Fun Things To Do In London
We know, London can be a bit overwhelming. The bright shiny lights, the huge buildings, the pressing crowds and rush hour crushes - it's hard to focus with so much going on and with so much to choose from. Well, you're in luck, because we're here to hold your hand and guide you through the best events, the best things to do in London and the top new trends pervading their way through our buzzing weird and wonderful capital. Check out our recommendations for the most fun things to do in London.
Last updated on 24th February 2017
See London in the most fun way aboard The Golden Flame as the boat puts on one hell of a party. Put on your headphones, choose between the channels for the night's soundtrack and sail past iconic sights such as Big Ben and Tower Bridge. Tickets are sold out for January but register your interest here to find out more.
Holi festival is all about fun, so take yourself away from the drab city and throw colourful powder paints at each other in Cinnamon Kitchen’s amazing pop-up. Not only will you get to take part in the Holi celebrations, but also feast on authentic Indian food and drink the delicious, signature Holi cocktail. The passing of winter has never been more colourful.
The Bloody Brunch Club is turning two this year and is pulling out all the stops for its birthday bash. Taking over Haunt in Stoke Newington, guests can expect all the usual frivolity associated with their bloody mary-heavy brunch sessions, plus a few little surprises. Enjoy a delicious course of food and dance long into the night courtesy of the venue's resident DJs.
This event is different every time, flirting with edible playgrounds and Mad Hatter brunches. These secretly located pop-ups are guaranteed to be creative, fun and memorable every time, so try one out and find even more things to love about London.
What do you get when you combine a canal boat, the River Lea, brunch and drink? You get a lot of fun, and the Alfred Le Roy Sunday Drunch Cruise. Join the two hour cruise as they play some create tunes, with drinks on offer ranging from cocktails to beer to wine and spirits. There’s also brunch options available, if you fancy a nibble, all while looking at the fantastic sights.
Want to experience the unique darting atmosphere in Clapham? Infernos are hosting another night of darting mayhem with Legends of Darts 3, bringing together four former champions together to compete. Sit in the long tables and get ready to sing – this darts match will be one of the best events in London.
Two greats join forces to bring you a night of hilarious fun; Pickle Boy Comedy is taking over Howling Hops brewery. Head to Hackney to watch professional comedians do their thing. There will also be a pickled-egg eating competition.
If you and your friends are fun people, then you won’t want to miss Indeedy musical bingo at Drink Shop Do. This bingo with a difference includes bottomless bubbles, Bloody Marys and endless bagels, while the prizes range from sandwich toasters to giant inflatable bananas. They’re also finishing pm a slow-jam dance party.
London boasts some of the best secrets and historic tales in the world, and there's one company here to help you find them. Join Meet The Streets for some of the best walking tours in London as you get familiar with everything from ghosts to historic pub tours.
Testing your taste buds and forcing guests to think about drinks in new and exciting ways, Pitch Black is an immersive tasting experience like no other. Guests will be plunged into complete darkness, before trying a number of delicious cocktails and fine wines. Completely changing the way you approach tasting new drinks, this is an experience you're not likely to forget anytime soon.
Ever wanted to have a three course meal in Faulty Towers? Well now you can with the Faulty Towers Dining Experience. Sybil, Basil and Manuel will attempt to get through your night without a hitch – and, of course, will spectacularly fail. The immersive dining experience is complete with genius comedy, theatrics and improvisation, as well as enough heart to make it so critically acclaimed.
Join a hot hit list of comedians every Thursday at People's Park Tavern in Hackney. The venue host Laugh Train Home which sees some of the best in comedy take to the stage to perform a hilarious weekly sketch.
Head to Chiswick to visit London’s last remaining family brewery. Here you'll be given a fasinating glimpse into the heritage of the Fuller's brand as well as some engrossing insight into British beer-making. On top of that, with The Fuller's Griffin Brewery dating all the way back to 1828, it has some truly riveting stories to tell - hear them all whilst sampling a few pints of London's pride!
Welcome to London’s authentic German beerhouse, where it’s Oktoberfest regardless of what the calendar says. The bar is famous for its “rough and ready approach to partying”, where the beers come topped up to the steinful and the barstaff are dressed up in authentic Lederhosen. Watch some live sport, dance to the oompah band and let the spirit of Oktoberfest swallow you up at this unique London bar.
