Top 20 Must Do Things in 2018

2018 - what are you going to make of it? This. Spread those social wings and work your way through our curated list of top things to do in London in 2018. Don't miss out on what's going down this year, we'd hate to leave you behind like 2017... 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 2018 in London. Bon appetit!

Last updated on 12th April 2018

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Become a kid again!

10 user reviews

Welcome to the ultimate adult playground, the perfect place to unleash that inner child. Sip on retro candy cocktails, snack on jalapeno poppers and truffle fries and immerse yourself in the one-million strong UV ball pit. 

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

Two floors. Three radio stations. The countless sights of London. The Silent Sounds Boat Party isn’t just one of the biggest parties on the Thames, but you get amazing music, a fully stocked bar and you get to see London’s landmarks while dancing away.

19:45 - 23:30
Boat Party, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different
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3 events @ Pitch Stratford with 25 upcoming dates starting on 28 Apr 2018

While only MPs and people living in Zone 6 have gardens in London, we’ve got a solution: Pitch. This urban garden is not only weather proof, but they’ve got tonnes of games to enjoy (think everything from ping pong to giant jenga), street food vendors, excellent music and a whole roster of events to keep you entertained.

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Following the success of their November events, the London Cheese Project will be back for the May Bank Holiday with one of the top events in London in 2018. With an expanded programme of traders, producers, talks and tastings, visitors can also enjoy live music and even cheese-themed cocktails.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Food & Drink, Festival, Daytime, Pop-Up
Background Music
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Have a meat-free 2018.

59 user reviews

There’s one thing we can all get behind in 2018 and that’s to be a little bit nicer. Save your furry friends, save the planet, and save yourself from icky food with these amazing vegan friendly restaurants in London.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London
6 events @ 6 venues with 30 upcoming dates from 26 Apr 2018 until 22 Nov 2018

The It's Unknown collective have made a name for themselves up and down the country as the purveyors of all-out, no-holds-barred and quite frankly ridiculous partying. Join them over a series of dates and locations in London, spanning Gospeloke, Musical Bingo, wild house parties, and more.

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All you thrill seekers have found the next best event in London for 2018 – and it’s on a boat. This killer whale speedboat can travel up to 60mph, jump 18 feet out of the water, and will get the adrenaline pumping like never before.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Activity, Daytime, Something A Little Different, Stag Do
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Ever wondered who makes the best margarita in London? Well, this time you’ll decide by the winner, as you sample two hours of unlimited margaritas from bars like Be At One, Barrio and Wahaca, all while listening to live music.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Activity, Food & Drink, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different
Live Music
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Hidden underground or concealed behind bookshelves is a whole new world of boozing that you're just dying to discover. The secret bars of the city are a thing you have to do in 2018 in London: from speakeasies to lavish burlesque dens, these are guaranteed to impress. 

Splash the Cash £££
Shoreditch

Don't toss out the old: just make it oh so very cool. That's the ethos behind Nine Lives, a Bermondsey hot-spot with vintage furniture, shabby chic aesthetics, and first class cocktails with ingredients grown themselves. 

Happily Affordable ££
Bermondsey
5 events @ The London Cabaret Club with 61 upcoming dates from 21 Mar 2017 until 22 Dec 2018

It’s not often 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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From the ever-revered Lion King and the beloved Wicked, down to the teasing Book of Mormon and the heart-felt 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

Give that adrenaline of yours a boost this year with one of London's most high-octane experiences. Climb aboard a speedboat and let Thames Rockets do the rest as they take you on a high-thrill journey across the river with Ping Pong chowing to following. 

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Daytime, Walks & Tours, Something A Little Different
Background Music
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One of the most innovative pieces of theatre you'll see this year, An Evening of Meat is a feast for every sense. Enjoy a six-course dinner menu as the action unfolds on the table in front of you at one of the must-visit attractions in London in 2018.

18:30 - 22:00
Food & Drink, Themed Nights, Something A Little Different, Dating
Waterloo
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Don't just take our word for it, Dandelyan won Best Bar at the prestigious Spirited Awards 2017 - and they definitely follow through. A must visit bar in London, their cocktails are expertly crafted using the finest spirits and garnishes, and the view of the Thames is beautiful. This is the place to go if you want to impress someone.

Happily Affordable ££
Southbank

From yoha and experimental burger workshops to cocktail classes, podcasting and butchery lessons, when it comes to trying your hand at a new skill this 2018, London seems like one almost place to be doing it. 

Happily Affordable ££
Fitzrovia

Located in Oval Space, this beer festival is showcasing everything great about Belgium beer with 70 craft beers from 20 brewers, live music from neo-vintage band Boogie Belgique and Belgium delicacies designed to pair with the beer. And did we mention that you can enjoy unlimited tasters of all the beers?

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Drinks Tasting, Festival, Food & Drink, Live Music
Hackney
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Being a better you in 2018 hasn’t gone well, and now you’re in prison. Great! No, really, it’s great, because you ended up at Alcotraz, where you’ll wear your orange jumpsuit, smuggle in a bottle of spirit and sip cocktails with your other inmates.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Themed Nights, Pop-Up
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Run away with the circus...

266 user reviews

Literally rising from the ashes after an unfortunate New Year's Eve 2016 fire, Aeronaut is back with a vengeance. 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. 

Happily Affordable ££
Acton
22 events @ 16 venues with 87 upcoming dates starting on 27 Apr 2018

Supa Dupa Fly is the ultimate hip hop and RnB night, packing out events with fellow lovers and bringing in star talents like Rita Ora, Disclosure, Amerie, and Professor Green. This is one music event you don’t want to miss.

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From batting off zombies and murder mystery to colourful characters and tricky conundrums, when it comes to putting your brain to the test this year in London, there's no better than some of the finest escape rooms in the city. Try your luck, if you dare...

Splash the Cash £££
Soho
Blues Kitchen Brixton
2-4-1 Cocktails and 2 other offers available.

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
Ping Pong Southbank
Lazy Sumday | Unlimited Dim Sum and 3 other offers available.

From martini masterclasses to cocktail challenges and wine tastings, when it comes to interesting drinks events in London, there's no shortage of them. Try a few this 2018 and get familiar with some of the most interesting flavours in the business. 

Happily Affordable ££
Southbank

Avocado-schmavacado, the most important meal of the day is waiting for you and it's weirder than ever. Feast on mountains of pancakes as you're dazzled by the most spectacular Drag Queens or sing your heart out on Hip Hop karaoke while eating Dirty South goodies: the world is your eggs benedict. 

Happily Affordable ££
East London

Queens in West London are inviting you to try your very own on-ice competition, where you and other teams will compete in go-nutting AKA, Human Curling.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Activity, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Pop-Up
Background Music
Notting Hill
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7 events @ 3 venues with 7 upcoming dates from 27 Apr 2018 until 02 Jun 2018

London Burlesque Festival is here to take your 2018 into stratospheric levels with a whole host of burlesque stars, dazzling routines and naughtiness. Each night has a different theme, including the likes of jazz, gin and Hollywood.

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Barrio Soho
Amigo Hour Specials

Feel fierce about food this year? Looking for an event in London in 2018 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

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 2018.

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

The Bingo Academy is coming to the Vaults and they’re ready to transform you bingo losers into bingo winners. With the help of the Bingo Trainers and some healthy competition, prepare to be the best of the best and bingo this year.

19:00 - 22:00
Pop-Up, Fun Time Partying, Clubbing, Date Night
Waterloo
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