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.

Last updated on 15th August 2017

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If you're going to start dating somebody, it's mighty important to find out how they fare on the putting field. Join Plonk at the People's Park Tavern for just that as you make your way around their fun and colourful crazy golf course in the beer garden. 

Date Night, Something A Little Different, Dating, Sport
Party Mash Up
Hackney
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21 events @ Brixton Rooftop with 33 upcoming dates starting on 17 Aug 2017

Summer is once again upon us meaning it's time to take your London quirky date outside. Brixton Beach is just the spot as the renowned pop-up returns for another massive year with street food stalls, cocktails and huge DJ nights.

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Thames Lates

17 user reviews
@London Eye Millenium Pier on Various dates

When was the last time you took a date out on a speedboat? We're banking on never. Change all that with a high-octane trip aboard Thames Lates as you and your date get familiar with London's riverways at high speed, all before a cocktail on the boat. 

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Boat Party, Date Night, Something A Little Different, Walks & Tours, Stag Do
Background Music
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2 events @ The King's Head Member's Club with 2 upcoming dates starting on 13 Oct 2017

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.

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House of Burlesque 2.0

11 user reviews
@Underbelly Festival Southbank on Various dates
House of Burlesque 2.0 Our pick
Save 20% with discount 'GLAMOUR.'

When it comes to something different to do in London, nothing does it quite like burlesque. Bringing you some of the most sultry and sexy entertainers in the business, prepared to be impressed by what House of Burlesque has on show.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Cabaret/Burlesque
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Inamo Covent Garden

28 user reviews
Inamo Covent Garden
Birthday gift from inamo! and 1 other offer available.

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Covent Garden

We bet you've never seen Sonic like this before... Head 450ft in the air for this retro gaming night that includes amazing views, games consoles and the chance to network.

Something A Little Different, Date Night, Fun Time Partying, Food & Drink
Background Music
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Eat Grub

8 user reviews
@The San Daniele on Various dates

Looking for a quirky date idea in London that your partner's never going to forget? The masterminds behind Eat Grub have teamed up with Seb Holmes to create a number of thai-inspired dishes, all created using insects. Taking place at North London's San Daniele restaurant, guests will also have a chance to taste a variety of cocktails created by Tomas Lenko from Strongman's Tipples, all themed around insects. 

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Food & Drink, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different, Themed Nights
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Showing off its love for J K Rowling, The Library in Central London is hosting a Harry Potter-themed supper club this August and September. After enjoying a butterbeer cocktail on arrival, guests will tuck into seven courses of food, all with subtle references to the Harry Potter plot. This is one fun event in London you don't want to miss out on.

Food & Drink, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different, Supper Clubs
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Neverland London

143 user reviews
@Neverland London on Various dates

Can't afford a getaway as a duo? Then join the sunny climbs of Fulham instead. One of the best pop-up events of the year, take your date on down to Neverland for a fun-filled afternoon of sand, palm trees, street food and cocktails aplenty.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Date Night, Food & Drink, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different
Background Music
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Looking for a unique date night in London where activities take the forefront? Found atop Roof East in Stratford, crazy golf takes centre stage as Birdies step up to the mark for putting aplenty before you enjoy cocktails and street food stalls galore.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Activity, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different, Pop-Up
Background Music
Stratford
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Spend your night listening to great music and drinking great beer at pop up ceilidh. Organising a literal knees up in a brewery, join them for a night of wonderful ceilidh and your ticket includes three different beers.

Date Night, Fun Time Partying, Live Music, Pop-Up
Live Music
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What something a bit different for date night in London? Challenge your date to a game of Shuffleboard, the game taking London by storm. It’s a mix between ten pin bowling and curling, and is super-easy to learn how to play. Rent out a court, have a few cocktails and eat some pizza, and you’re in for a great date.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Pop-Up, Something A Little Different, Sport, Fun Time Partying, Daytime, Food & Drink, Stag Do, Hen Party, Activity
Background Music
Shoreditch
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IceBar London

17 user reviews

One of the chilliest ways to date in London, this quirky bar is one of the coolest ways to get to know one another. From your snow capes down to ice sculptures and cocktails in ice cubes, try something different in the city and impress your date with hidden gem knowledge!

Happily Affordable ££
West End

Brunch and boats - never did a more perfect coupling exist, except perhaps you and your boo. Jump aboard the Alfred Le Roy for a weekend cruise along the River Lea which combines bottomless drinks, beautiful scenery and breakfast food on this unusual date option in London.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Boat Party, Daytime, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different
Background Music
Hackney
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Four Quarters East

0 user reviews

You might be twiddling your thumbs on this alternative date idea in London, but it will be a whole heap of fun. Four Quarters have opened a second pub in East London complete with all the retro games and craft beer to ensure you snag a second date.

Happily Affordable ££
Hackney

Flight Club Bloomsbury

245 user reviews

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Holborn

Drink Shop & Do

235 user reviews
Drink Shop & Do
Friday Feeling Happy Hour and 2 other offers available.

One of the most eclectic bars in London, no two nights are ever the same at Drink, Shop & Do. Whether you're tucking in to a Beyonce dance class, building lego robots, indulging in afternoon tea or creating a Lionel Richie biscuit, this is a date idea to remember.

