Themed Nights Out In London
Discover the best themed nights out in London with our hand-picked guide to the best of the city’s alternative nightlife. With dress up clubs scattered around the capital and all kinds of unique pop-up events where you can embrace your alter-ego for the night, there’s something for everybody here. A selection of our top tips for an alternative night out in London is as follows...
Last updated on 26th April 2017
Trading pokemon cards and trying to make gooey aliens have babies... the '90s were bloomin' great. Head down to Dalston as Little Nan's grandkids take over Rio Cinema and fill it with all of the old girl's stuff - teapots, furniture and even her '90s treasures and trinkets. Gorge on bottomless teapot cocktails and dance the night away to all of the biggest '90s hits - from Mark Owen to Marshall Mathers!
Celebrating everything we love about the '70s and '80s, Rouges is a themed night in London well worth visiting. Full of character and life, it pushes boundaries and leaves many of its guests stunned to silence. Alongside all your favourite funk and soul tracks played by DJ Kobayashi, guests will be fascinated by an amazing aerialist performance by Kellie Sky from the famous Tear Drop Circus. Full of laughter and with bags of energy, you won't forget this vintage night out in London anytime soon.
The only secret soiree in London that brings the 1920s back to life in complete and utter vintage glamour. The Candlelight Club are back to throw some of the most decadent Golden Age parties you'll ever experience complete with bootleg cocktails, live jazz music and all the flapper dressed debauchery.
Partying in London has never been more spectacular thanks to the Silent Sounds boat party. Not only is it a silent disco on a boat, but the two-storey Dutch Master will take you past some of the most iconic landmarks in the country. Floating on the Thames while listening to some amazing tunes on your headphones? Sign us up already!
Dressed as a tropical seafront bar, the Tropicana Beach Club raises more than a few eyebrows. Covered by over 500 bird decorations, with huge palm trees stretching from the floor to the ceiling, a lagoon pool-style dance floor and various cabanas spread throughout, every aspect has been meticulously planned and arranged to transport everyone to a sun-drenched tropical beach. With over 50 different cocktails to sample, and beach-grill inspired food to enjoy, this is one themed night well worth trying out.
In true vintage style, The Rivoli Ballroom is hosting a monthly series of Jive nights in London, featuring the best swing bands in London. Rolling back the clock and filling the historic London venue with a lively buzz, the evening will start with a fun jive lesson, before the reins are handed over to one of the great swing bands performing on the night.
The Munich Cricket Club is hosting its annual Spring festival this April and May, inviting Londoners to soak up all the traditional fun of their mini-Oktoberfest celebration. Featuring a live oompah bar, plenty of traditional German beer, hearty Bavarian dishes on the food menu and all the stein-based fun you could ask for, this is one themed night out in London you don't want to miss.
With aerial performers, stilt walkers and fire breathers, Twisted Circus is a night like no other. This May bank holiday, they will be taking over iconic Cafe de Paris for a night of partying madness.
Perfect for both beginners and ballroom experts, the Indian YMCA in Fitzrovia is hosting a 1930s-themed evening of ballroom dancing. The night starts with a free class for beginners, before kicking into full swing with a number of rumba, Charleston, cha cha and swing numbers. Pull on your best outfit, grab your partners hand and swing your way back into the 1930s at this themed night out in Central London.
London's famous Playboy Club is hosting a Mexican celebration that's certain to leave an impression on you. Head to Mayfair and sink deep into all the fun Cinco De Mayo festivities; there will be a live mariachi band, piniatas spread across the venue and all the margarita's that you can handle at the bar.
Hyde Kensington is offering a 360 degree experience of Bollywood! Travel to the wonderful West London bar for a night of pure Bollywood anthems put together by a top DJ, alongside live dhols, pani puri shots and Indian snacks.
The Clapham Grand is hosting a Cinco de Mayo party that you’ve been dreaming of. Either head to the 90s party for a pop star face mask and a sombrero or head to the noughties party for a fake moustache. There will be a photobooth, a chance to vote for your favourite artist all while the DJs paly the best throwback tracks. Also – expect tequila and tonnes of frozen margaritas.
It's not just the gorgeous views that will take your breath away at The Kensington Roof Gardens as they host an event with a difference. The Venetian Masquerade Ball will be a night of fun, with a dress up theme, and entertainment which includes stilt walkers, acrobats and live music.
