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 15th October 2021

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.

@ Arepa & Co Bethnal Green on Sat, 30th Oct 2021 @ multiple start times (see ticket info)

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.

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.

To truly get to know someone? You should try battling zombies with them, adventuring underwater or escaping a high-security prison. Luckily, DNA VR are letting you do just that, and more with their epic high-tech offering. 


A night of

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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. 


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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.

Paint a Pic

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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.

@ Ninth Life on Various dates from Thursday 21st October 2021

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.

  The Murdér Express

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@ Pedley Street Station on Various dates from Sunday 17th October 2021

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.

The Hackney Social

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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. 

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.

Midnight Apothecary

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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.