If you're after a cocktail experience, then this summer pop up is just what you need. Whether it's rum, gin or whiskey you're after, the Merchant House's hidden bar has it all. With a personal bartender and your own music selection, this is the perfect private hire.
Best Events In August
We're at the height of summer and - if you haven't already - it's definitely about time you got out and made the most of this gorgeous weather. Not sure where to start? With a month full of supper clubs, outdoor film screenings, immersive experiences and more, we don't blame you. But no problem, our hand-picked guide is just the thing to get you out for some fun in the sun. Feast your eyes on London's best events in August and get some seasonal inspiration.
If you're looking for fun things to do this August, book yourself into Ballie Ballerson. Whether you're here for the Insta-worthy photo opps, the chance to act like a kid again or all the retro sweet cocktails and pizza you can handle, this is one for your diary.
Hop aboard The Dutch Master, an incredible two-storey party boat that takes you past iconic London landmarks. Soak up the sights of the city all while listening to everything from disco classics to hardcore house... but that's all depending on what channel you choose, of course.
Hip Hop Brunch are making your Saturday afternoons a whole lot better with their weekly events throughout August. Unwind to all your favourite songs from some of the biggest names in the industry whilst tucking into a delicious three-course meal with bottomless cocktails.
London Cabaret Club's newest show is taking a look at Britpop through the ages over a night of theatrical costumes, mesmerising performances and well-loved tunes. Beginning in the 60s, the evening will include popular anthems and nostalgic trends from each decade.
Step into the Wild West at Moonshine Saloon, where the king of bathtub gin will shake you up some contraband drinks. Rock the cowboy look as you take on the role of outlaw bandit and liquor smuggler, but watch out for the sheriff's suspicious gaze, or else.
Whether you're a single lady or a nasty girl, we've got just the thing for you. Beyonce Brunch is paying tribute to the queen herself over an afternoon of limitless cocktails and a two-course feast, accompanied by live performances from an amazing singer and dance troupes.
This August, London Party Boats are bringing you sunset river cruises over the Thames, complete with table service, private seating and cracking drinks... all from one of the most unique party venues in the city.
Leading the way for socially-distanced summer events, Prince of Wales in Brixton is hosting a series of rooftop brunches and suppers, complete with private party booths and an unreal lineup of live DJs.
One of the best places to drink in the city this August, Midnight Apothecary is back with more foraged cocktails and charming evenings. Head over to their riverside plot for the chance to sip the evening away inone of the prettiest bars in South London.
This August, treat yourself to some seriously quirky activities at Flight Club. You and your squad will get to celebrate the summer by playing round after round of social darts while sipping Prosecco, tucking into epic platters of pizza and having one heck of a party.
Comedy Carnival brings you award-winning comedians from around the world, as well as plush dining and roaring shows at some of London's best venues. Join them this August for an evening filled with laughter, enticing eats and plenty of surprises along the way.
Celebrate the summer with a group day out to Electric Shuffle in Canary Wharf. Their unique boozy brunch offering will add a dash of healthy competition to your usual antics, with access to the shuffleboards, a bottle of Prosecco each, paddles of pizza and a live DJ to soundtrack.
One of the best art series in London this month, Neon Naked Life Drawing is back - in-person and online - to bring you a new twist on those classic classes. You'll be tasked with drawing body paint-covered models using only UV materials, and it's worth it for those oh-so cool pictures you'll be taking home.
Treat your friends to a unique immersive dining event this August, as Kitchen Theory returns with more fantastical eating experiences. Not only will you dine on an impressive 10-course feast, but each dish will be brought to life using audio, visuals, textures and aromas to make it a multi-sensory experience.
From deluxe dinners to National Burger Day, the Karma Sanctum Soho is treating you a delicious selection of foodie treats this month. Head down to the central London hotel for excellent eats and a cocktail or two in stunning surroundings.
This August, take part in one of Sipsmith's ultimate gin cocktail masterclasses. Not only will you learn how to make the perfect summer cocktail with ingredients delivered to you, but you'll also pick up plenty of useful tips and tricks to help keep you ginspired after the event.
Hyper Reality is offering you an evening of escapist fun from their East London base. The VR-based event will give you the option to fight zombies, take a rollercoaster ride, explore foreign worlds and take part in a go-karting race. There's also retro consoles and board games for when you're out of the headset.
Part of the famed Gordon Ramsay restaurant group, Bread Street Kitchen is one of the city's swishest dining spots. For a unique experience like no other, book this spaceship private space and spend the night feasting on exquisite cuisine and potent cocktails.
