Unusual Things To Do in London
Yearning for a change from the boozy birthdays, wild warehouse parties and rooftop romps? As much as going out and drinking ourselves silly can be a lot of fun, sometimes as we super hungover see Monday lurking round the corner we think about how we really could have found an alternative to the usual alcohol-fuelled fun. Thankfully, the Big Smoke more than obliges, offering infinite activities for you to try. Have a gander at our recommendations for some of the most unusual events in London.
Last updated on 14th February 2017
From the heart-warming through to the life-affirming and hilarious, the tales told at Natural Born Storytellers are guaranteed to be unlike anything you've heard before. Taking place in Camden, this unusual night has a wonderful community feel and is affordable with tickets starting from £5.
Refuse to be held back by the boring and try something completely unique in the heart of the city. Uncovering the deepest and darkest tales of the city, Ghastly Ghost Tour will take you around some of the creepiest sights in the city, regaling their stories along the way.
Prepare for a total seduction as the Poetry Whores tease and tantalise you with their words; taking over a three-storey venue in Farringdon they will be bringing the tales of a Victorian brothel alive as they tease and tantalise you in perfumed parlours and decadent drawing rooms.
Packed with stories of ghostly jilted lovers, Cutty Sark curses and the creepiest tunnels in the country, this one ain’t for the faint-hearted. Head this way for a spine-tingling 90 minutes; as you discover the darker side of Greenwich before popping for a pint at Charles Dickens’ favourite haunted pub.
With a creative roster of off-kilter theatre experiences, The Rosemary Branch Theatre in Shoreditch always guarantees a completely unique night out in London. Head over for comedy nights, interactive games evenings, Shakespeare-inspired parties, one-man-shows and plenty of other fringe-styled events.
This is Bingo like you’ve never experienced it before. Join Drink Shop Do for a game show meets dance party, as you will enjoy bottomless bubbles, Bloody Marys and endless bagels with a variety of toppings as you compete to win. Prizes range from sandwich toasters to giant inflatable bananas – this is a weird event in London that you don’t want to miss.
Showing you how it's done 90s style, the legendary party Gran in London is hosting a residency at Rico Cinema in Dalston where the theme is pure 90s appreciation. Get your lycra out and your love for the greatest pop anthems in the world, there's gonna be pick 'n' mix, cocktails in teapots and more.
Shhh! Don’t tell any muggles, but there’s a big wizarding party happening in The Old Stoke Newington church and you’re all invited. If you are any kind of magical creature, make your way down for a fantastical night of unlimited drinks, a buffet, live entertainment and spectacular wizardry. Alternative nights out in London rarely get more magical.
If you're going to talk about Flight Club, do it really loudly, all the time to everyone you meet because it's great and we're spreading the world across the city. Unfortunately sans Brad (we know), this place is all about social gaming like never before. Ping pong is well yesterday now. This is the dawn of DARTS. We're welcoming a new age of drinking and darting ... come and join us.
This internationally-acclaimed magician is hosting a series of events from the opulent Grand Royal, promising baffling tricks, old school charm and a massively captivating performance. A great quirky London event for those looking to try something a little off-kilter, your ticket also includes a 'magic cocktail' on arrival.
Explore the intricate flavours of cocktails like you’ve never before in Pitch Black, a multi-sensory tasting experience kept in complete darkness. A master mixologist will guide you through the complex flavours in a funny, comfortable environment that is fully interactive. You’ve never loved cocktails like this before.
Last time we checked, it’s pretty unusual to find yourself ending quiz night stood on the tables, arms around a complete stranger, screaming out the words to Livin’ On A Prayer. This is the norm at Sounds Familiar. A raucous disco in the form of a pub quiz, these guys part with the boring trivia and instead focus on sweet music. Terrible singing and shoddy dance moves are welcome.
Who needs an average night out when you could be running from the police or trying to rob a bank. Escape Entertainment is coming to East London with another two of their brilliant escape rooms - take a gang of mates and complete the puzzles and challenges to be set free.
With an impressive food menu, ranging from lemon and chilli chicken wings to delicious aged steak burgers, Hip Hop Brunch hope to add a Southern feel to your Saturday afternoons. Alongside the delectable 3 course meal, you'll have the chance to spit some lyrics and impersonate your favourite rappers during Hip Hop Karaoke. How better to spend a Saturday afternoon than by butchering a rendition of 'Juicy'.
Learn how to make the perfect cup of tea at this tea party with a difference. Using Black Cow vodka, created from milk, you will whip a series of delicious tea-based cocktails with the help of expert barmen.