Top ten storytelling nights for adults in London

 “I was as eager as a child to find out what happened next.”

Adult storytelling nights are flourishing in London. A good story has the power to transport you from the daily grind to the wonder of childhood. But be warned: some tales are definitely not for children! On the right night, you’ll find material that might be terrifying, wonderous or erotic as well as gripping, moving and enchanting. The city’s clubs are friendly and quirky- they have much to offer the adventurous listener. Many clubs meet in secret locations or don’t bother advertising, relying entirely on word of mouth to attract a super-engaged and enthusiastic crowd of listeners… Here are some of the best.

1 Tales at the Tavern

This free, monthly, friendly- and sometimes glamorous- open mic night is for new storytellers, seasoned professionals & everyone in between. Hosted by Niall Moorjani and Laura Sampson – follow them on Insta / DM for details FIRST Wednesday of the month, 7.15pm London Hospital Tavern E1 free

2 Tongues in Trees

Fire circle hosted by Richard Skrein and Adam Njenga. A free, monthly community storytelling event for adults, come and share the stories of our ancestors, or just listen… all are welcome! First Thursdays Rangers Kindergarten site, Bethnal Green Gardens, E1 0HW free 

3 Elephant Tales

Myths, legends and folktales in and around the beautiful Victorian surroundings of Pullens Yards. Friendly club, all welcome to tell and listen. Hosted by the amazing Elephant Team. First Sunday of the month, 3pm, Pullens Centre, green door, Crampton Street, SE17 Free, £3 suggested donation.

4 The Moth, London

(The most mainstream offering from my list.) Exciting, themed true story slam at Rich Mix with ‘mainstage’ events at the Union Chapel in Islington. Put your name in the hat to have the chance to tell a five minute story. 8pm 35-47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA, second Wednesday prices vary

5 London Dreamtime

Yes, it’s my very own night 🙂 We have the best audiences in town, not that I’m biased! Once a month we gather our wild listeners, find a new locations and connect with wonder. Sign up to the list to find out where we’re going next. Bring a candle and something to sit on. Picture below. Various secret locations in London (dates here) various prices, free-£25

6 Space for Storytelling

Free (crowdfunded) storytelling workshops, masterclasses and performances in the centre of London. For artists, actors, writers and everyone who wants to improve their professional storytelling skills. Themes here. Accessible. Wednesdays The Crypt, Bridge Room, St Johns Waterloo SE1 6.30pm-8.30pm Free

7 Last Tuesday Society

The “Viktor Wynd Museum Of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History” presents regular storytelling evenings for adults with either Victor himself or velvety-voiced Giles Abbott. Themes include ‘Dark Fairytales from around the World’, ‘Undying Love’, ‘Gothic Horror’ and more. Only 8 audience members at a time are admitted to the Wunderkabinett. 11 Mare Street London E8 4RP £15

8 Storynight at Torriano

Hot punch, chat, and the power of ancient stories by candlelight. No tickets on sale. Showcasing the best UK storytellers. Hosted by the fabulous Nell Phoenix. Second Wednesday of the month, 8pm Torriano Meeting House NW5 £10 on the door.

9 Surrey Storytellers

Venture to the villagey outer reaches of Zone 6. Surrey Storytellers meet once a month with the cream of the UK’s storytelling scene. St John’s Church hall, 411 Malvern Road. Worcester Park KT7 7NY £10/7 (Worcester Railway Station)

10 Stowtellers

One of London’s oldest storytelling clubs brings a dose of wonder to Walthamstow! A mix of storyrounds and featured tellers. Hosted by ace storytellers Jumana Moon and Mike Forbes. No tickets. Second Tuesdays St Mary’s Church, Walthamstow E17 9RJ £6/7 (cash on the door please)

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Pic: London Dreamtime storytelling

4 thoughts on “Top ten storytelling nights for adults in London”

  1. What a wonderful list of events – thanks Vanessa! And big thanks for including Elephant Tales (@elephant.tales.london for anyone on Insta). The Elephants are very grateful!

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