Alternative Nights Out in London
Here’s one for those who like to think outside the box. If you’re not satisfied until you’ve slayed your mates at London’s first interactive darts bar, tucked into a banquet of the most creative cuisine or danced at a breathless house party atop Old Street roundabout, our list of the best alternative nights out in London is for you. Read on for the latest list of unusual things to do in London and get planning your next unique night out today.
Last updated on 19th October 2016
For innovative and award-winning theatre in South London, head to The bread and Roses theatre in Clapham. Showing a whole variety of shows, from Hamlet to musicals about millennial life and Tinder, the theatre produces shows that challenge and intrigue, guaranteed for a night out with a difference.
When it comes to a unique night out in London, how do cocktails on a speedboat sound? We thought we might have had your interest from here on out. Join Thames Lates as they provide the ultimate experience in the city as you're not only going to enjoy high-octane antics aboard the speedboat, there's cocktails to boot.
Are you and your signifigant other demons for dim sum and looking to uncover how to make these perfect parcels first hand? Join Chinese Cricket Club as they invite guests for the ultimate Asian experience as they uncover techniques and tips to make their very own.
Guaranteed to get you all hot under the collar and on the edge of your seat, Forbidden Nights is London’s hottest male variety show held at the majestic Clapham Grand. Boasting an all-star line-up of talented performers who have been picked from across the UK, take in a live show with a Channing Tatum lookalike and an X-Factor finalist in its ranks at this classy but fun girls night on the town.
The London Cabaret Club puts on one of the most unique nightlife experiences in Central London. Combining a traditionally British fine-dining experience with an innovative live show, this is a night that you won't forget anytime soon. A cast of the West End's biggest cabaret performers deliver an excellently choreographed show whilst the kitchen here rustles up a menu of truly delectable dishes.
Bursting with vintage lamps, cosy armchairs and a handful of quaint antiques, the Little Year Door in Notting Hill is a venue full of character, and offers Londoners a huge, retro themed night out in town. With a record collection reaching as far back as the swinging days of Cole Porter, retro-lovers can request songs by simply messaging the DJs. Easy-going by nature but full of fun-loving laughter, Thursday nights in West London have just been turned on their heads thanks to this alternative night out.
Taking over the beautifully decorated St Marylebone's Parish Church and hosting a live screening of the always-wonderful Whoopi Goldberg film, Sister Act, the Amacoast Cinema showcases an event like no other this Autumn. Without question, the centre-piece of this event will be the stunning live gospel choir and band, playing all the quavering notes and singing all the idyllic harmonies of this feel-good film's soundtrack.
Never worried about how they look, just concerned with offering unforgettable, quirky experiences to London's adventurous crowds, the team at Drink Shop & Do have really out-done themselves, serving up a Disney-themed singalong in Central London . With a spring in their step and a tune in their head, the fun-loving troupe of talented performers will show guests 'A Whole New World', guiding them through a number of classic songs and allowing them to relive the stress-free days of their youth..
With various stag heads mounted on the walls and even a Scandinavian Santa Claus walking around, the Nordic Yulefest returns this December for a third year in a row, offering revellers a small taste of what Christmas is like in Scandinavia. With Tomte (Santa Clause to you and me) walking around all night, various hearty meals and a whole host of fun-loving Nordic games, you definitely won't forget a night here.
After winning last year's Apprentice, Mark Wright's Climb Online business has achieved a remarkable amount of success in its first year. Offering London's many business-savvy minds a chance to learn all about the success, Wright invites guests to the Museum of London for an evening spent listening to Lord Alan Sugar's wise words. Tackling some of the biggest questions that trouble business owners, and imparting plenty of useful knowledge, this event is perfect for any small business owners in London.
Why be bogged down by the boring on a night out in London when you could scare yourself senseless instead. Join this tour as not only will you uncover the truth behind the deadly Jack The Ripper name, there's location visits, blood curdling history and more.
Having stunned audiences before with his intriguing and thrilling immersive theatre events, Reuben Feels returns to the Hoxton Hall in East London, this time serving up a story that explores what finding love is like in a chaotic, dystopian world. The story will be set in a strict match-making institution, where each guests will discover is exactly how much their love costs. With a strict 'blue jeans and white t-shirt' dress code, this quirky night will leave you amazed and questioning aspects of everyday life.
Celebrating Britain's stunning musical history, the Best of British Pop is a quirky, alternative event in London like no other. After first being greeted by an elegantly dressed hostess, guests will be amazed by their team of talented dancers and performers, before being handed over to the venue's resident DJs. PLaying all the best songs from as far back as the 60s, their DJs will use their decks to transport guests back through time, highlighting some of our nation's proudest musical moments and creations.
