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 24th May 2019

  Gingerline's Grand Expedition

11 user reviews 5

@ Secret Location on Various dates from Saturday 25th May 2019

Looking for a romantic date night that'll set you apart from the rest? It's time that Gingerline was on your radar. Enjoy a 5-course meal inspired by bedtime stories and pop-up books, as you're transported to destinations around the world through delicious dishes and interactive performances.

  Silent Sounds Boat Party

180 user reviews 5

@ The Silent Disco Boat on Saturday 15th June 2019 and 5 other dates

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Silent Sounds: On The Thames is waiting to take you on an unmissable trip and silent disco, all while showing you London's most incredible sights along the Thames. Hop aboard The Dutch Master, a two-storey…

  The Candlelight Club

234 user reviews 4

@ The Candlelight Club on Saturday 25th May 2019 and 3 other Saturdays

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. 

  Dinner Is Coming

9 user reviews 5

@ The Vaults on Various dates from Saturday 25th May 2019

If you're a couple that loves Game of Thrones, this immersive dinner at The Vaults is the event for you. Prepare to be thrown into a tale of treachery and intrigue as you, the Lords and Ladies of Easteros must pledge allegiances to the rightful heir of the throne once murder strikes.

The Big Red

13 user reviews 5

'Match Your First Round' and 1 other offer

Spice up the usual date night with a trip to Deptford's quirkiest restaurant. Located south of the river, you'll find retro 1950s vibes, a shisha lounge, delicious cocktails and a mouthwatering menu which includes pizza, burgers and wings. This isn't like the others.

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.

@ The Vaults on Sat, 8th Jun 2019 @ multiple start times (see ticket info)

Get into the swing of the 1940s with this totally unique experience at The Vaults. Treat your date to something truly special as The Blitz Party brings you swing dancing, stunning cocktails and gorgeous decor.

@ The Harrison on Friday 14th June 2019

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.

Good Ship Comedy

73 user reviews 5

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.

Jazz Cafe

20 user reviews 4

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.

@ Shrek's Adventure! London on Friday 27th September and Thursday 12th December 2019

One of the most talked about new London tourist attractions, head down to Shrek's Adventures for an after dark special that will have you sipping on a special DreamWorks cocktail as you make your way around the experience.

@ Aeronaut on Various dates from Friday 31st May 2019

If you and bae are holding out for a little hit fantasy TV show to return, quash those withdrawal symptoms and get stuck into an immersive night of GOT-inspired cabaret. Expect nothing other than mischief and debauchery with drag queens, circus performers and a fire-breathing human hybrid. 

  Taco Masterclass

2 user reviews 5

@ temper Covent Garden on Saturday 29th June 2019 and 3 other Saturdays

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.

The Little Yellow Door

19 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. 

Looking for an unusual date idea? Do something different and check out Nicole Line's series of creative workshops, as the textiles tutor offers you design classes which focus on using all sorts of materials, stencils and fabrics.

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.

@ Skuna Boats on Various dates from Wednesday 31st July 2019

Stretch out your sea legs and hop aboard a BBQ Boat this summer. Offering a truly unique quirky date experience, BBQ Boas are sure to provide a barbecue with a view as you pass historic landmarks, drinks to hand and fresh meats sizzling away over hot flames.

A night of

89 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.

Flight Club Bloomsbury

1211 user reviews 5

Book a lunch table for a group of 6 or more & we’ll treat you to a bottle of prosecco!*

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.

Inamo Covent Garden

234 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.

@ Red Rooster Shoreditch on Saturday 22nd June 2019 and 2 other Saturdays

If you're a couple that loves to boogie, take a ride on the soul train right on down to Supper Freak. This unique event expertly interweaves funk and soul music, a quirky tale of two young starlets and a fundamental moment in civil rights history to create a truly memorable experience.

Bounce, Old Street

626 user reviews 5

Ping Pong and Packages and 2 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. 

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.

@ The Kings Head Members Club on Fri, 31st May 2019 @ 21:00 - 5:00

Switch up your usual routine and inject a little sexiness into your next date night as MILK returns for a show-stopping night of neo-burlesque performers, live DJs and classic cocktails till the wee hours. You won't be going home early.

@ The Little Blue Door on Various dates from Saturday 25th May 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.

Handmade Mysteries

78 user reviews 5

Whether you're a couple who loves a good scare or two, a bit of an adrenaline rush or you fancy a date with a little something different, Handmade Mysteries are here for you. Experience spine-tingling immersive games, and challenging escape rooms for a quirky date to remember. 

@ YO! Sushi Finchley Road 02 Centre on Every Sunday

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.

@ Pedley Street Station on Various dates from Saturday 25th May 2019

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.

Barge East

235 user reviews 5

Bottomless Brunch on a boat (Saturday only) and 1 other offer

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.

@ London Bridge Ceramics Studio on Various dates from Saturday 25th May 2019

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.

Neon Naked Life Drawing

9 user reviews 4

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.

@ The Mind Palace / Sherlock: The Game Is Now on Various dates from Saturday 25th May 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. 

@ Trapped Escape Rooms on Various dates from Saturday 25th May 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.

Comedy Carnival London

40 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.