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.
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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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.
Dinner is great, but dinner with entertainment is better. Perfect for that unique London date night, take your favourite person to Proud Cabaret for a night of three course dining, stunning cabaret and some of the finest burlesque in the business.
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.
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.
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.
From Jack the Ripper through to Sweeny Todd, London Dungeons is being overrun by figures of history. Head there this evening for a terrifying and brilliant immersive experience that includes cocktails and fun.
What better way to woo someone or get that special someone weak at the knees than signing them a romantic ballad at Lucky Voice. 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.
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.
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.
Head to Palmers Green where Roller Nation is waiting to become your new favourite date night spot. Take few zips around the rink or sit back with a glass of the good stuff and watch the pros do their thing.
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.
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.
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.
Get competitive with this fun and addictive quirky date activity. Head to Shoreditch where the London Shuffle Club has returned to bring you match-upon-match of head-to-head shuffling, alongside pizzas, beers and tasty cocktails.
Looking for quirky date ideas in London? Add The Montague on the Gardens to your bucket list, because this gorgeous spot is bringing you Instagrammable decor and a Champagne-laced menu courtesy of Lanson.
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.
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.
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.
A perfect London date night for music fans, this series of live concerts pay tribute to some of history's most influential musicians, eras and genres at venues across the capital. From Amy Winehouse to Marvin Gaye, explore the varied programme and find your perfect show.
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.
Spruce up your dinner date with a trip to Dans Le Noir, which has you dining in the dark for the ultimate experience. Heighten taste sensations and change perceptions at this alternative restaurant that's sure to be a feast for the senses.
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.
Serving contemporary Japanese robatayaki in striking surroundings just moments from The Strand, this stunning restaurant is a prime pick when it comes to romantic places in London.
Perfect for a quirky date night in London, this gin masterclass from the Half Hitch micro-brewery will give you a one-hour intensive on how to make and taste gin, and even the opportunity to make your own.
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.
Now headed to Fitzrovia, Little Nan's is going bigger and better than ever. Join the motley crew for a dressing up room, neon interiors and teapot cocktails, all set alongside lunch and dinner in the bar's signature kitsch interiors.
Think you and bae have what it takes to escape a terrifying immersive experience? Try your luck at Handmade Mysteries, whose twisted rooms are sure to get your hearts racing in a way not normally associated with most quirky date ideas.
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.
Switch up your date night with a quirky activity in Canary Wharf. Launching this winter, Electric Shuffle comes from the minds behind Flight Club, and adds a unique technological spin on the great British pastime, with refreshing drinks and delicious food to amplify your experience.
The York & Albany's Gingerbread Cabin is a festive hideaway that's perfect for any quirky dates in the city. Nestled in the courtyard of the Camden mainstay, the cosy cabin offers mulled wine, gingerbread bites ad plenty of cocktails to get you in the yuletide spirit.
Ever had a romantic meal on a canal? Head to Darcie and May Green for just that, with quirky interiors, delicious Australian cuisine, and one of the best sites of the Grand Union Canal around.
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.
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.
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.
Get your golf on at this epic state of the art mini golf bar in White City. Alongside their tech-savvy golfing set up, you'll find a fantastic array of food and drinks to bring out your best golf game.
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 King's Head and the fabulous MILKY crew are bringing you the definition of a unique date night. Head to Haggerston for an evening of immersive entertainment from some of London's best X-rated neo-burlesque performers and dance to club classics from sexy DJs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Go for something a little different and book your own private bar. Hidden within Merchant House, you'll have a private bartender, your own music choices and the chance to mix up some cocktails. Perfect for a group date night.
Take your date on an adventure they'll never forget as Gingerline returns with its Grand Expedition for a limited period. This festive season you can be whisked away on a journey through the clouds, complete with live animation, dancers and quirky characters as you feast on five courses.
With a locations all over the space, including in Shoreditch and 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 across London.
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.
If you're after something extra special for your next date night, be transported halfway across the world at this immersive Japanese dining experience. You'll be given the chance to wear traditional kimonos before tucking into a Far East feast and learning about shunga (the celebrated erotic art of Japan).
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.