Best Events in London
Here at DesignMyNight, we're determined to bring you right up to speed with the latest and greatest happenings. From quirky pop ups to banging club nights via bar crawls and cabaret; we have our finger on the pulse of the best parties in London. Here's our hand-picked guide to the best events in London this week and beyond.
Last updated on 24th October 2016
Backyard cinema is a truly unique cinema experience, using everything from actors, live music and London's most incredible locations to take you deeper into the cinematic experience. This autumn they are heading to the lost world, to show you movies that will make your heart pound in among a set of ancient ruins and lush vegetation.
Chivas Regal have been making and blending award-winning whisky for centuries and at their exclusive new bar in East London they're sharing their secrets with you. Join an expert blender as they explain and show you everything from single malts to grain varieties before you mix your own bottle to take home.
You're locked in Lady Chastity's boudoir, the clock is ticking and you need to solve the mystery to escape. Can you do it? Who will help you and (most importantly) will you win the infamous bottle of wine at the end of it all? This mysterious race will get your noggin' working, your pulse racing and your thirst peaking. Also worth checking out at The Four Thieves if you're a South London punter.
Perfect for anyone looking for a new hobby and striving to try something new, the London Shuffle Club welcome intrigued guests a chance to try their hand at Shuffleboard. For anyone that isn't certain, Shuffleboard is a sort of cross between curling and ten pin bowling. With plenty of cocktails, quick tutorials and DJs playing music all evening, there are few better ways to learn a new sport. See you on the court!
Get ready for a week of tastings, masterclasses and parties at National Champagne Week. With events happening in London, Bath and Birmingham, Searcys celebration of all things bubbly is back for 2016. Taking place in the first week of October, National Champagne Week attracts some of the biggest names in the industry and is your chance to learn more about our favourite tipple, or simply enjoy a glass or two.
The award-winning pop up event 'Little Nan' is back! And guess what they little shiznits have gone and done - they've hired out Rio Cinema in Shoreditch and filled it with all of Nan's stuff. Head down to drink bottomless cocktails from her teapots and indulge on unlimited pick'n'mix at this 90s party.
With crime at a record high, the streets full of questionable characters and huge satanic mills taking over the city's skyline, Victorian London is recreated with all its splendour at the Suspects, Lunatics and Leather Aprons immersive theatre event. Full of intriguing characters, an endless number of hidden surprises and plenty of daring plot twists, this is one Autumn event well-worth seeing. Whether you're searching for clues as an inspector of Scotland Yard, interviewing residents as a local vigilante or living on the dangerous streets themselves, you'll see a completely new side of the London.
POPdown was voted as the 6th best pop-up in the world just last year, so it’s fair to say you shouldn’t be missing this without good reason… They’ve just launched another interactive restaurant, taking over two stunning floors overlooking Borough Market to serve their seasonal, Asian-styled 5-course tasting menus inspired by the market traders and their produce.
London is getting a bit more Mediterranean as award-winning chef Maya Mackovic lands with a month-long pop-up. Using traditional Croatian recipes with a modern twist, she will cook 28 guests a meal of delicious flavours each night. There is also after-dinner entertainment.
The Comedy Carnival at Bar Rumba is the perfect way to kick off your weekend with their spread of incredible stand-up talent from across the globe. Expect to see the best of established comedians and rising names in the industry every Friday and Saturday. With plenty of party packages to choose form too you can really make the night your own.
Dazzling aerial performers, stunning show girls and fire-breathing goddesses, get ready for a night of incredible cabaret at Black Cat Supper Club. Taking place at Rah Rah Room, the supper club will be hosting their brand of sexy entertainment in the seductive Piccadilly venue. Once the shows over and the plates are cleared, dance the night away at the serious hot after party.
Throwing back to the Gold Age of bootleg cocktails, decadent parties and glamorous dresses, The Candlelight Club return for another series of summer soirees at unique locations in London. Step into the 1920s here where live jazz music plays all night, people jive on the dance floor and sequins come as standard.
