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 12th November 2018

7 events @ Cafe de Paris with 7 upcoming dates from 16 Nov 2018 until 22 Dec 2018

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.

  Ice Karting

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@ Queens: Skate-Dine-Bowl on Tuesday 20th and Tuesday 27th November 2018

It seems that ice-karting at Queen's has given a whole new meaning to quirky date ideas in London. If you have a need for speed, then hit the ice for go-karting with a twist, before digging into the burgers and cocktails on offer at MEATLiquor.

  The Candlelight Club

176 user reviews 4

@ The Candlelight Club on Various dates from Friday 14th December 2018

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. 

  Thames Lates

22 user reviews 5

@ London Eye Millenium Pier on Various dates from Thursday 22nd November 2018

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. 

3 events @ 2 venues with 101 upcoming dates from 12 Nov 2018 until 04 Jan 2019

If you're trying to dig up idea for a unique date night in London, Jimmy Garcia has been putting in all the hard work you. Putting together one of this season's cutest pop-up events, join him for alpine dining, fondue and meals in an igloo alongside the river. 

12 events @ The King's Head Member's Club with 12 upcoming dates from 23 Nov 2018 until 29 Nov 2019

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.

5 events @ 4 venues with 75 upcoming dates from 15 Nov 2018 until 27 Apr 2019

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 Sunday 18th November 2018

Cool, cosy and decked out in all the Christmas fixings, York & Albany's festive pop-up is the perfect place to snuggle down. Relax on comfy cushions and sip on cocktails while you chow down of delicious canapes such as festive doughnuts and pumpkin soup shots.

3 events @ 2 venues with 68 upcoming dates from 14 Nov 2018 until 01 Jun 2019

From their delicious Cuban street food to the fun and informative rum masterclasses, this gorgeous Cuban-inspired pop up at Tobacco Dock is set to be your new favourite autumn hangout.

4 events @ 4 venues with 124 upcoming dates from 12 Nov 2018 until 31 Dec 2018

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? 

2 events @ Brunel Museum, Engine House, Underground Grand Entrance Hall & Roof Garden with 7 upcoming dates from 24 Nov 2018 until 14 Dec 2018

For a stunning couple's night out, this quirky date idea in London promises cool cocktails, delicious street food and a crackling campfire. Snuggle down in the rooftop garden of the Brunel Museum for an extra special date night experience.

  The Murdér Express

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@ Pedley Street Station on Various dates from Friday 11th January 2019

It's the maiden journey of the Murdér Express and on this immersive dining experience, you know it's not going to be a smooth trip. You'll also enjoy drinks from the Seven Sins bar and food from MasterChef finalists Billy and Jack to really complete the date.

@ London Bridge Ceramics Studio on Various dates from Sunday 18th November 2018

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.

Jazz Cafe

2 user reviews 5

Free Friday Birthday Bubbles and 1 other offer

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.

4 events @ 3 venues with 6 upcoming dates from 24 Nov 2018 until 01 Feb 2019

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.

7 events @ 3 venues with 7 upcoming dates from 17 Nov 2018 until 18 Mar 2019

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.

3 events @ 2 venues with 60 upcoming dates from 15 Nov 2018 until 22 Dec 2018

Winterland's Alpine charm really does make it a top date spot this festive season. Offering fun activities such as curling, karaoke and beer pong, there's a fire pit, heated ski lodges and bauble-filed igloos to curl up in and plenty of fondue, schnitzel and mulled wine to consume. So why not add some festive wonder to your date this winter? 

Bounce, Old Street

233 user reviews 5

If Wonderball is available I would like to add this to my booking. and 5 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. 

8 events @ 6 venues with 22 upcoming dates from 12 Nov 2018 until 28 Feb 2019

It's all going down at this class, as iconic bars host a unique life drawing class. Ditch the dinner and movie and go for this quirky life drawing class, for a truly fun night out.

7 events @ The Colonel Fawcett with 7 upcoming dates from 12 Nov 2018 until 31 Dec 2018

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.

Worthy Workers and 9 other offers

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.

@ Trapped Escape Rooms on Various dates from Sunday 18th November 2018

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.

Barge East

43 user reviews 5

3 course set menu and a glass of prosecco or beer £25 and 4 other offers

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.

@ Sky Garden Bars on Various dates from Sunday 18th November 2018

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.

6 events @ 5 venues with 6 upcoming dates from 28 Nov 2018 until 19 Dec 2018

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.

2 events @ 2 venues with 19 upcoming dates from 12 Nov 2018 until 20 Dec 2018

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.