Where To Go for Hip Hop Nights and Events in London

DJ Kentaro, Anchorsong, DJ Cheeba, DJ Woody and DJ Irk performing at XOYO
DJ Kentaro, Anchorsong, DJ Cheeba, DJ Woody and DJ Irk performing at XOYO | Photo by Tim Fergson/REX/Shutterstock | © Tim Fergson/REX/Shutterstock

From grime, trap and rap nights to hip hop brunch and karaoke, Culture Trip has you sorted for the best hip hop events in London.

1. Visit The Macbeth to experience hip-hop in the heart of Hoxton

Pub, British

Macbeth Pub, 70 Hoxton Street, London, Britain - 09 Nov 2007
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Tucked away on a residential strip of Hoxton Street is an unassuming pub that has earned a reputation for hosting some of London’s liveliest, no-holds-barred hip hop nights. The parties take place on Friday and Saturday nights and – as is typically the case at hip hop nights in London – expect classics to be served up with a side of afrobeats and dancehall.

2. Listen to up-and-coming talent at The Jazz Cafe

Concert Hall, Music Venue

Don’t be fooled by the name. The Jazz Cafe, an iconic venue for live music in London’s music heartland, welcomes acts ranging from soul and jazz to opera and – you guessed it – hip hop. It’s here you’ll catch up-and-coming, experimental and international hip hop acts, as well as hip hop heavyweights (Kool G Rap and The Four Owls are among recent performers).

3. Check out XOYO's Re:imagine event

Music Venue

XOYO is split over two floors
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XOYO is a huge venue and one of London’s most popular nightclubs. On weekends, music will depend on the DJ in residence, but their student night every Thursday promises hip hop and R&B. The venue is also long time host for Re:imagine, a musical collective that takes on classic hip hop albums for captivating orchestral renditions.

4. Enjoy 90s hip-hop anthems at The Old Queens Head

Pub, Pub Grub

The Old Queens Head, Essex Road, Islington London c 1990 Photograph by Tony Henshaw
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If you’re looking for a no-nonsense hip hop party, look no further than The Old Queens Head. Every Friday and Saturday, this lively Angel pub pleases crowds with straight-up hip hop and R&B party tunes. Expect nights themed around 90s hip hop, throwback anthems and modern hip hop icons from Childish Gambino to Kendrick Lamar. If you know your Dr Dre from your Enter the Dru, the pub also hosts a hip hop pub quiz on the fourth Wednesday of the month.

5. Visit Notting Hill Arts Club for a perfect night out in West London

Nightclub, Bar, Pub Grub, British

Nightclubs in central London and the West End can be overpriced and a little corny, and decent hip hop nights are few and far between this side of town. If you find yourself looking for a hip hop night in West London, Notting Hill Arts Club is your saving grace. Sitting in the heart of one of London’s most famous areas, this iconic music and arts venue flies the flag for hip hop from 10pm until 2am every Friday.

6. Grab a side of fish and chips with your hip-hop at Chip Shop

Bar, Fish and Chip Shop, Restaurant, British, Caribbean, Korean

Takeaway window at Chip shop BXTN in Coldharbour Lane, Brixton.
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A hip hop themed fish and chip restaurant that doubles as a music venue, performance space and bar, this Brixton spot is one-of-a-kind. Whether you want to munch on Korean chicken wings while listening to a hip hop soundtrack, check out up-and-coming MCs at an open mic cypher or dance the night away to your favourite rap classics, this unique, multi-purpose venue has you covered.

7. Belt out the tunes at Queen of Hoxton

Bar, Cocktail Bar, BBQ

Queen of Hoxton bar and club in Shoreditch, London, UK
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One of the funnest events on London’s calendar, Queen of Hoxton’s weekly Hip Hop Karaoke gives rap fans the chance to take to the stage and emulate their heroes. Whether you fancy yourself as a young Dr Dre or know all the words to ‘Bodak Yellow’, there’s an extensive song list to choose from, ranging from easy to difficult. Join the fun every Thursday from 7pm.

8. Go wild at Ace Hotel's Miranda venue

Bar, Juice Bar, British

Close up of the iron Plate of the Ace Hotel, Shoreditch
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The teams behind Supa Dupa Fly and Rilla regularly take over the basement bar at this swanky Shoreditch hotel for uninhibited underground parties, spinning everything from hip hop and R&B to bashment and trap. While Supa Dupa Fly hosts the party every third Saturday of the month, Rilla’s bashes are a little more sporadic, so keep an eye on their website for the next event.

9. Enjoy hip-hop underground at Concrete

Bar, British

Courtesy of Concrete

There’s something about a windowless basement bar in Shoreditch that makes for the perfect hip hop party setting. Concrete, an underground space beneath a pizza restaurant, is one of them. Laying claim to “Shoreditch’s biggest hip hop, trap, rap and grime party”, this industrial-style spot is a guaranteed good time every Friday and Saturday night.

10. Visit Brixton Jamm if you're looking for a late night (or early morning) rave

Nightclub, Pub Grub

Courtesy of Brixton Jamm
For go-to hip hop nights in South London, look no further than Brixton Jamm. This large, independent music venue throws huge bashes in the name of hip hop, including daytime raves, barbecues and Hip Hop vs Dancehall themed parties. Open until 5am on weekends, this is one for the late crowd.

11. Discover alternative tunes at Junction House

Music Venue

If you’re tired of hearing the same chart hits at every bar, this new Dalston venue might be the spot for you. With club nights ranging from soulful hip hop to an all-female DJ crew, Junction House is committed to bringing something different to the nightlife scene in North East London.

Indulge in top-notch food and tunes at Hip Hop Brunch LDN

A hula hoop dancer performs on stage at Hip Hop Brunch LDN

If there’s two things that London loves, it’s hip hop and brunch. It was only a matter of time before someone combined the two, and that’s exactly what the folks over at Hip Hop Brunch LDN have done. They provide a three-course meal, bottomless cocktails and hip hop karaoke every Saturday at a secret London location, and even have magicians and temporary tattoo artists. If you like your brunch loud, uninhibited and thoroughly entertaining, this daytime party is calling your name.

Secret venue of each brunch is announced on Tuesday that week.

This article is an updated version of a story created by Ruaidhrí Carroll.

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