Inspired by the timeless comic genius of shows like ‘Allo Allo and Dad’s Army, you’re invited to join the French Resistance movement of 1943 at this secretive new world featuring special agents, gadgets and gizmos. You’ll receive your briefing, kit up and get stuck in straight away, succeeding in your missions and nailing that French accent to escape the suspicions of the Gestapo. Away from all this war-time excitement there will be three delicious courses and an after-party of swing music and fun-time vibes until late - get involved!
Proud Cabaret City know how to throw a good party. From a three-course dinner and DJs dancing you into the night, the cabaret venue is pulling out the stops this Halloween with a night of tantalising and seductive burlesque performances. Prepare to be dazzled, amazed and seduced as burlesque performers change fairy tales forever.
Not all Halloween events were created equal, you know. To mark All Hallow’s Eve this year your presence is requested at a masquerade ball deep within the circles of Hell, where you’ll descend the ladder of sin to experience a quite spectacular event. You’ll be immersed in the visual displays of the renowned Moritz Waldemeyer while taking in a live performance featuring a 70-piece orchestra, Royal Ballet dancers, singers and actors.
Cabaret Des Distractions finds inspiration from the Féeries of 19th century Paris. Taking place in Café De Paris’ spectacular roaring twenties ballroom every Friday, brace yourself for a performance packed with gasps of awe, roars of laughter and whoops of excitement. This innovative show features cabaret, musical theatre, circus acts and no shortage of plot twists.
If you're looking to combine your love of Southern cuisine with your burning passion for all things B.I.G, look no further, the Hip Hop Brunch is here to answer all your needs. Serving 3 courses of mouth-watering food and featuring a whole load of classic Hip Hop tracks, you'll have the chance to 'Get Your Freak On', dance the afternoon away and even try your hand at a bit of Hip Hop karaoke.
Looking for the best boat event in London? One that boasts booze to boot? Then it's all aboard the Alfred Le Roy this spring and summer in London as this Hackney canal cruiser is promising friends a cocktail dally along the river. It's not land, but drinks ahoy.
Gutted to miss out on Little Nan’s Caribbean residency? Lucky for you, she’s agreed to stay on in Peckham for just a little longer; bringing a taste of the West Indies to her quirky tropical den until the end of February. Widely considered as one of the quirkiest afternoon tea experiences in London, a £25 ticket gets you a healthy range of sweet and savoury snacks as well as half a teapot of cocktail!
You’ve not seen a movie, and we mean really seen it, until you’ve taken it in at The Grand. This Clapham hotspot is showing a run of cult favourite films on their enormous, 24ft wide screen, with free popcorn and all kinds of themed quirks to look forward to on the night. Once the credits have rolled it’s onto the after-party - included in the ticket price (which is only £1) - where DJs play the best party tracks until 3am.
This rocking comedy extravaganza is the perfect Saturday night out. Names including Noise Next Door will be tickling your funny bones and with a club night at the end of the show, the fun doesn't stop until you're feet are falling off. Try something different on the Thames this May!
The Twisted Circus has always had a reputation for throwing the scariest parties in town; this Halloween, things definitely won't be different. Grab your closest mates and head for the Rah Rah Rooms in Mayfair, where you'll be joined a number of eerie characters, haunted spirits and even the Angel of Death himself. With a line-up of impressive DJs filling the air with all your favourite melodies and the bar serving all the best drinks, immerse yourself in everything that's on offer here.
It’s probably easiest to think of this as a disco in pub quiz format. Leaving the boring trivia rounds at home, Sounds Familiar digs out clips of all your favourite sing-along anthems and tasks its visitors with remembering the song and the artist. Famous for getting even the most reserved of characters up on the chairs, singing and dancing into the night.
If you're on the hunt for somewhere that promises a no holds barred kinda night where you can party until 3am, get messy and rave on the dance floor until 3am, The Clapham Grand can sort you out. One of the prime clubbing destinations in South London, this place is always heaving come the weekend so don't miss out.
