Quirky Date Ideas In London

Whether it's a long-term thing or a 'just seeing how it goes', you never have an excuse for a boring date night. 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; that's why we've done the wooing and swooning to bring you the most unusual of them all. Find 'em below.

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Last updated on 30th January 2023

Ballie Ballerson Shoreditch

4774 user reviews 4

Discounts available on certain events

For a date with a difference, Ballie Ballerson in Shoreditch is a sure fire winner. A quirky cocktail bar featuring their signature glowing ball pit, it makes the perfect place to sip retro-inspired cocktails and dig into bottomless brunch.


67 user reviews 3

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.

Hidden Jazz Club

212 user reviews 5

Searching for fun things to do with your other half? Head to The Vaults Theatre in Waterloo and you'll be in for a treat. You'll get to relax and snap your fingers to cracking jazz as you hear from the likes of Binker Golding, Jas Kayser, and many more.

Aspen and Meursault

71 user reviews 5

Situated in Battersea is one of the most romantic wine bars, Aspen and Meursault. Take your sweetheart to this gorgeous venue, decked out with plants and alfresco seating. Plus, you can pair vino with nibbles such as chorizo bites and baked camembert.

Diogenes The Dog

192 user reviews 5

In desperate need of a date night idea with your sweetheart? A gorgeous South London wine bar, Diogenes The Dog features a range of delicious food including boozy cheeses, toasties, cured meats and terrines. Pair your food with delicious vino imported from all over the world.

If you're looking for somewhere a little different to take a date in London, then The Rosemary Branch Theatre is a great bet. Treat the pair of you to a night of stellar performance, cabaret, comedy and more, before heading downstairs to the charming pub for drinks and a bite to eat.

Sherlock: The Official Live Game is one of our top picks for a quirky date night in London, offering a wide selection of immersive activities for you and your beau. Whether it's taking part in a thrilling adventure or sipping cocktails in the Mind Palace, this place is a must.

@ COLAB Tavern on Various dates from Thursday 16th February 2023

Try something a little different for your next date night with Cyanide in the Speakeasy. This immersive murder mystery experience in Elephant and Castle will see you working together to uncover a killer among you by deciphering clues, avoiding red herrings and interrogating suspects.

Amazing Grace

8 user reviews 4

Make it a date night to remember by taking them somewhere really special. Amazing Grace, which can be found at a 12th-century church in London Bridge, is cool, quirky and downright romantic. Pop along for dinner and cocktails, with live music to soundtrack your evening.

@ The Nave on Friday 10th February 2023 and 2 other dates

One of London's most unique date ideas is heading to A Chocolate Love A-Fair, where the pair of you can try new flavours from Ben & Jerry's and Tony's Chocolonely. Not only that, but this immersive experience is styled like a commitment ceremony, offering canapes, goodie bags, sweet treats and the brands' joint commitment to ethical cocoa sourcing.

Vagabond Cheese + Wine

1 user review 5

Gift your special someone with something a little different come the next date night, offering up tickets to cheese and wine masterclasses at Vagabond. Head to one of their locations across London to learn how to pair the two.

Pasta Remoli

27 user reviews 5

Fronting some unique date activities, check out Pasta Remoli's epic pasta masterclass. Learn how to make the likes of tagliatelle and penne pasta with roman sauces, followed by lunch and wine with your sweetheart. 

The London Cabaret Club

317 user reviews 4

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Debauchery and sultry moments all happen at The London Cabaret Club in Holborn, so why not take your date along? Make your way inside this glamorous venue to enjoy fine dining and bubbles, all while catching some Gatsby-themed immersive entertainment. Oh, yes.

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.


71 user reviews 5

Enjoy an evening of mystery and nightmares with your beau at The Double R Club, a monthly cabaret event inspired by the dark and beautiful words of David Lynch. There's burlesque, comedy, live music and more, all with a sinister twist.

Sounds Familiar Music Quiz

318 user reviews 5

Need plans? Be sure to check out the Sounds Familiar Music Quiz in venues across the city. Not only will guests get to enjoy 100 wall-to-wall bangers from a massive range of genres, but there will also be prizes and a boot-load of bevvies to enjoy. 

Barrio Bars

295 user reviews 4

Discounts available on certain events

If you're looking for cute places to take your sweetie, Barrio is always a great idea. From musical bingo to bottomless brunches, there won't be a single dull moment. Plus, the venue has a cracking menu of drinks, including spiced rum sangria and tequila tipples.