One of London's most popular immersive cocktail experiences is back for another summer of fancy dress, code-cracking and vintage-style tipples. For one night only you'll become a secret WW2 agent, tasked with breaking an allusive code with a boozy reward for those that succeed.
If you're after a lesson from the experts, look no further than Black Parrot, an award-winning bar in Blackfriars. The mixology maestros are more than happy to share some of their knowledge over rum masterclasses, complete with a welcome drink, four tasters and a collection of stories.
One of the best events in London this month, Musical Bingo is going sky high as it takes over the Prince Of Wales rooftop terrace for a night of hilarious, hands-on fun. Get ready for immersive decor, dance-offs and much more as the MB team bring you the chance to win some serious prizes.
Treat yourself to a luxury dining experience this summer, courtesy of Dinner Ladies. Choose from the birthday meal kit, including a three-course feast and wine pairing, the bottomless brunch packages, picnics for romantic evenings in the park and the ultimate BBQ kit.
This summer say goodbye to the streets of London and hello to a world of endless opportunity at DNA VR. This epic virtual reality experience is promising far-flung adventures and cutting edge technology, perfect for groups of up to six.
Get your Saturday off to a great start with a little help from Garage Brunch and a few very special guests. Alongside a plethora of underground hits and well-loved classics, they're also feeding you with top-notch dishes and unlimited drinks.
This epic immersive experience is inviting you to take a plunge into the cockney criminal scene of the 1920s. Don your finest flat cap and spend the evening dishing out violence, haggling bargains and making alliances. The best part? You get to call the shots.
Get a group together, book a booth and revel in a Brixton Courtyard party this August. Designed to be an all-new way to meet and dance in a socially distanced setting, world class DJs, craft beverages, cocktails and top street food traders all come together in one unique space.
Head over to Stratford where PITCH Presents is waiting with a whole range of events to spice up your August weekends. The outdoor space is welcoming a line-up of DJs to provide an epic playlist of tunes for your day party and will also have a number of fun games available and some delicious food.
Hop aboard Canal Party Cruises this August for the ultimate summer day out along Regent's Canal with 14 of your closest friends. Not only will the two hour adventure have you taking in stunning scenery, but you can even bring your own food, booze and music to soundtrack the event.
Where do cabaret, comedy, drag and musical theatre all come together? Hit up The Phoenix Arts Club and you'll soon find out. Showcasing a lineup of top-tier performers, The Saturday Supershow is bound to become your new favourite hangout.
The Grand in Clapham is your go-to for quirky events this August. Whether you fancy swinging by for one of their huge confetti canon-filled weekend blowouts or a legendary sing-along cinema night, there's always something fun to be a part of.
The R'n'Brunch Party is back this season with an epic line-up of drinks, delicious food and some of the biggest tunes in the biz. Head over to the Rum Kitchen Shoreditch where Rock The Belles will be DJing all afternoon so expect nothing but the finest in Hip Hop and R'n'B.
Home to some of London's very best views, Sky Garden in the swanky restaurant and bar space on the 43rd floor of the Walkie Talkie. The perfect spot for celebratory cocktails and socially-distanced drinks, tickets include entry to the venue as well as a welcome drink.
Skylight rooftop is bringing you a season of views, booze and quirky outdoor games to boot. Head to Tobacco Dock and make the most of those summer rays whilst sipping on refreshing cocktails and enjoying the sights and sounds of the city around you.
From the brains behind much-loved venue Corsica Studios comes a brand new Peckham terrace, with a programme of live music to boot. With social-distancing implemented throughout, this suntrap is the perfect place to while away a balmy summer evening.
Mac and Wild's Drams In The Dark is a whisky experience like no other. The immersive multi-sensory event will take you through a blindfolded tasting of four different sips paired with canapes, providing you with a stronger and fuller taste by heightening your other senses.
One of London's best restaurants, Petersham Nurseries is keeping you busy this summer with a variety of sophisticated events. Pasta masterclasses? Of course. Seasonal vase arrangements? You bet. The Covent Garden restaurant has even got sauerkraut and kombucha workshops for those keen to learn more about fermentation.
This August, The Case of the Poisoned Chalice is taking over The Mind Palace in West London. From the makers of Sherlock: The Game Is Now, this immersive cocktail experience will have you diving in the world of Moriarty and solving clues as you taste drinks along the way.
Gigi's is back open and they're already lining up some of the best drag events in London. Head down to the Hoxton Square this August as every Saturday they'll be rounding up the cream of London's queen crop to bring you comedy brunches full of sass and serious fizz drinking.
