Quirky Date Ideas In London

Whether it's a long-term thing or a 'just seeing how it goes' set-up, you never have an excuse for a boring date night in London. With a city that's crammed to the rafters with top-notch events such as bottomless brunches on canal boats through to adult ball pits, there's never a shortage of London quirky date ideas; we've done the wooing and swooning to bring you the best alternative date night ideas in London.

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Last updated on 19th September 2019




Treat yourself to a little bottomless brunching this September as the Brunch Weekender offers you food and free-flowing drinks without the hefty price tag. Check our lists of excellent restaurants to see where you can get a dish and a drink for a tenner, or a full bottomless brunch spread for £20.

  Silent Sounds Boat Party

196 user reviews 5

@ The Silent Disco Boat on Saturday 23rd November and Friday 13th December 2019

Take your partner on a unique cruise through the city by stepping aboard the Silent Sounds boat party. You'll get to groove the night away to a soundtrack of your choosing with the city's most iconic landmarks surrounding you. 

@ Neosight Headquarters, Bankside Arches, SE1 on Various dates from Saturday 21st September 2019

Ideal for those on the hunt for something a little more out of the ordinary, this unique immersive cocktail experience wants you to go undercover at an AI corp's headquarters so see if you can scope out their wicked plans, and to sample some equally wicked cocktails.

  The Candlelight Club

265 user reviews 4

@ The Candlelight Club on Various dates from Saturday 5th October 2019

Ready to add a little razzle dazzle to your date night in London? Looking for somewhere to get dressed up to the vintage nines? Join Candlelight Club for all that and more as you rustle up feathers, beads and fedoras for a romantic night of candles, live music and debauchery. 

@ The Mind Palace on Various dates from Saturday 21st September 2019

Love your Sherlock Holmes thrillers? Pay a visit to The Mind Palace, a secret cocktail club for the curious and take part in an immersive experience to die for. You task is simple, piece together the clues, find the ingredients and drink your success. 

@ London Bridge Ceramics Studio on Various dates from Saturday 21st September 2019

Learn something new and enjoy yourself at this fun quirky date idea in London: it'll just be the two of you with the instructor, who will guide you through creating a masterpiece, run some fun competitions, and you'll even get to take a piece home.

@ YO! Sushi Finchley Road 02 Centre on Every Sunday

Have a crack at perfecting the art of sushi-making ta these fun, interactive workshops with Yo! Sushi at Finchley Road. After taking part in these simple two hour classes, you and your date will soon be whipping out those yasai rolls and salmon nigiri like it's nothing.

@ The Little Blue Door on Various dates from Thursday 26th September 2019

Looking for something a little different? Forget the usual dinner plans. Ditch the same old Netflix and chill, because this Fulham favourite invites you to the ultimate dinner party. Think 3 mouthwatering courses, drinks in the living room and a live DJ providing the soundtrack to a banging night.

@ Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club on Monday 14th October 2019 and 5 other Mondays

Take your date to new and exciting places with this super fun life-drawing class in Kennington. Grab some drinks and have a go at sketching some real life cabaret and burlesque stars from the gorgeous Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club.

Bounce, Old Street

817 user reviews 5

Ping Pong and Packages and 2 other offers

Hailed as one of the best ways to play in London, it's ping pong that's sure to keep your date night on high. Join one of the best ping pong venues in London as you make your way around their neon tables, all before plenty of grub and cocktails. 

@ Moonshine Saloon on Various dates from Saturday 21st September 2019

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Perfect for a quirky date night, channel your inner cowboy at this cool London pop up bar in Fulham. Step into the moonshine saloon for an evening of tasty cocktails and cowboy hats.

Put on your dancing shoes and show off your moves at this quirky London date idea. Fiddle Paradiddle provide a roaring soundtrack of live fiddles and will lead you through the traditional Scottish ceilidh for a hilarious night out.

@ Skuna Boats on Various dates from Saturday 21st September 2019

Stretch out your sea legs and hop aboard a BBQ Boat this summer. Offering a truly unique quirky date experience, BBQ Boats are sure to provide a barbecue with a view as you pass historic landmarks, drinks to hand and fresh meats sizzling away over hot flames.

@ Ladies and Gentlemen bar Camden road on Various dates from Saturday 21st September 2019

Set sail through London's iconic canals with your partner this summer and embark on a truly unique rum-fulled effluence. Armed with a plethora of hand-crafted cocktails and lashing of maverick spirit, you're sure to enjoy one quirky date with these guys. 

