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 January 2018
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.
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.
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.
Eschew the cute and kitsch winter rooftop for something a little more alternative. The South Pole Saloon meets all the criteria of your festive rooftop venue - Christmas cocktails, fabulous views - but does it with a bit more grit.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Catch some seriously stunning acts at this great East London cabaret night. From clowning, to treasure hunts, to spoken word and song, it's a great alternative night out in London.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do something different in January - try something new, expand your horizons or do both at this great West London Burns Night ceilidh. Pick up some Scottish dance moves, eat some haggis and drink all the whisky at this great alternative night out in London.
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.
Do something really different with Bunker 51, where you can take part in everything from paintball to laser tag and airsoft – or even get immersed into their scary and interactive zombie SWAT experience.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!'
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.