes to take on at each site.
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.
Want to experience high-speed racing but don't fancy actually getting behind the wheel? Supercharged VR offers a totally unique experience, where you can choose from a massive selection of cars and courses then race against your mates using high-grade technology.
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.
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.
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.
Head over to Greenwich where Meantime Brewing Company are giving you a behind the scenes tour into how the sausage gets made - or in this case, the beers. During the hour and a half tour, you'll learn more about the process, some interesting facts and will get to try various tasters.
Singo Bingo is bringing all the fun to East London. This awesome event will have everyone crossing off their numbers as they are sung aloud, all while enjoying top-notch jokes from comedian Roman Harris, with bottomless bubbles and grub. Sign us up.
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.
Orange Gina is strutting her fabulous self down to East London's The Three Compasses for her biweekly That's Drag Bingo! Not only will you be getting those dabbers out to snap up cool prizes, but also have a laugh with lip-syncing, bad-singing and, er, 'ball sucking'.
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.
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.
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.
Located in Waterloo, 26 Leake Street will be paying homage to all things Motown this summer with their lineup of Soul Supper events. Expect live music, a sumptuous two-course dinner and a glass of fizz on arrival.