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 18th January 2017
There's nothing quite like a good party but The Golden Flame are dialling things up a notch as they take you on a tour of London's most beautiful sights. Put on your headphones and choose the soundtrack to your night as you throw some serious shapes on the dancefloor, drink rum from the bar and see the likes of Tower Bridge and Big Ben float by. Tickets are sold out for January but be the first to find out about new releases by signing up here.
Being in London doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Burns Night properly! Pay your respects to the Scottish bard at Hackney’s Burns Baby Burns, with a three course meal, including haggis, neeps and tatties, a dram of fine Scotch whisky and Burns recitals. The night doesn’t end there, of course, as you’ll be kicking off with a big night of post-dinner ceilidh with the Ceilidh Liberation Front.
Unleash your inner desires or show-off how cute you are – it’s all welcome at Rumpus: Fluff Vs Filth. The hugely popular event is back and boasting a huge amount of entertainment across seven rooms, including live bands, DJs and weird performers. Dressing up is hugely encouraged, as is having the night of your life.
Gin House Burlesque is returning to London after touring the country with their sexy and seductive burlesque shows. Prepare to be dazzled and seduced by the showgirls as they scintillate and tease with performances inspired by greats such as Josephine Baker.
Warm up those vocal chords and get ready for another huge night at Afrobeat Karaoke at Nomad in Shoreditch. The East London will have you singing all your favourite songs at the top of your lungs at this fun party palace; have a warble on the microphone or simply get down and dance at this fun spot.
After lasts year's unprecedented success, the Legend of Darts night returns to Infernos this march. Four of the darts world's biggest names will take part in the event, performing their familiar walk-outs and playing a handful of exhibition matches. Expect plenty of high jinks and frivolous fun.
Celebrate the music of icon David Bowie with the 70s and 80s Disco and Funk night. Hosted in Grade II listed building the Rivoli Ballroom, a world class tribute act will play the best Bowie songs to really commemorate the star. Meanwhile, the resident DJ will be playing the best 70s and 80s tunes.
The Last Tuesday Society is taking over The Grand in Clapham to throw a night of huge happenings. Head to the South London venue for a night of all sorts of debauchery, from DJs and musicians all the way through to fortune tellers and magicians.
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.
Found at the Savoy Theatre just so happens to be one of the best musicals of our time, and now's your chance to catch it. Head on down to this heralded location for one of the finest shows in the business with more hits, drama and singing than ever.
Explore Madame Tussauds with no kids, no queues and added prosecco at this after-dark event. The legendary museum will be staying open late to let you wander round snapping selfies with iconic celebrities, ride their Spirit of London and sneak peek at the Star Wars exhibition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hot Since 91 is one night of brilliant fun in Islington. The club night has everything from karaoke with all your fave divas to a gamesroom featuring Super Nintendo and jumbo Connect 4. There's loads of free food (candy floss and fried chicken, people) and the afterparty continues until 4am.
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.
Andaz London is home to one of London's most unique venues, a secret Masonic chamber in which they will be screening iconic horror films this spring. Screenings include Psycho, The Babadook and Poltergeist and there's the option of enjoying a two-course meal.
Pull on all your green and gold clothes, and head down to Infernos in Clapham for an easy-going Australia Day celebration. Never afraid to throw a massive party, the team of organisers have brought together a great line-up of DJs and live performers, alongside stocking the bar full of everyone's favourite brands of Australian beer. The event starts at 2 PM in the afternoon and stretches into the early hours of the next day.
The passing of George Michael this December sent shockwaves around the world. Iconic for so many reasons, the team at Infernos celebrate the talented musician's unbelievable career this January with a fun-loving tribute night. Armed with confetti cannons, a balloon drop and a number of fun props, the evening will feature all the singer's most-loved songs.
Blooming heck, our childhoods were fun weren't they?! Well Dalston bar BallieBallerson are bringing some of that carefree fun back with their giant ball pool party. Frolic in the pit as DJs play the best tunes and bartenders whip up cocktails inspired by sweeties - Wham bars and vodka, anyone?
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.
Using local produce such as British cheese, Archie's Bar in Deptford are putting on a Mexican night. There will be three courses of utter deliciousness from a cheese fondue through to the pulled chicken tortillas piled in guacamole, and the mouth-watering chocolate fondue.
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.
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.
Skip, hop and jump over to East London for a night of blues dancing at Looking Glass Cocktail Club with Swing Dancing UK. The group have invited American Blues champion Simon Selmon in to teach you the steps to the Blues before you put them into practice.
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.
Crank up the fun dial in Central London at this brunch event which includes three hours of bottomless booze, tonnes of breakfast food and a DJ spinning the hottest soundtrack. Pile your plates high with dishes such as fried calamari, corn bread and sweet potato fries and slurp your way through endless vodka, rum, beer and wine.
Time to get serious at Craft Beer Rising as the event returns for 2017, back and bigger than before. Head over to The Old Truman Brewery to meet more than 170 producers from around the world as their rooms include beer, street food and live entertainment.
Rich Mix has been drawing in Londoners from all over the city with their promise of hilarious stand-up comedy acts. This January is no different, with the Knock2Bag team taking over for one night only. The night will be guided by the new resident MC Jayde Adams and guests will be treated to stand-up performances by a number of comedians that have been turning heads in the industry with their quirky acts; think the Death Hilarious, Tony Law and Steve Hall.
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.
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.
Ever enjoyed brunch on the side of a mountain? Thanks to the skiing-obsessed team at Bodos Schloss, you can enjoy just that without having to fork over a silly amount of money. Tuck into some delicious pulled pork buns, enjoy a few champagne cocktails and race down a mountain on the venue's own ski simulator.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 1920s are reborn this winter, with the Ham Yard Hotel and Sipsmith gin specialists launching the Hot Gin Roof pop-up again. Taking place in the opulent Central London hotel, the event is sure to draw in juniper-berry enthusiasts from all over the South. Alongside arguably the best G&T in London, guests will be able to sink into a signature 'Negroni' and a 'Reverse Martini' at this boozy winter event in London.