Lost Boys Pizza are bringing you some of the best events in August. Not only are they putting on a series of gothic film screenings, including a two-course meal and a drink for only £20, but they're also hosting a fun drawing class in their heated garden.
Still not feeling confident enough to head to the bar? Simply bring the bar to you instead. Jim and Tonic's quirky gift sets come complete with a bottle of their handcrafted sustainable gin as well as a selection of premium craft tonics.
This Holborn pop-up promises a season of palm trees, sun huts and cocktails until the end of September. With a tropical paradise theme and delicious BBQ food, The Montague On The Gardens Beach Bar is the perfect spot for a summertime date with that someone special.
A live music series, A Night Of will be welcoming a talented group of musicians to Jazz Cafe for its upcoming August events. Throughout the month, performers will be treating you to an evening of Aretha Franklin classics as well as one dedicated to iconic neo-soul tunes.
This quirky online adventure combines elements of Bond, Jack Bauer and Inspector Gadget all in one thrilling experience. From the comfort of your sofa, you and four to five of your mates can topple an evil corporation, expose dastardly crimes and save the day.
DJ sets, happy hours and outdoor games... Love Pub + Grub is a top choice for things to do this August. A top summertime activity with friends, the Tobacco Dock alfresco spot is taking place every weekend and is a great way to have some fun whilst sticking to social distancing rules.
This August, East London's favourite shuffle spot is back. Join The Bottomless Shuffle Brunch for music, food, free-flowing drinks and a gorgeous new open-air terrace that features two outdoor lanes and an Airstream cocktail bar too.
Still haven't tuned into the online version of the Sounds Familiar Music Quiz? Don't miss their upcoming dates, all promising big tunes, fun times and more. As one of the UK's biggest music quizzes, this is one for your diary.
Shaking up your August agenda with bottomless drinks and a comedy show, Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden is going all out this summer. Head south of the river for performances from some of the best comedians from across the country in an Insta-worthy outdoor space.
Do something quirky this August and take part in The Big London Bake, the ultimate baking challenge for you and your mates. Using the ingredients, tools and top tips provided, you'll have 90 minutes to whip up a winning bake, without making a right old mess of it.
Pairing bottomless rum punch and 2-course feasting with live DJs and lip sync battles, Old Skl Brunch is back and better than ever this August. Head down with your crew and expect safety measures in the form of social distancing and sanitising stations.
All aboard the Thames Rockets as this water-based experience invites you to take in the city's sights like never before. Expect a unique speedboat ride paired with London Cocktail Club's finest tipples and a banging soundtrack all in one incredible journey through London.
Gather up your gang and ready yourself for an afternoon of beer worshipping at Camden Town Brewery's shiny brewhouse. This guided tour will include a brief history lesson as well as a tasting session and plenty of samples along the way - with the option to add a tasty BBQ to finish.
The Luna Cinema is back for all your summertime socialising, armed with classic flicks, blockbusters and singalongs against the backdrop of some of London's most iconic landmarks. Settle down into one of their deck chairs and enjoy a night of socially distanced fun this August.
Clamber aboard the London Bar Bus for the ultimate city tour this summer. One of the best events to do in the capital this August, this quirky drive comes complete with a fully licensed bar so you can take in some iconic sights with a drink in hand.
Taking place every Saturday, Barrio's bottomless brunch is serving up 80s tunes, free-flowing booze, musical bingo and two courses of delicious food. So what are you waiting for? Pop on your summery best, grab your number ones and head to this Shoreditch party bar.
Fancy yourself as the next Mariah Carey? Just wanna have a few laughs? Check out Agency Unknown; the party collective bringing you a roster of humorous events from Last Man Standing and Gospeloke to Musical Bingo.
Held at a secret location, Bashment Brunch is adding carnival vibes to your weekend antics. Join them for tasty food, bottomless cocktails and a huge party atmosphere, soundtracked by a mix of reggae, dancehall and soca hits.
Spend your Saturdays eating, drinking and dancing with The Refreshment Room's epic bottomless brunch parties. The Stratford spot will be joined by a DJ and host for an afternoon of free-flowing drinks, mouthwatering dishes and top hits - all you have to do is decide between a Lady Gaga-themed fest or a reggae-fuelled event.
Head down to The Four Thieves this summer where they're re-opening their immersive gaming pods for solo players and pals alike. Book yourself a spot in the pub and sink some drinks before getting stuck into some of the funnest VR games in the world.