Quirky Pop-Ups In London

If there's one thing we can say for the people of this city, it's that there is no limit to their imagination, demonstrated by the sheer number of wacky, weird and downright quirky pop-ups in London. From an alcoholic tea party inspired by Pat Butcher through to a sport that King VIII used to play, these are just a few of our favourite unusual pop-ups in London.

Last updated on 15th January 2020

Hip Hop Brunch LDN

492 user reviews 4

If there's two things we love in this city, it's brunch and it's hip hop. Fortunately for us quirky London pop-up Hip Hop Brunch combines the two in epic fashion. Grab tickets to one of their shindigs for a massive day of cocktails, Southern-style plates and massive tunes.

@ Neosight Headquarters, Bankside Arches, SE1 on Various dates from Tuesday 21st January 2020

Get set for another amazing experience as Lollipop unveil their latest pop-up bar. Following on from the success of ABQ and the Bletchley, the team are going even more ambitious, with an AI immersive experience, complete with incredible cocktails.

@ The Morpeth Arms on Friday 17th April 2020 and 3 other dates

The Morpeth Arms is putting on a killer night of immersive fun with their murder mystery event. During the evening you'll be going undercover to find the murderer of your fellow MI6 agent, solving clues and interrogating suspects, all with the Thames as your fittingly patriotic background.

  The Murdér Express

643 user reviews 5

@ Pedley Street Station on Various dates from Wednesday 22nd January 2020

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From the same team behind Journey to the Underworld and Jewel of The Empire, comes The Murdér Express - an immersive dining experience that will have you pointing your finger at your fellow passengers. The luxury four-course menu is created by Jane Devonshire and includes dishes such as three bird roast, and parsnip and maple veloute.

Ever drank in prison before? Because now's your time. It's all getting a bit Orange is the New Black up in here, where it's up to you to smuggle in your favourite bottle of alcohol, past the warden using bribery and special techniques, so that one of the inmates can mix you up some spectacular cocktails.

@ Moonshine Saloon on Various dates from Wednesday 22nd January 2020

So you've smuggled your bottle of moonshine into this unique BYOB pop-up, what next? Moonshine Saloon is plunging you straight into the Wild West at this illicit gambling den with card games, sheriffs and libations to knock your socks off.

@ The Chocolate Cocktail Club Pop Up on Various dates from Friday 31st January 2020

Having already sold out events in Covent Garden, Shoreditch and Brighton, The London Cocktail Club are now taking up residence in Farringdon until the 21st of December. Expect sweet treat creations such as the chocolatini as well as chocolate-flavoured beer and wine.

This is the perfect way to meet other young creatives in a fun, relaxed environment. Meet several different people of the opposite sex in a light-hearted way, ensuring there's no cringe – just the chance to meet the person of your dreams.

@ Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club on Monday 27th January 2020 and 5 other dates

This quirky London pop up at the Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club offers a nice change form your standard life drawing class. With cabaret and burlesque stars as your models, and the bar open throughout, you're always sure to produce something interesting.


90 user reviews 4

If you're looking for good drinks, lively dancing and an evening of debauchery, then head to this private members club with Gin-House Burlesque is taking over with jaw-dropping circus performers, slinky cabaret queens and live music, plus special guests.

  The Brig

65 user reviews 5

@ Merchant House on Various dates from Wednesday 22nd January 2020

If it's a hidden bar that you're after, this intimate nook within Merchant House has it all. Available to book all summer, London's smallest bar gives you the opportunity to listen to your own music and shake up cocktails with your own personal bartender.

The 90's Brunch

194 user reviews 3

Roll back the clock at the 90s Brunch, undoubtedly one of London's quirkiest pop-up events. Certain to leave you beaming from ear to ear, the event revolves around a home cooked brunch offering, rounded off by huge 90s tracks - R Kelly, Destiny's Child etc - and a few frivolous rounds of lip-syncing.

@ The Durham Arms on Various dates from Monday 20th January 2020

One of the best escape rooms in East London, this immersive pop up in Canning Town is sending you into the wizard's lair to collect six stolen dragon eggs. With the entire session held in complete darkness you'll have to rely on your sense of touch, smell and sounds to make it to the end.

@ York and Albany on Various dates from Monday 20th January 2020

Ditch the same old drinks destination for a trip to this quirky pop where Bacardi winter cocktails and seasonal sharing boards provide the sustenance for a wintry visit to the gingerbread cabin at York & Albany in Camden.

Fancy a night of progressive brass performances interspersed with micro-lectures on the cosmos? How about a sex-ed themed comedy cabaret show? If the answer is yes, then you'll love VAULT Festival's season of events, offering all this and more.

Cocktails in the City 2020

556 user reviews 4

Cocktails in the City is making a mighty return for 2020, promising even more cocktail-fuelled fun than ever before. From live music and interactive masterclasses in The Vaults to garden games and cocktail tours at Bedford Square Gardens, there's plenty on offer.

@ Skylight on Thursday 23rd January 2020 and 2 other dates

Trade in your igloos for a night in your own cosy lifesize gingerbread house at popular rooftop bar Skylight. Filled with an edible wall, cosy fire and pink interiors, you'll also be treated to waiter service and an exclusive cocktail menu when you hire out the hut. 

  Dead Quiet

93 user reviews 5

@ Kensington Central Library on Various dates from Wednesday 22nd January 2020

Set in the 1960s, this evening is a twisty, turny, suspenseful night of mystery and case solving. Librarian Gwendolyn Radcliffe has always had her suspicions about the homeless man found dead in the library many moons ago, but now that it's discovered to be the same night as an undercover agent went missing, she needs your help to piece it all together.

  The Heist

8 user reviews 5

@ Colab House on Fri, 7th Feb 2020 @ 22:00 - 3:00

This quirky immersive pop-up event in London is sure to put you through your paces, with delicious cocktails and a throwback party acting as a reward for your efforts. Simply head to The King of Thieves and solve puzzles, all while interacting with 1920's gangsters, and celebrate with a boogie. 

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FEST Camden is already making its mark on the London nightlife scene as they go all out with parties and club events; from Grease singalongs through to massive DJ nights.

@ Mercato Metropolitano on Friday 24th January 2020 and 3 other dates

Head over to Elephant & Castle where the circus is in town this season. Get ready for a rollicking ride as this quirky show takes over the Carousel Room at Mercato Metropolitano with sword swallowers, contortionists, cross-dressing ballet and electro swing.