Axe Throwing in East London

Whistle Punks

If you want to bury the hatchet with hipsters, head to Whistle Punks, where you can try axe-throwing. It’s basically darts on steroids, and once you’ve been shown how to minimise the chances of mortally wounding you…
Theatre in East London

Hackney Empire

One of London's most beautiful theatres, this renovated Edwardian music hall (1901) offers an extremely diverse range of performances, from hard-edged political theatre to musicals, opera and comedy. It's one of the…
Theatre in East London


A gloriously atmospheric example of a Victorian music hall, Wilton’s hosts a variety of shows, from comedy and classical music to theatre and opera. The Mahogany Bar is a great way to get a taste of the place if you…
Jazz in East London

Vortex Jazz Club

With a fantastically varied menu of jazz, the Vortex hosts an outstanding line-up of musicians, singers and songwriters from the UK, the USA, Europe, Africa and beyond. It’s a small venue so make sure you book if th…
Theatre in East London

Arcola Theatre

Dalston's a fair schlep from the West End, but drama buffs still flock to this innovative theatre for its adventurous and eclectic productions. A unique annual feature is Grimeborn, an opera festival focusing on les…
Live Music in East London

Cafe Oto

Dedicating itself to promoting experimental and alternative musicians, this is Dalston's premier venue for hipsters to stroke their beards while listening to electronic bleeps, Japanese psychedelica or avant folk. S…
Cinema in East London

Rio Cinema

The Rio is Dalston’s neighbourhood art-house, classic and new-release cinema, and a venue for non-mainstream festivals such as the East End Film Festival, the London Turkish Film Festival and the Fringe! Queer Film …
Jazz in East London

Dalston Jazz Bar

Hidden just off the chaos of Kingsland High St, Dalston Jazz Bar also operates as a neighbourhood cocktail bar and eatery. The jazz part of the equation only kicks in late at night, late in the week, with live music…
Concert Venue in East London

Copper Box Arena

The handball arena during the 2012 Olympic Games, this 7000-seat indoor venue is now used for for badminton, other sports and concerts.
Cinema in East London


Snuggle up under a blanket on a couch to watch a flick at this wonderful little five-screen cinema.