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 23rd February 2017
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.
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.
Craft-beer lovers listen up - more than 170 breweries are coming to The Old Truman Brewery this February for a two nights of beer. Inviting producers from around the world, this is your chance to try unusual beers and learn more about your favourite booze. There will also be live entertainment, promising a huge night.
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.
As part of this year's Vaults Festival, The Neath will pose profound questions to everyone that's brave enough to approach their damp, mysterious doorway. The man behind the successful Crystal Maze and Time Run pop-up, Dean Richards, returns with his latest immersive experience, creating a bar run by the devil that's full of mythical creatures. Full of surprises and enchanting in every way, this is one quirky night out that you definitely won't forget anytime soon.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 offa great morning.
Taking place in Gordon Ramsey's Union Street Cafe in Southwark, Lock-In Lunch is one hell of a fun affair. Things kick off at 3pm with music and cocktails before everyone sits down for a communal feast, paired with shots, wine and prosecco. Stay and party as the DJ plays non-stop hits until late as things get heated.
Holi Festival is a time of joy as Spring finally replaces the drab winter, and we celebrate by throwing a variety of coloured powder paints at each other. The Cinnamon Kitchen is inviting you to unleash the colour in their special pop-up, before enjoying a variety of delicious, traditional Indian dishes or having a drink in their pop-up bar serving a signature Holi cocktail.
Dress to undress at the kinkiest burlesque show in the capital. Milk V is returning to Paper Dress Vintage for a night of X-rated burlesque, sexy live music and DJs, with a whole heap of the hottest artists out there like The Soft & Whippy Jam Band and Miss Sugar Rush.
If you are a beer lover, there’s only one place for you to be this March: DrinkUp.London’s Beer Edit in Hackney’s Oval Space. The sell-out pop-ups from London Beer Week will come together with exciting newbies to deliver the best in ale, lager, stout, mead and more. You’ll get a free beer on arrival, all drinks are at a special price and there’s delicious food waiting for you.
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.
Muggle parties are great – but they are nowhere near as magical as The Wizard Inn’s late night party! Calling all magical creatures, venture down to The Old Stoke Newington church for a night of bottomless cocktails, live entertainment and a delicious buffet. So dress in your finest, magical garbs and let’s get fantastical!
Head to Victoria Park this June and soak up all the glory of Mighty Hoopla, an 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.
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.
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.