Fun Events in London
Here's the great thing about London: there are new, exciting events popping up all over the city every week, and we've got them all here for you. When you're bored of your standard routine and are looking to freshen things up, just check in with this shortlist of the most fun events in London for some inspiration. From secret parties to quirky pop-ups, comedy nights to supper clubs, we're always updating this guide to fun things to do in London.
Last updated on 26th October 2016
Backyard Cinema know how to make a movie fun, by using actors, incredible sets and live music. This month they are taking us to the lost world, inspired by Jurassic Park. Clamber through ancient ruins, stumble through jungle vegetation and watch movie classics such as Hook, King King and Predator.
The Islington Metal Works hosts the prestigious Rumpus madcap tournament this December. Usually selling out in minutes and always etching a huge smile on the faces of its guests, the team behind it seem to have mastered combining an immersive theme with a laid-back, weightless vibe. The evening will feature seven different rooms of live entertainment, from fun-loving DJ sets to jaw-dropping acrobat performances. Expect heavy tracks, huge stunts and plenty of hidden surprises at this fun night out in London.
Saturday afternoons have never been so fun! If you're looking for somewhere to enjoy all the best that Hip Hop has to offer, be sure to check out the Hip Hop Brunch. Delivering great Southern-inspired dishes and celebrating the work of Hip Hop's many legendary artists, this isn't your typical afternoon brunch experience. If you think you've got what it takes to rock the mic, why not try your hand at Hip Hop Karaoke? It's a great way to show off your lyric-spitting skills.
Storyteller Reuben Feels is back at the Hoxton Hall this November, serving up guests an immersive theatre experience set in a dystopian world. The story will be set in a strict match-making institution in a fictional, yet terrifying world, where each guests will discover is exactly how much their love costs. Having stunned audiences before with his stunning immersive theatre events, Feels will conclude the proceedings at this brilliantly bizarre evening with each guest standing on the dancefloor, having learnt their fate after a stint at the institute.
Head down to the Blind Bee for an evening of tantalising entertainment with Goodtime Mama JoJo. Not only will the burlesque superstar be performing, she will also be hosting a night filled with burlesque stars, divine dancers and even some audience participation.
The unstoppable force that is Aeronaut are back with their acclaimed 'side-splitting comedy show' where some of the UKs best newly discovered talent as well as popular names on the stand-up circuit take centre stage. Set in their very own big top tent, expect plenty of giggles from one of the best comedy nights in south London.
Bringing some light hearted laughs to your evening, the Instant Laughs Comedy Club showcase a spread of the newest and most alternative talent on the circuit. Taking to the award-winning Hammersmith Grove Bar and restaurant, you can catch a new roster of alternative improv and stand-up acts whilst enjoying some delicious Mediterranean foods.
Does it get anymore fun than escaping a zombie apocalypse? We didn't think so. Trapped are locking you in a room with a hungry zombie and giving you one hour to escape. Work out the puzzles and complete the challenges to find the key to the locked room, all the while the zombie's chain is becoming longer and longer.
Keeping an eye on those pursestrings but still keen to get out and about? Allow us to introduce The Exhibit. A hub for eating, drinking and socialising in Balham, take advantage of dinner and a movie tickets for just £19.95. Your ticket offers one plate from their large menu before you head to their boutique cinema, where you’ll relax into leather sofas and enjoy a film in a unique setting.
Get ready to show off that vocal range as Trapeze bring back their hilarious karaoke nights, this time playing the hottest hip hop. Think Jay-Z, think the Fresh Prince and think Coolio as singing gets serious, seriously fun that is.
Having won a number of illustrious awards over the years and having placed a smile on all our faces as children, the much-loved Sister Act will be screened by the Amacoast Cinema this Autumn. With the UGCY gospel choir framing the entire evening with their soulful harmonies, and a talented band of musicians bringing the entire event to life, the evening will take over the beautifully decorated St Marylebone Parish Church.
