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 19th February 2018
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.
London's oldest cabaret den is still pulling out all the stops when it comes to a London night out or quirky date night. Grab your other half and prepare to be titillated with burlesque, cabaret and three-course dinners.
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.
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.
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.
Sex, drugs, debauchery and twirling tassels, the most sensuous parts of the 1920s comes alive in this imaginative burlesque retelling of Fitzgerald’s famous story, all while you indulge in a three-course meal.
Perfect for a quirky date in London, this fun Holi pop up at Cinnamon Kitchen will let you get very messy. Grab some cocktails and cover yourselves in colour at this cute event in the city.
Try something a bit different for date night and join Nicole Line for one of her creative workshops. While you mix with other creative types – whether they’re beginners or experts – you’ll learn how to use professional equipment, where to source materials and how to set up a studio space at home.
Ever wanted to see the sights and eat delicious food all in one day? Head onto the Thames Rocket for an amazing 15 minutes speed boat ride down the river before settling into Ping Pong for a delicious set menu.
For a quirky date night idea, try out this London late at Madame Tussaud's. Enjoy after-hours access to one of London's most iconic exhibitions at this cool and quirky event in Central London.
Date night will never be this epic again as Predator Adventures bring huge amounts of adrenaline to London. Join the company as they speed you along the Thames in their crafts at speeds of up to 60mph.
Swing your partner round and round at this fun event at The Tabernacle as they put on a jazz event. Kick things off with a dancing lesson, before a 12-piece orchestral band starts up and then a DJ sees you into the early hours.
Try something completely out there with this UV painting class. Turn your blank canvas into a neon beauty with the help of the teachers, enjoy music from the DJ and have a piece to remember the night forever.
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.
As well as bonfires, marshmallows and foraged cocktails on the rooftop, this evening at The Brunel Museum will include a screening of three award-winning short films.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Work together or against each other at this unique spy event, where you’ll either be from an evil organisation or international spy agency, and you’ll have to learn who to trust, who to deceive and fulfil all your secret objectives. There’s casino games and cocktails for extra spy-immersion too.
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.
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.
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!
Inspired by the likes of Dans Le Noir, this night will help you to experience cocktails in a completely new way as they throw you into complete darkness.
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.
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.
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.
For a quirky date with a great pay off, head to the Sky Bar in London for cocktails with one hell of a view. Cast an eye over the city at sunset and sip cocktails. It's the closest you'll get to paradise in this lifetime.
Show your date something really special at this stunning evening of mulled wine and acoustic music. With exciting acts, gorgeous surroundings and delicious food and drink, it's one of the best London date ideas.
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.
Combine date night with comedy at The Antelope in Tooting as they host Laugh Out London. The spot will play host to some huge comedy names including Bridget Christie and James Acaster, with tickets starting from £7.
Perfect for a quirky date night in London, this hilarious night of stand up comedy will have you in stitches. With headliner Tony Law taking to the Old Queen's Head stage, it's set to be a night you won't forget.
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.
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?
For the ultimate quirky date night in London, head to The Old Queen's Head in Islington for a night of hilarious comedy from the insatiable Abandonman, alongside a host of other fabulous stand-up comedians.
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.
Become a real travelled whisky pro at this unique masterclass, where you’ll sample four whiskies from Scotland, Kentucky and Japan – as well as a welcome drink – all while learning the history, production techniques and geographical influences of the beverages.
Using 100% seasonal and local ingredients, matched with natural wines, this supper club from Jonas Lorentzen is a brilliant take on Nordic dining. Named Matr, the night is inspired by the Nordic Food Movement, which decrees ethical dining, all while keeping it utterly delicious.
More than your average art class, this UV painting workshop makes for a great quirky date in London. Enjoy two hours of wacky UV painting fun at this cool London event.
This foodie festival in Hoxton offers a great quirky London date idea. With three days of cheese tastings, talks, live music and cocktails, it makes for a fun day out with your date.
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.
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.
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.
Who needs a traditional sit down dinner when you could enjoy this burger making class in BOBO Society. Located in Fitzrovia, the spot will be feeding you plenty of delicious meat, all paired with wine and letting you loose in the burger laboratory.
This quirky date idea in London is sure to leave you with food for thought. Unravel the stories behind the heroes that never made it to the history books at this immersive and interactive theatre event.
Instead of going to a bar, how about you sample two hours worth of unlimited margaritas made by some of the most amazing bars in the capital, all while listening to live music?
Add a bit of soulful fun to your next big night out with Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch. The renowned party spot will be hosting Leeds-based Hyde Park Brass for a night of huge jazz music.
Why not have a dinner date with the cast of Only Fools and Horses? You’ll feast on three tasty courses of food all while Del Boy, Rodney and the rest get up to their usual ridiculousness all around you.
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'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.