Top 20 Must Do Things in 2017

2017 - 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 2016... 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 2017 in London. Bon appetit!

Last updated on 27th April 2017

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Pulling on their best pair of boxing gloves, London's best bartenders will go head to head at the Margarita Rumble in Shoreditch, all hoping to win the award for London's best margarita cocktail. Bartenders from The Alchemist, El Patron, Wahaca and Flight Club will be pulling out all the stops in order to take home that coveted first place prize. Better still, chef James Cochrane will work with the resident DJs to keep the fun vibes lasting all day, serving great food and playing the best party tracks.

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Activity, Food & Drink, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different
Live Music
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Bask in the glorious June sunshine at Mighty Hoopla, an one-day summer festival that embraces all the best things about a strange 90s. Stunning performances by Sophie Ellis Bextor, Snap and Technotronic are certain to remind you of those carefree days of your youth. Better still, the dazzling group Allsaints will be headlining proceedings at this amazing summer event. Grab a drink, grab your mates and enjoy everything the day has to offer. 

Festival, Clubbing, Fun Time Partying, Live Music
Commercial/Pop
Bethnal Green
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There are some things that never leave a London bucket list: spend a night partying under the stars, see the city's most incredible sights, dance somewhere beautiful... Silent Sounds is ticking a whole lot of boxes off your bucket lit as the party boat cruises down the Thames playing some of summer's hottest hits.

Boat Party, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different
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@Bedford Square Gardens on Saturday 15 July 2017

Join The Chap Olympiad in an eccentric celebration of Britain’s sporting ineptitude. Here, the fittest of the pack aren’t the survivors, it’s the people sporting the best cravats, elegant trouser and finest dandy wear. With ridiculous games, elegant clothing and picnic hampers, this is one dandy, sporting garden party for everyone who doesn’t want to break a sweat.

Daytime, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different, Activity
Retro
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A modern update of the classic book featuring the spectacular David Tennant – now that is one of the best events of 2017! Playing the titular character – a cruel seducer who lives only for pleasure – Don Juan tells the story of his final, debauched adventures, but taking place in London in this hilariously tragic retelling.  

Theatre/Arts, Something A Little Different, Date Night
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@BallieBallerson on Various dates

The first of its kind in London.....that's right, we now have a ball-pit bar. Join this rowdy event in London as you not only get familiar with a ball-pit boasting over 200,000 balls, you can tuck into a roster of retro cocktails alongside a bottomless brunch and more.

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Fun Time Partying, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Activity
Funk & Soul
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@Gielgud Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue on Various dates from 20th June
After a short run at The Royal Court Theatre - where tickets sold out in just 24 hours - Jez Butterworth's epic new...
Theatre/Arts, Daytime
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Operation Red Rocket

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@Rose Lipman Building on Various dates

Take a step into another world, where 1965 sees the international community racing to colonise Mars. The British National Space Laboratory are preparing their intrepid adventurers, and you are among the potential candidates. To see if you have what it takes, you’ll have to experience rigorous scientific testing, an international five course menu, and cocktails!

Supper Clubs, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Themed Nights
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September may seem like quite the way away, but it's a name like Amy that always hits home. Join Koko this year as they celebrate one of the greatest, female musicians and songwriters of our time, showcasing the back catalogue of Amy Winehouse in all its stunning glory.

Live Music, Date Night, Something A Little Different
Jazz
Camden
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Movies, god knows we love 'em, but sometimes your average screening simply wont do. From pop-up films in the finest restaurants to grand ballrooms showcasing the best in indie talent, check out our recommendations for the best in upcoming cinema events in London this 2017.

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch
10 events @ 9 venues with 11 upcoming dates from 18 May 2017 until 05 Nov 2017

The Pop Up Opera company looks to change the way we think of opera, hosting a series of shows in the most unusual settings they can find. The group will be hosting two different plays through out the year - Il Matrimonio Segreto from the late 18th century and the well-known story of Hansel & Gretel - with each performance perfectly marrying old with new. Trust us, this is one event you don't want to miss out on.

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Opening this February in east London, Four Quarters have seen grand gaming success with their Peckham branch, taking to Hackney for their latest spot. Join them for more arcade games, the gobbling of burgers, affordable cocktails and competitive spirit than ever.

