What's On in South London
Veer a little South of the river in London and you'll find smashing suburbias, bustling parks, a population of well over a million and some of the best events in the business. But what to do, and where to ruddy do it? From titillating burlesque nights and proud, pubbing experiences, to party shenanigans and clubbing events, it's easy to found out what's on in South London, because we're here to help you. Check out our recommendations for the best events in South London.
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Last updated on 22nd August 2017
Get the start of your week off to a cracking start with Powder Keg in Clapham as they put on a weekly series of tastings. From gin through to rum, the venue will create cocktails and teach you a little more about each spirit.
Forbidden Nights brings London’s hotest male variety show to the majestic surroundings of The Clapham Grand. Perfect for hen parties or a lively girls night out, this is an event guaranteed to get you a little hot under the collar, as a stellar line-up of performers (including a Channing Tatum lookalike and an X-Factor finalist) put on a sexy yet fun show without the need for nudity.
Explore underground tunnels at night in this immersive theatre performance, combining dance, shadow puppetry, sound installations and sensory theatre to examine just what it takes for women to be considered monsters.
If your hobbies include scaring yourself silly at ghastly haunted tours, we just might have something for you. Come braced for an experience of the paranormal, as you take in a 90-minute session laden with Cutty Sark curses, ghostly jilted lovers, shadowy laneways and the creepiest tunnel in the UK. Return to normalcy with a pint in Charles Dickens’ favourite haunted pub afterwards.
Take the party back to the swinging days of American prohibition, as Blues Kitchen Brixton puts on a huge night of live music. The retro venue plays host to blues and jazz bands regularly, the perfect accompaniment to all those whisky cocktails.
Get your drink on and dance to some of the best swing music in town as Blues Kitchen Brixton puts on a night of 2-4-1 cocktails. Taking place every Wednesday, the night offers 2-4-1 on their delicious concoctions, try their take on the margarita and thank us later...
If you like your movie nights to feature free popcorn, prizes for fancy dress and an absolutely massive screen, The Grand is where you need to be. These guys host regular screenings of cult classic films, all beamed out on their 24ft wide screen so you can get a completely new level of enjoyment out of your favourite flicks. There’s access to a pumping after-party included in your ticket price (which incidentally, is pretty well priced), so you might as well hang around for a dance once it’s finished.
South London is scorching up once again as Brixton Beach returns with another year of sun, sand and street food. The amazing pop-up will be sound tracked by some of the best DJs this side of the Thames, along with having summery cocktails and delicious street food.
Taking place in Southwark, Studio Masterpiece is a fun and sociable evening that will help you discover an inner artist. Regardless of previous experience, this event is perfect for anyone who fancies getting creative, following various themes with everything from painting through to sculpture.
Head over to Elephant and Castle to find super club The Colombian this Thursday. The hot venue will be spicing things up with a night of Latin music and dancing; put on your dancing shoes and get ready to strut yourself to some seriously smooth hits.
It’s not often you’ll be able to drink expertly made cocktails in South London while surrounding a campfire. So get yourself down to Brunel Museum Rooftop Gardens, where all the mixes are supplied by local brewers and distillers, and the ingredients plucked from the garden itself. There will also be marshmallow toasting to really round off the evening.
Laugh Train Home is one of the city's most popular comedy nights, and for good reason too. Always showcasing a prime selection of rising UK talent as well as favourites from the comedy circuit, you can head to Four Thieves in Battersea or The Honour Oak in Forrest Hill and enjoy a spread of incredible stand-up.
The BoomCycle team are pairing up with Fu Manchu in Clapham in August, hosting the ultimate weekend of fitness in London. The event starts off with a gut-busting, 45-minute hit spin class. After that, guests will be treated to a healthy brunch - created by Sana Mind Body and Soul - followed by fitness talks from some of the industry's leading figures.
Hidden in a neon-lit, kitsch-filled and palm tree decorated bar is one of London's most fun afternoon teas. Little Nan's has come to an old theatre in South London and is hosting an afternoon tea that includes cakes cooked by an award-winning bakery and cocktails in teacups.
Known for their huge live sport events, The Clapham Grand are pulling another goodie out of the bag with this evening of traditional Thai fighting. Watch as some of south London's finest battle it out to be crowned the champion of Muay Thai.
Laughing in the face of those Sunday night blues and offering Londoners a chance to burn off any remaining weekend energy they might have, the team at Brixton Jamm are hosting a weekly Sunday night reggae special. With the best street food vendors in tow, the night will be signposted by happy hour drinks prices and the best reggae DJ sets in South London. Who said Sundays had to be sad?
Head to Craft for their biggest ever feast, as this September they celebrate the harvest. Expect fresh, seasonal dishes, wonderful cocktails and paired wines.
Ever wanted to party all night long like it’s the 90s? Well, put away that time machine because Hot Since 91 has the best tribute night to the biggest decade ever. With retro karaoke and everything you need to feel nostalgic, you won’t regret this trip at all.
There are some holes that can only be filled with an epic roast, and that's exactly what The Honor Oak in Forest Hill are doing come Sundays. The traditional and cosy pub will be serving their legendary carvery along with a hopping atmosphere of live music and a jam session in the evening.
The Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club does many things, and it does them with the charm of a Parisian jazz bar of a bygone era. The place oozes cool, which suits its line up of fantastic acts perfectly. Nearly every day they have something great on, from established jazz, soul or funk singers to open mic nights celebrating the best in up-and-coming talent – all while you sip on one of their fantastic French and New World wines.
With the song of Summer playing on loop in their heads, the team at The Columbian in South London have pulled together the best DJs in the capital for a reggaeton celebration. Lasting long into the night, and with drinks starting at just £3, this is a summer club night that's definitely worth checking out.
Handmade Mysteries create twisted escape rooms for people looking for a pulse-racing, brain-teasing, immersive experience. Based in London's finest drinking establishments, your game host will introduce your team to a series of bizarre contraptions and mysterious misfits. Will you win and cry for joy? Or lose, and just cry?
Head to South London's Powder Keg Diplomacy and enjoy a serene night of live jazz and soul music every Sunday. Guests will be able to relax and watch some of the capital's best live music performers show off their many musical talents, all the while drinking a stunning, hand-crafted cocktail. If that wasn't enough, the kitchen will be sure up a selection of great comfort food, including a hearty roast dinner.
It’s all about beer at the Four Thieves for their third birthday (though there is food available!). Expect three bars filled with beer from around the world, country and stuff brewed in-house. Your ticket gets you entry, your festival glass to keep and one of their in-house brewed beers.
Thursdays just got a whole lot more fun in Clapham as Lotus bar put on their huge Thirsty Thursdays. Head down for drinks after work or go for the party atmosphere with mates as the bar and club invites in DJs to play the hottest tunes until 2am - well worth the Friday hangover.
Join Big J as the Street Food Warriors go to war for the final time this year! Expect delicious food, cocktails, top DJs, an all day party, 90s gaming and a rooftop location.
Head to Calcutta Street Brixton for Indian street food and cool vibes. The venue boasts everything from neon signs to hand-painted murals and artwork, while the kitchen delivers street food style plates and ‘shorbot’ cocktails.