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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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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.
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.
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.
Do something a little different on your next date night and head to Arepa & Co in Bethnal Green for the chance to groove to reggaeton tunes with your beau. Not only will there be live music and dancers, but there's also going to be thirst-quenching cocktails keep you going.
A brilliant quirky date idea for Harry Potter fans, Wizard Exploratorium is a fantastic five-storey themed haven in Soho. Head to one of its wand-making workshops, sip on unicorn hot chocolates of enjoy a magical afternoon tea in the fabulous setting.
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.
Head to a secret cottage location in East London for a truly sensual couples experience. Enjoy a three-course aphrodisiac meal, bottomless prosecco, massages, meditation and an overnight stay, all with the aim of reconnecting with your senses and each other.
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.
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.
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.
Keep things quirky this October as London Cocktail Week is back with another month of discounted sipping. That's not all though, as you can switch up your usual date nights by getting stuck into some unmissable events and exclusive experiences happening around 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.
If it's your turn to organise your next date, why not try an evening of ChicEasy's Roaring Twenties cabaret? You and your beau can grab a table at Ricco Lounge to catch the show while sipping on tasty cocktails, then enjoy live music and DJs for the rest of the night.
One of the best board game bars in London, Draughts is the ultimate spot for your next quirky date night. Head to their Waterloo location and get the dice rolling with cocktails and craft beers, before moving onto more complex players and comfort grub.
Looking to impress? Take your sweetheart to Midnight Lounge Bar & Restaurant and spend the evening feasting on small plates and knocking back free-flowing fizz while being entertained by some of London's most talented comedians, cabaret performers and dancers.
Platform in Shoreditch is London's first dedicated video game and e-sports bar and restaurant, and is the perfect spot for a quirky date. Promising fun activities, delicious pizza and a bar full of booze, it's a sure winner.
A talented artist as your guide, all your kit already provided, a bar on-site to help you loosen that inner creativity... Paint a Pic is a brilliant event and one of the best quirky date ideas in London. Guaranteed to gain you brownie points for originality, this artsy session will see you both taking home your own masterpieces.
This one's sure to leave a lasting impression. Spend an evening tucking into a five-course feast and sipping on cocktails while watching a brilliant show at The Vaults. Mulan Rouge is bringing you drag-tastic burlesque acts, witty one-liners and saucy performances.
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.
Is your other half a lover of all things stand up? Then The Covent Garden Comedy Club has got just the thing to take your date night up a notch, providing you with witty sets from a handful of comics and your own socially distanced booth to nestle into.
Enjoy a theatrical and immersive night of escape rooms and murder mystery-themed entertainment at The Hunt for the Smoking Caterpillar. A brilliant activity for couples in London, this Catford-based event is inspired by Alice and Wonderland and includes a stellar cast of characters.
Looking for quirky date ideas this winter in London? Pay a visit to Jimmy's Snow Globes and The Refuge, both of which are offering a unique Alpine experience this festive season. Tuck into warming seasonal dishes, classic cocktails and yuletide vibes in a pretty setting.
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.
Think outside the box for your next date night in London with a trip to The Murdér Express. The immersive dining experience will have you and your partner dazzled from start to finish, as you clamber on board a luxury 20th-century train carriage, tuck into a four-course feast designed by a MasterChef finalist and watch an evening of tableside drama unfold.
Backyard Cinema is one of the coolest places for a date in London, thanks to its immersive tropical vibe and wide choice of refreshments. Dine alfresco or in the industrial-style bar, where you'll find everything from artisan pizza and loaded nachos to smashed patty burgers.
The Hackney Social is a hub for all things creative in East London, providing many a quirky date night for coupes in the area. Swing by for street food, live music, comedy nights and pop-up film screenings at this unique haunt.
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.
If you're looking for somewhere a little different to take a date in London, then The Rosemary Branch Theatre is a great bet. Treat the pair of you to a night of stellar performance, cabaret, comedy and more, before heading downstairs to the charming pub for drinks and a bite to eat.
Looking for something a little different to do with your other half? Head over to Rivoli Ballroom and spend your evening dancing to 70s and 80s bangers at one of their Rouges disco and funk-themed bashes. It's fun, it's carefree and you'll both love every minute of it.
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.
Get cosy as you snuggle by the firepit at Midnight Apothecary - the gorgeous secret garden hidden within the Brunel Museum. Expect marshmallow toasting, folk song singing and hot toddies aplenty.
Sherlock: The Official Live Game is one of our top picks for a quirky date night in London, offering a wide selection of immersive activities for you and your beau. Whether it's taking part in a thrilling adventure or sipping cocktails in the Mind Palace, this place is a must.
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.
For an out of the world date night in London? Head to Elephant and Castle where this immersive theatre show is dragging you into a criminal underworld full of larger then life characters and fun interactive elements throughout the evening.
Looking to bring something unique to your next date night? Head over to High Barnet where Kitchen Theory have taken up residence in a warehouse loft space to bring you a 10-course tasting menu that will test your every sense.
Get a little competitive at this quirky date idea in Greenwich. Entertainment Golf will have you taking on some of the world's greatest golf courses in an amazing outdoor setting, with views of the city acting as your backdrop throughout the experience.
Arcade Monkeyz are taking your dating game up a gear at their Southwark party pad. Make your evening one to remember as you race each other on Mario Kart, Street Fighter and more, before getting to know each other over themed drinks.