Quirky Ideas For A Night In In London

We're all looking to get a little more familiar with the inside of our homes over the coming weeks, but how are you keeping occupied? The occasional Netflix binge here? A spring clean there? Glad to hear it, but what if you had alternatives? From fondue kits delivered directly to your front door to online events that you can enjoy while sitting in your sofa, we've discovered some of the unique ways to have a night in in London. 

Last updated on 4th May 2021

The Magic Hour

771 user reviews 5

If you've ever fancied having a crack at being a magician, now is your chance. This online masterclass comes from ne of London's top illusionists, who will teach you six sensational tricks to entertain friends and family for one quirky night in this winter. 

Crack Comedy

27 user reviews 4

Completed Netflix? Too tired to read? Enjoy a night of lighthearted laughs with one of Crack Comedy's online shows. Priced at only £6, and free for NHS workers, the event will bring together a witty group of comics, including Steve N Allen and Erich McElroy, for an evening of standup.

Done with binge-watching TV? Now you can re-live the golden age of reality shows, with This Is Reality 2000. The immersive experience will have you starring in your very own show, with an extra special guest appearance from one of Big Brother's most memorable contestants.  

Buckbuck Games

172 user reviews 5

Promising 'the fun, the whole fun and nothing but the fun', BUCKBUCK's roster of online events are sure to perk up your lockdown lull. From Apprentice-style challenges to utterly nonsensical quizzes and live-streamed theatre, no two nights are the same.

Combining the adrenaline rush of an escape room and the thrill of live theatre, Swamp Motel is changing the game when it comes to virtual entertainment. Tune into their online shows to be transported to another world entirely, where you'll have to become a character and set off on your own adventure.

Prime Pass Events

8 user reviews 5

Why not use lockdown as the opportunity to learn a new skill? Prime Pass Events have all you need to do something a little different on nights in, from wine and chocolate tasting to truffle making and even building terrariums. 

Looking for a potential partner in lockdown? Ditch the dating apps and log onto an event from the experts at Original Dating. With plenty of experience under their belt, they'll have you meeting suitors on a series of fun and flirty mini dates form the comfort of home.

@ Online Event on Various dates from Thursday 6th May 2021

This all-new immersive online experience will see you put into the centre of a high-security prison, using CCTV footage and a trail of clues to expose the corrupt warden and help prisoners to escape. Better yet? You can accompany your experience with a bottle of hooch - delivered directly to your door.

Social Isolation

63 user reviews 5

One of the best quirky ideas for a night in, Social Isolation is bringing you a fun-filled evening. Opt between a musical quiz event of singalong bingo and enjoy a lighthearted session of dancing and crooning with your mates.

If you're obsessed with Sherlock this is one unique night in that's not to be missed. Featuring footage from the stars of the show themselves, these virtual immersive mysteries will throw you into the hit drama - there's even themed tipples to mix up at home too. 

Dabbers Bingo

106 user reviews 4

One of the biggest and best on the boozy bingo scene, Dabbers know a thing or two about numerical antics and legendary callers. The lineup of hybrid events give you the chance to attend IRL or simply tune in from your living room. 

Fish cafe Hampstead

14 user reviews 5

If you're keen to add a bit of luxury to your next night in, the Fish Cafe's lockdown packages are the perfect solution. Chow down on oysters, fresh crab and gourmet desserts, available to collect at a time that suits you.

Thirsty Painter

10 user reviews 5

If you're looking for ideas for a quirky night in in London, Thirsty Painter art classes are sure to lift your spirits. Choose a theme that suits you and settle in for a creative session that's accessible to all skill levels, with the chance to connect with other participants as you work.

If lockdown has got you feeling like every day is groundhog day, why not mix up your routine with this fun virtual class? Shake yourself up a drink and then tune in for a two hour art class, complete with hilarious jokes, quirky challenges and useful hints and tips.

Learn something new this month as West London Wine School goes online with a series of virtual tastings and meet the winemaker experiences. Shaking up after-work drinks? Need a new date night activity? This is it.

@ Online Event on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th June 2021

The Dirty 30 II: Electric Pay-Per-View is bringing you a quirky theatre experience to be enjoyed from the comfort of your home. Over the evening you'll watch as six actors put on 30 plays over the space of one hour, but you can decide which order the scenes are performed in, meaning every show is different.

Searching for something quirky to do in lockdown? Log onto one of these performance workshops from The Glasgow Festival of Burlesque. Hosted by some of the industry's finest stars, this series will have you peeling, fan dancing and tassel twirling like a pro.   

Play Dead London

109 user reviews 5

Trust no one, suspect everyone... If you're in the mood for a quirky night in, be sure to check out Play Ded London's fun and wallet-friendly online murder mystery events. Up for grabs? An intergalactic mission, an investigation into a high school electrocution and more.

Trade in an evening of takeaways and Netflix for a unique experience courtesy of Let'sDate Crate. Order a kit and you'll receive a bounty of cocktails, quirky props, a curated Spotify playlist and more to make your lockdown date night even better.

If your idea of a quirky night in involves meeting new people without even having to change out of your PJs, then these are the events for you. Naturally Dating are hosting a series of speed dating events that'll have you zooming through potential partners, all from the comfort of home.


75 user reviews 5

Promising to banish lockdown boredom, Sipsmith's quirky lineup of events includes expert masterclasses and behind the scenes tours of their distillery, all from the comfort of your own home. Tickets include tasty samples which will be delivered to your door ahead of time.

  Sounds Familiar Music Quiz - Online

145 user reviews 5

@ Online Event on Saturday 8th May 2021 and 2 other Saturdays

Renowned for their raucous nights, Sounds Familiar Music Quiz is now bringing the fun direct to you, thanks to their online events. 70% party and 30% quiz, trade in your thinking caps for your dancing shoes and get ready to belt out a range of bangers, with everything from Bonnie Tyler to Justin Bieber. 

Map Maison

65 user reviews 4

If Netflix and chill has lost its appeal, then log into one of Mpa Maison's virtual cocktail classes. Led by one of the bar's expert mixologists, the classes include live tuition as well as all the ingredients needed.

Whether your looking to upgrade your takeaway or save your mates from a faux pas dinner party spread, PartyLab has got you covered. The Kentish Town kitchen is whipping up a host of Italian-inspired sharing plates and dishes - think arancini balls, fried octopus burgers and duck-filled tortellini - along with a range of tasty cocktails.

Looking for a quirky night in in London? Log on to Date in a Dash, who organise speed dating events with a twist. Offering online experiences from drunk Jenga to sharing horror stories and Cards Against Humanity, this is one unique opportunity for like-minded singles.


2 user reviews 5

When it comes to virtual cooking classes, Migrateful is shaking up your usual night in at home. Far from your usual workshop, the award-winning social enterprise supports asylum seekers, refugees and migrants to teach their traditional cuisines.


1 user review 5

An immersive experience, at home? That's what DARKFIELD is offering and all you need to take part is your phone, a pair of headphones and another keen partaker. Sitting opposite each other you'll listen as you're taken down an eerie storyline that'll have you questioning who the person across from you really is...


389 user reviews 5

Lay down the Netflix and instead spend the night donning your detective cap and tracking down notorious killers. From the London Underground and Bridgerton to a famed TV talent show, these quirky murder mystery evenings have something for everyone.