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.
Glamours and stylish, the South Place Hotel in the City of London host a magical screening of Braveheart, all in the name of Burns Night. To accompany the gourmet popcorn, whisky cocktails and tartan-clad furniture, guests will be able to enjoy a selection of Scottish inspired, Michelin-starred small bites. Sit under the stars and unwind at this fun event in London.
Party like you’ve never before with the silent disco on The Roof Gardens! Pick between DJ Benny Blanco and DJ Sam Londt until 12am, when the party will continue in the Private Members Club through the night.
Can poetry ever be funny? Can Stand-up ever be profound? It’s time to challenge your preconceptions and have a right old laugh at Stand-Up and Slam, where six different acts will compete to see if poetry or stand-up is the funniest art form. And the winner is decided by you!
The Rah Rah Rooms in London's Piccadilly host a thrilling Australia Day celebration that's as loud and vibrant as the area it sits in. Hosted by the charming Nick Hardcastle, the night will feature a few Australian home favourites, copious amounts of beer and a number of dazzling cabaret performances. Draped in green and gold, and full of cheer, this Aus Day event will leave you with a beaming smile.
Venture in the intimate, quirky venue of Paper Dress Vintage to discover one of the most risqué events in London: Milk V. Returning to the venue that spawned it, this is an exclusive night filled with X-Rated burlesque and the sexiest live music and DJs. It is not for the light hearted but the rest of you should dress to undress.
One South London pub that knows a thing or two about having fun is The Four Thieves and they are cranking the fun factor up another notch with their VR concept room. Book out a room for you and your friends to be transported to an alternate world all through their virtual reality head gear.
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.
Chortle yourself silly as Monkey Business Comedy Club put on some of their hilarious shows over the festive period. Russel Hicks and Luke Benson are just two of the comedians doing their thing as the night takes place in intimate venues in Camden and Hampstead.
Party all night and into other galaxies with Galactic Love, The Vault’s annual Valentine’s Day extravaganza! This weird and wonderful event will include live bands, amazing DJs, FERAL performers and people decked out in space-like fancy dress. There’s even dating games, for the chance for you to find your inter-galactic lover!
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.
Get all the fun of skiing without putting on any skis at Fondue Lodge Alpine-themed pop-up dining experience. With the venue decked out to look like an apres-ski lodge, you’ll be treated to a lovely set menu of both cheese and chocolate fondue, along with a starter of your choice. There will also be live music and complimentary Schnapps served throughout to really get those skiing vibes going.
With three nights of themed events, Natural Born Storytellers is taking over North London with their quirky and unusual happenings. Head to Camden for a night of stories, from heart-warming and inspirational through to hysterical and silly, there's plenty of tall tales to hear.
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.
Need a fun event for a group of 8 to 15 people? Try out a Private Cocktail Masterclass at Bird of Smithfield for a fun, relaxed chance to learn how to make some impressive drinks. Expert mixologists will guide you through how to make them and, after sampling the various drinks, you’ll battle your skills in a shake off against each other.
With a musical line-up that includes the likes of The Beatles, Oasis and Blur, it's fair to say that Britain's musical history and culture is one of the most diverse in the London. Celebrating that history, the team at the London Cabaret Club invite their guests to a frivolous, fun night of amazing music and dazzling performances. After first being greeted by the event's elegantly dressed hostess, guests will be stunned by an impressive array of dance numbers, before being taken on a journey through time thanks to the venue's talented DJs.
Making brunch a whole lot more fun is the secret basement bar Dr Kluger's Olde Town Tavern as they host an afternoon of drag acts and bottomless booze. Taking place in January, Strictly Come Drag will see the finest drag acts dance and lip sync to be crowned the winner, all while you feast on delicious brunch food from The Breakfast Club and work your way through the bottomless booze.
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.
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.
What’s more fun than possibly finding the partner of your dreams? Well, dates can be stressful, but Last Night a Speed Date Changed My Life is a fun, light-hearted way to see if there’s a spark before committing to an actual date.
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.
Get ready to roar with laughter at this hilarious stand up show by Eleanor Conway, a former music journalist. From travelling the world to working with the Chinese Mafia, Eleanor has had a pretty wild time which she recounts in this brilliant show. Unflinching, honest and funny, watch out for this up-and-coming comedian.
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.
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.
Drink prosecco while traversing the Shark Walk, gaze at the wonders of sea turtles, Cuban crocodiles and clown fishes as you sip on delicious drinks at the pop-up bars, only at SEA LIFE London Aquarium. This is a unique opportunity to see the aquarium after-hours, at your own pace and with the luxury of great drinks.
The renowned Musical Bingo team at back this January, taking their fun-loving bingo concept to Concrete in Shoreditch. Themed as an Apres-ski afterparty, the night will work like any normal bingo game; but instead of numbers, DJs Rapture and Jonny Unknown will be playing party tracks. Grab a drink, have a dance and win some prizes at this fun event in London.
This January, the Moth Club welcome the Knock2Bag team for a night of high jinks and hilarity. On the night, guests will be treated to performances by Mock The Week favourite Sara Pascoe, Tom Basden, Twayna Mayne and Cam Spence on the night.
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!
Explore the taste and learn the history of one of the most popular drinks of all time: gin! Sipsmiths are taking over Hanger SW6 for a masterclass on their beverage, and will be telling you the story behind Sipsmith Dry Gin and BTW Gin & Tonic. Meanwhile, you’ll be sampling delicious cocktails and canapes.