George Yard in the City of London puts your intuition and cunning to the test, hosting two immersive experiences that are sure to leave you smiling. Whether you're working with the team of robbers to steal the Crown Jewels in a complex bank heist or escaping the Prohibition Police after sneaking into a speakeasy, the events hosted here are certainly no walk in the park.
Brunch is the food of Gods. And beer is the drink... So together, this makes one hell of a boozy brunch in London from the Draft House Charlotte. Guzzle down a paddle of 6 1/3 pints of craft beers and then make way for the main course of big burgers with fries. All for £15 as well? Fun in London doesn't need to cost a lot.
Party all day at Mahiki’s Hawaiian fancy dress brunch, as you taste their deliciously exotic brunch food and sip your complimentary Tiki cocktail made by a flair mixologist. Interactive performers and top-of-the-line DJs will make sure you get a bit of tropical wonder throughout the day.
Perfect for any fans of art, the Other Art Fair art exhibition that's taking place this Autumn in the heart of London. The event is organised by the Saatachi Gallery and will showcase the best creations of 130 up and coming London-based artists. Better still, the event will also host The Guardian's own virtual reality experience, which recreates the dark labyrinth of Victorian tunnels that ran underneath historic London.
This extravaganza of show stopping skills and acrobatics is a sexy tale of seduction and romance, inspired by the Féeries of nineteenth century Paris. Hosted in the stunning 1920s ballroom of Cafe de Paris, this event is sure to be one to remember.
Beat the queues and kids and visit Madam Tussauds after dark at this exclusive evening. The museum will be staying up late to let adults explore all it has to offer, from selfies with Kim and Kanye, through to having fun on the Spirit of London ride. The Star Wars and Marvel exhibition are also open.
Cut out the kids and queues and instead add in a whole heap of Indian and horticultural fun as Kew Gardens hosts Orchids Lates. The night will be a combination of traditional Indian music, cocktails, dining and talks by the experts.
Part pop-up, part immersive experience, The Neath is the latest creation of immersive experience creator Dean Richards. With the devil behind the bar, the room will be filled with haunting creatures, terrifying sights and sudden surprises; this is not one for the faint-hearted. Grab your mates, head to the Vaults Festival and completely immerse yourself in this intriguing experience.
Learn how to make delicious dim sum, sip prosecco and munch your way through the sumptuous dish at Chinese Cricket Club Restaurant's masterclass. Things kick off with a special glass of bubbly, followed by a talk and then you're let loose to create your own dim sum all under the careful guidance of an expert chef.
From cassava through to yams and plantain, Cameroon has an incredibly diverse and delicious cuisine; learn how to cook a few of the dishes at this hands-on cooking class, filled with plenty of samples and goodies to take home too.
The famous Nightspot Cinema are back at it again, hosting a pop-up cinema special at the Institute of Light that showcases the contrasting fortunes of two bands, the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. While one rose to prominence and had a number of hit songs, the other fought their way down the ladder and stifled their own success with wild actions. Trust us, this is the perfect cinema event if you're a rock fan.
There’s not much in this world more fun than stepping into a world of magic, so luckily you can do just that at the Wizard Inn. Inviting all witches, wizards, trolls and other magical creatures down for a night of bottomless cocktails, live entertainment and a buffet, this is one night you won’t want to Obliviate.
For a night of outrageous comedy, it’s time to visit The Old Queen’s Head for Thom Foole’s House Party. Expect a night of comedy, storytelling, mischief, party games and even a bit of dancing performed by some of the craziest acts in the country.
If you're short of activities and fancy something to keep you busy as you swill spirits, head down to Flight Club. From the brains behind Ping comes London's first and coolest darts bar introducing you to the world of social gaming, with darts. There's a digital scoring system, games to be played and oche's to be had so team up. This. Is. Flight Club!
Try something a little different to do in London as one of the best karaoke brands in the business promises a night on the tiles to remember. The night to unleash your inner diva, Lucky Voice Karaoke in Soho promises unrivaled karaoke booths, a waitress service and more as their playlist promises the belting of ballads a-plenty.
MyChocolate boast some of the most fun, interesting and unique food events in London. Their ethos is all about a creativity, charm and dedication to great service, meaning you can indulge in delicious chocolate, learn something new about its creation and take part.
What’s the 3Doodler? You might rightly ask. A 3D printing pen that allows you to draw with plastic in mid-air, this playful innovation allows you to use new technology while creating something handmade. The masterclass takes you through the basics, before you learn how to follow templates and construct your masterpieces - it’s a truly unique event designed with creative people in mind!
