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Top London Events: Experience the Swinging City
Top London Events: Experience the Swinging City
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There are surprises around nearly every corner in London, whether you’re learning about history on a walking tour of Soho or shopping at a night market in Hackney. Hop on the tube and explore some of the city’s best concerts, workshops, and pop-up markets — plus more of today’s brilliant events selected by Eventbrite’s expert curators.
Top London Events: Experience the Swinging City

Hoop Blast / London

Top London Events: Experience the Swinging City

Hoop Blast / London

Top London Events: Experience the Swinging City
Top London Events: Experience the Swinging City
Collection by Eventbrite
There are surprises around nearly every corner in London, whether you’re learning about history on a walking tour of Soho or shopping at a night market in Hackney. Hop on the tube and explore some of the city’s best concerts, workshops, and pop-up markets — plus more of today’s brilliant events selected by Eventbrite’s expert curators.
There are surprises around nearly every corner in London, whether you’re learning about history on a walking tour of Soho or shopping at a night market in Hackney. Hop on the tube and explore some of the city’s best concerts, workshops, and pop-up markets — plus more of today’s brilliant events selected by Eventbrite’s expert curators.

Talking about the weather doesn't have to be boring — at least, not when it happens in an immersive sound installation. Visitors hear selected phrases about weather from seven London poets in seven different languages, exploring connections between environment and communication.

London is chock-full of Brutalist wonders and you certainly don’t have to be an architecture buff to appreciate them on this guided tour. As you wander past iconic structures (like the famous Barbican estate) you'll learn about Brutalist history and its social significance.

Explore east London by setting off on an interactive treasure hunt, working your way towards the ultimate reward — a reduced bar bill at one of the area’s many great pubs. You’ll need to solve puzzles and crack codes to unlock clues, and you even get to learn some local history.

Get ready for a late one at this drum ’n’ bass tear-up, as scene legend Grooverider leads the charge, with similarly heavyweight sets from fellow D&B dons and jungle aces, including Uncle Dugs, Ray Keith, and Moose. Expect loud tunes and a packed dance floor.

If you’ve ever wanted to lounge around inside a giant, hand-knitted sweater, now’s your chance at this installation by fashion designer and artist Matty Bovan. Once inside the floor-to-ceiling sweater you can relax on a rug and watch a making-of film while getting seriously cosy.

Stop just drinking coffee and start learning all about the world’s most popular drink at Caravan Coffee’s knowledge-packed HQ. You’ll get brewing tips, tour the roastery, taste four different coffees in a guided session, and leave with a premium bag of beans.

Put down the everyday teabag and head straight for this hands-on workshop. After imbibing some background on harvesting methods, you’ll learn how to craft different blends of Korean tea using a range of herbs, flowers, and spices that’ll put your builder’s tea to shame.

Hear tales of drag queens in the 1700s and covert meetups in the 1920s, and learn about the link that Soho has forged with LGBTQ+ communities, all packed-in to 2,000 years of London’s queer history on a fascinating and thought-provoking guided tour.

If you've ever wanted to try your hand at throwing clay on a wheel, head to this pottery introduction session and get creative. After a demonstration, you'll hand-sculpt a pot using coiling techniques and a potter's wheel, before your masterpiece gets glazed for pickup later.

Roam through a gorgeous hidden garden tucked behind a Georgian manor house in leafy Dulwich. You’ll encounter an Instagram-ready rose garden, a walled garden bulging with organically grown produce, and a woodland walk teeming with wildlife. It’s the perfect green haven.

Learn how to sip and assess like a pro, as a professional beer sommelier leads a tasting of three beers produced using German brewing techniques. You’ll also tour the factory to discover the processes and ingredients involved in making all this delightful nectar.

Start the day off with burgers, tacos, or pizza — and 90 minutes of bottomless booze — at this Saturday afternoon comedy brunch, featuring established stand-up stars and rising talent.

See where The Beatles played pivotal London gigs, stroll past Karl Marx's home, and discover where a young Mozart gave early performances in this free walking tour of vibrant, salacious Soho. It’s a district packed with incredible stories and you’ll hear the best ones.

Equip yourself to craft a premium dinner by learning from the experts how to make proper pasta. You’ll get an overview of pasta history, and about egg-made and egg-free varieties, before perfecting skills like flour-mixing and dough-folding, ending by devouring your work.

