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.
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.
Expect all sorts of fun as The Grid comes to town. From Lollipop, the pop-up bar is not any old cocktail joint - expect award-winning set design, immersive theatre and out-of-this-world 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.
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.
Grab a drink and sink back on a sofa as this monthly night shows you the best new independent cinema from around the world. Taking place in Shoreditch, head to Cafe 1001 for new films, talks from industry experts and drinks at the bar.
How's this for a quirky date? Head to an epic Valentine's Day celebration complete with whimsical creatures, magic and mischief as you dance the night away, surrounded by drinking and debauchery.
From their delicious Cuban street food to the fun and informative rum masterclasses, this gorgeous Cuban-inspired pop up at Tobacco Dock is set to be your new favourite autumn hangout.
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.
Hester's Hideout is a notorious den in Exmouth Market, full of salacious secrets and a proper naughty past. Come here for wonderful cocktails, great musicians, burlesque dancers and all manner of other entertainers.
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.
Head west, where this Covent Garden hotspot invites you to play detective this winter. Not only is there a decadent supper club in store, but there will even be clues to crack and suspicious suspects and as you play detective at this immersive murder mystery.
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's the maiden journey of the Murdér Express and on this immersive dining experience, you know it's not going to be a smooth trip. You'll also enjoy drinks from the Seven Sins bar and food from MasterChef finalists Billy and Jack to really complete the date.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Shake up your date game with this cute and quirky South London bar. With a medical theme running through out you can expect to find plenty of talking points, from the drinks served in IV drips, to the delicious and healthy food on their menu.
Bunga Bunga is the most fun Italian restaurant south of the river, and now you're invited for a night of pizza making, dough tossing and cocktail sipping, as head chef Pedro teaches you a thing or two.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Explore the sultry world of the Edo period at this immersive Japanese dining experience. You and you're date will dine in full kimono while learning all about the exotic art of this time, as well as trying your hand at ancient calligraphy.
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.
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.
Get into the swing of the 1940s with this totally unique experience at The Vaults. Treat your date to something truly special as The Blitz Party brings you swing dancing, stunning cocktails and gorgeous decor.
Cool, cosy and decked out in all the Christmas fixings, York & Albany's festive pop-up is the perfect place to snuggle down. Relax on comfy cushions and sip on cocktails while you chow down of delicious canapes such as festive doughnuts and pumpkin soup shots.
Winterland's Alpine charm really does make it a top date spot this festive season. Offering fun activities such as curling, karaoke and beer pong, there's a fire pit, heated ski lodges and bauble-filed igloos to curl up in and plenty of fondue, schnitzel and mulled wine to consume. So why not add some festive wonder to your date this winter?
Do you and your date have what it takes to be the Last Man Standing? Get your ridiculous on at this hilarious quiz that pits smarts against silliness.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Go for something a little different, with this epic whisky tasting at Mac and Wild. A fully immersive multi-sensory tasting experience, whisky consultant Blair Bowman, will lead you through tastings with your senses heightened by complete darkness.
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.
Spice up the usual date night with a trip to Deptford's quirkiest restaurant. Located south of the river, you'll find retro 1950s vibes, a shisha lounge, delicious cocktails and a mouthwatering menu which includes pizza, burgers and wings. This isn't like the others.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Spruce up your dinner date with a trip to Dans Le Noir, which has you dining in the dark for the ultimate experience. Heighten sensations and change perceptions at this alternative restaurant.
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.
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.