From some of the world's best bars, to your local cocktail spot, this year's London Cocktail Week line-up might just be one of the best yet. Teaming up with watering holes across the city, the month-long festival is sorting your unique date nights out in every postcode.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Show off your crazy golf skills over a light-hearted afternoon at Putt In The Park. Nestled within the beautiful Battersea Park, this 12-hole course will see you and your date dabbling in some friendly competition whilst soaking in the sunshine - just remember to book beforehand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This quirky date activity is sure to leave a lasting impression with your crush. Spend an afternoon learning how to make a delicious cheeseburger taco from the experts at Soho or Covent Garden's temper, as well as enjoying a welcome cocktail and mezcal tasting.
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 one's sure to leave a lasting impression... Treat your other half to a night of cocktails and entertainment at DIsrepute. The glamorous basement bar is serving up the wow-factor with 60s-themed interiors, three potent tipples and a live show for only £40.
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.
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.
If you're in the mood for a quirky date night in South London, The Prince is a fun, flirty and floral destination. Decked out with a woodland-inspired pergola, the bar offers a unique experience made even better with its choice of four street food vendors and bustling bar.
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.
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.
Looking for something a little different to do on your next evening out? Whether it's upscale drinks or a slick date night, head to Proud Embankment for live performances, burlesque stars, cabaret scenes and more.