Comedy Carnival London

44 user reviews 4

With great acts and half price on drinks the Comedy Carnival is perfect for a fun and quirky date night. Just a stone's throw from Leicester Square there's plenty to entertain you before and after the show.

The world's first immersive Breaking Bad-inspired bar, this unique offering down Hackney way lets you live out all your mixology dreams with a masterclass on making some very impressive molecular cocktails.

Inamo Covent Garden

261 user reviews 4

Unlimited Asian tapas & sushi with free-flowing wine or beer £42 per person

You've made the decision to go to dinner, and that's great news, but how about trying something a little different this date night? Infamous for their interactive tables, head on down to Inamo for gaming and touch-screen menus alongside some of the best Japanese bites in the business.

  Bridge Command

8 user reviews 5

@ COLAB Factory on Various dates from Saturday 21st September 2019

The perfect way to mix up any date night, this interactive experience is showing the trials and tribulations of space travel with a fun piece of theatre that fuses gaming technology and performance for a stunning immersive show that will have you playing at spaceship crew.

Reztron

14 user reviews 4

Got yourself a gamer? Show them the time of their lives at one of these excellent retro gaming nights. Held at venues across London, you can grab yourself drink or two then get stuck into an awesome selection of plays from Pac-Man and Street Fighter to Sonic and Space Harrier.

Flight Club Bloomsbury

1378 user reviews 5

Book a lunch table for a group of 6 or more & we’ll treat you to a bottle of prosecco!*

With a location in Shoreditch and now a second spot in Bloomsbury, Flight Club will add the fun and games to your date night. The quirky destination combines darts, an electronic scoring system, pizza and delicious cocktails for a fun date in central London.

@ Trapped Escape Rooms on Various dates from Saturday 21st September 2019

For a completely unique London date night idea, Trapped in a Room with a Zombie should tick all the boxes. Players are locked in a room with a hungry zombie whose chain is getting longer by the minute, use your brain power to stand a chance of escaping.

  Taco Masterclass

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@ temper Covent Garden on Saturday 28th September 2019 and 2 other Saturdays

Whoever said that tacos were just for Tuesdays had clearly never been to temper, because the Covent Garden favourite is shaking things up with a masterclass in all things tortilla and you're invited to spend your Saturday whipping up tacos, tucking into tasty food and soaking up Mezcal cocktails.

  MIDNIGHT APOTHECARY

71 user reviews 4

@ Brunel Museum on Saturday 21st September 2019 and 3 other dates

One that should be on the bucket list of every couple is Midnight Apothecary, a gorgeous pop-up bar found on the rooftop of Brunel Museum. The space changes with the seasons, though you can always expect campfires and cocktails made with ingredients in the surrounding gardens.

GIN-HOUSE BURLESQUE

66 user reviews 4

The King's Head is a little different from your average London date night venue with rooms filled with taxidermy and a sexy 1920s setting. Join them as they invite in the outrageous Gin House Burlesque for a raunchy and intimate show that includes all sorts of surprises.

The Little Yellow Door

62 user reviews 5

50% off the food bill for up to six people and 2 other offers

Not only is The Little Yellow Door a lovely restaurant and bar off Portobello Road, but it's also home to The Flatmates. These guys are sure to cook up a storm and make you feel right at home with their raucous house parties, boozy brunches and kooky supper clubs, which are sure to make for the perfect quirky date. 

Neon Naked Life Drawing

19 user reviews 4

It's all going down at this class, as iconic bars host a unique life drawing class. Ditch the dinner and movie and go for this quirky life drawing class, for a truly fun night out.

@ London Museum of Water and Steam on Saturday 21st September 2019

Switch things up with an evening of immersive theatre, puzzle solving and ghostly encounters. If you and your partner love the idea of a spooky date, this is the ultimate experience for you, with a terrifying tale and Victorian high tea guaranteed. 

@ The King's Head Members Club on Sat, 28th Sep 2019 @ multiple start times (see ticket info)

Head over to the King's Head, where Dalston's most unique venue is getting taken over by the Moon & Mischief gang. Bringing you a multi-room cabaret extravaganza, this quirky burlesque night will have you entertained by some of the most talented performers in the biz, before DJs take over to keep the tunes going until 5am.