Quirky Summer Events in London

Sure, you could spend your summer days in the same old beer gardens, playing the same old frisbee in the same old park. Or you could treat yourself to something a little different. From speeding down the Thames 007-style, to taking a neon life drawing class or climbing inside a cocktail time machine, our guide to the capital's quirkiest events promises to make this summer your most exciting yet.

Last updated on 2nd August 2021

Don your sunnies and head to the rooftop terrace at Prince of Wales for a socially distanced summertime bash. Reserve your very own party booth and you can expect table service all night long as well as an epic lineup of live DJs.

If you're looking for quirky things to do this summer in London, head on over to Glitterfest as they host a series of unmissable parties across the city. Whether you fancy taking to the Thames for a boat party or grooving at a festival-themed bash, this place promises non-stop good vibes.

Rivoli Pop up Cinema

86 user reviews 5

Taking place in the stunning Rivoli Ballroom, this pop-up cinema is an absolute must. Join them for classic movie nights this summer, with titles including Jaws, Thelma And Louise, and Some Like It Hot, against a backdrop of scarlet interiors and plush seating.

Flight Club

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This summer Flight Club is promising to become a paradise of palm trees, prosecco, pina coladas and bottomless pizza. Put your darts skills to the ultimate test in the plush surroundings of your own private oche. 

Thames Rockets

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Sip on cocktails as you jet down the Thames aboard a high-speed boat. The ultimate way to see the sunset over London's skyline, this 50-minute guided tour even comes complete with an epic soundtrack courtesy of DJ Mikee Snooze.

Get your group ready, book out a booth and settle in for a party unlike any other this summer. The Brixton Courtyard is an all-new experience combining world class DJs, craft beverages, cocktails and street food in one Covid-safe setting, so you can dance without a care.


The Luna Cinema - London

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Spice up your summer with a trip to one of The Luna Cinema's outdoor movie screenings. Perfect for quirky date nights or fun activities with mates, these London events will have you watching everything from Knives Out and Top Gun to The Dark Knight and Bohemian Rhapsody.

Cocktails in the City 2021

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Think you know cocktails? It's time to get acquainted with London's finest bars as Cocktails in the City returns for a summer special across June, July and August. Expect world-class sips, live music, street food and more in Bedford Square Gardens.

AIM Escape

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Not your usual summer event, AIM Escape has pivoted to outdoor games in the heart of East London. Make your way to Whitechapel where immersive technology and escape room experiences meet augmented reality, puzzles and gadgets to bring you outdoor fun.

One of the most unique things to do in London this summer, Underbelly Festival is bringing together a programme is quirky cabaret and hilarious comedians to make sure you're kept entertained throughout the season.

Searching for something a little different to do in London this summer? Look no further than Impossible Things Entertainment, the minds behind some of the city's best and barmiest themed brunch events. Whether you fancy singing to 90s bangers, belting it out to Taylor Swift or swaying to Disney, these guys have got just the thing.

Love Pub + Grub

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Venture over to Wapping this summer where you'll find a fabulously quirky food, drinks and fun-time pop-up. Love Pub + Grub is back for another season of street food, cocktails and DJ sets, bringing giant games and vibrant decor with it.

Urban Missions

58 user reviews 4

Put your code-breaking and riddle-solving skills to the test with Urban Missions. A great immersive game around the city, the energetic event will see you and your team searching for a secret clues so you can save London and avert a crisis.

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One of the best things to do in London this summer, a trip to Vauxhall Food & Beer Garden is a must for lovers of quirky events. The South London hotspot plays host to unique array of experiences this season, from bottomless brunches to cool drag shows.

between the bridges

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Boasting London's largest alfresco drinking area, Between The Bridges is the place to be this summer. Pop along and be guest to Plonk Golf, drag brunches and Beyoncé breakfasts, as well as top notch street food, cocktails and more.

London Craft Beer Cruise

120 user reviews 5

For a day of summer sipping quite like no other, be sure to bag yourself tickets for the London Craft Beer Cruise Company's next boat trip. You'll zoom down the River Thames while sampling pints from the likes of Anspach & Hobday, East London Brewing Company and Signature Brew.