Unusual, alternative and secret nights out in London
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East London's 'alternative' side is revealed on this leftfield tour. Expect to be introduced to the history and culture of the Brick Lane 'Banglatown' and Shoreditch areas as well as current issues and street art. Booking essential via www.alternativeldn.co.uk
Shake off the office party shackles and go on an enchanting journey through The Vaults. An immersive design experience with Live music, DJ's, beverages and late night dancing all set in an enchanted forest underground. Merry Christmas.
- Rated as: 4/5
The premises vacated by Mason & Taylor are now home to the second branch of the Aberdeenshire brewery of the same name, after the original in Camden. You can buy Brewdog beers in Tesco and Asda now, and it has bars in almost every major British city, but it still somehow maintains independence and an air of rebelliousness. Brewdog Shoreditch looks bit like a foundry (bare lights, bits of iron, moulded aggregate). It's not as sterile as it sounds, and there are wooden booths for
- 51-55 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA
One of the silliest alternative bingo nights in town. Two hilarious 'Wayne's World' styled hosts throw serious shapes to the likes of Bon Jovi and 'Eye of the Tiger' while calling the numbers. There are numerous prizes to be won, including the coveted Bogan Bingo lunch box, plenty of classic '80s pub rock and floods of stonewashed denim. All together now: bloody bingo! NB: Booking is essential via www.boganbingo.co.uk
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If you've ever fancied yourself as a Missy, Eminem, Beastie or Snoop, then here's your chance to act out some rap fantasies. Free beer and prizes to be won for all those who have a go. Arrive early – it gets really rammed here.
- Rated as: 2/5
This newly-built pub from Geronimo Inns group, which also runs the Fentiman Arms in Kennington and the Prince Albert gastropub in Battersea, opened at the end of January 2012. The Oyster Shed’s vast ground floor combines restaurant and bar in the same space, while a mezzanine is reserved for diners. A big window-front floods the premises with natural light, while red, yellow and black cushions add colour to the vast space. While the other Geronimo Inns venues tend to be more
- 5 Angel Lane, EC4R 3AB
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This glamorous, vintage-drenched masquerade ball is held at the massive (3,000 capacity) Building Six in the O2 complex, so prepare for plenty of wandering around the venue and witnessing all kinds of Gatsby-ish behaviour, cabaret, burlesque, '20s swing, gypsy jazz and general bawdy behaviour. Masks are essential for entry, so get creative with your choice of fancy face-wear.
- Rated as: 3/5
Standing firm and proud as a major traffic hub has been developed around it, the RVT dates from 1863, and remains true to its century-old tradition as a cabaret venue. It’s been serving confirmed bachelors since before Kylie was born and is now the royal palace of Voho, the gay village of Vauxhall. On any given night, star names may be draped banner-big across its traditional pub frontage (Lily Savage got her start behind the bar), and the place may be absolutely jammed. The
- 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY
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Theatrical DJ duo the Roustabouts (The Burning Beat) host this cabaret club night with top acts and an arty-fashiony-fetishy flavour.
Less a party bus than a luxury members' club on wheels, The Vault London promises a moveable feast of a different kind. Hop on board and you'll find a serious sound system, leather couches, a fully stocked bar, gracious staff and, depending on the night, any number of themed events. We're talking ladies' nights staffed by topless butlers, disco nights, transfers to major sporting events and more. Of course, the bus is only the beginning (and end) of your night: choose between
Company AirCraft Circus perform their show about the fall of Adam and Eve is performed complete with fire chains, suitcases, silks and life sized puppets. Contains adult themes and nudity.
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Tired of having to choose between quality music nights and unpretentious fun, this new night combines both with a house, ’90s hip hop, house, garage and drum ’n’ bass soundtrack and plenty of interactive fun. Cue a huge array of children's games – which means the budget is low for known DJs, 'k? – including a bouncy castle, giant ball pit, a space hopper emporium, vintage porn posing boards, a pro photobooth, a fake moustache reception, extreme knitting live art and
Two floors of nonstop ping pong at this Bethnal Green stalwart, where there'll be various challenges and games like the 'Pongathon Challenge' and 'Sofa-Pong', as well as prizes, visual art, free Pongathon table time and coaching, and DJs spinning a batty soundtrack till late.
Burlesque, cabaret, circus and music from the longstanding cabaret company – this show is something of a last hurrah at the end of 10 years in the biz with Reuben Kaye hosting the likes of David Armand ('La Clique'), burlesque star Banbury Cross and comic musicians Four Femmes on the Thames.
Its location in the heart of Soho means that Zoo Bar offers a convenient place to meet, while its late licence ensures that you can have a late drink and dance until the early hours.
- 13-17 Bear Street, WC2H 7AS
The Boy with Tape on His Face
Afternoon tea for two in Dalston
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