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 17th October 2017
You’ve been to retro nights, you’ve seen endless throwback Thursdays – but you’ve never experienced the 80s like this before. For something a little different on your night out, get down to Reflex Dance Studios, where you’ll receive a complete 80s makeover, a dance lesson with a professional choreographer, and then end the evening in an amazing 80s party.
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 in either Shoreditch or Bloomsbury 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.
From The Pogues to Mariah Carey, this karaoke event is going to be absolutely massive. Join in with the Massaoke on their Christmas special at the O2 in Islington.
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.
Did you know that London is haunted? The city is thousands of years old and a lot of it is bloody, and with the help of some paranormal tools, you’ll might just encounter ghosts, poltergeists and other weird happenings. Visit London’s largest execution site, abandoned goals that house some of the most gruesome serial killers in the land and more as you uncover the paranormal side to the capital.
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.
It doesn’t get more ‘dinner with a difference’ than eating at Faulty Towers! This fully immersive show features a three course meal, crazy improvisation and unique theatrical script, which made it a critical success. Great for comedy, theatre and food fanatics alike, who want a unique night out.
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.
From blindfolds and buzzers through to open mic and trivia, The Elgin in West London are putting their spin on the traditional pub quiz.
Bored of the same old cinema? Try Nightspot Cinema, where they screen iconic films with legendary soundtracks, and uses those scores to throw a great party afterwards. Banging tunes, great films and even a guest celebrity DJ or two – what more could you want?
T.T Liquor's 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!'
Ultimate Power is coming into town and bringing with it a whole lot of air guitaring and sing along fun. Join the club night for a massive party that features epic tunes, confetti canons and lots of dress up.
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.
Meet The Streets is one of the most unique ways to get to know the city, on foot. Join them for some of the best walking tours in London as you get familiar with everything from tales of ghosts gone by or head on over for a pint in some of the city's most historic pubs.
You’ve never seen magic this personal before. Descend down a set of stairs and you’ll find a land of magic, intrigue, and some of the best magicians in the world.
It’s never just a standard night at Queens. Sure, you can just come for the MEATliquor food and cocktails from the bar, but you’d be missing out on the ice skating rink and 12 bowling alleys.
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.
Look, most of us love a glass of prosecco and going a bit crazy on cocktails in a club, but sometimes you just want to sit down and indulge in some delicious chocolate. That doesn’t mean sitting at home, though, as MyChocolate offer a range of nights that takes a playful, creative, and charming chocolate creating experience.
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.
Try and escape Poppa Plock’s workshop – if you dare! You and your team will be guided through mysteries like no other by Plock’s outrageous ventriloquist dummy and his demented dolls. The pressure is on as you try to uncover the mysteries and solve the challenges, or risk being caught in the workshop forever.
When it comes to alternative nights out London, it's difficult to get more niche than an entire event built around the concepts of pizza, beer and Bruce Springsteen. Celebrate The Boss in the best way possible - have a couple of cold ones with like-minded fans and get involved in some Springsteen-themed activities.
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.
Join the jive party for a night of cool retro fun at the Rivoli Ballroom, complete with a live band, DJs, a beginner’s dance lesson and an amazing 50s and 40s attitude.
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.
Fancy adding a bit of childlike magic into your life? This is a night out like you’ve never experienced before as you become immersed in the world of Shrek. You’ll receive a DreamWorks concocted drink on arrival before Donkey takes you on a jaw-dropping 4D bus ride. You’ll then head on down to the Poison Apple Pub, where you’ll get to drink a shot with Doris, the ugly step-sister.
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.
Brighton rapper Bobbie Johnson and spoken word poet Deanna Rodger take to the stage for this slam poetry night. With the best DJs playing chilled hip hop and an open mic segment for the audience to get involved, its a great alternative night out for Londoners.
Organising everything from birthday parties through to corporate events, Retro Events are putting the fun back into partying. The group specialise in themed bashes, expect everything from magicians and singers through to sounds of the swinging '60s.
Bel Canto are serving dinner with a massive side of opera in West London. The restaurant is a unique slice of fine French dining and opera singers, who will perform while you eat.
Experience a night of twirling tassels, fabulous fans and glitter galore as Fitzgerald’s famous tale of sex, drugs, debauchery, love and money comes to life in this imaginative burlesque retelling. You’ll also receive a three-course meal.
Don't worry about a dull Christmas, the cockneys are in town and they're giving the nativity the East End treatment. Head over to the old boozer for a night of immersive theatre, festive food and table dancing.
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.
Fancy yourself a bit of a superstar singer? Then head down to Nomad on Old Street for a night of huge hits and karaoke fun as they host afrobeat karaoke. The popular events has you singing all your favourite hits at the top of you lungs at the fun-time party bar.