Combining huge beats with probably the most intense workout of your life, the Ministry of Sound hosts a handful of bass-heavy gym classes this November. With 3 of the countries most sought after instructors, an impressive sound system and a dazzling lazer machine to boot, guests will be led through a number of different exercises and routines, all the while a DJ plays all the best bass heavy tracks to help keep the beat.
Bar Rumba returns with their Comedy Carnival weekends where you can count on seeing a huge spread of stand-up from both the international circuit and the UK circuit. Rising talent and household comedians take to this stage making it the perfect night out in London for a good time and a laugh. Choose from their party packages and find which one suits you.
It’s not every day you get the chance to jet down the river Thames in a speedboat, cocktail in hand and summer tunes pumping out the soundsystem as the sun sets over London. Take our advice and don’t miss out on this exhilarating ride through the city; there’s award-winning comedian guides to keep you entertained and drinks mixed up by the ever-popular London Cocktail Club.
The King's Head Members Club opens its doors this November, hosting the Gin House Burlesque after yet another successful string of sold out shows. While the famous Miss Betsy Rose stuns the audience with her vintage burlesque routine, Missy Fatale will drop jaws across the venue, performing a death defying snake-charming and fire breathing act live on stage. Prepare to be amazed at this dazzling November event in London.
Brilliantly combining terrifying fear with high-jinx and hilarity, the Musical Bingo team invite London's thrill seeker to a completely unique Halloween celebration. Testing out everyone's musical knowledge with their wonderful amalgamation of music and bingo, the team add a distinctly spooky edge to things, adding in some haunting decorations, creepy characters and terrifying rounds. This fun event is definitely not one for the faint-hearted.
Rebel Bingo have rewritten the bingo rules and changed the game forever. Forget stale bingo halls and OAPs, this is all about young, sexy and fast-paced bingo. Happening the The Grand, the event is vodka-fuelled and furious, plus there's a brilliant after-party to celebrate those winnings.
At first you were just called up to investigate a company building biological weapons, but now the situation is way more serious. Zombies are now roaming the streets of London, growing in number and baying for blood - reckon you and your mates can survive your way through this one? London’s newest interactive and immersive event is a spine-chilling Halloween affair - don’t hang around if you want tickets; they’re only in town for two dates.
You thought London’s supper club game had maxed out, and then this. Dandy Dining will combine theatre, music and food to create a real treat for all the senses. The evening will kick off with a tuba solo from Sasha Koushk-Jalali (London Symphony Orchestra) before a five-course meal from the much-celebrated head chef Lukasz Kielbasinksi is paired with matching wines.
Internationally-acclaimed, and also stated as one of the 'best magicians I've ever seen' from Bond legend, Roger Moore, this opulent magic show is hosted from the Grand Royale and promises a capitivating performance of impressive tricks and old school charm. Head along for laughs, 'aahs' and a 'magic cocktail' on arrival.
Dance and dazzle at London's most elusive party collective as The Candlelight Club take you back to the bygone days of the 1920s. Golden Age glamour comes as standard here where flapper dresses come out, live jazz plays through the night and bootleg cocktails are in excess; a fun night out in London DONE.
There's fun and then there's a Britney Spears-inspired evening at The Grand in Clapham, the epitome of fun. Start with Crossroads, show off your Britney moves in the dance off and then party to a party like no other with all her most amazing tunes.
Hosted at The Old Queen's Head, this is a quite frankly outrageous event of alternative comedy brought to us by the team behind cult favourites Musical Bingo, Last Man Standing and Gospeloke. It's a huge cliche but, seriously - expect the unexpected - as a line up of comedy, tomfoolery and party games gets into full flow.
Champions of a fun night out in London, the Shoreditch Pub Crawl have quite rightly built a rep as being East London's most notorious bar crawl collective. They'll take you on a tour of the best clubs and bars making sure you get the most of cheap drinks deals and cheap entry.
