Top 20 Must Do Things in 2016
2016 - what are you going to make of it? This. Spread those social wings of yours and work your way through our curated list of top things to do in London. Don't miss out on what's going down this year, we'd hate to leave you behind like 2015... So whether you're looking for a cocktail to swig, some shows to marvel at or even cooking classes we've literally got it all. Here's our round up of the must do things in 2016 in London. Bon appetit!
Last updated on 4th October 2016
Here lies jazz music, swinging and speakeasy tinkerings - enter The Candlelight Club. Bringing back the flavour and pizazz of that infamous Golden Age, these guys bring the 20s party spirit back with cocktails, live music and the finest vintage inspired outfits. For a themed night out in London, this utterly debauched collective will swing you into a frenzy.
Reckon you're down for trying new things this year in London? We'd say so too, and that's why Aeronaut is something that you simply can't miss. With some of the most talked about circus shows in town, Aeronaut is more than just a spectacle, it's down right entertainment at its finest with fire breathers, aerial acts, comedians and more.
The biggest beat and breakfast collective are causing a riot that's definitely one of the top things to do in London. The Hip Hop Brunch crew run rampant across the city bringing together a menu of 'Dirty South' Americana foods followed by some raucous karaoke. Get ready to spit some lyrics like Biggie and 2pac; this is brunch like never done before.
The notorious bearded East London bloke known only as 'Burger Bear' has only gone and opened his own gaff right on top of Old Street roundabout. With the stage set for winter and alfresco feats, you can nosh the Bear's legendary burgers under shelter and enjoy the beats of their resident DJ before hitting the bar and this socialising haven and ultimate cool place to go in London.
Alllllmost. Taking a decommissioned 1967 tube carriage, giving it a good polish and transforming it into a palatable space of exquisite French inspired cuisine and top mixology The Underground Supper Club invite you for dinner with a difference. Experience this unique restaurant in London and enjoy a 4 course tasting menu.
The London Shuffle Club opens up their 8 Shuffleboard courts to the city's adventurous audience this November, allowing guests a chance to try their hand at Shuffleboard. A cross between ten pin bowling and curling, guests will first be taught all the basics about the sport, before having a chance to try out the sport on their 22 feet court. With 2 bars serving carefully crafted cocktails, and DJs filling the air with all the most popular Hip Hop, RnB and Pop tracks, this is one event that every intrigued Londoner must try.
Do you have a boozy bucket list? If not, it’s time to create one and plonk “cocktails on top of the Gherkin” at the very top of it. Normally reserved for the enjoyment of private members only, we have secured exclusive access to one of the most stunning drinking spots in London, just for DMN users. Whisk yourself up 180 metres into the sky for cocktails and bubbly with unforgettable views of the city skyline.
You've ploughed down the canal pathways without a doggy paddle accident, but how about grazing on top of that water in a little more style, and with a bucket load more o' booze? Weaving through London's waterways, Canal Party Club is the ultimate summer stomper. From averting sea sickness to supping back as you breeze through the city, this is must do activity in London.
Founded by Searcys, National Champagne Week is back with a pop, with events taking place throughout the country in the first week of October. Join in with the bubbly fun at everything from a Larson Champagne Tasting Dinner at the Roman Baths in Bath to a quiz and fizz at Searcys St Pancras Grand Champagne Bar.
Inspired by the Féeries of 19th century Paris, Cabaret Des Distractions is an awe-inspiring tale of love and temptation. Unfolding each Friday evening in Café De Paris’ stunning 1920s ballroom, strap yourselves in for a thrilling event of cabaret, musical theatre and circus performances. This is a top thing to see in London if you're after a taste of the theatrical glamour.
Feel fierce about food? Looking for an event in London in 2016 that can quench those foodie pangs? Then check out our list of the best. From pop-ups and sell-out supper clubs, to quirky dining events and food forays, those with a penchant for the edible can find just about anything they want across London this year.
Fancy learning something new in 2016? Something that promises a bucket load of fun to boot? Then there's only one thing for it. The heralded Ceilidh. Swing 'em round at this selection of events across the year as Ceilidh dancing is one of the most fun ways to spend an evening in the city.
Weekends are strictly reserved for blowing off some steam and having a good old laugh, so why not literally have a chuckle at some genuine top notch stand-up sessions? Shoreditch's Comedy Cafe plays host to line-ups of some of the UKs latest and greatest rising comedians as well as big established players and is a notorious place to go in London. So pull up a chair on a Friday or Saturday, sit back and enjoy the humour.
Denim N' Dine is a unique London pop-up happening this October. Created by Pedro Passinhas, who has worked at several Michelin-starred restaurants, the supper club will take place in a creative and inspiring denim warehouse; join him as he cooks seven-courses of excellent food.
Cocktails - we just can't get enough of them. Become the host you always imagined you could be and discover the talent of cocktail craft from some of the City's best masters of liquor-laced libations. A must do experience in London, pick your poison and learn how to shake up, mix it up and even set alight your favourite concoctions.
*Actually more fun than it sounds... Listen up. These guys are bringing a whole new era of social gaming to the table. Forget about Ping, your table tennis days are gone like 2015, it's time you discovered a new fun thing to do in London. This year is the dawn of DARTS, with a crucial digital spin. With an electronic scoring and gaming system you don't even have to be that good, but it's all in the wrist if you're feeling competitive.