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 22nd June 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.
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.
For an unforgettable cinema experience, head to the Rivoli Pop Up Cinema and watch iconic films in one of London's oldest ballrooms. The company is hosting film screenings throughout the year and will be showcasing iconic films such as Jaws, Moulin Rogue and Rocky. Grab your mates, grab some popcorn and sink into a cosy bean bag at this fun pop-up screen.
For a classy central London experience, head to Mayfair's May Fair Bar as their expert mixologists show you their tips and tricks for whipping up a cocktail storm. The evening will involve you making three tipples, along with tasters, canapes and a competition to win some gorgeous prizes.
Classic films are being given the Luna Cinema treatment this summer as the company screens everything from Romeo and Juliet through to Notting Hill in some seriously gorgeous locations. Watch movies under the stars, in palaces and even in a lido at this must-do summer event.
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 great 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.
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.
Independence Day means it’s time to celebrate like a true American. Join the biggest bar crawl around for five venues with queue jump, free shots, frat games like two-storey beer pong and flip cup, limited-edition t-shirts and more.
Rum lovers, you’re in for a treat as Mount Gay’s expert will be joining Jam Tree Chelsea for a masterclass on the good stuff. You’ll learn all about the rum, its story and how it’s made all while drinking it yourself. There’s nibbles as well to line the stomach!
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.
The Bollywood brunch brings everything you love about Bollywood culture into one fun brunch event. We’re talking a three-course Indian meal, an hour of bottomless cocktails, a DJ bringing the best in Bollywood beats, Bhangra-inspired lip sync battles as well as a load of talented performers to keep you entertained all day long.
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.
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!
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.
Whether you're on a work do or celebrating someone's birthday, Locked in a Room will entertain every single member of your group. Head over to ExCeL to find two scenarios split between 13 rooms, from beating government agents through to saving London from a mad scientist.
What happens when you bring together some of the finest street food stalls with the best music, and then add in some art? You get the Last Days of Shoreditch, a summer experience offering all that plus club take-overs, street parties and tonnes of fun.
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.
Having performed with the likes of Louis CK, Fin Taylor is taking to the Brixton stage of Dogstar. The quirky pub returns with their sellout Doggystyle shows that will feature the funniest in comedy.
Had enough of the same old supper clubs? Try taking it back in time, all the way back to the Medieval period. The Vaults will be putting on a Sunday full of feasting, fighting and goblet banging at this unique immersive experience which includes a five-course meal and plenty of fun.
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Weekend brunch just got even more fun as Flight Club add their ochres to it. The darts club is filling you up with endless pizza for two hours, prosecco and a go on their darts board, a perfect excuse to start your weekend shenanigans nice and early.
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.
The Block Party Cinema are taking things to a new level, offering a Brazilian themed evening like no other. The event will take place at JuJu's, opposite the Old Truman Brewery, and will revolve around a screening of the iconic action classic, The City of God. But to really get guests in the Brazilian mood, the team will be hosting a fun cocktail masterclass, an afro-samba dance workshop and an incredible VR experience, showcasing what life is like in the city of Rio.
Let's go to the beach, beach... Specifically the beach right besides the Thames as Neverland create an oasis of seaside vibes for summer 2017. The pop-up will be a combination of all the fun things of the season, from street food through to BYOB and beach huts.
It's big, it's messy and it's calling for you to come and decide who has got the best wings in all of London. Join Wing Fest for another epic weekend as they take over the print works with some of London's hottest names to serve you endless buffalo wings, drinks and live music.
Sushisamba and Duck & Waffle are joining forces this July, hosting arguably London's biggest brunch session. Guests can choose from two different brunch menus, both offering seasonal dishes that pack a punch. Once the plates have been cleared, the DJs take over, playing all your favourite party tracks until the sun goes down.
MyChocolate boast some of the most fun, interesting and unique food events in London. Their ethos is all about 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 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.
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!'
If you're short of activities and fancy something to keep you busy as you swill spirits, head down to Flight Club in Shoreditch or Bloomsbury. This is 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 oches to be had - so team up. This. Is. Flight Club!
It's time to get out the tiaras and microphones because Strictly Come Drag is here to brighten up your day. 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.
Join Comedy Cirque for an evening of intimate and hilarious comedy at a completely unique venue. Comedians and a MC will be taking over East London's King's Head, a private members club filled with taxidermy and gorgeous vintage furniture.
Ever wanted to party like The Great Gatsby? Because you’ve been invited by the man himself, where the jazz will be swinging, the outfits with be sparkling and the cocktails will be flowing all night. All you need to do is open your invitation.