6 user reviews 5

For quirky date plans with your beau, head to Tantra Sound Club on Warren Street to enjoy unique, meditative experiences. Get ready to unwind together while using Nepali chakra balancing techniques, healing rituals and vibration therapy.

Looking for something a little different to do with your other half? Head over to Rivoli Ballroom and spend your evening dancing to 70s and 80s bangers at one of their Rouges disco and funk-themed bashes. It's fun, it's carefree and you'll both love every minute of it.

  Silent Sounds Boat Party

288 user reviews 5

@ The Silent Disco Boat on Saturday 25th February 2023 and 10 other Saturdays

At this Silent Sounds Boat Party, you and your beau will cruise past some of the city's most romantic landmarks, all while listening to banging tunes and enjoying top-quality sips. The best part? You can choose what you listen  - just change the channel on your earphones.

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 using neon-coloured models as your muse.

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.

  The Cult of... Tram

5 user reviews 5

@ Tooting Tram and Social on Saturday 11th February 2023 and 4 other Saturdays

When in need of a unique date night in London, how about dressing up in your finest glad rags and heading to a 1930s cabaret experience? This dark circus is set in pre-WWII Germany, boasting live jazz and blues music, sideshow acts and enthralling aerial entertainment in a sultry setting.

Paint a Pic London

48 user reviews 5

A talented artist as your guide, all your kit already provided, a bar on-site to help you loosen that inner creativity... Paint a Pic is a brilliant event and one of the best quirky date ideas in London. Guaranteed to gain you brownie points for originality, this artsy session will see you both taking home your own masterpieces.

@ Pedley Street Station on Various dates from Wednesday 1st February 2023

Sometimes we don't fancy going to our local boozer for date night, so why not check out The Murdér Express Part Deux -Jewel Of The Empire at Pedley Street Station. Delve into the investigation, find the culprit, all the while you're tucking into a four-course feast. 

Bada Bingo

414 user reviews 4

On the hunt for a date with a difference? Book you and your boo into a night out with Bada Bingo, where you'll be taking part in plenty of crazy games for the chance to win prizes. Plus, there's plenty of hit tunes, dance-offs, hilarious surprises and more.

Laugh Train Home Events

418 user reviews 5

Not sure what to do for your next night or looking to impress a new beau? Over at various venues in Battersea, Forrest Hill and more, Laugh Train Home is bringing you a top-quality comedic performance, so get ready for a bit of a giggle.


112 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 Prince

121 user reviews 4

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.

London Dreamtime

10 user reviews 5

Fancy a unique date with your sweetie? Boasting events such as The Highgate Vampire, Ghost of Christmas and The Snow Queen at the Asylum Chapel, London Dreamtime has plenty to offer this winter. All this takes place at a super secret location. Shhhh.


188 user reviews 5

Whether it's a first date or you fancy a bit of quality time together, YO!'s sushi schools are a great shout. Together, you'll try your hand at making a range of different bites, from maki through to sashimi, with guidance, snacks and a drink to keep you refreshed throughout.

@ Secret Cottage London on Friday 31st March and Saturday 1st April 2023

A sultry multi-dining experience in London, this event at a super secret location features an overnight stay in a double room and a cracking three-course aphrodisiac menu. You'll also get to participate in bonding activities and a massage from a therapist. Fab for date night.

Be transported to the stylish, swinging cafes of Paris back in the 20s and 30s over at Ronnie Scotts in Soho when Benoit Viellefon rolls into to town. Taking inspiration from the famous gyspy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, these guys offer you a fabulous, atmosphere experience.

The Lust Supper

17 user reviews 5

Bored of the same ol' date nights? The Lust Supper has got you covered. Make your way to its secret location to enjoy an evening filled with sultry massages and workshops, alongside a 3-course dinner, accompanied by free-flowing bevvies. You won't want to miss out on this.

@ Ninth Life on Saturday 18th February 2023 and 3 other Saturdays

Enjoy a theatrical and immersive night of escape rooms and murder mystery-themed entertainment at The Hunt for the Smoking Caterpillar. A brilliant activity for couples in London, this Catford-based event is inspired by Alice and Wonderland and includes a stellar cast of characters.