Themed Bars in London
This city is one of enthusiasm and extravagance, and when a bar with a theme comes to London, they really go all out. Dedicated to wowing their guests and showcasing some of the funniest events the city has to offer, these unique bars vary from secret 1920’s speakeasies hiding, to bars with entertainment that’ll take you back to the circus. There’s no end to the possibilities, so take a look at our recommended themed bars in London and get planning your next night out.
Last updated on 15th August 2016
Based in the headquarters of a the secret society that ran Victorian London, The Escapologist is styled as a 19th century men’s club / Masonic Lodge hybrid. The bar pays homage to the scandal and controversy surrounding the infamous Baron, whose every action prompted outrage on the streets. Brought to London by the same team behind Adventure Bar and Dub Jam, this is a basement bar serving cocktails and cheese-drenched pizzas in intriguing and engaging surroundings.
Virgin Atlantic and Delta Air Lines have come together to create NY-Lon Lounge, a cosmopolitan space celebrating the vibrancy and ever-changing aura of New York and London. Located inside the O2 Arena (just shy of the main venue entrance), this is a modern and sleek location fitted with three equally stylish areas. Serving cocktails and nibbles and an exceptional standard of service, this themed venue is welcoming to all who seek to experience the wonder of metropolitan life in two of the world's biggest cities.
Grab a pair of two-tone shoes and get down to All Stars on Brick Lane, undoubtedly one of London's best themed bars. A retro bar that pays homage to the classic American bowling alley bars of old, All Stars is dedicated to bringing you the playful vibes of the 1950s. Get competitive in one of their 6 lanes, or watch from the bar as you sip on a cocktail or nibble on their hearty American grub.
The perfect themed night on in London for those looking to dose in a hearty level of nostalgia, The Schoolhouse is coming at you with educated realness. From vintage school trinkets and science themed cocktails to plastic dinner trays, it's back to the classroom for you.
People from all over the capital flock to the Nordic Bar in Fitzrovia for its irresistible fusion of fresh tunes, shot wheels, ping pong tables and Scandinavian cuisine. Be prepared to immerse yourself into Scandinavia's diverse culture; trust us, wearing a cone on your head and shouting 'Skaol' before you down a drink is commonplace here.
Nestled away in Soho, 68 and Boston can't help putting a smile on the faces of all their visitors. Decorated with 70s tones and a handful of colonial themed antiques, its frequently showcases some of London's finest wines and spirits. With great relationships with a number of vineyards and an expert team of mixologists, guests can expect to find a great, intriguing selection of quirky cocktails and flavoursome wines. Ideal for date nights and intimate gatherings, it's quickly become a highlight in Soho's late night scene.
The London Cocktail Club in Oxford Circus is one of the best party bars. With a 'Gangster Tequila Paradise' theme, it's obvious that everything from the decor to the drinks is going to be outrageous. With the bar focused on tequila and whisky, incredible cocktails are a given. The later opening hours on the weekend keep the party going until late.
Head to Po Na Na and transform your bland British evening into a warm Arabian night. With vibrant wall-art and luxurious cushion sofas, you'd be forgiven for thinking that you were in the heart of Marrakech when visiting this Moroccan-inspired bar. Hit the bar to find an impressive selection of delectable, exotic cocktails at pocket prices - punchy concoctions start off at just £6.45. With a few inside you, belly dance the night away as the resident DJ spins Funk and Soul track long into the early hours at this themed event.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Bat, how I wonder what you’re at. Borrowing its name from the famous Mad Hatter’s poem, Little Bat is a quirky, Wonderland-themed cocktail bar inLondon, run by the same masterminds behind the successful Callooh Callay. Expect a playful and imaginative atmosphere complemented by superb cocktails and attentive service at Angel’s new neighbourhood bar.
Decked out in complete and utter old world decadence, the Victorian Bath House is an exclusive, themed bar in London that's opened its doors to douse you in some vintage elegance. Experience the most luxurious setting of rich interiors, draped fabrics and fine food and drink at this immersive spot, where a menu of Victorian inspired delights are delivered with modern twists.
With a Moroccan theme, this bar is dressed to impress. Observe the stunning ornate lampshades and the vivid red walls as you sink into the many tasseled cushions at the Beduin bar. Even the silver table tops are intricately patterned and candle-lit - all that's missing are the camels and the scorching North African sunshine. So get away from it all and transport yourself to an exotic land at this charcterful themed bar in London.
The multi-award winning Little Nan’s is back, this time taking over a completely transformed Rio Cinema in Dalston. They’ve wound the clock back 20 years this time around, offering all of the audio and visual treasures of the 90s in their latest kitsch haven space. Guests can book in for 2 hours of bottomless teapot cocktails, unlimited 90s pic ‘n’ mix and fairground popcorn at this quirky themed night out in the capital.
