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 6th December 2016
Heading to Peckham Rye this winter is Birdies Crazy Golf, the nine-hole pop-up that includes some wacky play perfect for a night out. To add to the fun the warehouse will be filled with South London's finest street food from burgers to hotdogs, and of course, cocktails to help you round the course.
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!
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.
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.
What's Christmas without a family film, right? The team at Pop Up Screens think the same way, taking over the Hackney Showrooms and filling everyone with festive cheer. Armed with an impressive amount of fake now,the team will serve mug after mug of hot chocolate and will constantly have a brew of mulled wine on the go. Whether Home Alone fills you with joy, or you simply can't get enough of Will Ferrell's side-splitting performance in Elf, this is one December event that's sure to leave you smiling 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.
Hoping to transform the way we look at drinking cocktails, Pitch Black hosts a blind drinks tasting at the Loves Company in East London. Unfazed by presentation and instead focusing purely on the flavours, aroma and palatable sensations, each guest will be welcomed and introduced to their expert server, before the lights dimmed down and the tasting truly commences. The tasting will include 2 cocktails, an amuse bouche and 2 aromatic wines, and will open each guests mind to a new array of flavours that they've never sensed before.
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 team behind the successful London Rooftop Film Club now turn their attention towards the cold months, creating a Winter Film Club in Peckham's Electric Circus. With a license to serve alcohol and a confectionery stand selling all your favourite goodies, there are few better ways to spend a chilled night out in London.
Immersive theatre is getting a grand new name to its repertoire as Trainspotting returns to the stage 21 years after the first performance. The incredible show features a group of vibrant Scottish actors putting their spin on the infamous novel.
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.
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.
Channel the '70s cool of Andy Warhol and Grace Jones at Brixton Big Apple this winter as the South London spot brings a taste of the Big Apple. As well as disco dancing and getting down to hip hop, there will be a diner restaurant, food trucks selling everything from pizza to mac'n'cheese and plenty of cocktails to keep you partying.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Taking guests to Budapest and back in one night, the Fairly Square team host a food and beer tasting that showcases the finest culinary treats Hungary has to offer. The evening will revolve around two course of delicious food, which are broken up by both a tasting of 6 different Hungarian craft beers and a live musical performance by the venue's resident artist Nadiya Ugobuono.
Grotto Outre are back with their outrageous and completely unique events as they bring burlesque and bingo to Hoxton Arches for a night of mad-fun. Expect welcome drinks, big prizes and a bingo game that's unlike any other.
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.
With Christmas fast approaching, the team at Dram & Smoke host yet another festive feast, showcasing all the bet drinks and hearty dishes that Scotland has to offer. With faint smell of pine in the air and a handful of cosy tartan blankets spread across the venue for your pleasure, guest will be able to enjoy a 5 course taster menu, featuring succulent cuts of grilled meat, delicious vegetable sides and a few palate pleasing surprises. The entire feast will take place in a leather tanning workshop in South London and will bring together festive diners from across the capital.
Night Star Cinema is bringing you the magic of Christmas through their brilliant film screenings in various iconic London locations. Choose from Elf and Bad Santa, sip mulled wine and munch mince pies and sit back and enjoy the classic movies in the most lovely of settings.
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!
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.
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.
Get your heart racing, party with DJs and throw some serious shapes, all before 6.30am in the morning. Morning Gloryville is the huge fitness event that's taken London by storm. Taking place in Hackney's Oval Space, the morning rave has you up and dancing from 6 as well as putting on a whole host of healthy activities, from yoga to massages.
MIMOD's Kitchen are taking over Long White Cloud in Hackney for one of their delicious supper clubs as they bring you the best meal of the day (breakfast) at the best time of the day (evening). Munch your way through four courses of brunch food, complete with bottomless Prosecco and a cosy atmosphere to get you in the festive spirit.
All the best things about Christmas are coming to Parsons Green in Chelsea; there will be an ice-skating rink, a German food market and even a pop-up cinema screening all the most festive films. Head there during the day to skate to DJs or come dark, when the Moet starts to flow and the festive season really kicks off.
The Great Gatsby has had many reincarnations but perhaps one of the most exciting is this immersive theatre experience taking place at The Vaults. Put on a flapper dress or dandy suit and step into a 1920s world of glitz and glamour as the actors tell their story around you, there will be a fully licensed bar selling Prohibition-style cocktails and a live band swinging you into the weekend.
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.
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.
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.