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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Last updated on 13th January 2020




  Silent Sounds Boat Party

224 user reviews 5

@ The Silent Disco Boat on Various dates from Saturday 15th February 2020

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. 

@ Neosight Headquarters, Bankside Arches, SE1 on Various dates from Wednesday 22nd January 2020

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.

  The Candlelight Club

332 user reviews 4

@ The Candlelight Club on Saturday 14th March 2020 and 4 other Saturdays

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. 

Discounts available on certain events

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.

@ The Mind Palace on Various dates from Wednesday 22nd January 2020

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. 

  Taco Masterclass

7 user reviews 5

@ temper Covent Garden on Saturday 25th January 2020

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.

Bounce, Old Street

909 user reviews 5

Ping Pong and Packages and 2 other offers

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. 

  Bridge Command

59 user reviews 5

@ COLAB Factory on Various dates from Wednesday 22nd January 2020

The perfect way to mix up any date night, this interactive experience is showing the trials and tribulations of space travel with a fun piece of theatre that fuses gaming technology and performance for a stunning immersive show that will have you playing at spaceship crew.

ABQ London

1 user review 5

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.

Luscious Cabaret

20 user reviews 5

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. 

GIN-HOUSE BURLESQUE

90 user reviews 4

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 Little Blue Door on Various dates from Thursday 23rd January 2020

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.

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.

@ Trapped Escape Rooms on Various dates from Wednesday 22nd January 2020

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.

@ The Harrison on Saturday 14th March 2020 and 2 other Saturdays

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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.

@ Mercato Metropolitano on Friday 24th January 2020 and 3 other dates

Run away with the circus this season as Mercato Metropolitano bring you one of the funnest shows in town. Head over to the Elephant & Castle food market for the chance to contortionists, comedians, sword swallowers and even a Spanish punk flamenco.

@ Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club on Monday 27th January 2020 and 5 other dates

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.

A night of

93 user reviews 4

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. 

Reztron

17 user reviews 4

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.

The Little Yellow Door

106 user reviews 5

50% off the food bill for up to six people and 1 other offer

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. 

@ London Bridge Ceramics Studio on Various dates from Wednesday 22nd January 2020

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.

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Perfect for the cabaret lovers looking for a fun date night activity, the London Burlesque Festival brings together a stunning array of unique acts from across the globe to showcase their particular talents in two central London venues.

@ King William IV on Various dates from Wednesday 22nd January 2020

If you're a fan of your vintage crime dramas, this immersive theatrical production in Elephant and Castle is sure to impress on a quirky fate. You'll be plunged into a terrible tale of crooked characters and city-wide takeovers, with your fate lying in your hands.

Paint Jam London

4 user reviews 5

If you're looking for a date night with a difference look no further than Paint Jam's pop up events all over the city. Tickets include a prosecco reception, all the art materials for the evening and a specially curated soundtrack designed to inspire your inner-Van Gogh.

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.

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.

London Shuffle

591 user reviews 5

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.

Comedy Carnival London

50 user reviews 4

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.

@ York and Albany on Various dates from Wednesday 22nd January 2020

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. 

@ Bread Street Kitchen on Various dates from Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Give your partner a date that's out of this world, literally. Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen are giving guests the chance to dine in an actual space pod, with the option of two to eight people, making it perfect for an intimate dinner or double date. 

Barge East

586 user reviews 5

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.

@ Secret London Location on Various dates from Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Secret Cinema returns to London this November with one of their most ambitious projects yet. Taking you back to the land of Hawkins, Indiana, this fun and immersive experience brings to life some of the series' most iconic locations, from the Starcourt to the Upside Down, alongside food, drinks and banging 80s tunes.