Head to the South London venue Rivoli Ballroom for a night with their spectacular live bands, the best jive, swing, and RnB, inexpensive drink and a true authentic 40s and 50s atmosphere.
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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All hail Queen Bey as the bootylicious Beyonce is honoured with a themed brunch this September. Think beef shin shakshuka that's drippin' swagu and frozen watermelon cocktails (bottomless, of course) - because we been drinkin'.
One of Brixton's best party spots, this rooftop bar and club venue is must-visit if you're going out south of the river as it plays host to big name DJs and some of the best tunes in town.
This summer, get ready for a series of sessions at the Prince of Wales. With tickets from only £8, you can party the day away with cocktails from the pop-up rum shack, dig in to pizzas from Oh My Dough and chill on the two gorgeous terraces.
Head to Kennington for this super cool life-drawing event. Grab a couple of drinks and try your hand at sketching some real life burlesque and cabaret performers at this cool South London event.
Clapham is holding a Tiki secret: this amazing slice of South Pacific is waiting for you. Expect a big party and carefree spirit, and when it comes to the cocktails, you'll be treated to a wonderful range of mixed drinks made from premium spirits.
Organised in effort to raise money for St George's Hospital cardiac unit, Big Heart Fest is a fun evening of live music at Colliers Wood Community Centre this October. Head on over and you can catch local musicians, DJs and Colliers Wood International Ukulele Orchestra all in action.
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.
Just below the river you'll find The Horse and Stables, a family run pub with character at its heart. Inside you'll find quirky interiors perfect for feasting on homemade food, enjoying real ales, or simply enjoying the company.
Head to Camden where Blingo Bingo has arrived in all its silly glory. With fast-paced bingo dabbing, sing offs, dance offs and the chance win some really stupid prizes, it's a must visit if you're looking for a ridiculous night out.
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.
For fun and RnB beats aplenty, head over to Soul Saturdays at SAMA Bankside. Kick your night off with a plate of their Spanish fare, before getting down to the biggest chart tunes of recent years.
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.
Beloved Gipsy Hill boozer Bull and Finch are offering a cool and quirky daytime experience this October, where you can come along and create your own mug. It's sure to make for a rewarding activity, and nice retreat from the cold.
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.
Located in Catford, this unique southwest hangout is a hub of activity. There's everything from immersive multi-room escape adventures to live music and pop-up food stalls. Round up your best team and give it a go.
Leave your notions of life drawing at the door as this class will teach you all about the art form in a fun and open minded atmosphere. Join an artist and art teacher as she explains technique, how to hone your style and more at this South London class.
Battersea's Four Thieves are hosting the ultimate pub gaming experience, so if you've got some competitive mates this is your chance to whip their butts. Take on three races of Moonshine Raceway, two games of Bubble Ice Hockey and one Critter Race, and take your place as the ultimate champion.
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.
Head over to East Dulwich where Sip It will be bringing you this excellent night of wine, cheese and chocolate pairing. A real triple threat, you'll be given five stunning wines to try out, each carefully matched with a delicious artisan chocolate and cheese option.
One of the most exciting new theatre shows coming to South London this year, Girl From Nowhere will be hanging its hat at The Bedford for two nights this November in aid of the International Planned Parenthood Foundation. Join writer-performer Victoria Rigby as she brings her character to life through an electrifying live show.
Clapham's Radio Alice is encouraging you to get a little hands-on this summer and learn a new skill. After these informative masterclasses, you'll be cracking out the homemade organic pizzas for every date night, dinner party and future celebration.
The Grand is a top choice for a night out in South London; join them for silent discos, balls, orchestras and all the pop fun you could dream of.
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.
A unique new venue in London has opened, offering a unique setting for the city's finest rising comedy stars. Swing by The Vauxhall Comedy Club and expect belly aching laughs, with food and drink deals aplenty.
Thought The Prince of Wales couldn't get any better? Well, there may be a stunning rooftop, banging dancefloor and epic sound system, but now you can get a taste of Musical Bingo too. Get down to the Brixton hangout for a night of prizes, music and twists along the way.
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.
Looking for fun things to do this month? Head south of the river where Fourpure's flagship taproom is hosting the ultimate Oktoberfest bash; laced with a special edition brew, pretzels, sausages and more.
Not far from the Shard you'll find this interesting pottery masterclass, where you can learn everything about creating pottery using a wheel, including special techniques, and also there's fun competitions and the chance to take your favourite piece home.
Head to Peckham Levels and into Near & Far, the import/export bar that's all about cocktails and bar snacks fusing locally sourced ingredients with imports from around the world. Outside of their offering, you can enjoy kitsch, retro interiors and panoramic views of London.
Get yourself down to Southwark every first and third Thursday of the month where the Origin Coffee Roasters will be serving up the goods. For just five pounds you can snag yourself a plate of delicious snacks, and a well-earned welcome drink, perfect for an after-work treat.