One tried and tested recipe for a fun thing to do in London is definitely a boozy brunch. But we've kind of been there and done that, so how does a bottomless brunch avec some outrageous bingo sound? Good. Thought so. The Candlemaker in Clapham are all geared up to how you all the drinks, food and even the host Tina Turner Tea Lady.
The Thames is being taken over for a spooky spectacular night of pirate fun. Holding their annual Halloween bash on a party boat, XclusiveTouch are getting Jack Sparrow and friends involved for a cruise of the Thames, lots of rum and a DJ playing the best music.
Relive those dazzling days of your childhood spent sitting in front of the TV, completely enchanted by everything Disney had to offer. The team at Drink Shop & Do host a night full of all your favourite Disney songs and fun-loving antics. Framed by plenty of alcohol, guests will have a chance to join the venue's troupe of stunning performers in a fun-loving singalong to all their favourite songs. Showcasing the best from Aladdin and the Little Mermaid to Mary Poppins and Peter Pan, you won't be disappointed by this fun event in London.
With every kind of beer you can possibly think of, and armed with the knowledge of some of Germany's best traditional recipes, the team at the Oktoberfest Pub in West London celebrate this prestigious month, inviting guests to sample all their finest produce. With 85 German beers to choose from and an impressive selection of pretzels and wurst to choose from, few places manage to create an ambience that is identical to the one that washes over Munich every Autumn.
It's Gameshow Time is upping the stakes in fun things to do in London. Join this completely baffling but utterly enjoyable immersive comedy event at The Star of Kings in King's Cross. Comedians lead the night of shenanigans as you battle it out to win prizes for your team - be warned nothing is simple at this hilarious event.
Yoga may not be the first thing that springs to mind when it comes to fun, but health expert Sarah Hunt and DJ Darlo have joined forces to create disco yoga. The toning, uplifting workout is done to a soundtrack of disco greats, the perfect workout to get you ready for the weekend.
Does it get more fun than National Champagne Week? Searcys' week-long event is happening across the country with bottles coming from some of the most famous Champagne Houses. As well as having the opportunity to learn more about Champagne at one of the various masterclasses and tastings, there will also be special afternoon teas and dinners taking place at some of the country's most beautiful spots.
Watch a movie at The Grand and there’s no turning back to dodgy streaming on your laptop. At 24ft wide it’s the largest in London, and it provides an awesome cinematic experience where there quite literally isn’t a bad seat in the house. Expect free popcorn, prizes for fancy dress and plenty of other themed quirks, before an after-party that plays the best dance tracks until 3am gets into full swing - all for £1!
What could be more fun than an edible playground, a botanical bar or a Mad Hatter brunch? Hidden in a secret location, this bar really knows how to keep you entertained with regular pop up events with cool and quirky twists. If you're looking for unique entertainment and great cocktails, Christabel's hits the spot every time.
Innis & Gunn are taking your standard beer-drinking experience and enhancing it in a big way. They’ll transport you to a virtual reality experience that heightens all of the senses, as they collaborate with cognitive neuroscientist Dr Jacob Jolij to basically alter the way your brain processes the signals from your taste buds. It’s sure to be a unique and inventive way of enjoying a decent pint like never before, and Ikigai’s Michelin-trained chefs have designed a paired bar menu for each of the beers on show.
Boozing on a boat, can you think of anything better this spring and summer in London? Likely not. It's all aboard the Alfred Le Roy as this hedonistic haven promises a cutesy cruise alongside the canal with cocktails and fun to boot.
Combining your worst nightmare with your best clubbing experience, the Twisted Circus Halloween blowout is one October event in London you don't want to miss. 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 notes, guests can dance long into the eerie night at this fun-loving event in London.
