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 April 2017
Step back to the 1920s in serious style as The Electro Swing Ball takes place in Kensington Roof Gardens this May Bank Holiday. The gorgeous venue will play host to fire performers, stilt walkers, a BBQ and there will also be a roulette table for the chance to win big.
Set sail on The Dutch Master as the party boat tours the Thames for a huge night of music and incredible sights. Perfect for a summer's evening sailing past sights such as London Bridge, the Houses of Parliament and London Eye, all while a hot mix of music plays out through your headphones.
Have you ever thought about playing a boardgame in a bustling bar? Well, now you can - and it couldn't be funner. Try playing Shuffleboard at Burdock for a great thing to do in London this January.
Celebrated photographer Martin Parr will be exhibiting some of his works at Somerset House this April as part of the Sony World Photographer Awards. Head to the stunning location to see Parr's work which encompasses themes from architecture through to sports.
Head to West London for one of the capital's most intriguing and fun events; How To Solve A Problem Like Murder takes you on a journey to discover who killed the victim. Taking place in Paradise By Way of Kensal Rise, the night will prove all sorts of fun as you hear from seven characters, all with their own terrible secrets.
Hidden in the nooks and crannies of your favourite pubs is a mystery – a mystery that you can only solve by discovering bizarre contraptions and accepting clues from legendary misfits. Can you uncover the mysteries unscathed?
Motown: The Musical is one of the most heralded shows on the scene, and the perfect way to get familiar with some of the finest theatre in London. Join them at the Shaftesbury Theatre for a night of classic hits, singing, dancing and plenty of Motown inspired fun.
If you love yoga and you love nature even more, get yourself down to Sunrise Yoga for one of the best events in London. Sky Garden are hosting the event, meaning you’ll be surrounded with beauty as you work out. Then, you’ll be treated to a healthy breakfast at City Garden, to really round off a great morning.
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.
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.
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.
Join Fiddle Paradiddle - London's quirkiest ceilidh band - this summer for an enchanting night of traditional music and dances. The quirky band will be showing off their many musical talents, playing all their favourite songs and teaching guests the steps to some of their favourite dances. This fun event is perfect for both those who have danced a ceilidh before and those who are just looking for something a bit different in London.
Enjoy a night of side-splitting comedy and hilarious one-liners aboard a vessel on the Thames courtesy of the Boat Show Comedy Club. Kicking into life every weekend, London's comedy fans are invited aboard the Tattershall Castle and Hispaniola boats to see some of the city's best up and coming stand-up acts perform their best material.
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.
The Sanctum Soho Hotel are putting their touch on brunch as they add a bunch of bubbles to your morning proceedings. Head to the Central London spot to feast on dishes such as eggs royale or English muffin and ham, all accompanied with endless prosecco.
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.
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 - 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!
Created by DJ Increments and the team at the Looking Glass Cocktail Club, Vitamins is an innovative club night that showcases huge artists in strange settings. For their first party of 2017, the team behind Vitamins will take over a railway arch in London Bridge and have invited B.K.R., Rhymos and Increments to perform on their pop-up stage. Grab your mates, head down and soak up all the fun on offer at this wild club event.
Taking over North London's KOKO, Guilty Pleasures is one of those mad, seriously silly, fun nights that has you laughing for days after. Head to Camden to join in the cheesy music bonanza as an award-winning DJ plays all your favourite hits, dancers perform routines and entertainers get flamboyant.
Get yourself onto the Alfred Le Roy for a beautiful trip down the River Lea as you feast on a selection of delicious brunch options. The bar will be open, selling beers, wines, spirits, cocktails and soft drinks – and you can also opt in for bottomless Bloody Marys, Proseccos and Mimosas. The music will be playing a mix of upbeat background tracks, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride.
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.
Looking for a date night that your partner isn't likely to forget in a while? Head to the London Brew Lab in Brixton and take part in a blind food tasting event full of cheeky surprises and explosive flavours. The chefs will serve 6 dishes to each customer - with vegan and vegetarian options available on request - showing guests completely new and exciting levels to both traditional and contemporary dishes.
The famous Tempest Rose and her House of Burlesque are embarking on a new venture this summer, combining their passion for all-things cabaret with modern technology. This innovative event will look to highlight how old routines and new trends can actually work well together. The night will take place throughout the summer at the Underbelly Festival on London's Southbank.
London's quiz scene just got a whole lot more raucous as James Hancox hosts a night of 'extreme sports'. The professional comedian is taking over The Rosemary Branch Theatre with an evening of wacky competitions, hilarious sing-alongs and lots of party games.
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.
Having taken some of Britain's biggest cities by storm, the team at Ultimate Power arrive at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, hosting a club night like no other. The music policy here is simple; the team of DJs play only the best music ever written. Featuring the likes of Bon Jovi, Oasis and Michael Jackson, all the songs played here are well known and popular with all crowds. Framed by confetti cannons and making use of the best sound system in town, things don't get more fun-loving than this.
Head to Victoria Park this June and soak up all the glory of Mighty Hoopla, a one day festival that celebrates the very best of the 90s. With headliners Allsaints set to whip the crowd into a frenzy, the event will also include a performance by Sophie Ellis Bextor, Snap and Technotronic. How better to spend a summer's Sunday than spending a day in the sunshine listening to the songs of your youth.
Learn how to make beautiful garnishes out of fruit and vegetables alongside a series of wonderful cocktails! Each cocktail is promised to be a visual masterpiece with an original creation on top of them. You’ll even be able to take home a recipe card to really impress your friends.
The Ferryman sold out its initial run at The Royal Court Theatre in under 24 hours. Now it is being brought to life by multi-award winning film and stage director Sam Mendes, with a play that tells a story of a rural Irish village changed forever by the arrival of a mystery visitor.
Forget what you know about tequila, and head to The Old Truman Brewery this October to instead to learn more about Mexico's favourite spirits. The night will include plenty of tipples, street-food from some of London's most well known outlets, along with traditional entertainment.
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.
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.
Tucked below Stamford Bridge Football Stadium in Fulham, Under The Bridge is an uber-cool and contemporary basement space that accommodates all manner of entertainment. Super stylish and modish with a touch of industrial inspiration, this lively lair showcases a state-of-the-art sound system and lighting, and so is an ideal hub for late-night clubbing, gigs galore, fashion shoots, comedy nights and much more, so head down for a heady mix of nightlife at its finest.