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 7th December 2016
Looking for something fun, outrageous and silly to do this December in London? Then why not join Cybil's House for the ultimate in tacky events as they're promising pop hits, DJs, dancing, live entertainment, burlesque, Christmas jumpers and plenty for festive antics along the way.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Get ready to bust your way out of the illustrious Lady Chastity's boudoir.. the clock is counting down, you have one hour. Whether you like being under pressure, solving clues and figuring out riddles or not, this promises to be one fun experience in London hosted at either People's Park Tavern or The Four Thieves.
Ideal for anyone looking for something different to try this Autumn, the London Shuffle Club open their Shoreditch doors to educate guests all about the world of Shuffleboarding, a sport that's over 500 years old. With a 22ft practice court and a handful of tutorials, you'll first learn all about the sport, before battling it out with your colleges in a thrilling match on one of their eight courts. If that wasn't enough, the two bars and food court will be serving delicately produced cocktails and exquisite comfort dishes all day.
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.
Bringing together internationally acclaimed comedians for a night of high jinx and hilarity, the Comedy Carnival takes over Clapham's Infernos venue for one evening every month. With names like Reginald D Hunter, Sara Pascoe and Dane Baptiste on the bill, expect to see some of the funniest people in Britain's comedy circles. As if you needed more enticing, many of their performers regularly feature on shows like Mock the Week, Have I Got News For You and Live At The Apollo.
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!
Fine, fragrant Indian cuisine and cool cocktail-crafting excellence, Piccadilly's Mint Leaf Restaurant & Bar is already extremely well placed on London's nightlife platform, attracting a wealth of fervent foodies and keen carousers. With Friday's "House of Henry" nights thrown in, an atmospheric mix of bubbly pop house tracks and a sweet sampling of disco and Latino tunes resonate the dance-floor, so get your dancing shoes on this weekend.
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.
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.
Bringing 1920s glamour and intrigue to London is this immersive theatre experience at The Vaults. Jay Gatsby is hosting one of his iconic parties and you are on the guestlist as F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel comes to life. Dance to a live band, drink moonshine cocktails and help Gatsby find Daisy in this unique event.
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...
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.
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.
Nicole Line hosts textile workshops that are designed to teach a creative skill to beginners and pro’s 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.
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!
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.
Perfect for anyone that wants to get into the festive spirit, the Santa Scavenger Hunt poses 30 Christmas challenges to teams of Londoners, with an award for the side that solves the most in two hours. Guests will depart from Leicester Square after a cosy drinks reception with a list of challenges in one hand and a London map in the other. Following leads and cracking challenges, this event is sure to please even the biggest Grinch in your group of friends.
We all know drinking is hella fun, but what about drinking in complete darkness? The latest London pop up ask its guests to focus on the flavours of their drink - by plunging you into darkness you will be able to concentrate on the taste more. Throughout the 90 minute session you will taste two wines and two cocktails as well have expert waiting staff on hand to guide you through the experience.
The Ten Good Reasons & Greatest Hits tour reaches its final leg this December, with Jason Donovan performing live at Leicester Square's Hippodrome Casino. With the 5 times platinum Ten Good Reasons album having come out over 27 years ago, the night promises to take guests back to the early 90s. Expect to see a dazzling show at this wonderful live concert.
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.
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!
The Playboy Club in West London will play host to the Wam Bam Show, a stunning Christmas event that'll leave you smiling from ear to ear. A ticket to the event will include a delicious three course dinner, alongside front row seats to a range of amazing performances. Leaving your jaw drooping on the floor, the evening will including dazzling burlesque performances, amazing live music and a few side-splitting comedy shows.
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!'
Ready for some of the best darts names in the business to come together? You should be, as they're headed to London this December. Join Eric Bristow, Dennis Priestley, Bob Anderson, John Lowe, Keith Deller & Peter Manley for a night of games, partying and more.
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.
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.
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!
The Winter Film Club aims to create a warm, comfortable setting in which film-fanatics can watch all their favourite Christmas and childhood films. With row after row of cosy deck chairs and headphones to ensure everyone watches the film without being disturbed, the well-stocked bar and confectionery stand will undoubtedly maintain the laid-back vibes all evening.
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.
Going to the theatre is one of the most fun things you can do in London, and there's one theatre event in London that's pushing fun to its limit. Join Book Of Mormon for one of the most unique theatre nights in the city as crass jokes and comedy head right your way.