Happily Affordable ££
East London
32 events @ Brixton Rooftop with 44 upcoming dates from 26 May 2017 until 28 Aug 2017

Summer's hottest event is back and it's going to blow your mind all over again. Brixton Beach is going to put on another huge line-up of DJs, street-food vendors and endless summer vibes with a venue that includes real sand and huge fun and games.

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Experience a 1940s party like no other at the Blitz Party, celebrating its spectacular D-Day special party. Located in a secret London location, the air-raid shelter will play host to live big bands playing 40s classics, traditional cocktails with a modern twist and delicious food from the mess stall. The whole venue will be decked out in authentic air-raid shelter décor like sandbags, hurricane lamps and blackout curtains. If your swing moves aren’t up to scratch, join an hour earlier for their swing class.

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Something A Little Different, Themed Nights, Fun Time Partying, Live Music
Live Music
Central London
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From the founders of one of the best bars in the world, Nightjar, Oriole is a speakeasy space where only the most creative of cocktails live. Use your year wisely and book a table to enjoy everything from art-deco interiors and live jazz to mysterious drinks and far-flung flavours.

Splash the Cash £££
East London

From brunches following a hardy work-out and fitness events to wellbeing classes, medidative moments and healthy meals, when it comes to getting back into shape this year in London, follow our guide for some of the best places to get back on track in the city. 

Happily Affordable ££
Brixton

Get lost in Wonderland as Les Enfants Terribles bring back their amazing Alice's Adventures Underground for 2017. The immersive theatre event brings Lewis Carroll's famous novel to life, only Alice is not the star, you are. Party with the Mad Hatter and solve the Cheshire Cat's riddles at this Olivier award nominated show.

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Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts
Waterloo
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Celebrate a night of all things macabre and unique this year in London as A Curious Invitation and the East End Film Festival return to the Masonic Temple in Liverpool Street for a wild and tempting night of cabaret, circus and cinema all rolled into one.

Cabaret/Burlesque, Live Music, Theatre/Arts, Clubbing, Fun Time Partying
Party Mash Up
Liverpool Street
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It's time to drink, dance and party like it's the 1920s as beautiful venue Bourne and Hollingsworth throw an epic party. There will be flapper dresses, dandy suits, live bands, cocktails and an incredible atmosphere at this glamorous and swinging event.

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Something A Little Different, Themed Nights, Fun Time Partying, Clubbing
Live Music
Central London
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Aviary may be one of the newest openings in the city, but it's racing up London's cocktail ranks like no-one before. Whether it's the stunning skyline views, the heralded restaurant or the themed cocktails, there's one thing to be sure about Aviary, and that you shouldn't miss it this year.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London
6 events @ The London Cabaret Club with 118 upcoming dates from 21 Mar 2017 until 23 Jun 2018

It’s not often do you get to experience cabaret like at The London Cabaret Club. Diving into the rich cultural history of Britain, they combine original choreography, premium production values and exquisite food to create unforgettable shows.

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Bingo used to be a game reserved for small halls and blue rinses, that was until London got its hands on it. From some of the wildest bingo events in the country to drag themed nights and unusual prizes, dedicate your year to finding some of the best bingo themed events in the city. 

Happily Affordable ££
Camden

Feel fierce about food this year? Looking for an event in London in 2017 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.

Happily Affordable ££
Soho

Thought that the art of the silent disco had been and gone? Not on our watch we tell you, not on our watch. From late night partying on a boat to some of the best DJs in the business, 2017 is a year that belongs to the silent disco and we're here to show you why. 

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

From the ever-revered Lion King and the beloved Wicked, down to the teasing Book of Mormon and the classic Matilda, when it comes to something to do this year in London, make sure it's getting a hold of tickets to some of the very best theatre in the world. 

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch
@Underbelly Festival Southbank on Various dates from 13th May
House of Burlesque 2.0
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The famous Tempest Rose and her House of Burlesque are embarking on a new venture this summer, combining their passion for all-things cabaret with modern technology. Working neon fixtures and strobe lighting into their already dazzling routines, this night promises to showcase how old and new can work well together. The night will take place throughout the summer at the Underbelly Festival on London's Southbank.

Cabaret/Burlesque
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Throw some darts*

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*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; choose between Shoreditch or Bloomsbury

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Shoreditch

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