Let a cast of ace comics ease you into the weekend with an evening of premium laughs. This long-running night has hosted acts who’ve gone on to grace "Mock the Week," "8 Out of 10 Cats," "Never Mind the Buzzcocks," and Comedy Central, so you’ll be in safe (and funny) hands.

Stop by Vauxhall Comedy Club on Friday and Saturday evening to enjoy 90 minutes of free drinks ahead of a two-hour stand-up show, featuring talent from shows like 'Mock the Week' and 'Have I Got News for You'.

Let your creative talents run loose at this relaxed art class, where you’ll draw or paint a still life from the studio. The evening is led by professional artist Katerina Kovalova, an oil painting specialist, and there’ll be wine and snacks throughout to keep things fun.

Get a different view of London by paddling your way along the River Thames. You'll be put in a kayak with a 'paddling partner' before departing from Greenwich, passing amazing London landmarks along the way, including Cutty Sark, Tower Bridge, and the Houses of Parliament.

Hear big, change-making ideas on a range of global issues, all explored by a diverse selection of voices at this event hosted by the ever-innovative TEDx crew. Topics including women’s rights, LGBTQIA+ rights, climate change, art, and business will all be discussed and disrupted.

Unearth the secrets of authentic German beer at a brewery tour and tasting session, led by a professional beer sommelier. After the educational part, sample the goods and find out more about flavour profiles, via three exquisitely brewed half-pints.

Every week, a new batch of comedians each get five minutes to earn a paid weekend spot at the Vauxhall Comedy Club. But if three audience members raise their "Dongs of Power" into the air, it's on to the next stand-up.

Get a lively workout at a dance class focusing on forró, an energetic style of Brazilian music. The sessions are based on high-intensity interval training (HIIT) techniques, so you're guaranteed a serious cardio boost alongside the infectious Brazilian rhythms.

Find out what happens when K-pop and cardio collide at this fitness class, where high-energy tunes are just as important as the exercise. The fitness routine is based on choreography, but the ethos is about having fun, so use whatever moves you have and just enjoy it.

Enjoy two hours of comedy — and a free can of beer or cider — at Vauxhall's regular showcase, featuring a varied lineup of comics testing out their latest material in front of a lively crowd.

Secure an evening of belly laughs for a very reasonable price at this comedy night, hosted in a traditional Soho boozer. New acts and established talents rub shoulders, and previous guests have appeared on TV shows like "Mock the Week" and "Live at the Apollo."

"Hot jazz and cheap drinks" await guests at this weekly pop-up groove den in Hackney's hip Newington Green. If you want to make the most of all that hot, hot jazz, head over early and join a pre-club introductory swing dance class.

Ditch the milky cuppa and explore the delicate flavours of Korean tea at this hands-on workshop. You’ll find out about terroir and production processes, before brewing five different teas (green, black, flower, herbal, and powder) and pairing them with matched snacks.

Get ready for a double drop of endorphins as drag superstar Dolly Trolley leads an aerobic class certain to provide big laughs as well as thigh-busting dance moves.

Want to try life drawing but don't know where to start? These chilled-out classes are the ideal introduction. Equipment such as pencils and charcoals are provided, and the focus is firmly on having fun, whether you’re an experienced artist or a first-time sketcher.

What do you need to learn how to swing dance like a pro? Accompaniment from live swing bands blasting out hits from across the decades, of course. As well as live music and a wooden dance floor, these monthly classes feature tuition from Lindy Hop teachers and experts.

Just because you live in London doesn't mean that you can't grow your own vegetables, as this flora-focused workshop demonstrates. It's set in an urban garden-farm in buzzy Pop Brixton, where you'll learn about growing and harvesting fruit and veg — and how to take cuttings.

Every coffee aficionado would love to be able to create latte art, but most people don’t know where to start. The super-baristas of Kaffeine do, though, and they can teach you how to pour hearts, tulips, and swans into your coffee using professional espresso machines.

Unleash your crafty side at this friendly workshop. Mosaics can be used on numerous items around the home, such as furniture or bookshelves, and you'll be equipped with the skills to produce an aesthetically pleasing creation on the canvas of your choice.