Of all unusual things to do in London, checking out the notorious Little Nan's drinking den has to be top. If you haven't heard of her then listen up, cs ain't no party like a Little Nan party. The Little Nan team will be popping up at Rio Cinema in Dalston for a heavy dose of 90s inspired mayhem complete with 90s pick 'n' mix and more.
If you're looking for something different to do in London, solving the mystery of Lady Chastity and her iconic fabled reserve wine is definitely up there. This is the latest in the immersive theatre movement where you're working against a clock to crack the Lady's case and escape form her boudoir at People's Park Tavern or The Four Thieves in Battersea.
Whether you'd consider arts and crafts to be your thing, or you're just looking for something a little different to do on a night out in London, Nicole Line has just the thing. Join her creative workshops for a roster of artsy activities in the city including tie-dye classes and screen printing.
Combing the best of soulful jazz with high energy swing dancing, the team at the Arcola Theatre seem to understand what a fun Friday night is all about. With dance classes for both beginners and experienced dancers, and a wide choice of dances - from the lindy hop to the Charleston - things are nicely rounded off by a sparkling live Jazz show.
When it comes to trying something different on a night out in London, how does getting scared senseless sound? Join the Ghastly Ghost Tour as they take you around the city, regaling creepy and ethereal tales of a city gone by in this unique walking tour.
Rumour has it that the game of Shuffleboard is something of a big deal in the States, so how about trying it in London? Bringing the city's first ever Shuffleboard pop-up to Brick Lane, head on down for this beloved game in a cool setting served alongside cocktails and more.
Who knew one of the most quirky nights out in London could be enjoyed atop a busy Shoreditch roundabout? Brought to Old Street by the mighty Burger Bear, discover this unique party space which gathers leading street-food vendors, artisan coffee shops and White Lyan cocktail serves together to host an almighty party.
Mixology Studios' cocktail-making class gives small groups of mixers their very own custom-built bars to work with (alongside providing each individual with their own equipment) - so there's no taking turns here; this is two hours of continuous mixing and tasting! Master the basics before learning more complex techniques. By the end of the class, have a crack at making 'the best cocktail of the day!'
When was the last time you watched one of the best Elvis impersonators in the world? If the answer to that question is almost never, it's your time to catch 'Suspiciously Elvis' for a 90 minute show of some of the best hip-shaking hits in the business.
Whether you have a cat or constantly croon over cats on the internet, we have just the event for you. Taking to the Coronet this November, Catnip Festival brings these furry videos alive with a roster of screenings, live entertainment, music and plenty more.
Aeronaut brings all of the fun of the circus to Acton each and every Saturday. Promising a spectacular affair that needs to be seen to be believed, get set for an evening of oh’s and ah’s inspired by these circus tricksters, acrobats and fire-breathers. A glitzy and entertaining spectacle rightly considered one of the top alternative things to try in London.
With a name that suits, Oddbins offer an unusual night out in London for those who fancy themselves as lovers of le vino, or those who just love to learn a bit more about their drinks. Expect bespoke party packages with wine, beer or spirit tastings and even an opportunity to pitch your own tutored tasting experience. Oddbins will cater to you.
Roof East is a bar in Stratford where you can enjoy cocktails, creative events and open air movie nights all while you gaze out at views of the Olympic Park and the rest of the city. It’s a must-visit come the summertime, when their signature cars are crammed with plant pots filled with fresh lavender and everything from fitness classes to workshops are held from the play zone. There’s lots of quirky things to try as well as great-tasting cocktails and a street food menu from a Hawksmoor chef.
Dancing gets tough on the feet so having an alternative grand time is always a good idea. Look no further than The Bat and Ball in Stratford. This venue has two bars, a pizzeria, a deli, and did we mention more ping pong tables than you thought a venue could fit? The 'Games Hall' may just take center stage in your heart for a night out in London. Redefine rally at this East London nightlife alternative. Dancing will commence after victory though.
Infernos in Clapham hosts their monthly comedy spectacular, inviting some of Britain's biggest comedians to take part in their Comedy Carnival. Whether you're a fan of Reginald D Hunter's sarcastic chat, or perhaps prefer the quirky, wonderfully awkward humour of Sara Pascoe, you'll leave this South London spot in stitches of laughter and simply counting down the days until their next show.
Your mates + a darts board + plenty of drinks = a great night out; it’s not rocket science. Well actually, it is. Flight Club’s pioneering approach fuses real-time scoring, animated features and a slick interface to bring something completely different to London’s social scene. A night of fun and games at Flight Club is a ground-breaking, interactive night out rivalling the wave of ping-pong bars you can find about town. There’s classic cocktails and sharing dishes to help keep the party flowing ‘til late.
Forget crowded bars and packed concert halls, the best way to hear acoustic and live music is round a campfire. The Nest Collective are bringing their series of Campfire Clubs to various green spots in and around London. Spend the evening outside, listening to beautiful music and enjoy activities such as story telling and sing-alongs.