This is a gameshow like you’ve never experience before as some of the UK’s best alternative comedians come together to compete and crack jokes. Bring your friends and compete against them to win prizes as up-and-coming names like John Luke Roberts, Lucy Pearman, Joz Norris and more vie for victory.
Prepare to get lost down the rabbit hole at this trippy and late-night immersive experience. Starting at 3am, come dressed to express and prepared to dance until the morning to the best sounds of deep house and disco.
The Little Nan's Cocktail Bar team have joined forces with Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet to create a disco night out in London this May. With the bar serving all your favourite drinks, plus a handful of Little Nan's signature teapot cocktails, the DJs will be spinning playing all the best vinyl disco tracks long into the early hours. To make this a really memorable experience, the HSDY team will be setting up a number of games and live dancing performances.
London's iconic Koko club are hosting Guilty Pleasures again for their monthly instalment of burlesque, huge tracks and stunning dance numbers. Alongside the usual line-up of resident DJs, the team have pulled together some of London's most famous dance troupes and burlesque performers for a club night based around the best pop music ever made. Expect to hear the likes of Pink, 1D and Katy Perry.
Looking for something weird and wonderful to do? Join Impossible Things Entertainment as they head to North London for a retro night on the tiles. Get set for dancing, 90s sing-a-longs, party games and that all important quiz for a night out to remember.
It’s time to experience a Blitz Party like no other with a D-Day Special! With live big bands playing 40s classics, a selection of classic cocktails with a twist and delicious food from the mess stall, you’ll get the full 1940s experience from this secret air raid shelter.
Following the smashing success of the Tropicana Beach Club’s George Michael Tribute Parties in January and raising over £10,000, the club is hosting another night dedicated to the legend on his birthday. With George Michale and WHAM tribute acts all night long, dressing up and celebrating, this is one big birthday party you don’t want to miss.
Head to swinging venue Blues Kitchen in Camden as they put on a tribute act to the legend that is Bowie. There will be live music, face painting and there will be a prize for the best dressed.
Decked out in elegant finery, formal wear and dandy accessories, it’s time to compete in The Chap Olympiad. But don’t worry about working up a sweat – you’ll be competing in events like ‘the floppy of hair’ or ‘the rakish of trilby’, and crossing the finish line comes second to the crease in your trousers. Gather with your other eccentrically dressed sportswomen and men and raise a glass to Britain’s sporting incompetence.
Bourne and Hollingsworth Buildings are taking it back to the era of glitz and glam as they throw a huge 1920s style party. Head to the Islington venue for a night of roaring fun in an incredible location; put on your best flapper dress, smartest suit and Charleston dance your night away.
Perfect if you're looking for some Brazilian bloc party themed excess, Floripa is for hedonists out for a big night in Shoreditch. Fitted out with extravagant and colourful Amazonian decorations, Latin American street food and music rhythms to shake your tail feather to, it's one of the most fun and light-hearted clubs in east London.
Piccadilly Institute has many differently themed rooms, each as spectacular as the other. It’s a great West End club for dancing, discovering and enjoying a quirky drink. Why not try the Liquid Therapy In a Padded Cell cocktail that serves six people? If you're looking for a themed party club in London that breaks the mould, you're seeking Piccadilly Institute.
Glorifying all that is '70s, '80s and '90s, Inferno's is Clapham's answer to all that is pop-tastic and feel good. Sing your heart out to throwback disco tracks and boogie on down under the colourful spotlights. This is one themed night that will be a fun-filled mash-up of all the hip thrusting, nightfever dance moves you can remember!
Be James Dean for a night! This cocktail bar and club with neon lights, motor bikes, red leathered booths, party DJs and stage offers you an American inspired night in central London. Be Bruce Springsteen at their Rockaoke nights Monday and Wednesday and get a feeling for what it'd be like to be born in the USA.
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 some amazing concoctions whilst if you head downstairs, you'll experience one of the most riveting basement clubs in the area. If you're out and about in Shoreditch, make sure you check this place out!
Become an 80s sensation at Reflex Dance studios, where you’ll be transformed into a pop superstar. After your 80s transformation, you’ll get to take part in a one hour dance class with a professional choreographer, before ending on a team photograph and an 80s dance party.
Ruby’s is a truly magical 21st century speakeasy bar with its cosy interior of quirky lampshades and mishmash furniture. It’s the perfect bar to have some beautifully crafted cocktails in an escapist atmosphere and décor that transforms you to a 1920s themed night out in London.