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 6th October 2016
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.
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.
Whether you have a cat, love cats, or find yourself glued to cat videos on the internet, this is just the event for you. Coming at you with one of the first fully fledged cat video themed parties in London, head on down for a serious feline foray as Catnip Festival promise videos, performers, music and more.
Unusual and exhilarating, this card show is one-of-a-kind. Led by super skilled showman-magician Steve Truglia, you'll be drawn on a card journey of trickery and manipulation like you've never seen before. Deceiving celebs such as John McCririck and Katie Piper, Steve's deft ability will have you and your friends flabbergasted as he flicks the decks.
Try an afternoon tea in London with a difference as The Punch Room present a decadent and historical affair. Dousing guests in exquisite plates and stunning drinks, indulge in their 'English Milk Punch' alongside a plethora of dashing dishes.
In all its immersive excess, enter the dark and sordid world of Lady Chastity and her infamous reserve wine for an unusual night out in London. Along with up to 5 friends, you'll be locked in and left to solve the mystery and free yourselves from the lady's boudoir. You can do it - there's precious wine at stake. The Four Thieves in Battersea also host this unique event if you prefer to venture South.
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.
When it comes to something unique to do in London, nothing quite says in that an adventure in the footsteps of one of the most notorious killers of all time. Follow this Jack The Ripper tour and get to know fact from fiction, blood curdling tales and the history behind this heinous name.
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'.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Let's be honest, when was the last time you drank cocktails on a speedboat? We thought as much. So why not join Thames Lates on one of the wildest adventures in London yet as you'll not only enjoy a speedboat experience across the thames, there's cocktails to boot.
Nestle down into a pew and soak up everything on offer at the St Marylebone Parish Church this Autumn. Alongside washing a sense of nostalgia over all its guests by screening the hilarious Sister Act, the centre-piece of this event will be the soulful singing of the UGCY gospel choir and the elegant notes played by the live band of talented musicians, both helping to bring the film's soundtrack to life.