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 28th October 2016
Love a good movie? This unique London tour sets off from London Bridge in the late afternoon and runs for just under two hours, treating its guests to expert guidance around some of London's most noteworthy filming locations. You will see areas from the likes of Bridget Jones, Alfie and even Batman.
Backyard Cinema are back and transforming another space for more immersive and theatrical movie going. Get lost deep in the jungle in a secret south London location as classic films such as Tarzan, Peter Pan and King Kong play. Fortunately there will be cocktails and pop corn on hand to keep you satiated.
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!
Pull on your lederhosen or dirndl and head down to Herman ze German for a night of Bavarian-themed fun. A ticket to their Oktoberfest will get you a sharing platter filled with pork belly, wurst and other German charcuterie as well as a stein of beer or cocktail.
With crime at a record high, the streets full of questionable characters and huge satanic mills taking over the city's skyline, Victorian London is recreated with all its splendour at the Suspects, Lunatics and Leather Aprons immersive theatre event. Guests will be dressed as either an inspector for Scotland Yard, a local vigilante looking to safeguard their neighbourhood or an ordinary Londoner living on the dangerous streets of Whitechapel. Perfect for anyone looking to take a step outside of their comfort zones, this has to be one of the most intriguing themed events in London.
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.
Far Rockaway bring disco back to the masses with their weekly Friday night sessions. Get involved on the dance floor at this eclectic Shoreditch late-night bar, where tickets are only a fiver and there’s a cracking range of cocktail delights on show from the bar staff. Head along for feel-good disco beats spanning the '70s, '80s and '90s with a modern twist until 2am.
Promising 1920s grandeur and decadent entertainment, Speakeasy Saturdays have your themed nights in London cravings well and truly sorted. Guests of this opulent affair will enjoy a three course feast, delicious drinks, and a sizzling cabaret and burlesque show like no other.
Get ready for the weird and wonderful world of Trapped in Wonderland this Halloween in London as Cafe 1001 invites over 600 party patrons for an East London adventure. Get set for soaring DJ sets, party rooms, jumping dance floors and plenty more.
Always looking to push boundaries and never fearful of going too far, the team at Drink Shop & Do have really outdone themselves this autumn, offering Londoners a wonderfully bizarre Disney-themed night out in town. With a spring in their step and a tune in their head, the fun-loving troupe of talented performers will show guests 'A Whole New World', guiding them through a number of classic songs and allowing them to relive the glory days of their youth.
Katy Perry takes on Lady Gaga in the biggest pop showdown at WELOVEPOP, the monthly cheese-fest at Concrete. DJs play the hottest hits for a big night of pure pop as friends and enemies take part in the party. Va va voom your hair, get the liquid eye liner out and get ready for a big night.
The name's Bond, James Bond... Portobello Road Gin and The Soho Hotel are joining forces to bring Londoners the Vesper Martini, a delicious concoction designed by Ian Fleming. There will talks and tastings of the iconic tipple before a screening of Casino Royal in the cinema room.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.