Where To Watch The Election In London

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By Rachel Holdsworth Last edited 88 months ago
Where To Watch The Election In London

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Where to watch the election

Thom Tuck (Alternative Comedy Memorial Society) hosts an all-nighter at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club with guests from the world of comedy and politics — expect Marcus Brigstocke, Josie Long, Joe Lycett and more — doing stand up, punditry and the results as they come in. Early bird tickets have already gone and previous election nights have sold out. £12+fee, prebook, 9pm-6am

The Cinnamon Club in Westminster will serve dinner from 6pm-10.45pm. Move to the Library Bar for cocktails until 3am, then pick yourself up with breakfast served from 5am as the results continue to trickle in and everyone tries to work out what the hell is going on. You don't have to do all night; drop by just for dinner, drinks or breakfast if you fancy. Dinner costs £41+pp

The Wanstead Tap will be open until the early hours showing the results on the big screen, with the promise of midnight curry. 9pm-5am

The Lexington on Pentonville Road will have the results on the big screen. Any other plans are still a bit up in the air, but it's definitely open from 11pm

Drinks and snacks will be on hand at The Frontline Club in Paddington, plus big screens showing coverage on various channels. £10, prebook, from 7pm

Know of any more? Let us know in the comments.


Liam Williams at a previous outdoor gig. Photo: Tara Rowse.

There are free comedy gigs at Parliament Square as part of Occupy Democracy's Festival of Democracy. On 7 May you can see Bridget Christie, Liam Williams, James Acaster, Chris Coltrane, Iain Stirling and Joe Wells; other gigs take place on 5 and 9 May and feature, variously, Bridget Christie and Liam Williams again, Gein's Family Gift Shop, Ahir Shah, Goose and more. Free, 9pm

Satirist Andy Zaltzman is joined by Tiernan Douieb and Josie Long at Udderbelly on the South Bank for an election night special of his Satirist For Hire show. Email the queries you'd like the team to address to satirisethis@satiristforhire.com and the team will tackle the big issues. £15-£21.50+fee, prebook, 9pm-10.30pm

Jonny and the Baptists got UKIP hot under the collar with their UKIP song, which will no doubt get an airing during their Rock the Vote show at Soho Theatre. £15/£12.50, prebook, 9.30pm

Election night fun

We can't promise sightings of David Dimbleby or the latest results from Enfield North, but FOWL Cabaret's game show-slash-cabaret at The Book Club in Shoreditch will have an election theme in games like Blind Fate, Mystal Craze and the Leakiest Wink. £10/£12, prebook, 7.30pm-2am

Head to the Free Word Centre in Farringdon to play a live action board game that reveals the reality of the UK's political system, written and directed by Jamie Harper. On 30 April, 7, 8, 21 and 22 May, £10/£7, 7pm-8.30pm

The V&A is opening late as part of All This Belongs To You, with guests Bob and Roberta Smith, Liza Fior, Dan Hill, Carl Miller, Jamie Bartlett, Vicky Richardson and Sam Jacob. Free, 6.30pm-10pm

KesselsKramer in Hoxton Square invites you to have your photo taken and offer your one, single policy for the nation, and be part of its Public Prime Minister exhibition. It's actually open now, but you can vote for your favourite on 7 May. Free, email ppm@kkoutlet.com to get involved.

By the time election night rolls round, the votes for which political film gets screened at the Prince Regent pub as part of the Herne Hill Free Film Festival will be tallied (last time we checked, Pride was doing pretty well). Free, just turn up, 7.30pm


If you want to while away the hours before the polls close with a spot of theatrical politics, this is what's on in London on 7 May.

Dead Sheep, Park Theatre, Finsbury Park
Steve Nallon, who provided the voice for Margaret Thatcher in Spitting Image, brings the Iron Lady to life on stage to recall her downfall. £18-£25, 7.30pm

Clarion, Arcola Theatre, Dalston
Immigration is the topic under scrutiny in Mark Jagasia's darkly funny play, set in the newsroom of the country's most reactionary tabloid. £19/£15, 7.30pm

The Angry Brigade, Bush Theatre, Shepherds Bush
After brilliantly depicting 1970s parliamentary politics in This House, James Graham's play takes on young urban guerilla movement, The Angry Brigade. £10-£20, 7.30pm

The Angry Brigade, photo by Richard Davenport.

The Candidate, Theatre Delicatessen, Farringdon
The audience creates its perfect politician in this mix of performance and interactivity, looking at perceptions in politics. £12/£10, 7.15pm and 8.30pm

The Heart of Adrian Lovett, Theatre Delicatessen, Farringdon
The privatisation of the NHS is tackled in theatre company Brave Badger's show, set in an operating theatre during a heart transplant. £15/£13, 7.30pm

No Milk for the Foxes, Camden People's Theatre, Euston
Cameron's Britain is explored from the point of view of those in dead end jobs on zero hours contracts — through beatboxing. £12/£10, 9pm

The Vote, Donmar Warehouse
Another James Graham play, this one set in a London polling station in the 90 minutes up to polls closing. Tickets have already been allocated by ballot, but you can watch tonight's performance broadcast live on More4. 8.25pm

Not quite election night

Take your election poetry to Genesis Cinema in Mile End for a poetry slam and compete for a spot in Hammer and Tongue's national final. Free, prebook, 5 May 7pm

Talkies in Palmers Green is screening Julien Temple's celebration of London's creativity and anarchic spirit, Modern Babylon, at The Fox on Green Lanes. Londonist's Rachel Holdsworth will be giving an election eve introduction (and promises to not talk about herself in the third person on the actual night). £5.95, prebook, 6 May 7.30pm

Grainne Maguire hosts an election special of What Has The News Ever Done For Me? at the Etcetera Theatre in Camden, with Richard Herring, Carrie Quinlan and Max Davis arguing over the week's top political stories. £5/£4, prebook, 6 May 7.30pm

Salon London brings together four speakers at Proud Archivist in Hoxton to debate issues about the election, plus what happens in the event of a hung parliament. It's billing itself as Question Time with cocktails, which seems good to us. £12, prebook, 6 May 7pm

Join members of the cultural world at the Southbank Centre and send a message about what the new government should do about arts and education. Free, prebook, 9 May 3pm

For more of our coverage of Election 2015 click here.

Last Updated 28 April 2015