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 23rd November 2017
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.
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.
If you're looking for fun things to do in London in the run up to Christmas look no further than the heights of Sky Garden. With two gorgeous evening of live music and mulled wine, it's a perfect excuse for some festive fun.
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.
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!'
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.
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.
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.
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.
With mullets, power ballads and air guitars, this anthem-filled night out in London is guaranteed to be a good time. Join in with Ultimate Power's mad atmosphere as Meatloaf, Bon Jovi and all the classics blast out.
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.
Re-telling the story and music catalogues of some of the biggest names in the biz, the Reimagine collective front full 16-piece orchestras, epic choirs and live performers aplenty in tribute of some of the most famous names on the planet.
Come to Queens for a night of ice-skating, bowling and fun times. They’ve got 12 bowling alleys, they’ve got delicious food from MEATliquor and they’ve got a great cocktail list to wash it all 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.
Put on your best (or worst) singing voice and head over to the quirky pub, The Birds as they put on a massive bottomless brunch event. Led by a hilarious host, there will be breakfast food, prosecco and lots of song-based fun.
This drinks tasting is a fantastic opportunity to not only learn more about your favourite gins and gin cocktails, you'll also be given training on how to craft the perfect Negroni at this fun London activity.
For a night of hilarious stand-up comedy in a wonderfully weird location, head to Comedy Cirque. Taking over the Cirque in East London, the night revolves around a handful of hilarious open-mic stand up performances from some of the UK's biggest comedic names. Once the final act has performed, ticket holders can then make their way across to XOYO, where they'll have free entry into one of London's most popular clubs.
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.
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.
This Alpine-theme raclette bar from Le Rac Shack is one of the best pop up events happening in London this winter. Everything from the decor of The Treehouse to the many cheese ready to be melted is perfect for warming up those cold winter nights.
See London like never before in this ultimate treasure hunt. You’ll have to unravel puzzles and crack riddles using a series of clues that’ll take you across London – before you end at the Treasure pub, where you get 20% off your bill. Try out the Westminster version too.
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.
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.
Whether you're looking to learn everything about rum, or how to make your own molecular cocktails, try one of T.T Liquor's fun East London events.
Learn how to taste, mix and distil the perfect gin drinks for your palette at this fun evening event in Central London.
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...
For a slightly off-kilter experience in London, make tracks for Mac & Wild's Devonshire Square Gun Room, for a virtual shooting experience transporting its guests to the beautiful Scottish Highlands. Ideal for a birthday, quirky date night, stag do or corporate shindig - this place is sure to impress.
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.
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?
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.
Get ready for a night of side-splitting stand-up as Laugh Out London brings the biggest names in comedy to Islington and Tooting.
Grab your gang and head down to Drink, Shop & Do as they lead you through all the moves of Jingle Bell Rock from Mean Girls - it's going to be epic.
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.
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.
Pull on your baggy jeans and Fred-and-Perry hats, the 90s Brunch is an event that celebrates all out favourite things about an iconic decade. Certain to leave you beaming from ear to ear, the event revolves around a home cooked brunch offering, rounded off by huge 90s tracks - R Kelly, Destiny's Child etc - and a few frivolous rounds of lip-syncing.
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.
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?
This London event is a ride like you've never experienced before. Jump high, dive low and turn donuts across the Thames at this awesome London experience.
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.
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.
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.
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!
If you love mezcal, join this unique tasting session where you’ll sample four rare mezcals pulled straight from Mexico, followed by wine or beer and a mezcal cocktail.
Get down to Hackney Downs Studios this Christmas for this fun London Christmas event. Featuring all your favourite Christmas films, and then some, it's a great way to relax in the build up to Christmas.
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!)
Ever wanted to shake up cocktails like a pro? TT Liquor will guide you through the fundamentals of mixology, get you to shake up four with premium spirits, and even get you to compete with each other.
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.
Justin Timberlake's iconic album, Justified, is being brought to life this December with a live band and vocalist.
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!
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.
Build a delightful little habitat for your cacti or succulent at this fun London event. All the tools, soils and other materials are provided, all you need to bring is yourself and a bit of artistic flair.
An entire hour of bottomless booze, a two course feast courtesy of the Breakfast Club Canary Wharf and a drag queen-heavy Christmas panto? THIS is how to do the festive season in London right.
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.
Aeronaut is back in action and as such they're throwing a massive Tarantino themed party; there will be performers, iconic soundtracks and all sorts of naughty fun.
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.
Spend your evening at The Social Pantry for their wonderful supper club, as they host a bauble terrarium workshop before treating you to a three-course meal.
Laugh all night at Comedy at the Coach, with amazing up-and-coming acts alongside as-seen-on-TV level headliners, all while enjoy a free pint.
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.
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 you love your musicals, you might have found the event for you. This masterclass sees an actual West End star teach you the songs and dance routines from the sexiest, sassiest musical around, all while you’re treated to free-flowing prosecco all evening.
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.
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.
Musical Bingo combines what you love about both those things in one big celebration, bringing a different genre every month, tonnes of delicious pizza, mystery challenges and singing your heart out to the biggest songs around.
Learn the ancient art of paper-cutting with Poppy Chancellor, illustrator and paper-cut artist, as she shares her trademark wit and playful designs.
With more than 175 breweries, hot street food vendors and great DJs, Craft Beer Rising is back for 2018 and even bigger than before.
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!
For a fun day out in London with friends or family, try out this adorable winter pop up in Camden. Offering lunch, dinner, afternoon teas for you and the kids, it's a perfect festive treat.
This is a real fun thing to do in London if you love retro vibes, jive dancing to some of the hottest throwback bands around (and a dance class to get you in the mood) and a full night of nostalgic fun in one of the most iconic venues around.
Jump into the middle of the action as you try to figure out two things: who was murdered and who is the murderer? This murder mystery will see you try to unravel a web of intrigue in this tale of obsession, deceit, vulnerability and seven erratic personalities.
Leave all your inhibitions at the door and dive head first into all the fun on offer at the Hip Hop brunch. Guests will first be treated to 3 courses of 'Dirty South' food, before enjoying fun rounds of Hip Hip karaoke and all your favourite urban acts. Certain to leave you full of booze, with a stomach that feels like it's about to burst and a great beat in your head, there are few better ways to spend a bank holiday weekend in London.
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.
King's Cross venue Drink Shop & Do always know how to have a good time, from Mariah Carey inspired dance classes through to craft workshops.
Run by Portobello Road gin, Gin Tonica is a cool Notting Hill spot. The restaurant serves more than 100 types of gin along with delicious tapas; when you're done feasting, head downstairs to the Distillery to learn how to mix your own bottle of gin.
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.
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.