Head to a secret location for a tea party with a difference as Mad Hatters Mar-tea-ni Masterclass mixes things up with vodka and Tea Pig. Using Black Cow, a milk based vodka, you will create delicious cocktails, nibble and natter the evening away.
If drinking prosecco while soaking up the sights of a glorious aquarium sounds like a night out to you, then join SEA LIFE After Dark for an exclusive look at the aquarium. This adults-only event means you can explore the conservation at your own time, drink from the pop-up bars and traverse the scary Shark Walk!
The Ace Hotel Miranda in Shoreditch is pulling out all the stops this February, inviting London's music fans to a brunch session revolving around the wonderful world of Beyonce. Guests will first enjoy two brunch courses and a complimentary glass of bubbles, before taking part in a fun Beyonce-themed quiz that'll test just how much you really know about Miss Carter.
It's time to get out the tiaras and microphones because Strictly Come Drag is here to brighten up your January. Taking place in secret basement bar Dr Kluger's Olde Town Tavern, the event will be an afternoon of shenanigans including lip syncing, towers of pancakes and bottomless booze.
Head over to East London for a huge night of brilliant karaoke as The Queen of Hoxton is taken over by a live band playing the best in afrobeat. Warm up your vocal chords and sing to the sounds of live music as Folly Fresh leads a night of massive fun.
The Electro Swing Ball is one of the glitziest and most fun things to do in London. Put on your fanciest black tie this bank holiday weekend and come for a night of delicious cocktails, fabulous performers – from stilt walkers to acrobats – roulette, amazing saxophone and the best DJs keeping you partying until the early hours.
Have your very own private shindig on Regent's Canal and shake your stuff on a dance floor that rocks just as much as you do. Enjoy the balmy summer air with your best mates and soak up the golden rays and picturesque sights as you drift along one of London's greatest treasures.
Mover shakers of London, gather your chums and try something a little different as Dance Party Experience promise to put you through your paces. From themed routines and group packages, to energetic antics and dance teachers, book your session now and get to know your inner dance floor demon.
We know what you're thinking. Wine tastings are for old people who are boring. WRONG. The team at Oddbins offer something different entirely to your usual tutored tasting experience. You can choose whether you'd like wine, beer, spirits or other liquors to be the subject of your evening and you can enjoy a tailored party package for something fun to do in London (that still involves drinking).
Got an hour and a half going spare? Why not scare yourself silly at this haunted tour of the Greenwich World Heritage Site? Expect shivers to creep down that spine as you embark on a journey discovering the Cutty Sark curse, ghosts of jilted lovers and the creepiest tunnel in the country. Finish with a pint at Charles Dickens’ favourite haunted pub.
Bounce offers one of the most fun nights out in Shoreditch. It’s an underground haven for eating, drinking and competitive socialising, where big groups of mates gather around one of 17 ping-pong tables and play into the night. There’s also a ‘gin palace’ themed cocktail bar with a menu created by award-winning mixologists and a pizza counter specialising in authentic Italian pizzas and antipasti dishes.
Very rarely will you get the opportunity to have a delicious meal while watching a truly unique show, until The London Cabaret Club came along. The show dives into the rich heritage of Britain in shows that are celebrations of its culture. Featuring premium production values, unique choreography and a delicious dinner – this is a night you won’t forget.
Any event that can say their host is called Tina Turner Tea Lady is a winner by our standards. The Candlemaker are about to get all the booze out for a bottomless brunch session with a difference. Hold tight for something fun to do in London as they get all steamy bingo as you knock back bubbles and bloody marys.
Last Man Standing is an interactive comedy quiz that has exploded in popularity. Answer each round and you might make it through to the stage challenges, where you’ll compete in tasks based on classic quiz shows. Then the winners will have to compete in the final round: Last Man Standing! Hilarious, fast-paced and fun-fuelled, if you can be the last person up, you might just win their royal prize.
Feel like asserting your beer-pong dominance, but a little strapped for cash? Here’s your answer folks, as the Shoreditch Pub Crawl lays on 2-4-1 tickets on Thursdays. Coming in at the equivalent of £6 per person, you’ll enjoy free entry to four bars and free shots, as well as plenty of drinking game antics.
What event? We don't know anything about any event... Especially not a secret event that's announced a few days before it happens... And especially not an event based on the 1920s Prohibition Era of speakeasies and elegant glamour...
