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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Head to Palmers Green where Roller Nation is waiting to become your new favourite date night spot. Take few zips around the rink or sit back with a glass of the good stuff and watch the pros do their thing.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take your partner to The Vaults for a totally unique immersive date night. You'll get to become a top cat burglar, thief or con artist at a gathering of the world's sharpest minds, join a crew and attempt to steal the grand riches on display.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Looking for quirky date ideas in London? Add The Montague on the Gardens to your bucket list, because this gorgeous spot is bringing you Instagrammable decor and a Champagne-laced menu courtesy of Lanson.
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.
This multi-level bar and club brings together vibrant street food from across the globe to give you and your date a sense of international dining. To finish off, head downstairs for a duet in the karaoke lounge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Switch up your date night with a quirky activity in Canary Wharf. Launching this winter, Electric Shuffle comes from the minds behind Flight Club, and adds a unique technological spin on the great British pastime, with refreshing drinks and delicious food to amplify your experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.