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 12th November 2018

@ Concrete on Various dates from Thursday 22nd November 2018

Is this the most fun you're ever going to have? There's only one way to find out... Musical Bingo is getting you ready for the weekend with their epic events - think dancing on tables, singing along and mad competitions.

@ Neosight Headquarters, Bankside Arches, SE1 on Various dates from Wednesday 14th November 2018

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.

3 events @ 2 venues with 93 upcoming dates from 15 Nov 2018 until 27 Jan 2019

This quirky pop up in London's Tobacco Dock boasts panoramic views over the city, a fun and summery design and some seasonal lawn games to make your visit that little bit more interesting.

@ The Tab Centre on Various dates from Thursday 15th November 2018

This unique dining experience throws you into the twisted tale of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, as you are surrounded by music, merriment and vaudeville. With dinner offerings coming courtesy of MasterChef semi-finalist Annie McKenzie, make sure to catch this pop-up soon to avoid disappointment. 

@ Owl and Hitchhiker on Thu, 15th Nov 2018 @ multiple start times (see ticket info)

Held at Holloway Road's Owl & Hitchhiker, this quirky escape room promises all manner of weird and wonderful challenges as well as host of colourful characters to help you on your hunt for the titular caterpillar.

@ Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club on Monday 10th December 2018 and 3 other Mondays

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.

@ Simulacra Studio - 302-304 Barrington Rd SW9 7JJ on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th November 2018

Go for something a little different this year, as this immersive experience brings you Narnia and The Matrix by way of Brixton. Transporting you to another dimension, there will be thrilling performers, intriguing theatrics and two floors of debauchery.

12 events @ The King's Head Member's Club with 12 upcoming dates from 23 Nov 2018 until 29 Nov 2019

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.

  Alcotraz - Prison Cocktail Bar

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@ Alcotraz Penitentiary on Various dates from Wednesday 14th November 2018

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. Just make sure you aren't caught.

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@ Radisson Blu Grafton Hotel on Various dates from Friday 16th November 2018

Whether you're a die-hard fan of Only Fools and Horses or simply in the mood for a hilarious night out, this immersive pop-up is just what you need. Prepare to be transported to The Nags Head for a night of wheeling, dealing, dining and drinking with the Trotters.

20 events @ Secret London Location with 20 upcoming dates from 17 Nov 2018 until 29 Jun 2019

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.

6 events @ 5 venues with 6 upcoming dates from 28 Nov 2018 until 19 Dec 2018

Learn from a professional how to use real equipment, source your own materials, and set up your own studio space at home at this fun design workshop perfect for beginners and experts.

1 events @ Kensington Central Library with 16 upcoming dates from 02 Mar 2019 until 06 Jul 2019

Immerse yourselves in these tales, as a unique London location becomes the set for a story of mystery, murder, and dark secrets, as you aid master of the supernatural Jack Daw to uncover the truth.

12 events @ 3 venues with 388 upcoming dates from 30 Dec 2017 until 09 Mar 2019

An icon on the London's quirky pop-up scene, Little Nan bars are inspired by all things 80s. Head to one of their wacky events to experience the bars at their best, from afternoon teas through to craft classes.

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@ Merchant House on Various dates from Tuesday 13th November 2018

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.

@ Playboy Club London on Various dates from Tuesday 13th November 2018

It's all popping off in Mayfair this Halloween, as the slinky Playboy Club is transformed into a gothic gin garden featuring bespoke drinks, spooky bunnies and the chance to create your own botanical bottle. With tickets from only £10, you won't want to miss this.

34 events @ Secret London Location with 34 upcoming dates from 17 Nov 2018 until 29 Jun 2019

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.

3 events @ The Book Club with 3 upcoming dates starting on 13 Nov 2018

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.

6 events @ The Albany with 6 upcoming dates from 01 Feb 2019 until 05 Jul 2019

The Albarny is playing host to this awe-inspiring cabaret residency. Add some heat to even coldest winter nights by witnessing the best in drag, burlesque and more at one of the city's most glamorous cabaret showcases. 

6 events @ Secret Location with 300 upcoming dates from 12 Nov 2018 until 31 Dec 2018

This immersive experience invites you to leave your old identity behind and step into an escape room like no other. You have 60 minutes to complete your mission, will you prevail?

@ Moonshine Saloon on Various dates from Wednesday 14th November 2018

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.

15 events @ FEST Camden with 122 upcoming dates starting on 15 Nov 2018

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.