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 28th April 2017
Deciding that kids shouldn't be the only ones to have fun, Drink Shop & Do are hosting an adult spelling bee this May, perfect for anyone that fancies themselves as a bit of a wordsmith. Each guest will have the chance to spell a word on stage. Those that answer correctly will progress to the next round. Anyone that makes a mistake must console themselves at the bar. This is one quirky night out that definitely shouldn't be missed.
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.
London's famous Playboy Club is hosting a Mexican celebration that's certain to leave an impression on you. Based in Mayfair, this iconic bar will be converted into a bustling Mexican street party and will feature a live mariachi band, pinatas spread throughout and bottles of the finest tequila in town. Grab you mates, head down to London's swankiest postcode and prepare to be amazed by what the bunnies have to offer on the night.
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.
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.
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.
Head outside in this immersive theatre event that brings the fairy tales of the Grimm Brothers to life. Taking place at Abney Park in Stoke Newington, the theatre events are held by Pandemonium Productions, a group renowned for their inventive and immersive take on classical productions.
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.
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.
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.
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!'
Add a big fat dose of culture to your night with this late night at Madam Tussauds. The iconic museum will open its doors to let you in minus kids and queues and plus prosecco. Go for a spin on their Spirit of London ride, hang out with the famous faces and see the Star Wars exhibition.
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.
Dinner and virtual reality have been two worlds for too long – now they’ve combined in the ultimate supper club alternative night out in London. Guests will be treated to a fantastic three course meal before getting the chance to be involved in an immersive virtual reality experience designed by Google.
This is live music like it should be listened to: Campfire Club Friday is bringing unamplified, outdoors live music from some of the city’s biggest talents, all while surrounding an actual campfire. If that’s not your musical dream, then you haven’t lived.
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.
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.
Last Man Standing is a frivolous quiz night like no other. Taking over the Pheonix in Central London, the night will pit teams against each other in a series of fun quiz rounds. The end of each round will feature an onstage challenge, bases around a number of well-known games. At the end of the night, each winner of the on-stage challenges will battle it out to take home the coveted 'Lat Man Standing' prize. Expect plenty of boozy-fueled laughter on the night.
After the unprecedented success of their bottomless brunch, Canary Wharf's Breakfast Club are taking things to the next level, hosting a fun Strictly Come Drag Dinner. Quirky and full of hilarity, this alternative night out will revolve around 2 delicious courses of dinner, with a series of dazzling live dance routines and performances placed between courses. Expect to be blown away.
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.
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.
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.
The next time you go out for dinner could mean a trip to space at Operation Red Rocket’s retro space adventure! The British National Space Laboratory needs to know if you are ready to colonise Mars, and you’ll experience an evening of rigorous scientific testing, an epic international five-course menu and cocktails to see if you can do it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Put the clubbing shoes away and have a great night making something. A group of experienced and enthusiastic artists will teach you step-by-step how to create your very own masterpiece inspired by Andy Warhol. In this laid back event you’re encouraged to bring your own wine and have fun.
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.