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 13th November 2019




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.

PAUL Bakery

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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.

  The Big London Bake

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@ The Castle Tooting on Various dates from Saturday 16th November 2019

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.

Scott's Apothecary

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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...)

@ London Bridge Ceramics Studio on Various dates from Saturday 16th November 2019

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. 

Trade in the evening drink for a dance class where you'll be taught all the moves to become a salsa or ballroom pro. Led by the Austrian Ballroom and Latin Champion - so you know you're in good hands - not only will you learn all the moves to make sure you impress when you hit the dancefloor, but you'll also get a great workout in over the weekly hour-long sessions.

Secret London Runs

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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.

  Zombie Laser Tag

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@ Bunker 51 on Saturday 16th November 2019 and 7 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.

Candlelight Concerts

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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.

The Crusting Pipe

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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.

@ Backyard Bar & Comedy Club on Wed, 20th Nov 2019 @ multiple start times (see ticket info)

Head to Bethnal Green's  Backyard Bar & Comedy Club this November and you can experience a unique evening of fun yet insightful talks from a number of guest speakers. Providing a cool and quirky evening, without any drinks involved, it's sure to be an interesting night out.

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. 

Vintage Arts Asylum

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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.

@ Colliers Wood Community Centre on Sunday 29th December 2019

Forget the lull between Christmas and New Year's Eve, this event is swinging you through. Taking place in Colliers Wood, Black Tie Ballroom Club begins the evening with a dance class led by a wolrd champion dance teacher, before you have a go at putting the steps into action.

NATURAL BORN STORYTELLERS

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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.

@ Memrise on Wednesday 27th November 2019

Clubbing without the annoying drunk people? Count us in. This unique silent disco experience is clearing the Trapeze dancefloor of the usual barflies so you can get your groove on in peace. Head to East London where this fun experience is giving you a mind, body and soul workout.

Disco Yoga

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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.