Held at the Hackney Showroom as part of the Geffrye Museum's And What? Queer Arts Festival & Museums At Night, No Place Like Home explores what home actually means for a handful of LGBTQI artists in London. From sermons, poetry recitals, workshops and cocktails sessions, visitors will hear a number of interesting tales at this immersive theatre event. With the entire evening rounded off at the bar, you definitely won't be disappointed by this fun London event.
Get ready to wake up and party hard as Morning Gloryville throw the 40th edition of their morning raves. The collective will be bringing DJs, yogis and masseurs into the Oval Space for one of London's most invigorating and fun events.
Get your ski boots on and head down to Kensington as Bodo's Schloss gets all wintery with their ski brunches. The Champagne will be flowing, there will be a hot mix of RnB and hip hop, and there will be fake snow canons to get you in the winter spirit.
WELOVEPOP club returns to Concrete in Shoreditch for a night of the biggest hits from our favourite songstresses; Katie Perry and Lady Gaga. DJs will get you up and dancing until the early morning as they bring the ladies out for all-night fun; there will be special cocktails, giveaways and plenty of cardboard cut-outs.
The London Shuffle Club welcomes intrigued guests to their Brick Lane venue for a chance to test out their Shuffleboard skills this autumn. 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. Who knows, in a few years you might be on pro-circuit!
Portobello Road Gin are teaming up with The Soho Hotel to bring Ian Fleming's Vesper Martini to life. Sticking to the original recipe, there will be talks by experts, tastings and things end with a screening of Casino Royal in the hotel's gorgeous cinema room.
A night in North London perfect for any Rock and Indie fan, the Camden Rocks Club takes over the Underworld every Saturday and frames the entire night with great music and cheap drinks deals. Vibrant as always and with a commitment to etching a huge smile on the face of all its visitors, guests to this London night out can enjoy drinks for only £3 and special performances from the likes of Gallows and FVK.
Taking over a Shoreditch spot for a third year in a row, the Nordic Yulefest offers Londoners a great way to experience what the festive period is like in Scandinavia. After walking through an ivy-laden archway, guests will be amazed by all the wonderful sights on display. Beautifully decorated with traditional Scandinavian antiques and with various stag heads mounted on the walls, the event features a number of delicious meals, some frivolous, festive games and a Nordic disco that lasts long into the night.
Hilarious comedians, talented musicians and budding young artists are all on display at Camden's lively Forge venue. With a glamorous stage, and boasting a fantastic sounds and light system, the likes of Russel Howard, Tor Miller and Kevin Devine all feature and show off their talented here. With a food court serving various South American dishes and cocktails, and a fun-loving attitude to life, you're certain to leave with a huge smile.
The year is 1888. London hides behind clouds of smog and Jack the Ripper has just brutally take the life of his fifth victim. The streets of Whitechapel are consumed by fear and everyone's looking over their shoulders. Suspects, Lunatics and Leather Aprons is an immersive theatre event that's sure to linger on your mind. Solve the case as an inspector for Scotland Yard, protect your neighbourhood as a local vigilante or perhaps just experience what life was like on the deadly streets of Victorian London at this fun event in London.
To celebrate All Hallow’s Eve this year, you’re invited to a masquerade ball deep within the circles of Hell. Descend the ladder of sin - abandoning all hope as you enter - and immerse yourself in a stunning night of entertainment featuring a 70-piece orchestra as well as live performances from Royal Ballet dancers, singers and actors.
With local ales, rootin tootin good music and a fun party vibe, Ceilidh Nights in Peckham are one of the most hilarious ways to spend a Friday night. Spend the evening learning and dancing the moves of a traditional ceilidh as a caller shouts out what you need to be doing. There's a fully stocked bar and plenty of local ale to get your weekend started.
London’s latest lock-in party is all about outstanding food and nostalgic tunes. The rest? That’s really up to you. Kick off with a few welcome drinks from 3pm, before sitting down to a sharing food banquet that features classic Italian pasta and risotto dishes aplenty, all washed down by copious amounts of prosecco. The nostalgic playlist will span motown, soul and indie before the resident DJs really get into their groove to play 80s electronica and early house ‘til late.
