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 18th August 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.
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.
Time to do the time warp again and again and again at this super-cool dance lesson. This Halloween, get stuck into the Rocky Horror Picture Show’s greatest dance routines – and fancy dress is heavily encouraged.
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.
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.
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.
If you think you know more about Game of Thrones than GRR Martin himself, head to Drink Shop and Do for a night of GoT quizzing.
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.
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 famous Fever Tree brand is waving off the summer in style, inviting Londoners to their gin-school and helping each person find the type of gin that suits their palate best. With a gin masterclass, tasting flight and distilling session, each guest will walk away with a head full of facts and their own, bespoke 500 ml bottle of gin.
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.
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.
The Rolling Stock in East London is hosting a night like no other this August. Returning after reaching new highs with its first club night, Down The Rabbit Hole brings together the best urban DJs in London for one night only. Sink a few shots at the bar, dance to your favourite party tracks and chases the bunny's white tail until 6 AM at this unforgettable club 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.
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.
For a truly unforgettable night out in London, head to BallieBallerson in Stoke Newington. Famous as London's first adult ballpit, the team have gone one better by serving sweet-inspired cocktails and ice-cold beer behind the bar while the DJs spin all your favourite party track together. Grab your mates, head down and let loose at this quirky event in East London.
Get ready for the ride of your life as Buck 'n' Bull Saloon pull into town with their southern party. Taking place at Islington Metal Works, the day includes live music from Holloway Road, a BBQ, cocktails and a bucking bronco.
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?
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!
Get ready to party hard a Blues Kitchen Camden host a massive night of afrobeat and soul sounds. Join the hopping venue for a night that includes music from London Afrobeat Collective and Dj Rob.
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.
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?
This summer, bowls is back in fashion as Festibowl delivers an evening of fun complete with bowls, street food, cocktails, summer beats from great DJs and even more bowls.
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.
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.
Put on your best pin-up outfit and head over to All Star Lanes in Bayswater for a huge retro party. The quirky venue will transform itself into a vintage-style den complete with special guests, DJs, cocktails, bowling and amazing prizes to be won.
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.
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!'
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.
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.
Find out what really goes on behind closed doors as Ethan comes clean. The former Naked Housekeeper has transformed his experiences into a hilarious and eye-opening theatre show, taking place in a secret living room.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Taking place at XOYO, this evening will put a completely different spin on the music of Daft Punk. The evening will be an amazing live medley of the band's album 'Homework', performed by a 16-piece orchestra.
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.
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.
Pop Up Screens plays your favourite films in screens across the prettiest parks in London. There's Brewdog beer on the bar, all you have to do is bring yourself.
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!)
To start your weekend in style, the team at Sink in Central London are hosting an afternoon wake-up session, revolving around bottles of prosecco, jugs of ice cold beer, delicious burgers and fun games. Best of all, this fresh brunch offering lasts late into the afternoon, with sessions available all the way to 6 PM. Grab your mates, head down and soak up all the fun this boozy event has to offer.
Spend the evening learning more about gin while sampling G&Ts and freshly baked pizza. Fever Tree are holding a masterclass in a secret herb garden close to Southbank.
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.
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.
Help support Jeans for Genes Day at the Grand with their very own retro denim party. Expect a live performance from a pop band, the best 00s and 90s pop tracks, themed cocktails and prizes for best dressed.
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.
Prepare for an enchanting night by some of the finest artists in burlesque and cabaret, as Luscious Cabaret’s magical performers, showcasing everything from magic, comedy and tassel twirling alike.
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.
Arguably the strangest comedy night in London is returning to the Old Queen's Head this Autumn. Known as London's only immersive comedy experience, the Comedy House Party showcases the weirdest performers that the capital has to offer. Grab a cocktail at the bar, sinking into your seat and watch as the eccentric Quint Fontana introduces a line-up of hip hop musical comedies, odd stand-up performers and twisted burlesque stars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 find yourself in the heart of St James, head to Hampton for a proper summer experience. This pop up bar is complete with summer interiors, refreshing cocktails and a seafood menu filled with lobster rolls, oysters, crab and so much more.
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).
Known for hosting suave dinners and elegant events, the team at McQueen are at it again, this time showcasing the best flavours from South America at a special wine-dinner this September. Head chef Kamil Kudlek has curated a 5 -course menu that taps into South America's most vibrant culinary circles, while the team at Bibendum wine match each course with a particular South American wine.
Unlimited pizzas, gallons of cocktails and the best urban DJs that London has to offer - it's fair to say that the team behind Total Over Dough don't mess about when it comes to hosting huge parties. This summer is no different. Head to a secret location in London and soak up all the pizza-based fun this brunch session has to offer. Trust us, you won't forget it.
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!
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.
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?
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.
Rumpus is back with a bang this October, throwing its biggest party yet at South London's Coronet venue. The team are bringing over 2000 'creatures', 200 live performers and eleven rooms of live entertainment all under one roof. Best of all, to complete this fun event in London, the team have curated a stellar line up of artists to perform on stage, including names like Chainska Brassika, Mariachi El Pinche Gringo and The Balkanoes.
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.
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.
Head to Voltaire for afternoon tea and enjoy their selection of sandwiches, cakes, pastries, as well as your choice of 24 different teas.
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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.
Head to Broadgate Circle and enjoy everything the fun-loving Slider Decider 2017 has to offer. Some of London's top chefs will be present on the serving sliders fresh from the grill as they make their way around a number of challenging food stations. With live music and all your favourite drinks on offer too, this is one September event you're going to be talking about for a while.
XOYO is pulling out all the stops this August. The team are opening up their stage to a 21-person strong choir and live band, who'll be performing every song from Outkast's huge album Speakerbox/ The Love Below. Playing everything from Roses to Hey Ya!, this event promises to leave you with a spring in your step.
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.
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.
Retro games are having a renaissance and Retrotainment are bringing them to new heights with this quirky event. Taking place in a skyscraper, play classic console games, take part in competitions and even network.