Get ready to celebrate summer in one of the most epic immersive experiences of the summer. Already sell-out stars, this event is taking place in Central London’s notorious party neighbourhoods. You’ll receive a location, a password and then strap in for one of the biggest rides of the summer.
With a huge roster of live music and DJs, The Jazz Cafe has been bringing London some of the best sounds for well over a decade. They are continuing their legacy with the best soul bands come Fridays; head to this spot for dinner and drinks before watching the amazing live shows.
There’s not much in this life more fun than a good comedy night. And if you want the best comedy, for a fraction of the price, there’s only one place to go: Laugh Out London. Having drawn names like Stewart Lee, Harry Hill, Katherine Ryan, Josie Long and more, it’s the one place to go for world class comedy.
Learn how to create unique mixes and garnishes at this quirky cocktail masterclass. Travel to a stunning studio space overlooking the Regents Canal and you’ll be greeted by their unique concoction: Thyme + Pineapple Fizz. Then you’ll try your hand at making your own two cocktails with the help of their master mixologists before creating unique garnishes with fruit and vegetables.
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.
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.
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!
Perfect for any beer-loving boyfriends, the Brewhouse and Kitchen in Islington is hosting a fun beer-making and tasting session. The day will begin with a delicious breakfast and will end with a great tasting and Q&A session, led by the venue's head brewer. To really test your ability, the team behind this venue will show guests just how much mixing, mashing and boiling goes into creating each pint of craft beer.
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.
Taking place in pubs across London, Laugh Train Home is a hilarious and intimate way of discovering new stand-ups. The event has seen the likes of Reginald D Hunter and Sara Pascoe among others entertain guests, and always puts on a cracking line-up.
What do people love more than house parties? One that take place in one of the best, laid back venues around. Offering up several floors of RnB, hip hop, house and old skool, beer pong, free pizza and tonnes of fun.
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.
Join the BBQ Club for good company and great food. You’ll get to feast on six-courses of delicious BBQ food – but you’ll be doing the basting and grilling alongside the chef, all while appreciating the beautiful views of London’s South Bank.
Christopher Bliss' Literary Salon is a highly recommended show that's already charmed viewers at the Edinburgh Festival. Taking place every first Friday of the month at Camden Comedy Club, join the hilarious character for his ridiculous and funny feedback with a guest panelist.
Lucky Voice Islington has proven time and again that it is one of the most fun places in London. Providing strong cocktails, a dressing up box and a soundproof room, you and your mates have just got to turn up and sing your heart out.
Jump into a mystery like no other in this escape room with a twist. Enter Poppa Plock’s wonky workshop, where you’ll be guided by Plock’s outrageous ventriloquist dummy and demented dolls as you try and solve the mystery and challenges. Can you make it out of the workshop in one piece?
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.
Perfect for date night, Pitch Black is a unique drinking experience. Taking place in two secret London locations, the experience will plunge you into darkness as you sip cocktails and wine; the point? So you can focus all your attention of the drinks flavours.
Are you ready for a canal cruise with a difference? It’s not all about beautiful sights at the Chip Shop Tea Boat Tour – though you will get to see everything from Camden Locks to London Zoo at Regents Park and the leafy tree-lined paths of Primrose Hill – but you will also get to feast on a combination of afternoon tea and fish & chips.
Get stuck into solving a murder and saving the world as Aftermath the immersive game comes to you. Designed for 5-20 people, the game simply needs a usable space to whizz you away into a world of mystery and intrigue that will involve you using your wits and working together.
It's the Fourth of July, which can only mean one thing, it's time to celebrate with America in the most fun way - with a whole roster of top comedic talent. Head to Bar Rumba in West End as Comedy Carnival hosts a special night of USA comedians.
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.
If you’ve been in London for more than five minutes, then you must’ve heard about shuffleboard. The game is taking the city by storm with its fun rules that are a mash up between ten pin bowling and curling. Hire lane and bring some friends down, all while sipping on cocktails, eating pizza and listening to some awesome tunes.
Fair Gin are teaming up with the bartenders at Voltaire in Central London, hosting a cocktail masterclass that's full of intriguing facts and brilliant surprises. On arrival, guests will be welcomed with an ice-cold G&T and freshly made canapes, before sitting down and learning all about the history of gin. Following that, guests will have the chance to create their own cocktail masterpiece, using the venue's arsenal of ingredients.
Fiddle Paradiddle have a reputation for being one of London's quirkiest ceilidh band. Proving that and planting huge smiles on hundreds of faces, the group are hosting a series of events this summer revolving around traditional Scottish dancing. Guests will first learn all the steps to the band's favourite routines, before taking to the floor to perform. Perfect for anyone looking to try something new, this night of traditional Scottish dancing will never disappoint.
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.