If you know Little Nan, you'll know that she's the queen of pop up events in London... and her grandkids know how to throw a party too. Head down as they round up her teapots, furniture and 90s treasures and load it all into Rio Cinema in Dalston for a super cool 90s throwback party. Drink bottomless cocktails from Nan's teapots and dance the night away to the sounds of the 90s - think TLC and Spice Girls.
Renowned as one of the biggest and most successful comedy clubs in central London, these guys continue to book only the best comedians from the international circuit for their live shows. Head along on any given night and find 3 comedians and a compere on show, with a friendly and easy-going atmosphere to the crowd and free entry to the Opal Nightclub for afterwards included in the ticket price.
We’re about to lift the lid on one of London’s most glamorous speakeasy secrets. The UK’s top burlesque production stages a spectacular show of dancing divas, tantalising tassel-twirlers, cabaret and circus glitterati each and every Saturday. There’s special drink deals, a variety of party packages and the chance to dance the night away after the show.
Social darts... and drinking? Have you been living under a rock dear one? The Flight Club are doing brunch, and they're doing it big. This promises to be like no other brunch party because even eating breakfast at your standard local and winging a few darts at a board doesn't come close to this weekend of prosecco fuelled pizza partying.
Raucous fun from the first minute, Sounds Familiar is more of a rowdy disco than a pub quiz. There’s no need for sneaky Wikipedia checks on your smartphone here, your task is to identify the name and artist of famous songs instead. You’ll be up on the tables, dancing and belting out the tunes in no time at all.
We’re probably ruining everything for The Top Secret Comedy Club by shouting about it from the rooftops, but when an event is this funny we don’t really have a choice. Taking place on Drury Lane every weekend, head right this way for laughs on tap, a fully stocked bar with cheap drinks and an amazing atmosphere.
Do you know what equals fun? Tequila. And El Camion are getting out the tequila this November to celebrate the Mexican tradition the Day of the Dead. There will be a five-course vegetarian meal using fresh and delicious flavours all paired with a tequila cocktail, talks from a tequila expert and a party after.
If there's anything that numbs the pain of procrastination it's cat videos, and if there's anything worth partying about? It's cat videos. Coming at you with one of the first cat video themed parties in the city, the Coronet is set to explode with kitties, music, live performers and more.
Beautifully combining frivolous karaoke, fun loving retro gaming, silent discos and a masquerade theme, the team at the opulent Chelsea Harbour offer Londoners one of the funnest nights out. Boasting stunning 360 degree views of London's skyline, guests will have a chance to relive the golden era of Sonic gaming. Four Sega consols will be on hand, with games like Sonic, Tekkan and Street Fighter taking you back to your youth. Completing the night, the silent disco will have everyone swinging and swaying long into the early hours.
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. With a star-studded line-up of DJs, a huge dance floor and covered head to toe in quirky decorations,this fun event beautifully marries immersive drama with all the best things we love about a wild club night.
Marrying sultry jazz with all the joyful fun of a laid-back supper club in London, the team behind the Underground supper club host a truly unique event this October in the Cuckoo pub in Central London. Serving 4 great courses of hearty gastro pub food and framing the entire evening in quavering notes, the event will bring some of the biggest names in the city's jazz circles for an evening of delicious food and sultry music.
It's loud, it's proud and it's one of London's best quiz nights returning for another round of total nonsense. If you're looking for a civilised pub quiz, this ain't the one guys. Last Man Standing is hosted at The Phoenix and is all about showing you a good time, good drinks and ultimate tomfoolery with their line up of quizzical fun things to do in London.
The question that is one everyone's lips... 'Are you ready to rummmmbllllllle?' The Star of Kings returns with its monthly rendition of complete and utter chaos with one of London's most 'raucously entertaining' shows to date, or so say The Guardian. Think music, think silliness, think karaoke disco and much much more.
