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 7th December 2017

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6 events @ The Doodle Bar with 6 upcoming dates from 24 Jan 2018 until 20 Jun 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.

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Surprise your other half with tickets this Alpine-themed raclette pop up. With the wintry mountaintop decor of The Treehouse and the varieties of cheese available for the melting, it's a perfect idea for a quirky winter date. 

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Pop-Up, Food & Drink, Dating, Date Night
Background Music
Clapham
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With popcorn, cocktail and festive screening of Elf, this evening in the South Place Hotel's Secret Garden is a great quirky date idea for this winter. 

Date Night, Film Screenings, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different, Food & Drink
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Don't spend another date doing the same old thing; head to this proper East End boozer for a cockney take on Christmas. From dancing on tables through to a rowdy nan and delicious food, there's nothing quite like the Cockney'tivity.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Themed Nights, Something A Little Different, Supper Clubs, Food & Drink
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If you're going to start dating somebody, it's mighty important to find out how they fare on the putting field. Join Plonk at the People's Park Tavern for just that as you make your way around their fun and colourful crazy golf course in the beer garden. 

Date Night, Something A Little Different, Dating, Sport
Party Mash Up
Hackney
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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. 

Themed Nights, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different, Live Music
Jazz
Central London
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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.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Date Night, Hen Party, Something A Little Different, Stag Do, Activity
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27 events @ Cafe de Paris with 27 upcoming dates from 16 Dec 2017 until 31 Mar 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.

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3 events @ 3 venues with 46 upcoming dates from 13 Dec 2017 until 31 Dec 2017

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? 

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Four Quarters East

0 user reviews

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Hackney

Widely recognised as one of the best albums ever made, XOYO are celebrating the 30 year anniversary of Sign O The Times by Prince with a host of live performers and artists.

Live Music
80's Music
Shoreditch
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Flight Club Bloomsbury

523 user reviews

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Holborn

Grab a drink and sink back on a sofa as this monthly night shows you the best new independent cinema from around the world. Taking place in Shoreditch, head to Cafe 1001 for new films, talks from industry experts and drinks at the bar.

Film Screenings, Festival, Food & Drink, Theatre/Arts
Shoreditch
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Hester's Hideout

1 user reviews

Hester’s Hideout is a notorious den in Exmouth Market, full of salacious secrets and a proper naughty past. Come here for wonderful cocktails, great musicians, burlesque dancers and all manner of other entertainers.

Happily Affordable ££
Farringdon
5 events @ The King's Head Member's Club with 5 upcoming dates from 17 Feb 2018 until 23 Nov 2018

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.

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Sex, drugs, debauchery and twirling tassels, the most sensuous parts of the 1920s comes alive in this imaginative burlesque retelling of Fitzgerald’s famous story, all while you indulge in a three-course meal.

Cabaret/Burlesque, Something A Little Different, Date Night, Food & Drink
Burlesque/Piano
City of London
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Add a bit of sex to your Christmas celebration at Proud Cabaret Camden, where the finest in burlesque and cabaret will be performed to you as you feast on a delicious three-course meal.

Cabaret/Burlesque, Food & Drink, Themed Nights
Burlesque/Piano
Camden
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Date night will never be this epic again as Predator Adventures bring huge amounts of adrenaline to London. Join the company as they speed you along the Thames in their crafts at speeds of up to 60mph.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Activity, Daytime, Something A Little Different, Stag Do
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IceBar London

20 user reviews

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!

Happily Affordable ££
West End

First Aid Box

0 user reviews
First Aid Box
£6 cocktails from 5pm-7pm and 2 other offers available.

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Dulwich
21 events @ Hackney Downs Studios with 21 upcoming dates from 13 Dec 2017 until 24 Dec 2017

It's time to give your date nights a festive twist. This quirky Christmas pop up in Hackney is the perfect choice. With loads of films (festive and otherwise) to choose from, there's something to please every taste. 

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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.

Happily Affordable ££
Angel

The Gibson

110 user reviews

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

Inamo Covent Garden

66 user reviews
Inamo Covent Garden
Happy Hours (5 to 7pm and 9 to 11pm) and 2 other offers available.

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Covent Garden

Take you date game to the next level with this quirky London event in the City. Distil your own gins and maybe try each other's to see how well your palettes complement each other. 

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Something A Little Different, Food & Drink, Pop-Up, Date Night
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Thames Lates

20 user reviews

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. 

Boat Party, Date Night, Something A Little Different, Walks & Tours, Stag Do
Background Music
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Bounce, Old Street

19 user reviews

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. 

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

Proud Cabaret City

11 user reviews

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.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London
13 events @ The Colonel Fawcett with 13 upcoming dates from 18 Dec 2017 until 26 Mar 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.

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Inspired by the likes of Dans Le Noir, this night will help you to experience cocktails in a completely new way as they throw you into complete darkness.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Date Night, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Pop-Up, Activity, Classes, Fun Time Partying
Background Music
Central London
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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.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Something A Little Different, Walks & Tours, Food & Drink, Theatre/Arts
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Jazz Cafe

17 user reviews
Jazz Cafe
Discounted Guestlist Entry

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Camden

Block Party Cinema are screening the classic The Best Man's Holiday; grab a bean bag, mince pie and mulled wine for some festive cheer.

Film Screenings, Fun Time Partying, Pop-Up
Hip Hop/RnB
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Drink Shop & Do

288 user reviews
Drink Shop & Do
Friday Feeling Happy Hour and 2 other offers available.

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Kings Cross

Get up close and personal at this great Burns Night ceilidh in London. With music, dancing and plenty of whisky it's a great for an unusual date night. 

Something A Little Different, Fun Time Partying, Date Night, Live Music
Live Music
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Swing your partner round and round at this fun event at The Tabernacle as they put on a jazz event. Kick things off with a dancing lesson, before a 12-piece orchestral band starts up and then a DJ sees you into the early hours.

Live Music, Something A Little Different, Themed Nights
Jazz
Notting Hill
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Queens: Skate-Dine-Bowl

2 user reviews

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Notting Hill
4 events @ 3 venues with 6 upcoming dates from 31 Dec 2017 until 02 Mar 2018

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.

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Treat each other to a wonderful afternoon tea as the concept is fused with Japanese Omakase dining, delivering a wonderful meal to share complete with three tiers and the choice of Champagne, sparkling sake and special tea.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Activity, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Pop-Up
Background Music
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This is a bottomless brunch, but not as you couples know it. Head on down to Dr Klugers Olde Tavern for a fun-filled afternoon alongside drag queens, lip sync performances, dances and more for a quirky brunch date to remember.

Cabaret/Burlesque, Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different
Canary Wharf
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