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 1st November 2019




Barge East

504 user reviews 5

20% Off on Food

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.

  Silent Sounds Boat Party

197 user reviews 5

@ The Silent Disco Boat on Various dates from Saturday 23rd November 2019

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 Tuesday 12th November 2019

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

286 user reviews 4

@ The Candlelight Club on Various dates from Friday 22nd November 2019

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. 

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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.

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.

@ The Mind Palace on Various dates from Wednesday 13th November 2019

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. 

@ Ladies and Gentlemen bar Camden road on Various dates from Monday 11th November 2019

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. 

The Little Yellow Door

84 user reviews 5

50% off the food bill for up to six people and 2 other offers

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. 

Inamo Covent Garden

279 user reviews 4

Unlimited Asian tapas & sushi with free-flowing wine or beer £42 per person

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.

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.

A night of

91 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. 

@ The Little Blue Door on Various dates from Thursday 14th November 2019

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.

@ The Harrison on Friday 22nd November and Friday 13th December 2019

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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.

@ Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club on Monday 11th November 2019 and 4 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.

Handmade Mysteries

78 user reviews 5

Think you and bae have what it takes to escape a terrifying immersive experience? Try your luck at Handmade Mysteries, whose twisted rooms are sure to get your hearts racing in a way not normally associated with most quirky date ideas. 

@ Trapped Escape Rooms on Various dates from Monday 11th November 2019

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.

@ York and Albany on Various dates from Monday 11th November 2019

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. 

  Taco Masterclass

6 user reviews 5

@ temper Covent Garden on Saturday 23rd November 2019

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.

Reztron

16 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.

GIN-HOUSE BURLESQUE

80 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 King's Head Members Club on Fri, 15th Nov 2019 @ 21:00 - 3:00

The King's Head and the fabulous MILKY crew are bringing you the definition of a unique date night. Head to Haggerston for an evening of immersive entertainment from some of London's best X-rated neo-burlesque performers and dance to club classics from sexy DJs. 

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. 

  Gingerline's Grand Expedition

36 user reviews 5

@ Secret Location on Saturday 30th November 2019 and 2 other Saturdays

Take your date on an adventure they'll never forget as Gingerline returns with its Grand Expedition for a limited period. This festive season you can be whisked away on a journey through the clouds, complete with live animation, dancers and quirky characters as you feast on five courses. 

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.

Comedy Carnival London

47 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.

  FLOATING WORLD

11 user reviews 4

@ Venue to be revealed on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th November 2019

If you're after something extra special for your next date night, be transported halfway across the world at this immersive Japanese dining experience. You'll be given the chance to wear traditional kimonos before tucking into a Far East feast and learning about shunga (the celebrated erotic art of Japan).