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 March 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.
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.
Pull up the salopettes and slip on the ski mask as Bodo's Schloss whisks you away to an apres-ski party. Bringing all the fun of the Alps, the Kensington bar is going big with bottomless Moet and Chandon cocktails, brunch plates which include suckling pig and a DJ that spins late into the night. Have a go on their ski simulator for the chance to win a skiing holiday.
Paper Dress Vintage are throwing another huge night of shenanigans this April. The Hackney club will be throwing a huge Twin Peaks themed party; dress up as your favourite character and head along for live music, burlesque, and much, much more...
As far as themed nights out in London go, Sinners has to be up there with the quirkiest. Armed with an endless imagination, the freshest ingredients and an eye for creation, the team at The Joker on Penton Street are hosting a supper club this April that celebrates sin in all its glory. Each of the seven courses of food will be themed around one of the seven deadly sins - pride, wrath, sloth, greed, gluttony, lust and envy. Relax, enjoy some delicious food and soak up all the frivolity on offer at this themed event in London.
Dig out your Breton top and beret and get ready for an Easter event inspired by the South of France. Baranis on Embankment are channelling Provence with an indoor petanque court, cocktails, an electro-swing DJ and plenty of fun on London's riverside spot.
A year after his untimely death, Nightspot Cinema are hosting a night dedicated to the legend known as Prince. First they’ll be showing the quasi-biographical film Purple Rain, featuring the Grammy Award winning soundtrack written by him and regarded as one of the best albums of all time. Afterwards, special guests performances and DJs will pay tribute and keep you entertained until the early hours of the morning.
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.
It’s all about fairytales at Drink Shop Do! Live happily ever after as their fabulous theatrical troupe sing classic songs – which everyone can singalong to – and perform skits from your favourite tales. Costumes are heavily encouraged, and cocktails are readily available.
Don your fanciest suits and glitziest gowns for a fabulous 1920s Electro Swing Ball. The cocktails will be flowing as you watch in amazement at the fire and glow performers, the stilt walkers and the acrobats, or try your hand at the free roulette table for the chance to win a free bottle of Champagne! The top-notch saxophonist and resident DJs will be supplying the music to keep you rocking through the night.
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 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.
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 of 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.
Decked out in elegant finery, formal wear and dandy accessories, it’s time to compete in The Chap Olympiad. But don’t worry about waking up in 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.
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.
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.
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 too, it's one of the most fun and light-hearted clubs in east London.
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!
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.