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.
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.
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.
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.
Now headed to Fitzrovia, Little Nan's is going bigger and better than ever. Join the motley crew for a dressing up room, neon interiors and teapot cocktails, all set alongside lunch and dinner in the bar's signature kitsch interiors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get your blood pumping with a night of show-stopping cabaret, burlesque and circus this summer. Taking over Grace Hall, Tempest Rose brings you a roster of stunning acts for an evening of intimate performance.
One that should be on the bucket list of every couple is Midnight Apothecary, a gorgeous pop-up bar found on the rooftop of Brunel Museum. The space changes with the seasons, though you can always expect campfires and cocktails made with ingredients in the surrounding gardens.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dress to impress and immerse yourself in the glamour of the 1930's, where gangsters and flapper girls reigned supreme. You'll become a part of the drama as you see history come to life though dazzling cabaret, tall tales and enticing eats all evening long.
Head to Lost Boys Pizza where they'll be playing host to the hilarious Thunder Theatre. Enjoy a series of quick-fire short plays from the dynamic troupe alongside a drink and some pizza from the bar. And the best bit? You can even bring your beloved pooch as this event is 100% dog-friendly and all proceeds from the show will be going to the Dogs Trust.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Set in the golden era of train travel, this immersive dining experience is a whirlwind of incredible dishes and hilarious theatre. Laurence Henry, a Masterchef winner, has created the menu and while you work your way through four delicious courses, a diamond heist is unfolding right in front of your eyes, as the Murder Express stage their latest show: Jewel of the Empire.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you so board of lazy Sundays? Chill out and unwind with So Board as they bring their quirky afternoon of card games, board games, foam guns and more to The Four Thieves in Clapham, it's sure to be a fun way to pass the day.
Set sail through London's iconic canals with your partner this summer and embark on a truly unique rum-fulled effluence. Armed with a plethora of hand-crafted cocktails and lashing of maverick spirit, you're sure to enjoy one quirky date with these guys.
Perfect for the culture vulture in your life, this unique screening of 1926's silent classic Underground will take you down into the underground depths of the Brunel Museum where you'll see the movie accompanied by a live piano score.
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.
Get those pin curls in place and don your finest Sunday garms, because Cahoots is back with Swing Dance Sunday and you're invited. Taking place over the bank holiday weekend, you can expect dance lessons, lip-smacking cocktails and more.
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.
Have a crack at perfecting the art of sushi-making ta these fun, interactive workshops with Yo! Sushi at Finchley Road. After taking part in these simple two hour classes, you and your date will soon be whipping out those yasai rolls and salmon nigiri like it's nothing.
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.
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.