Madam Tussauds just got even better as they open their doors after dark for a kid-free, bubble filled evening. Wander around the wax works, watch a 4D show with the Marvel characters and go for a spin on the Spirit of London ride.
Fun for the whole family, let world-renowned magician Steve Truglia entertain you as he opens up a whole new world to magic card tricks and puts you under his spell. Incorporating film, images and story-telling, funny and charismatic showman Truglia will give you a detailed background about the history of cards as he spins the card-deck.
One of the biggest names in British comedy is returning for the biggest tour of his career in 2017. Famous for hosting Russell Howard’s Good News and his hilarious appearances on Mock The Week, this cheeky chap returns to take centre stage for his Round The World tour in March of next year. You can catch him in London as he plays the world-famous Royal Albert Hall for a record ten consecutive dates!
Taco Tuesday is a thing and we should all rejoice. Chef Kiano Moju is bringing her pop-up Orange St. to The Joker of Penton Street in Angel for a night of delicious tacos, beer and great music. Guests will dine in the upstairs room, enjoy starters, six tacos and a dessert.
Opulent, stylish and carefree - Dirk Diggler certainly knew his way around a big night out. Wind the clock back to 1977 and party like Dirk at this hedonistic night on the town, with seriously punchy cocktails on the cards at the bar and DJs playing a dedicated playlist of funk, disco and soul bangers. Book with us and save 3 quid on the door!
Consistently bagging 5* reviews from contented crawlers, The Shoreditch Pub Crawl is among the biggest in the area. They go all in on Thursdays, when tickets are 2-4-1 and you can go for the equivalent of just £6. There’s free entry to four top bars, free shots at each stop and all sorts of fun-loving characters to meet.
Bogan Bingo has been described as both “enormous amounts of fun” and “devastatingly hilarious” in its time, which is why you should 100% check it out if you’re a fan of raucous quiz night antics. Coming back to east London by popular demand, expect a night of the unique and the ridiculous as this full throttle version of the classic game comes to London Fields.
Influenced by the timeless comedy of shows like ‘Allo Allo and Dad’s Army, immerse yourself in a world of secret agents, gadgets and gizmos as you accept your role as secret agent for the French Resistance 1943 movement. Receive your briefing, kit up and get stuck in, taking in that 40’s Parisian culture and learning the skills to succeed in your missions. Away from all the immersive entertainment there’s a 3-course menu served in an authentic French bistro and a raucous after-party of swing music to round things off!
With the Shaka Zulu party policy notorious in North London, the Twisted Circus posse have come to hot things up even more come Saturday nights. Expect a trail-blazing array of awe inspiring acts including fire breathers, stilt walkers and acrobatics above the crowd as you get into the swing of your weekend revelry.
As if Fridays weren't great enough, the team at the Arcola Theatre offer Londoners a chance to relive the vibrant 1930s with a night dedicated to soulful jazz and fun-loving swing dancing. Perfect for those looking for something a little different, guests can first dance the charleston or do the lindy hop, before watching a live band of jazz musicians fill the shimmering air with electric energy.
Little Nan has extended her stay in Peckham due to incredible demand! You can now catch her bringing vintage kitsch Caribbean vibes to this little corner of south London until February. Afternoon tea is served every Friday and Saturday, with £25 tickets landing you plenty of sweet and savoury treats and half a teapot of cocktail.
If you're looking for an extravaganza of excitement on your Saturday night, then this is the place for you. Experience the stunning glamour of the Titanic Ballroom in Cafe de Paris, in the buzzing centre of Leicester Square, as burlesque, comedy and acrobatics take your breath away all through the evening.
As part of Late Night series, Geffrye Museum has teamed up with Late Night Opening to bring an evening of LBGTQI art and performances. Prominent artists include Scottee, Frau Welt and Travis Alabanza along with a huge line-up of local performers who will be bringing a night of singing and poetry.