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 17th October 2017
Fancy dress at this themed Halloween party in King's Cross isn't just encouraged - it's a requirement. Think 'circus freak' for your outfit, and prepare yourself for twisted live performers, caged entertainers, aerialists, DJs, alongside punchy bespoke cocktails from Bourne & Hollingsworth.
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.
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.
Authentic German beers, tasty eats and all the lederhosens you can handle; Oktoberfest has finally arrived in London! Following a huge success last year, Proud Camden are going all out for the celebration spread across a series of Saturdays in September and October. The time to stein is now.
The beautiful Roof Gardens in Kensington are hosting a night inspired by 007's elusive espionage and secret exploits. Complete with dancing ballerinas, fire breathers, casino games, burlesque performances and smooth martini cocktails, this October night of espionage and intriguing will last long in your memory.
The Grand in South London isn't messing about this Halloween, hosting a live screening of the classic Halloween film Hocus Pocus. Alongside a giant screen showing every scene of the movie, guests will be treated to Halloween themed cocktails, prizes for the best Sanderson sister costume and hot dogs throughout the night.
Lose yourself in the decadence and all-out-fun of Bunga Broadway, a weekly event every Wednesday showcasing talented live acts performing the world's most-adored musical hits, plus a three course Bunga Bunga feast alongside the show.
Celebrate the Day of the Dead at Blues Kitchen Brixton as they invite Brassroots to keep you partying till the early hours with a bit of New Orleans brass.
Looking for a themed night out this October in London? Then why not head on North to the 27 club themed party at Blues Kitchen Camden as they celebrate this heralded group in the only way they know how, with live music and drinks galore.
You are hereby invited to the wedding of Edmure Tully and Rosilyn Frey; taking place at Proud Camden this immersive dining experience is bringing the Red Wedding to life.
Get ready for a huge taste of Central America with this amazing night at The Vaults in Waterloo. Descend into their tunnels to discover Mexico's Day of the Dead with theatrics, live orchestra, street food and more.
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.
From The Kooks through to the Killers, this night at Camden's Lock 17 is going to be spinning all the best 00s music.
Sitting on the south bank of the Thames is Jimmy’s, the adorable alpine lodge. Not only can you steal yourself away within the lodge, drinking cocktails and eating fondue, you can head into their cute riverside snow globes too.
You don't need to travel to New Jersey to show your love for The Boss. Grab a beer with like-minded fans at this Bruce Springsteen-themed night with pizza, Boss-based activities and all the E-Street Band you could ever want to listen to.
The Manhattan Club is bringing all the debauchery of the 1920s to London. Join in with dinner, entertainment and games at this themed event in London.
Join The Beekays and The Brass Souls at Blues Kitchen Camden this December as they pay tribute to Fleetwood Mac with a rocking night of live music.
From conquering escape rooms through to losing yourself in intimate performances, this immersive event is whizzing you back to the 1940s. When you're done on your time-travelling journey, dance the night away at the swing dance party.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!