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 16th July 2019

  Silent Sounds Boat Party

182 user reviews 5

@ The Silent Disco Boat on Saturday 20th July 2019 and 4 other dates

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 Wednesday 17th July 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

250 user reviews 4

@ The Candlelight Club on Various dates from Saturday 20th July 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 Thursday 18th July 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. 

Head to Kings Cross where the Rhythm and Booze boys are back with their latest gig-cum-whisky tasting that matches some stunning live music with an open whisky bar full of delicious drams.

@ Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club on Monday 29th July 2019 and 4 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.

@ The Harrison on Friday 25th October 2019 and 2 other Fridays

Move over Netflix and chill; it's time to get out and explore some of London's best quirky events. Head to The Harrison where The Rhythm and Booze Project are fusing live music with whisky, as they bring you a unique gig paired with an open whisky bar.

Flight Club Bloomsbury

1291 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.

@ Grace Hall on Every Friday from 26th July

Get your blood pumping with a night of show-stopping cabaret, burlesque and circus this summer. Taking over Grace Hall, Tempest Rose brings you a roster of stunning acts for an evening of intimate performance.


33 user reviews 4

@ Brunel Museum on Various dates from Friday 19th July 2019

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.

Barge East

331 user reviews 5

Bottomless Brunch on a boat (Saturday only) and 1 other offer

Spice up the usual dinner and drinks with a trip to this stunning barge. You'll want to head east to Hackney Wick, where the historic 114-year-old barge has been transformed into a drinking and dining destination, complete with a British fusion menu and dreamy views. Book a table at sunset for an extra special evening.

@ Bread Street Kitchen on Various dates from Wednesday 17th July 2019

Give your partner a date that's out of this world, literally. Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen are giving guests the chance to dine in an actual space pod, with the option of two to eight people, making it perfect for an intimate dinner or double date. 

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.

Luscious Cabaret

13 user reviews 5

Luscious Cabaret are on-hand to add an extra touch of glamour to your Friday nights. Expect nothing other than the biggest and boldest cabaret from this bevvy of burlesque, drag and magical talent as they take over The Albany every week. 

@ Lost Boys Pizza & Croque Monsieur on Thursday 25th July 2019 and 4 other Thursdays

Head to Lost Boys Pizza where they'll be playing host to the hilarious Thunder Theatre. Enjoy a series of quick-fire short plays from the dynamic troupe alongside a drink and some pizza from the bar. And the best bit? You can even bring your beloved pooch as this event is 100% dog-friendly and all proceeds from the show will be going to the Dogs Trust.

Neon Naked Life Drawing

12 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.

@ Pedley Street Station on Various dates from Wednesday 17th July 2019

Set in the golden era of train travel, this immersive dining experience is a whirlwind of incredible dishes and hilarious theatre. Laurence Henry, a Masterchef winner, has created the menu and while you work your way through four delicious courses, a diamond heist is unfolding right in front of your eyes, as the Murder Express stage their latest show: Jewel of the Empire.

Jazz Cafe

20 user reviews 4

Discounted Guestlist Entry

One of the best ways to experience music in London, head on down to Jazz Cafe in Camden for a night to remember. Perfect for that alternative date, enjoy a selection of dishes from the balcony as you watch over some of the best jazz, soul and motown in the bizz.

@ London Bridge Ceramics Studio on Various dates from Wednesday 17th July 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.

@ Ladies and Gentlemen bar Camden road on Various dates from Wednesday 17th July 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. 

  Taco Masterclass

2 user reviews 5

@ temper Covent Garden on Saturday 27th July 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.

The Little Yellow Door

35 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. 

@ 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.

@ Trapped Escape Rooms on Various dates from Wednesday 17th July 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.

Good Ship Comedy

84 user reviews 5

Roll pub and hilarious comedy club into one date night as The Colonel Fawcett in Camden host their regular stand-up nights. Grab a pint and sit down to some of the funniest names in the business.