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 29th September 2022

Ballie Ballerson Shoreditch

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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.


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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.

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.

Bada Bingo

345 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.

Sounds Familiar Music Quiz

311 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. 

  Silent Sounds Boat Party

278 user reviews 5

@ The Silent Disco Boat on Saturday 22nd October and Saturday 19th November 2022

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.

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.


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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.

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.


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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.

Amazing Grace

7 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 Lust Supper

15 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.

Diogenes The Dog

182 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.

Paint a Pic London

34 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.

If you're looking for quirky date ideas with beau, then you're going to want to head to a range of the city's best venues for Cheerful Earful Podcast Festival. This fun-packed event will have you meet and greet your favourite stars, all while being entertained with a live show.


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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.

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.

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.

Aspen and Meursault

59 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.

Lost Boys Pizza

93 user reviews 5

Bored of your regular ol' takeaway or trip to the boozer for date night? We thought so. Inject your love life with some quirky film screenings at Lost Boys Pizza in Camden. Expect to delve into its signature slices or cocktails, all while watching a range of top-notch flicks.

Laugh Train Home Events

382 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.

London Craft Beer Cruise

245 user reviews 5

For a more quirky date night, head to The London Craft Beer Cruise, which comes complete with beer, wine, gin and cider, alongside sumptuous cheeseboards or yummy pub grub. You'll also get to enjoy views of the Thames with your sweetie.

@ Ninth Life on Saturday 19th November 2022 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.

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.

@ Savile Row Gin Experience on Thursday 6th October 2022 and 12 other Thursdays

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The Savile Row Gin Experience is perfect when you're after something a little different from your next date. You'll be whipping up your very own batch of the spirit, choosing your botanicals and learning about flavours, all while sipping through cocktails.

The Prince

77 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.

@ Pedley Street Station on Various dates from Wednesday 5th October 2022

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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. 

The Poetry Brothel

2 user reviews 5

Bringing in a rotating lineup of "poetry whores", these lot are returning to the origins of performance over at Electrowerkz. The Poetry Brothel caters for a varied range of appetites, offering a unique, immersive experience that's sure to put your date night in good stead.

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.