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 29th September 2016
Grab your lederhosen and dirndl and head to Oval Space for one of London's most authentic Oktoberfest experiences. Set in a traditional tent, Oktoberfest East promises all the fun of the original with a unique East London twist. Expect games, a brass band and lots of beer.
Join in with Germany's most famous party at the Bavarian Beerhouse as they celebrate Oktoberfest as only they can. There will be dirndls, lederhosen and an OompahPah band playing classic music to get you in the mood, as well as a brilliant selection of Bavarian and German beers.
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.
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.
From New Orleans style BBQ ribs with creamy slaw to deep-fried rice and cheese balls, the team at the NolaRola Bottomless Brunch have established a reputation for serving copious amounts of mouth-watering food. To wash it all down, guests will be served glass after glass of either champagne of their very own fruit and alcohol-infused punch. Adding something extra to this event in London, proceedings will be soundtracked by DJ Lil' Koko, who'll use his years of experience to keep the fun going all afternoon.
For a frivolously fun day full of mystery, intrigue and suspense, head to the Immersive Ensembles' latest event. Guests will basically have to find a needle in a haystack, searching for one individual in a vibrant city of 9 million. Have no mistake, the challenge posed will certainly test you intuition, attention to detail, cunning and general nous. Follow clues, interview characters - trained actors - and what wonderfully thrilling surprises the team have in store. Trust us, this captivating story will definitely leave you grinning from ear to ear.
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.
Campfire Cocktails in the City are back for a fifth season at their secretive rooftop garden. Located above Brunel’s Thames Tunnel, get comfy around a fire pit and sup drinks made with herbs and flowers from the garden itself, while Greek foods from I should Be Souvlaki satisfy any hunger pangs.
Nothing quite says a top event in London like....cowboys. Join Django Bango this summer in the city as they celebrate all things Gold Rush themed with a Wagon Wheel bar, five course dining, a rooftop terrace and more at one of the pop-ups of the year.
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!
Having wowed London's theatre enthusiasts with the sell out production of SE7EN Deadly Sins Hong Kong, the team behind London's most successful immersive theatre groups no serve up their latest Autumn Secret Show. Taking place in London in the future, the show calls upon guests to immerse themselves in the story of the biggest scandal of the year. Expect lots of audience participation and group work at this quirky theatre event in 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
It don't get much better than this folks; 250 pop-up bars selling their poison for a mere £5 a pop with a festival wristband. Hitting up Old Spitalfields Market, London Cocktail Week is a week of endless mixology and boozing in early October.
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.
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.
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.
Rumpus are heading to The Islington Metal Works to bring you another one of London's top events. Taking place in October, the party connoisseurs will be throwing a majorettes and minarets themed bash. With eight rooms of party madness, from ska DJs to a super secret cmedy performance, this is one night you won't forget in a hurry.
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!
With the Caribbean running deep through its veins, the Reggae Brunch invites guests from all over London to hear, taste and experience Caribbean culture. After first being given a free glass of the venue's own reggae rum punch, guests will sit down to meal of jerk chicken, goat curry and seasoned peas with rice. To help keep the fun vibes going, a line up of DJs will be playing all the best Ska, soca and raggaeton music in town.
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 involved in Kensington Rooftop's party this October for one final hurrah before winter sets in. The bar, which has beautiful views of the London skyline, will be transformed into three gardens complete with a running stream and flamingos. Try one of the delicious cocktails and dance the night away to the killer tunes provided by the resident DJs.
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.
Escape the mundane real world in favour of this immersive costume ball for one night only. The Goblin King’s Masquerade Ball is sure to draw among the most debaucherous party people in the city, who come together for an event set to feature a blend of circus, music and cabaret performance.
Taking over the Coin Laundry in Central London, the Tellit Festival is the UK's first festival devoted to celebrating the 'truth' through various different art forms. Over the space of a week in October, guests will be left stunned by a number of theatrical performances, hilarious comedy shows, easy going story telling sessions and soulful poetry readings. Perfect for anyone looking to try something a little different this autumn, you'll leave this festival with a clear mind and that little bit wiser.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One of the most unique pop-up cinema events in London has returned, and they're wasting no time this year with another top roster of screenings. Head on down to a unique selection of locations (one including a graveyard) and get set for film favourites and cult classics to die for.
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.