The Fable is a central London restaurant and bar brimming with enchanting charisma. Drawing its inspiration from the wit & wisdom of Aesop and the fantasy world of fairy tales, the Holborn based haunt goes all in setting up an authentic experience, teaming its quirky interior with a creative menu and drinks list. It's seriously tasty too, so be sure to swing by and take in the whole experience for yourself the next time you're searching for a themed night in Central London.
With a stunningly exotic interior, The Aviary Bar is a cool Central London bar well worth visiting. With lunch, dinner and great drinks all covered, the quirky theme and wonderfully outlandish decor takes centre stage. With an aquarium and intriguingly unusual booth seating, Aviary Bar offers revellers near Oxford Circus something a little different to try.
Inspired by the underground glamour of America's prohibition period, the Bootlegger is an elegantly themed speakeasy in the heart of the city. Unlike most of London's hidden bars, this venue hopes to serve up a completely immersive experience that pleases as many of your senses as it can. The stunning, delectable cocktails will keep you well fuelled, while the dazzling live performances by the venue's talented dancers and jazz band will leave you swaying and swaggering on your way home.
Trapeze is an incredible circus-inspired bar in the heart of Shoreditch that's just a stone's throw away from Old Street station. Set over two levels, the first floor is a cool cocktail bar, whipping up some amazing concoctions, whilst the basement houses a riveting club area that kicks into life after 10pm. Complete circus equipment and quaint decorations, be sure to check this place out the next time you're in Shoreditch!
A throw-back to the classic American diners of old, Roadhouse is a themed London bar that focusses on authentic American fare, delectable cocktails and the attentive table service. Grab a burger, a cocktail and, when the lights begin to dim, be entertained by the live DJs and Bands that play each night. Celebrating everything we love most about our cousins across the pond, themed events in London don't get anymore American than this.
Ever thought about running away with the circus? With this themed bar in Shoreditch, you finally can. A cute wonderland of vintage trinkets, taxidermy and clown paraphernalia, head on down to Cirque for the quirky interiors, and stay for the delicious four hour long happy hours. With a slight swagger and having been thoroughly stunned for the venue's many performers, guests can expect to leave this quaint spot with a beaming smile etched on their face.
Secretly hidden away in Soho, Opium is a stylish, chic cocktail den that combines the opulent vibes of metropolitan nights out with the allure and mystery of Asia's sleepy opium dens. Elegantly decorated with classic antiques and a number of detailed, traditional paintings, the venue rolls back the clock and transports guests far away to a distant, often forgotten land. Complementing the bar's decadent, yet secretive ambience, beautiful teapots and dry ice help bring the impressive line-up of cocktails to life.
The Courtesan is cool themed bar in Brixton that's dressed as a mysterious Chinese opium den. The vintage furniture and dark, intimate setting create a cool atmosphere unlike anywhere else. The unique cocktails and food go along with the theme of this bar and you can choose from Fujian teas, dim sum and cocktails unlike anything you've had before. If you're searching for a fun night with a brilliant twist, look no further, the Courtesan will have everything you need.
Shaka Zulu is a themed bar in North London with an incomparable decor and an extremely unique theme. The beautifully designed decor is the perfect setting for fantastic international food and delicious cocktails - allowing guests to head down and enjoy drinks or nibbles before the clubbing starts. Vibrant and with bags of attitude, you're sure to leave a themed night out here with a huge smile.
Upon entering Hoxley and Porter, guests will be be greeted by a train conductor, who'll happily show you to your luxurious train carriage seats. The surrealist foliage scattered around this bar helps to complete an atmosphere full of charisma inside one of North London's most opulent themed nightspots. Framed by great food and delicious cocktails served throughout the day, this is one Angel-based bars that won't be forgotten anytime soon.
Styled as a vintage, metropolitan coffee shop, Love Die Late sits comfortably on Great Portland Street, serving the area's many thirsty crowd with delectable cocktails and expert coffee. With an impressive selection of international spirits, exotic spices, exclusive liqueurs and fresh fruit, the bar staff let their creative side flourish, creating some of London's best cocktails and concoctions. Ideal for a date night or intimate get-together, this venue has character and style in abundance.
For a healthy dose of all things Bavarian,the characterful Bavarian Beerhouse in Old Street is the place to be. Costumed waiters and waitresses (we're talking lederhosen!) deliver ice cold beers in hug stein glasses, and serve up hearty and traditional meals before inviting guests to throw some questionable shapes on their bustling dance floor. Easily one of the best themed bars in London, this is definitely something worse seeing.