Things To Do In London If You Don't Drink

Contrary to popular opinion, there is more to London nightlife than just getting boozed. For those who prefer to stay off the sauce, there's a massive range of options that don't involve having to rub shoulders with rowdy drinkers - or at least not a lot of them. From interactive theatre and classical music nights, to high-octane, hands-on experiences and quirky classes, we've rounded up the best alcohol-free nights out in London and chilled out happenings in the capital.

Last updated on 17th January 2020




Candlelight Concerts

15 user reviews 4

From family favourites and festive matinees to simple recitals to some of the most beautiful music ever written, this gorgeous series of classical concerts offers a stunning ambience and impressive schedule of events ideal for an alcohol-free night out in London.

One of the best ideas for a fun night out in London if you don't drink, the wildest ceilidh in town is back for more foot-stomping, partner-twirling action. Raucous nu-folk outfit Fiddle Paradiddle know how to raise a roof the old country way, it's time to get your reel on in a big way.

Vintage Arts Asylum

26 user reviews 4

Take a turn around the Arcola Theatre with this excellent swing dance session. With lessons for beginners and live music throughout, you'll learn to lindy hop with the best of them to some of the hottest jazz in Dalston.

An excellent way to up those kitchen skills, these fun cookery classes in St Paul's are a great excuse to get the gang together for a little foodie moment. Whether you're dropping in after work for a quick go at whipping something up, or going all in with their four-hour workshops, they're a fun and delicious way to get the group bonding.

Disco Yoga

126 user reviews 5

One of the best alcohol-free parties in London, get ready to move, dance and giggle the day away with this quirky exercise class. Get your glitz on at the glitter station then enjoy an hour of blissful, energising yoga to the soundtrack of epic disco classics.

@ The Marylebone on Tue, 25th Jun 2019 - Thu, 31st Dec 2020

Perfect for getting to know London without the help of hooch, this unique cross-city puzzle game will have you working your way around the city via clues sent to your phone. Find clues, complete challenges and outsmart Moriarty in this fun Sherlock-inspired experience.

@ ME London Hotel on Tue, 21st Jan 2020 @ 18:30 - 19:30

Just because you don't drink, doesn't mean you can drink - ME Hotel has teamed up with non-alcoholic spirit Seedlip for a fun evening of tipples and tasting. Head to the swanky space as they show you how to mix up delicious alcohol-free tipples, as well as a tasting session of the different flavours.

The Crusting Pipe

678 user reviews 4

Mix and Mash

Slap-bang in the heart of Covent Garden Market, there's no better spot for people watching than this lovely outdoor terrace. Whether you're heading down for coffee, Sunday Lunch or afternoon tea, it's one of the best places to play tourist in your own city, or take in the London hubbub for the first time.

Scott's Apothecary

3 user reviews 5

If you're after a moment of zen in the hussle and bustle of London life, book yourself a class at Scott's Apothecary. With workshops on candle making, creating your own personal scent and even making natural beauty products, this is the perfect rainy day activity either alone or with friends. Not only will you have fun whilst there, your spoils will also make the perfect gift for someone special (or to keep all to yourself...)

PAUL Bakery

4 user reviews 5

Learn how to make your own Bake Off-worthy bread with an artisan bread masterclass by popular French bakery PAUL. During the session, you'll learn how the science and skills to make three different types for loaf, before enjoying a feast of sharing platters and drinks, accompanied by your own bread, fresh from the oven.

Secret London Runs

132 user reviews 5

Get into the Christmas spirit the healthy way and take a jog through the lit-up streets of central London. See the lights in all their glory as you pace through the city on either a 5K or more intensive 10K route that is sure to leave you feeling festive and energised.

NATURAL BORN STORYTELLERS

22 user reviews 4

Offering a friendly, warm and open atmosphere from the off, this unique series of storytelling events offers you the chance to learn about the lives of others through the stories they tell, whether that be tales of dating mayhem, or yarns inspired by their elders.

  The Big London Bake

567 user reviews 5

@ The Castle Tooting on Various dates from Saturday 18th January 2020

Think you know your crumb structures from your soggy bottoms? Time to put those skills to the test at the ultimate Bake Off experience. Head to Tooting where you'll have 90 minutes to whip up a winning bake. As wholesome as a buttered crumpet and as competitive as, well, Bake Off, it makes for one of London's best days out.

  Zombie Laser Tag

2 user reviews 4

@ Bunker 51 on Saturday 18th January 2020 and 4 other Saturdays

A great alcohol-free London activity, get involved in some serious undead action at this epic immersive team game which sets you up against a hoard of raging zombies. Through various tasks and situations you'll have to take down these blood-thirsty drones with nothing but your wits and your trusty laser gun.

From Shakespeare and Jack the Ripper to tube-based treasure hunt, London Premier Walking Tours are showing you new ways to experience the city. Whether you're a tourist looking to learn more about London, or a native on the hunt for local knowledge, they've got a tour to suit every interest.

@ London Bridge Ceramics Studio on Various dates from Saturday 18th January 2020

The perfect way to do an alcohol-free date night in London, get involved with this fun pottery workshop. Learn how to throw clay with your eyes closed, and head home with a pot or trinket to be proud of. 

@ Near & Far Camden on Saturday 18th January 2020 and 3 other dates

Near & Far Camden are on-hand this Dry January, with London's biggest selection of alcohol-free mocktails. Join them for a booze-free bottomless brunch and you can enjoy a fun afternoon filled with delicious food and drink, with feel-good vibes aplenty. 

Paint Jam London

1 user review 5

Paint Jam are popping up all over the city in secret locations for a night of painting, partying and (thankfully) protective clothing. Join the artist host for a night of carefully curated music designed to get your creative juices flowing, and leave with your very own masterpiece.