With a sexy little outdoor space, quirky wallpaper and stylish interiors, Zona N16 is a great place to while away a few hours over the weekend, especially as they announce their new brunch menu which includes two hours of bottomless prosecco.
What’s more fun to do in London than a comedy festival? Laugh Out London are hosting a week’s worth of top quality comedy with the likes of Tim Key, Nick Helm, Rose Matafeo and more headlining throughout.
Looking for a truly memorable daytime event in London? Check out the London Oys'tour, a bar crawl revolving around oysters. Chef and expert shucker Simon Lamont will lead this informative masterclass, taking guests to 4 different oyster bars and teaching guests all about how to properly prepare and enjoy fresh oysters. Full of fun facts and stunning flavours, this food event certainly won't disappoint.
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.
Taking place in a secret location, Wonderland is creating a two-day summer festival. Join the collective as they pull out the stops for their 10th birthday as seven-piece Jenova Collection take to the stage while a hot line-up of DJs soundtrack your weekend in a beautiful, woody location.
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.
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!
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.
Take a trip back to your childhood with another group of big kids as you enter the land of Shrek for a crazy immersive experience. After accepting your welcome drink, Donkey will take you on a jaw-dropping 4D bus ride. If you make it through that hilarious journey, you’ll end up in the Poison Apple Pub, where you can have a shot or two with the bar maid Doris (the ugly step-sister!)
Travel into London’s sordid past together and taste the seven deadly sins of Victorian times. With several themed drinks to sup on and food offerings from the sins yourself, you’ll truly feel like you are in a different world. You’ll also get to visit the Dungeon Tavern, filled with unsavoury sorts, and ride the Drop Ride of Doom.
Come and sample the many different tastes of Irish gin and tonic at this fun outdoor festival. There will be gin from every province in the country available to sample, and you’ll get to meet the people behind the drinks too.
The Big London Bake is a food event in London that will challenge the city's amateur bakers in new and exciting ways. Taking inspiration from one of Britain's most iconic tv shows, the event will see guests take part in a number of testing challenges in order to find out who London's true star bakers are. Will you crumble under the pressure? Or will you whisk past your opponents?
Take in everything the British summer has to offer with a Wimbledon-inspired tea masterclass in East London. Held at the Regent's canal in a secret location, the masterclass will teach guests how to mix and flair a range of tea-based cocktails using Black Cow milk vodka. To make this a truly unforgettable summer experience, the inventive chefs have created a menu of alcoholic snacks for guests to enjoy. Like gin-infused cream tarts and alcoholic scones.
Handmade Mysteries create twisted escape rooms for people looking for a pulse-racing, brain-teasing, immersive experience. Based in London's finest drinking establishments, your game host will introduce your team to a series of bizarre contraptions and mysterious misfits. Will you win and cry for joy? Or lose, and just cry?
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.
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.
Prepare to be scared like you’ve never been scared before! No, it’s not walking down the streets of Croydon, you’ll be going somewhere must scarier. Using the help of Ouija boards and other paranormal equipment, you’ll be looking through some of the most haunted places in the city. Prepare for a tour of serial killers, mass graves and bloody executions.
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).
Michel Roux Jr is widely known as one of the best chefs around and his cookery school will be teaching you the tricks of the trade. Located in the spot where Saturday Kitchen Live is filmed, the venue has a state-of-the-art kitchen, all the mod cons and is available for private hire as well as group classes.
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.
Whether it's a birthday party or corporate event, Retro Events are whisking you back in time to a themed party with a difference. The events company will provide all you need for a themed bash, from actors and performers through to a cracking set list.
Supper clubs are the perfect experience for those that love wonderful food and great company, and MATR offers just that. The food is rustic, locally and ethically-sourced, and cooked utilising old Viking techniques across seven courses. You’ll also be able to have each course expertly paired with wine by a professional sommelier.
Unlimited pizza and cocktails might make a brunch party great already, but at Overdough they’ve added in tonnes of music, flashing lights and hip-hop karaoke to create a whole brunch extravaganza.
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.
The masterminds behind Eat Grub have teamed up with Seb Holmes to create a number of thai-inspired dishes, all created using insects. Taking place at North London's San Daniele restaurant, this event will also offer guests a chance to taste a variety of cocktails created by Tomas Lenko from Strongman's Tipples, all themed around insects.
The chipper team at Islington's Brewhouse are showing off their wonderful homemade beers with a series of interesting beer masterclasses. The entire session will be led by an expert brewer and will showcase 8 different beers that have been brewed in the micro-brewery at the back. Full of interesting facts, featuring moreish bar snacks and concluding with a delicious burger, this is a beer event in London that you're not likely to forget in a hurry.
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.
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!