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 27th June 2017
The masterminds behind Hell Hath Not Fury – Dusk Till Dawn have created another immersive experience promising to be the ride of the summer. Taking party in Central London’s notorious party neighbourhood, you’ll receive an address and a password – and all you’ll need to do is prepare yourself for the ride.
The summer feeling has well and truly been captured at the Spirit of Tiki festival. Bringing together everything you love about tiki culture, expect the best mixologists to mix up your favourite rum drinks, as the tiki tunes play, hula dancers move and the street food vendors fry you up something seriously delicious.
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.
Join Budweiser and Goat DINE as they host an evening of American fun in honour of the 4th of July. Head over to Chelsea as the spot puts on a proper hoedown of big eats, live music and DJs this July.
Channel your inner, bombastic American with the biggest 4th July party. With tonnes of free shots across five different venues, as well as American themed decorations, a limited edition t-shirt and frat games like two-storey beer pong, flip cup and table football, you won’t be able to celebrate the 4th of July anywhere else quite like this.
With rum masterclasses, salsa lessons and boozy brunches, The Jam Tree in both Clapham and Chelsea are putting on one hell of a fiesta for July. Join them as they bring a huge taste of the Caribbean to life with their rum festival.
Head to the Tale Bar in Mayfair and celebrate all things American with an Independence Day party you're not likely to forget in a hurry. The entire event will revolve around the live band, who'll be playing a long list of American classic tunes while Playboy Bunnies serve cocktails, beers and authentic American grub.
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.
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.
Jay Gatsby invites you to celebrate the arrival of the summer with a huge themed party in London. The night is certain to draw in London's most famous faces, and so it's only appropriate that guests all dress in their finest 1920s attire. Elegant and stylish by nature, the evening will feature plenty of delicate cocktails and wonderful live jazz performances.
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.
Evans & Peel Detective Agency are hosting a fifth birthday celebration to rival that of the Great Gatsby! Not only will the spectacular Gatsby Girls be performing a few foxy numbers, the Evans & Peel band will be playing, and you’ll receive homemade popcorn, live entertainment all night and a reception cocktail. Oh, and there’s a prize for best 1920s dressed!
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.
The renowned Literary Club is back in the capital this August, taking their love of hosting supper clubs themed around famous novels to the next level. This summer, all their attention turns to E. H. Shepard's The Wind in the Willows. Starting with a hand-crafted welcome cocktail, guests will then be treated to 5 delicious courses of food, where each dish subtly references the famous novel and its darling characters.
Wonderland is turning 10 and they're taking you down the rabbit hole for a particularly special birthday event. Taking place in a secret location, the weekend will be full of burlesque, cabaret, DJs, live bands, tea parties, hot tubs and more.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!