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 19th May 2022

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Feeling sensual? The Lust Supper is the ideal date night for couples, as it offers an ntimate dining experience that includes aphrodisiac bites, bubbles or cocktails, and an overnight stay. During the event, there will be enchanting and alluring scents, soundscapes and more.

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.

What could be more romantic than cosying up under the stars watching a movie? Grab your beau and treat them to a night at one of Rooftop Film Club's screenings, where you'll get to watch classic and recent flicks in stunning surrounds. Plus, there are lots of refreshments to get stuck into.

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. 

@ Pedley Street Station on Various dates from Tuesday 24th May 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 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.

Inspired by Hollywood Film and TV that have brought to life popular prison stories, Alcotraz is an immersive theatrical cocktail experience of the highest kind. From your very own orange jumpsuit upon…

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.

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.

Life is too short to not enjoy a little bit of quirky. So why not push the boat out with The BBQ Club? Not only are they offering a 6-course dining experience to enjoy together, but they also are bringing stunning views of the Thames and a guest appearance from Aaron Middleton.

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.

Looking for something a little quirky to do with your boo in Marylebone? Head on over to The Perseverance for their fabulous range of cocktail making classes, whisky and rum tasting to jazz events from some of London's best performers. Need we say more?

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.

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.

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. 

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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.

@ Ninth Life on Various dates from Thursday 2nd June 2022

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 searching for something out of the ordinary, then make your way to SpiceJazz Soho at the much-loved The Spice of Life pub. Tuck into a glorious range of food and drink while enjoying some first-class entertainment from some of the best jazz performers in the city.