Whether you’re hyped about Valentine’s Day or not, this talk by dating and relationship consultant Dr. Kathrine Bejanyan is sure to be fascinating. She’ll be looking at popular culture’s obsession with love and asking if ‘true love’ really is the only thing a relationship needs.

As winter sets in you’ll need all the laughs you can get, and thankfully there are plenty to be had at this female-led comedy night in buzzy creative space Crate. Line-up TBC, but past acts have included BBC regular Helen Bauer and professional clown-trained comic Elly Shaw.

Don’t throw away those broken plates and cups. Instead, learn how to fix them using the Japanese art of kintsugi. During this workshop, a mending expert will help you restore a damaged object by using an ancient technique that embraces imperfection and visible repairs.

Find out the secrets behind brewing life-changingly good coffee at this relaxed workshop. Experienced baristas will share their wisdom on extraction and latte art, supplying enough skills to boost your home coffee game without feeling like a scientific lecture.

Learn a new skill at these weekly workshops that mix the practical and the creative, including natural dye, patchwork, collage, and repair. Work produced will be exhibited and sold to raise money for charity, or you can pay a little more to take your creations home after class.

It’s bingo, but given a raucous, risqué twist by ever-entertaining host Ginger, who knows how to host a party and then some. There are prizes to accompany the bingo action, plus team games to further lift the mood and DJs belting out party anthems.

Whether this Valentine’s DJ set from London club maestro Femi Fem is full of sexy slow jams and lovestruck tunes, or whether it’s just a superb selector laying down infectious grooves all night, it’s sure to win your heart.

Hear pianist extraordinaire and “Britain’s Got Talent” winner Tokio Myers tinkle the ivories as part of Piccadilly Piano Festival. It takes place in the beautiful St James’s Church, where you’ll witness Myers’ heady, intoxicating blend of classical piano and electronic pop.

Laughter really is the best medicine when it's dished-out at this intimate comedy club. Local London acts and comedians from further afield tackle topics big and small, all in the name of making you chuckle. A rather big bonus is the unlimited free popcorn.

Instagram loves a rainbow bagel, but why splash out in fancy cafes when you can learn to make your own? Italian pasta guru Vicky will show you how to make, knead, and cook your bagel dough, before using natural food colouring to turn it into a kaleidoscopic treat.

Take better photos by taking control of your camera on this half-day masterclass. A professional photographer will demystify the essentials of digital camera operation, including lenses, composition, and aperture, equipping you with the know-how to snap perfect pictures.

If the real love of your life is your four-legged friend, this is the Valentine’s event for you. Craft beer haven Brewery Market is hosting a daytime soirée purely for canines and their humans, featuring free doggy beer, wine, and paw-star martinis — plus a photo booth.

The humble juniper berry has played a surprisingly big role in shaping London’s social history. Find out how on this guided walk around formerly gin-soaked alleys, gardens, and taverns, meeting and drinking with characters from Hogarth’s “Gin Lane” along the way.

There’s never a bad time for a ceilidh (a party with Scottish or Irish music and a lively coordinated dance), especially when led by the ever-energetic Sassenachs Ceilidh Band — and even more so when it's held at a brewery. All dances are instructed, so just turn up and have fun.

What would Queen Bey make of Beyoncé-themed bingo? Who knows, but until we find out, head to this fun and frivolous party-and-games-night mashup for three Bey-inspired games, DJs spinning wall-to-wall tunes by guess who, a dance-off, and prizes galore.

Peek into the darker goings-on of this seemingly peaceful spot, as you trace Greenwich’s various spectres. You’ll hear tales of drunken, wronged sailors and jilted lovers, learn about the Cutty Sark Curse, and visit a seriously creepy tunnel and a haunted pub.

Back in the 1940s, now-leafy west London suburb Acton boasted five cinemas, becoming a hotspot for movie fans at a time when the film industry was thriving. Hear the colourful history of these cinemas — which ranged from grandiose to ghastly — on a guided tour of the sites.

The Green Fairy, as the drink beloved of 19th-century bohemians is known, was thought to have aphrodisiacal properties. Find out for yourself at an absinthe tasting, each paired with aphrodisiac tasters, thus potentially setting yourself up for a steamy pre-Valentine’s night.

