If you’re a Londoner who likes to party hard during the day, you’re not alone. London’s day party scene has been growing steadily, aided by the popularity of US import the bottomless brunch. We’re still some way away from Berlin’s level of daytime revelry, but London isn’t short of places to while away the day and act like it’s night, whether it’s food, drink or dancing with reckless abandon you’re after.
Immersive Rooftop Frivolity
The Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop has a summer schedule with all the requisite fun and frolics you’d hope of somewhere with a Neverland-inspired theme. The roof changes its stripes each season, and for summer, be transported to Neverland by a series of food, drinks, installations and events above Shoreditch. On Sundays they have day parties, some hosted by RnB stalwarts Supa Dupa Fly, and others take a slightly more relaxed tone, like their bizarre Mermaid workshop.
Sunday 20th August, Sunday 27th August
Berlin-style Daytime Clubbing
For serious dance music fans, Phonox in Brixton has a dedicated Sunday sessions line-up of some of the biggest DJs in the game. Avoid if you’re not a fan of house and techno music, because you may find this big, expansive dark room a little intense. But if you like major laser shows, big sound systems and big name DJs in informal surroundings, check out their autumn 2017 line-up with names including techno maestro Helena Hauff, Gilles Peterson and Daniel Avery.
Sunday 3rd September – Sunday 12th November
An Impressive Spectacle Above Brixton Market
This elevated beach feels miles away from the market below, with its narrow passageways filled with hard-working tradesmen. Up here, you’ll hit upon a genuinely impressive expanse of beach (although it gets busy at key times) as well as a small selection of street food traders, and a cocktail bar. Throughout the end of the summer there’s parties on Saturdays and Sundays. Dancing in flip slops is the only essential requirement.
Saturdays 19th August, Sunday 20th August then weekends until late-September
Bottomless Brunch & Ball Bit Extravaganza
Okay, so this party reaches maximum YoPro potential (young professional to the uninitiated) but it’s a guilty pleasure we’re totally on board with. The deal is that you get a two-hour-long bottomless prosecco brunch (well, obviously…) before taking, drunkenly, to a giant adult-sized ball pit for a dose of nostalgia mixed with hedonism. The food is kept simple, it’s either spaghetti and meatballs, or veggie spaghetti and meatballs, so there’s time saved purring over the menu, leaving more time to practise your dive bombs.
Saturdays and Sundays until the end of August
Community-Led Day Parties
With profits going back into supporting the local community, the Dalston Roof Park is perhaps one of the friendliest urban spaces to kick back for a daytime party. Events run most Saturdays and Sundays from 3.00pm, but watch out for private bookings, which are announced on the website. The roof park is split into two distinct areas: the street food area for relaxing, and the covered all-weather dance floor for higher energy fun. And the line-up is particularly diverse, ranging from queer to house and techno, to RnB-themed nights.
Saturday 26th August, Sunday 27th August, Saturday 2nd September, Sunday 3rd September
Where DJs & Street Food Meet
In the triangular section where Old Street merges with Great Eastern Street, you’ll find this beach-themed street food market, with plentiful graffiti drawn by local artists. On Saturdays and occasional Sundays from three there are day parties, with guest DJs, who are typically friends of the Electric Star Pub company who run the venue (they also run Star of Bethnal Green, and Star by Hackney Downs). Beach parties run until midnight and some, for instance the Bassline BBQ on August 27, are in collaboration with local clubs like XOYO.
Sunday 20th August, Sunday 27th August
For Day & Night Raves
East London’s premiere nightlife space also doubles as a local community hub during the day, where music industry folk hob-nob at charity jumble sales, BBQs and all-day parties. There’s an especially urban view from the terrace, which stretches along the length of the inside dance floor, overlooking some disused gas holders (seen in the picture above) which change and contort with the light as the day parties slowly turn toward night. Before the summer’s out, there’s essentiall all day parties featuring street food, experimental cocktails and good music from the likes of Krankbrother, and those kings of the daytime party scene, Secretsundaze.
Saturday 26th August, Sunday 27th August
After a horrific fire which caused the loss of most of Studio 338, the venue has sprung back into life for the summer and they declared on Facebook that the sense of community since the loss has made the club’s summer parties the best yet. London’s largest outdoor rooftop dance floor awaits, on a rather desolate corner of Greenwich Peninsula, but it is London’s only all-night terrace. Still to come: a takeover by iconic Ibiza nightlife stalwarts Sankeys, followed by an end-of-season thank you party run by the club, which will be free to enter.
Sunday 27th August, Saturday 9th September