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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.
Expect all sorts of fun as The Grid comes to town. From Lollipop, the pop-up bar is not any old cocktail joint - expect award-winning set design, immersive theatre and out-of-this-world 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Perfect for a quirky date night in London, this gin masterclass from the Half Hitch micro-brewery will give you a one-hour intensive on how to make and taste gin, and even the opportunity to make your own.
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.
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.
Spruce up your dinner date with a trip to Dans Le Noir, which has you dining in the dark for the ultimate experience. Heighten sensations and change perceptions at this alternative restaurant.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bunga Bunga is the most fun Italian restaurant south of the river, and now you're invited for a night of pizza making, dough tossing and cocktail sipping, as head chef Pedro teaches you a thing or two.
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.
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.
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.
Do you and your date have what it takes to be the Last Man Standing? Get your ridiculous on at this hilarious quiz that pits smarts against silliness.
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.
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.
One of the finest examples of immersive dining to emerge this year, The Lost Love Speakeasy is taking over a secret London location to bring you prohibition cocktails, delicious New York-style eats and a mysterious hidden love story.
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.
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.
Get yourself down to The Piano Works West End this June where Velma Celli will be in residence for one night only to bring you the biggest show tunes, hits and old favourites in her repertoire.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you a couple that loves a spooky experience? This immersive show at The Vaults may be just the ticket. Explore the mind-controlling research of the Russians and the CIA's psychic spies from the thrilling Cold War era.
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.
Looking to spice up your usual date night in London? Ditch the same old spot and head north where Fontaine's in Stoke Newington is hosting an evening of naked readings, complete with grown0up stories and cracking cocktails.
Perfect for a quirky date night, channel your inner cowboy at this cool London pop up bar in Fulham. Step into the moonshine saloon for an evening of tasty cocktails and cowboy hats.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.