Promising an off-the-chain 90s themed party, these guys take you backstreet back (alright!) for a hearty chunk of nostalgia and boozy excess. You’re encouraged to Be Dope, Be Awesome as you get settled into sharing platters of delicious 90s-inspired grub, washed down with bottomless Mimosas for an hour. There’s plenty of fresh entertainment on the agenda too (yes, that does mean lip sync battling it out) all soundtracked by a floor-slaying playlist of 90s classics to the tune of the Spice Girls, R.Kelly, Eminem and more.
London’s latest food and drinks lock-in promises great food, lots of banter and resident DJs playing 80s electronica and early house into the night. Warm up with a few drinks from 3pm before sitting down to an (admittedly quite late) lunch-time spread of Italian pasta and risotto dishes, with a nostalgic party playlist and lots of prosecco to keep you hydrated. After the feast comes the party, as the chefs make way for resident DJs playing retro tunes ‘til late.
Morning Gloryville is back with its mad-cap morning rave in the Oval Space. Join the East London collective as they bring the biggest beats, hottest moves and most fun morning work out to you in the form of a morning rave. There will also be yoga sessions, massages and a whole heap of healthy goodies to enjoy.
An unruly night out described as both “enormous amounts of fun” and “devastatingly hilarious” in its time, Bogan Bingo whisks you back to the 1980s and the golden age of bingo on Friday 18th! Back by incredible popular demand, there will be mullets and there will be mayhem, with prizes that include a holiday to Morocco and a like-minded crowd getting their weekend started just right in attendance.
A taste of Scotland is arriving in South London with Ceilidh Nights at Peckham Liberal Arts Club. The events are a series of fast-paced dancing and drinking. An expert caller will lead you through the steps as Fiddle Pardiddle lead the entertainment. There will also be a selection of local ales and plenty of space to throw shapes with a brave first date or colleagues.
One of London's best attractions is staying up late as Madame Tussaud's opens her doors for an adults-only event. Start the evening with a glass of Prosecco before wandering the wax works, having a go on the Spirit of London ride and seeing the Star Wars characters up close and personal.
Snow canons, ski simulators and a whole load of Champagne - Bodo's Schloss are bringing the fun of the Alps to Kensington with a series of ski brunches. Pull on the salopettes and get down there as Moet & Chandon and Belvedere Champagne provide the welcome drinks and the party carries on into the evening.
Mayhem and mischief ensues as the Rumpus club night takes over the Islington Metal Works. Themed as a pirates vs Bandits night, the evening will feature live music and will showcase performers from all around the world. Alongside DJ Loki and DJ Jamie Moon, the seven rooms of live entertainment will feature the likes of Wonderland, Buffo Wake and Mojo Hand. Always looking to push boundaries and laughing in the face of all things ordinary, expect some outlandish decorations and some even better costumes.
Returning for a third year after having stunned London's Christmas-crazed crowds, the Nordic Yulefest again arrives in Shoreditch, offering East Londoners a taste of what festivities are like in Scandinavia at this time of year. With various fun-loving, traditional games to try and an intriguing selection of winter dishes to try, you'll definitely lose yourself in this elegantly decorated pop-up in London.
Stunning smells, dazzling sights and wonderful sounds will take over the Vaults in Waterloo, and guests will have the chance to lose themselves at The Dance Before Christmas, certainly one of the most intriguing events in town. The many beautifully dressed characters will keep the wonderfully bizarre vibes going, while the stunning line-up of international DJs will have you dancing long into the wee hours.
The Exhibit continue to offer exceptional value for money with their dinner and a movie night offer. All yours for £19.95, you’ll enjoy something from their large plate menu before retiring to their boutique cinema space - filled with leather sofas and with room for no more than 28 guests - where they’ll bring you a roster of the latest releases and cult classic favourites.
One experience you cannot miss in this city has to be The Underground Supper Club. Taking a decommisioned 1967 tube carriage and transforming it into a cool dining space, you'll be jumping on board to taste a 4 course menu of French inspired cuisine as well as hitting the bar for some cool cocktails to accompany your dinner.