It’s not just the subjects that are naked at this inclusive life drawing class — it’s the entertainers, too. Every session features models taking different short poses to test your sketching prowess, before a guest musician accompanies the action with a live, clothes-free set.

This smart event asks us to rethink Valentine’s Day and celebrate relationships that aren’t necessarily romantic. Hear love letters to female friends penned and read by women, who’ll then ask the audience to write their own love letter of friendship, all accompanied by cocktails.

Hear one of the most iconic and moving pieces of classical music ever written — Beethoven’s "Moonlight Sonata" — played in the stunning Freemasons’ Hall, lit by candles for an extra atmospheric touch. Works by Mozart and Rachmaninov will also be performed.

If you can’t decide what to do this Valentine’s Day, do a bit of everything at this kooky show. Willing punters can share their funniest dating mishaps and relationship advice with the host comedians, before Macedonia’s 2018 Eurovision entry — duo Eye Cue — perform love songs.

Get cozy in a pew at St Mary Le Strand during this romantic concert illuminated by flickering candlelight, where a pianist will perform Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" alongside a program of classical compositions.

Learning about — and tasting — wine doesn’t have to be a stuffy experience, as this inclusive and relaxed event proves. The aim is to help diversify wine and supply useable knowledge through sampling six specially selected tipples. Plus, all profits are donated to foodbanks.

The clue is in the name: you paint ('meta abstract' for classes on the 2nd of the month, still life for classes on the 16th) and you sip (starting with a welcome glass of prosecco or wine). Experienced artist Alex will help guide your talents, accompanied by curated playlists.

Create a verdant garden with a fraction of the hard work and upkeep normally required, simply by building one inside a glass terrarium. Soil, moss, sand, and other materials that catch your eye can all be used, and you'll be given a seasonal plant, such as a cactus or succulent.

Whatever love means to you, come celebrate it at this fun, inclusive party at the wonderful House of St Barnabas. Drag-cabaret collective Häus of Dons will be bringing their best performance and there’ll be DJs, live jazz, karaoke, and “love punch” to sip on.

Hear the piano legend and host of the legendary “Later…” series in action on the keys as part of Piccadilly Piano Festival. Singers from the London Contemporary Voices choir will accompany Holland, and innovative musician, performer, and poet Luca Manning provides a support set.

Find out how to properly capture London’s urban sprawl on camera at this workshop. A professional photographer will lead a journey around the area, offering tips and techniques the whole way, before you head off on a solo venture to try out your new skills.

Ditch soggy, pre-sliced bread and nail airy, heavenly sourdough once and for all at this expert-led masterclass. Learn about making your own sourdough starter and using rye flour effectively, before making a ton of top-notch loaves and enjoying an organic lunch post-baking.

Explore London coffee culture hundreds of years before flat whites on this historical tour of the city’s coffee houses, led by acclaimed writer and historian Dr Matthew Green. Free shots of “black and gritty 17th-century-style” java help paint the picture on your palate.

There are plenty of shows to choose from at LFW, but this event highlighting sustainable brands and diverse voices within the industry is a particularly important one. Work from both the UK and overseas will be celebrated, with a focus on emerging and underrepresented talent.

Get a high-end culture fix in a glorious setting, Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden. Vivaldi’s timeless "The Four Seasons" violin concertos will be performed by renowned chamber orchestra, the Belmont Ensemble of London, while the venue is candlelit, for extra atmosphere.

Slacklining between hot air balloons, kayaking down 100-feet-high waterfalls, skiing over frozen fjords — all things that shouldn’t be attempted, but you can witness safely on-screen at this engaging film programme of extreme and gnarly adventuring feats.

Celebrate LGBTQ+ History Month 2023 with an extravaganza of live comedy, drag kings and queens, aerial shows, burlesque, and DJ sets, all performed by a huge roster of LGBTQ+ talent. Panel talks and community networking are also on the schedule.

Don’t buy new clothes, simply mend your existing threads using ancient Japanese embroidery techniques. You’ll learn ‘decorative reinforcement’ methods in this class, focusing on piecing together old garments to create new, super-strong, eye-catching clothing.

Everybody wants to be a DJ and now’s your chance to fulfil that particular dream by heading to this three-hour masterclass. You’ll work on phrase mixing, matching sound levels, understanding EQ, looping, and tons more. Prepare to start soundtracking the party.

