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 August 2016
Available as part of MasterCard’s Priceless Cities, enjoy an exclusive Meat Feast with up to three friends at HotBox in Shoreditch. You’ll be able to dig into a whole host of smoked meats - we’re talking pork ribs, wood-fired BBQ chicken and spiced hot-link sausages galore - with side dishes and a glass of wine included. Afterwards you’ll head down to 46 & Mercy for a special cocktail in Banksy’s old workshop, and HotBox will throw in two bottles of their special hot sauce to take home with you.
Searcy’s at The Gherkin have relaxed their strict members only policy, opening their summer pop-up to the masses from their iconic spot 180 metres above street level. Immerse yourself in a timeless scene from the 1950s complete with olive trees and lavender plants, as you sip at bespoke cocktails and share charcuterie boards on sun loungers looking out to 360-degree views of London.
The Jazz Cafe loves Marvin Gaye so much, they’ve dedicated an entire night to his genius. Celebrate the life and times of the Prince of Soul at a sing-a-long session featuring all his greatest hits, as a full live band perform all his greatest hits in one of Camden’s most atmospheric venues for live music.
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.
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.
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.
Hosting alfresco movie nights throughout the summer, the mighty Luna is back. These guys are consistently rated as among the UK’s premier outdoor cinema experiences, and it’s not hard to see why. Check out a stellar line up of cult classic hits and head along to enjoy some classic cinema under the stars.
Eoin Kenny kills it in the cocktail department yet again this summer as the Ham Yard Hotel returns for another roster of drinks at Vermouth on the Roof. Head on down for cutesy foliage and fun as guests are spoiled to cool concoctions, some of which including homegrown ingredients from the venue itself.
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.
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.
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 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.
The perfect option for date night or catching up with your best pals, Pop Up Screens is all about bringing quirky movie night experiences to unique locations around London. They’ve put together another cracking line-up of cult favourites and Hollywood gems this summer, which they’ll show in stunning spots with comfy seating and cosy vibes aplenty.
You might think you're ready, but really, you have no idea. You're about to head into the lions den of nights out in London where air guitar is championed, air piano is nailed and some of the best worst singing you've ever heard will be yelled at the top of peoples lungs. This is Ultimate Power and it just won't stop.
The huge news coming out of London’s cabaret scene is that Hotel Black Cat are back. All set to introduce a brand new production for 2016, expect a typically riotous blend of cabaret, circus and live music in a stunning and decadent location as these trailblazers make their mark. Strap yourself in and prepare for a night of alternative entertainment packed with high-kicks, acrobats, comic singers and more.
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.
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.
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!
Looking for a daytime event in London with a bit of attitude? Look no further than Roxx 'On The Roof' atop the Sanctum Hotel Soho's rooftop. Kicking off in July and taking place every Saturday of the summer, head over for rowdy DJs, roaming magicians, a jacuzzi, cocktails and a quirky entertainment roster to boot.
At a steal for just £45 per person, the incredibly opulent and delicious bar and restaurant One Canada Square present their 'After Dark' Saturday sessions. Devoted to serving up the finest food and drink, you can bag yourself a two course meal with bottomless drinks, whatever the poison you desire is.
The 50s beckon you darling... One of London's ultimately creative spaces turns into a wonderland of Las Vegas inspired throws come Saturday night. Cecil's invites you to don your dancing shoes and jive to the sounds of their live swing band whilst you sup on deliciously crafted vintage tipples and marvel at the crowd of rat pack people.
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!
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.
The creators of the much-loved Alice’s Adventures Underground are back! This time working in association with Madame Tussauds, Sherlock fans are invited to step back to the Victorian age to delve into the world of Baker Street’s most famous son. You’ll interview suspects, read reports and search for hidden clues in a race against time to crack the case.
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.
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.
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.
Popping plates and quirk cocktails head to the city this summer as Christabel's return for another delicious romp. Not content with quirky drinks, you're set for three plates of crack; by crack we mean dishes that not only keep you coming back for more, there's popping candy too.
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.
After hosting 3 sell-out summer roof parties over 2016, the Kensington Roof Gardens opens its doors again for one final blowout. The setting for the rooftop could not be more glamorous. With huge trees, exotic flowers in full plumage and a pond full of brightly coloured fish and vibrant flamingoes, this truly is a completely unique spot. Proceedings begin in the afternoon with DJ playing Hip Hop, RnB and Dance songs, before kicking up a notch at night, where the sounds of electro tracks and heavy bass fill the air with romantic electricity.
Known throughout the UK as one of the most popular and riotous club nights out there, Ultimate Power is back in Chalk Farm for four nights dedicated to a power ballad legend. Pay tribute to Bon Jovi, Queen, Whitney Houston and Phil Collins respectively as you soak in the joyous atmosphere while belting out the words to some of the greatest songs ever written.
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.
Dayzed are linking up with The Yacht Week to throw their biggest brunch party to date. Closing off for the summer with one final, almighty daytime party, head for the Acqua Spirit rooftops where you’ll find a delicious brunch spread, top DJ talent and a crowd that’s in the mood to go big. Party hard all-day then make for the after-party if you’re in the mood to continue into the night.
Is there any competition more fraught than a slider-making competition?! Coming to The Botanist in Broadgate in September, join some of London's top chefs while they battle it out to be named the best, and yes, there will be plenty of opportunity to try the food.
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.
September comes calling with one of the best drinks based festivals of the year as Tequila and Mezcal Festival returns. Join them this 2016 as they present yet another bold and brimming weekend of stalls, tastings, live entertainment, street food, tequila and more.
Incredible dishes, framed by delectable cocktails, ice-cold prosecco and exquisite wines; the Lock-in Lunch September Party is a London event like no other. After a brief cocktail reception in the basement bar, guests will take a seat in Gordon Ramsey's world-famous Union Street Cafe, where they'll have a plethora of simple, yet beautifully crafted, dishes placed in front of them. For those who haven't slipped into a food-induced coma, the after-party will keep the fun vibes going, with the venue's DJs playing all your favourite nostalgic songs.
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.
Curator of playful, inventive supperclub experiences, Christabel invites you to pack your bags and embark on a three-course, whirlwind holiday this month. Forget the suncream - you’ll get a suitcase of essentials upon arrival - as you feast on creative cuisine inside a secret apartment overlooking Regent’s Canal.
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.
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.
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.
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.