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 16th February 2017

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One of the biggest cocktail events in the country and found at the ever stunning One Marylebone, join Cocktails in the City this year as they return for more tasting events, pop-up bars, leading mixology names and cocktails than ever before. There's a free cocktail on entry with your ticket too.

 

Food & Drink, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different, Festival
Background Music
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It's back and bigger than ever before as Craft Beer Rising returns to The Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane. Spread over two days, this is your chance to try craft beer from more than 170 breweries from around the world. There will also be live entertainment in the form of Showhawk Duo and many more.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Festival, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different
Electro
Brick Lane
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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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@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.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Fun Time Partying, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Activity
Funk & Soul
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Blasting onto the scene last year, Coppa Club Tower Bridge introduced their beautiful igloos to London in late 2016, and soon after, booked out completely. But luckily for you/us/everyone, they've extended the booking dates to the end of March 2017 (and limited bookings to only those made via DesignMyNight). GO.

Happily Affordable ££
London Bridge

DrinkUp.London have brought us some of the finest drinks led events in London, and it looks like 2017 is due to be no different. Join them for their Beer Edit this March in the city as they're promising more beer experiences, tastings, pop-up events and breweries than ever before.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Festival, Food & Drink, Pop-Up
Hackney
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@Secret Central London Location on Various dates from 1st June

Having wowed Londoners with its stint as part of the Vaults Festival, the Great Gatsby returns this summer in a secret London location. Recreating the alluring, sleek vibes of F. Scott Fitzgerald's romantic wonderland, the company offer Londoners a night out in the 1920s, complete with live jazz performers, crafted cocktails and wild outfits, the night promises to be truly unforgettable. 

Pop-Up, Activity, Date Night, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different
Jazz
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Farmopolis may be closed until Spring 2017, but if there's one thing we know to be sure, it'll be the dash to get back in once doors open. From craft events and flower arranging to cocktails overlooking the water and seasonal bites, this is a unique place to visit as the year rolls on.

Drinkonomical £
Greenwich

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

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

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

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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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
2 events @ The London Cabaret Club with 43 upcoming dates from 24 Feb 2017 until 29 Jul 2017

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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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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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

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.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Cabaret/Burlesque, Live Music, Theatre/Arts, Clubbing, Fun Time Partying
Party Mash Up
Liverpool Street
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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

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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2 events @ The Vaults with 3 upcoming dates starting on 24 Feb 2017

Waterloo becomes a beacon for variety yet again this year with the return of VAULT Festival. Held in the beloved Vaults and toting some of the most unique acts of the year, get set for sci-fi party nights, comedy shows, theatre events and late night partying through to March.

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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. 

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Shoreditch

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. 

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Shoreditch

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.

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Soho

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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