If you're looking for a dining experience that's more than just food, Kenza should be your next outing. Serving up a Arabian themed wonderland of draped silks, plush cushions and indulgent Lebanese cuisines, Kenza is the perfect place to come for some atmospheric drinking and dining. Complete with belly dancers, you'll be transported to the Middle East.
What’s more of a fun thing to do in London than laughing? Well, given Live At The Chapel’s track record, not much. They’ve been running since June 2007 with the biggest, most dramatic comedy acts in the country.
Some things in life were just meant to go together: Harry and Sally, Romeo and Juliet, craft beer and cheese. The legendary cheese truck Archie's is putting on a special night of British cheese and beer, there will be talks, tastings and a whole heap of goodies to take home.
All Star Lanes is all about bowling, eating and drinking while you step back in time to the golden age of America. An all-round haven for faded glamour and quirky touches, there’s 6 lanes in the main hall (each suitable for up to 7), and a menu of Americana treats and classic cocktails to enjoy whether you win or come dead last.
Nicole Line hosts textile workshops that are designed to teach a creative skill to beginners and pros both young and old. She’s running events throughout London this summer ranging from screen printing to tie dyeing, where it’s all about sharing ideas and techniques in a relaxed environment. Learn a new skill and meet a bunch of like-minded people at workshops where you’ll learn how to use the equipment, where to source the materials and even how to set up your own studio space at home.
Prepare for a night of soul, hip-hop, funk, jazz and broken beat as Sublive take over Old Street Records. Blending to together jazz and serious beats, Eric Lau will be headlining the show, with Poppy Ajudha and Oscar Jerome supporting with live music. For those wanting a more underground music experience, downstairs will be playing the best dancefloor tracks.
Renowned throughout the city for bringing only the biggest names on the international circuit to the stage, it’s no surprise that the star comics are queuing up to play the Covent Garden Comedy Club. Head along and laugh yourself silly as 3 acts take the stage - your ticket also offers 15% off at the Lulivo Italian restaurant for a pre-show meal and free entry to Opal if you fancy heading out afterwards!
Hackney's Brewhouse is pulling in its bling this March, hosting London's first RnB and hip hop bingo showcase. The resident MC will be pulling the strings all night, picking the great tunes and calling out all the numbers. Framed by a few lip sync battles and a handful of dance-off competitions, there'll also be a handful of fun prizes for the best bingo superstar.
Time to get fit and have some fun – the ping pong tables are back at The Hydrant! Grab your mates, get a drink and see who is really the best at table tennis in this incredibly fun sports bar.
Fancy yourself as a bit a mixing maestro? You will do after this. Mixology Studios' cocktail-making class gives small groups their very own custom-built bars to work with (alongside providing each individual with their own equipment) - so there's no taking turns here; this is two hours of continuous mixing and tasting! Master the basics before learning more complex techniques. By the end of the class, have a crack at making 'the best cocktail of the day!'
The Gin Chronicles is a play in London like no other, following the story of amateur detective John Jobling and his maid Doris Golightly as they try to figure out the mystery of missing gin magnate Cornelius Juniper. This hilarious, 1940s radio-style comedy adventure is a must see for gin-enthusiasts – especially as they’ll receive a complimentary Gin and Tonic!
Little Nan's is putting a boozy and neon twist on the traditional afternoon tea as the award-winning pop-up takes over a grand theatre in Catford. The bar will be hosting a cocktail-filled afternoon tea in between palm trees, '80s memorabilia and banging pop songs.
Bottomless Brunches are one of the best and most fun things to happen in London, and there’s only one way to make it better: chicken! At Ma’ Plucker, you’ll receive unlimited prosecco, a whole rotisserie chipotle rubbed and roasted chicken, a choice of two bases, two sauces and fries. The sugary treat on top of it all is you’ll finish the meal with a pot of Ma’s Mini doughnuts!
At Bourbon and Butchery, a professional butcher will show you where each cut comes from and what to look for when you are buying meat, followed by a chance to join in. Then you’ll get stuck into tasting some of the finest American whiskeys before finishing up with eating some meat-focused food and drink pairings.
Drink cocktails like you’ve never had them before at Smith & Sinclair’s unique pop-up, which serves crazy conceptions such as alcoholic bubbles, cocktail-infused vapours and alcoholic dib-dabs. Then, make your way to Tanqueray’s Experimental Garnish Bar, where you are encouraged to experiment with a range of crazy edible garnishes on your drinks.