After a successful launch last year, the pub quiz that tests punters on Black culture returns for another round, this time focusing on all things music. Swot-up on hip hop, R&B, soul, and Afrobeat for starters, and get ready for a lively night of quizzing at a popular party pub.

Moss isn’t just for clinging to rocks and trees; it can also be used to make art, as you’ll discover at this kooky and creative class. Experts will show you how to make a framed artwork using preserved moss that needs little post-class maintenance and greens-up any space.

Let your inner kid roam the ultimate playground — London Transport Museum — during an evening of fun for adults. Transport bingo, balloon-powered bus-making, and a scavenger hunt are all on the cards. Because who says only children should get to enjoy playtime?

Sift through cool and quirky items crafted by talented makers and designers from over 60 small businesses at this free, local market. It’s held at the ace Gipsy Hill Brewery, meaning you can relax afterwards (or during) with a craft beer, along with grub from street food stalls.

If you're fed-up of HIIT as a way to keep fit, try switching to Peruvian dance classes instead, which offer a great workout and an opportunity to learn about Peruvian culture, too. The classes are free and everyone is welcome — no experience necessary.

Learning about history is often more fun when wine is involved, and the two pastimes combine to great effect on this immersive and imaginative guided tour. You’ll sip unusual and delicious wines as you roam London’s streets, hearing fascinating and weird tales of Medieval life.

Soap is something we use a lot of, so why not make your own version? Using olive oil, coconut oil, and shea butter, this class teaches you how to prepare and cook organic soap, including monitoring techniques, fragrancing, and shaping techniques.

This new night from party promoting veterans Got Soul is all about airing little-heard-but-killer grooves, loosely themed around neo-soul, hip hop, R&B, and similar vibes. Think Thundercat, Kaytranada, and Jill Scott. Tickets are free but limited to 150, so grab ’em quickly.

Rave the night (and early morning) away at this full-throttle party soundtracked by various kingpins of jungle and drum ’n’ bass. Scene-leaders including Grooverider, Dillinja, Micky Finn, and Uncle Dugs will be supplying the tunes and keeping things heavy and loud.

Get your laughs in thick and fast from a diverse range of international voices at this acclaimed stand-up night. Performers include comics who’ve settled in the UK from elsewhere, spawning material that’s ripe for sharp observational comedy.

This life drawing class with a twist — quite literally — is presented by queer east London artist Returning Queen and features models maneuvering into amazing shapes while wrapped around a pole. A facilitator will be on-hand to advise on various drawing techniques.

Watch as big-collared funny-man Harry Hill and excellent, rarely-not-on-TV comic Catherine Bohart join the mildly anarchic (or perhaps just chaotic) and hugely funny comedy-gameshow podcast. It’s a live recording so anything could and will happen, but it’ll be entertaining.

Start your day like a boss with a casual 5km run along the River Thames. The route takes you past various London landmarks — including St. Paul's Cathedral and the Millennium Bridge — and a 7.15am start means you'll be done in time for work and ready for anything.

Flex your creative chops at a kooky life-drawing class featuring models covered in UV light-reacting body paint. As you might expect from such a creative endeavour, attendees are encouraged to experiment with different image techniques. The action is hosted above a buzzy pub.

These welcoming, monthly classes give an expert-guided introduction to art techniques using different mediums, for both absolute beginners and those with a little more experience. The August class focuses on abstract art, so prepare to get experimental.

Explore a converted World War Two air raid shelter, transformed into a subterranean farm 33 metres underground that now grows crops using renewable energy. You’ll find out how a micro-herb salad grown at the farm tastes, as you get one to take home.

Set at the delightfully weird and occult-loving Last Tuesday Society, this guided tasting features samples from London’s first absinthe distillery. Accompanying the sipping will be a roam through the drink’s weird and wonderful past, including its banning in multiple countries.

If you’re looking for a different way to see London, try racing other teams around the city to six different TfL stations. You’ll need to utilise the transport network — from bus to train to cable car to ferry — and visit a London landmark along the way, all adding to the drama.

Explore cute riverside villages, historic pubs, Neo-Palladian architecture, and numerous other picturesque spots around West London on an insightful tour. You’ll hear tales of smuggling, hauntings, and glamorous excess — and pay a visit to the handsome Chiswick House and Gardens.