Happily Affordable ££
Kings Cross

When it comes to immersive theatre in London, there's no company up to the task like Secret Theatre. Join them on their latest run for one of the most interesting date nights in the business as you get familiar with Project Mayhem.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Pop-Up, Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts, Date Night
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Queens: Skate-Dine-Bowl

2 user reviews

Mix up your date night with Queens. Not only can you have a romantic meal of MEATliquor food and cocktails from their bar, but you can also challenge bae to a game of bowling or run rings around them in the ice skating ring.

Happily Affordable ££
Notting Hill

Bounce, Old Street

19 user reviews
Bounce, Old Street
All Inclusive Summer Package and 2 other offers available.

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. 

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

The Gibson

48 user reviews

While some would say that cocktails in London is a predictable date night, they're not when found at The Gibson. Not only does this golden bar glisten with tales of the vintage, their cocktails are some of the most smoking and theatrical in the city.

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

BallieBallerson

232 user reviews
@BallieBallerson on Various dates
BallieBallerson Our pick
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Not content with simple dinner and drinks when it comes to dating in London? Then why not try something a little more active with BallieBallerson. From planet themed cocktails to a glowing ball pit, it's a rowdy way to get to know one another.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Fun Time Partying, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Activity
Electro
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Enjoy a night like no other as The Royal Academy return with another pop-up series just for adults. From mermaid crown workshops and a tropical garden photobooth to games and drumming performances, tuck into The Other Paradise.

Fun Time Partying, Live Music, Something A Little Different, VIP Party
Funk & Soul
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It's one of the most lucrative pop-ups of the year, and perfect for a unique date night in London. Join Sipsmith and Gingerline for an evening of adventure and cocktail thrills as they promise a unique setting alongside suprises aplenty. 

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Date Night, Pop-Up
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@Secret East London Location on Various dates

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.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Date Night, Hen Party, Something A Little Different, Stag Do, Activity
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It's time to pull out the stops with this quirky date idea in London as The Silent Disco Boat sets sail down the Thames. Try to stop making goggly eyes at one another for a moment to take in the city's most beautiful sights, from Big Ben through to Tower Bridge, all while choosing your soundtrack to the night.

Boat Party, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different
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You're going to need nerves of steel when it comes to this quirky date idea in London. From weapons training and immersive acting to all the zombie action you can humanly handle, get set for something scary and get set for something pretty unreal.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Something A Little Different, Stag Do, Themed Nights, Hen Party
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3 events @ 3 venues with 7 upcoming dates from 01 Sep 2017 until 24 Nov 2017

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.

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Jazz Cafe

13 user reviews
Jazz Cafe
Free Friday Bubbles and 1 other offer available.

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Camden

Fever-Tree Gin School

3 user reviews
@Drake and Morgan at King's Cross on Various dates from 23rd August

Taking over the Drakes and Morgans venue in Kings Cross, the Fever Tree Gin School offers young couples the perfect quirky date night in London. Revolving around an interesting tasting session, the school will guide guest through the best of the brand's range of mixers, identifying which gin best suits each person's palate and pairing that gin with a complementing tonic.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Something A Little Different, Food & Drink, Pop-Up, Date Night
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Lucky Voice Karaoke Islington
2-for-1 Happy Hour Cocktails and 8 other offers available.

What better way to woo someone or get that special someone weak at the knees than signing them a romantic ballad at Lucky Voice Islington. You won’t have to do it alone though, there’s a dressing up box, lots of tasty cocktails and tonnes of songs for you to choose from.

Happily Affordable ££
Angel
3 events @ 3 venues with 101 upcoming dates from 24 Apr 2017 until 22 Oct 2017

Handmade Mysteries create twisted escape rooms for people looking for a pulse-racing, brain-teasing, immersive experience. Based in London's finest drinking establishments, your game host will introduce your team to a series of bizarre contraptions and mysterious misfits. Will you win and cry for joy? Or lose, and just cry? 

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Our teenage days are thankfully long behind us but Diary Days are helping us relive the crushes and heartbreaks in brilliant detail at their event in Shoreditch. Get ready to giggle as they read out old entries, love letters, emails and more.

Comedy
Shoreditch
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Nothing says a quirky London date night, quite like immersive theatre. One of the best in the city, Alice's Adventures Underground is one of the coolest, if not trippiest experiences in the city. Full of wonderment, creative actors and stunning sets, we're certain you wont be let down. 

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts
Waterloo
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4 events @ 4 venues with 5 upcoming dates from 11 Sep 2017 until 17 Sep 2017

Buy a ticket to London's Mezcal Week and celebrate all the things we love most about Mexican culture, art and cuisine. Revolving around two weeks of fun mezcal themed events spread across London, the festival will end with a two-day tasting spectacular. Ideal for anyone looking for a quirky date night idea, your partner won't forget this experience in a hurry.

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This is a bottomless brunch, but not as you couples know it. Head on down to Dr Klugers Olde Tavern for a fun-filled afternoon alongside drag queens, lip sync performances, dances and more for a quirky brunch date to remember.

Cabaret/Burlesque, Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different
Canary Wharf
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4 events @ 2 venues with 4 upcoming dates from 17 Aug 2017 until 23 Sep 2017

People might say that cinema isn’t the best date idea, but that’s mainly because normal cinemas are in dark and dingey rooms. Nomad, on the other hand, show some of the most beloved films on their screens in iconic locations across the capital. Now that’s romance.

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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. 

Themed Nights, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different, Live Music
Jazz
Central London
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