Cool and Quirky Events in London
Looking for unusual London events, off-kilter happenings and all manner of unique parties? No problem. This list of cool and quirky events in London covers the best of the city's alternative nightlife, encompassing secret pop-ups, sizzling cabaret shows, themed nights, immersive supper clubs and so much more. So without further ado; here are the best cool and quirky events in London worth knowing about.
Last updated on 27th February 2017
Jump aboard The Golden Flame for one of London's most exciting new events as the party boat sails the Thames taking in iconic sights by night. Pop on your headphones and dance to the hottest tunes as you sail by the likes of Big Ben, Tower Bridge and London Eye for a party with a difference. Tickets have sold out for January but register here to be among the first to hear about a new batch.
Welcome to the best, friendliest and quirkiest bar in London – Little Nan’s Rio Bar! Join them for a night full of kitsch design, nostalgia, cocktails and tea. Expect photobooths, 90s tunes, unlimited Pic N Mix, cinema popcorn, and bottomless teapot cocktails, beer and cider. Get on the dance floor, take some nostalgic pictures and make some friends at Little Nan’s.
You’ve never celebrated Spring like this before – instead of admiring the daffodils, throw powder paints at each other in Cinnamon Kitchen’s pop up celebrating the wonderfully fun Holi Festival. After the festivities, feast on their variety of traditional Indian canapes, or sip on the signature Holi Cocktails from the pop up bar.
Dalston is getting a ball pit bar and our lives are about to change forever. Head over to BallieBallerson as they fill a hole with loads of balls and invite you to jump right in. Drinks are inspired by old-fashioned sweeties and food is moreish nibbles such as BBQ pork balls and fried cheese balls.
Influenced by classic comedy gold like ‘Allo Allo and Dad’s Army, you are cordially invited to a world of secret agents, gadgets and gizmos as you accept a role as a secret agent for the French Resistance in 1943. Receive your briefing, kit up and get stuck in; immersing yourself in the '40s Parisian culture and nailing that French accent to ward off the suspicions of the lurking Gestapo. Immersive entertainment aside - there’s also a three-course menu and lively night of swing dancing to look forward to here.
Ever wanted to drink bottomless cocktails from an old nana's teapots? Well here's your chance. From afternoon cocktail parties to 90s-inspired hangouts, tropical getaways to Spice Girl sing-a-longs, this kitsch hideaway has it all.
Raucous fun from the first minute, Sounds Familiar is more of a rowdy disco than a pub quiz. There’s no need for sneaky Wikipedia checks on your smartphone here, your task is to identify the name and artist of famous songs instead. You’ll be up on the tables, dancing and belting out the tunes in no time at all.
Take yourself back to the bygone days of the 1920s and indulge in a little Golden Age excess courtesy of The Candlelight Club. Champions of atmospheric dining and candlelit suppers, these guys revive the Jazz Age like never before. Dress your dapper best and prepare to jive on the dance floor to the smooth sounds of Jazz.
If you're looking for London's newest fad, try a game of Shuffleboard at Burdock. Drink some delicious cocktails and eat some food while playing the super-fun and unique board game with your pals.
This is a truly unique opportunity to get a glimpse into the behind-the-scenes operations of London's last remaining family brewery. Here, you'll discover the secrets behind all of Fullers' success and receive fascinating insight into British beer-making. And beyond the beer, dating all the way back to 1828, The Fuller's Griffin brewery has some truly riveting tales to tell, hear them all whilst sampling a few pints of Fullers' finest ales.
The future of gaming is here and it's landed in The Four Thieves. The Battersea pub has just unveiled its virtual reality gaming experience with gamers able to book a whole room for themselves and friends for 20 mins of interactive fun.
Wander around the amazing Princess of Wales Conservatory at Orchard Lates as Kew Gardens stay open late for a night designed for adults. From cocktail bars and Indian street-food pop-ups through to henna and talks by experts, this is a completely unique way to see Kew.
Disco Yoga is coming to London. This cool and quirky event combines yoga moves to disco classics such as Diana Ross and The Jackson Five, plus there's even super healthy cocktails. Get ready for your weekend in the healthiest possible way.
Promising some of the hottest acts on the circuit and the freshest names in comedy, the Top Secret Comedy club is all about big laughs, cheap drinks and entry prices that won't break the bank. Only those in the know can get tickets (consider yourself in the know as of now), and the event takes place from their 'top secret' hideaway on Drury Lane. Just keep it schtum, okay?
Hear Russian composers in a completely new way as The Brunel Museum hosts a series of piano concerts in their Grand Entrance Hall. Set in an underground tunnel shaft, the concert will show case the works of Tchaikovsky, Chopin and Beethoven among others.
One of the premier escape rooms is coming to London; Escape Entertainment is putting on two games to work your grey matter. Filled with puzzles and clues, each games requires you working as a team to escape from either a bank robbery or a Prohibition raid.
Based in Central London and pushing every convention it faces, the Smith and Sinclair teams latest pop up bar, The Flavour Room, takes cocktail making to a completely different level. Tanqueray Dry Gin are the pop-up specialist's partners in this venture. Deconstructing cocktails to their bare bones and turning them completely on their head, a night at the venue's experimental garnish bar will deliver plenty of thrilling surprises.
You’ve never had cocktails like this before. Tanqueray London Dry Gin’s Experimental Garnish Bar offers you the chance to decorate your gin based drinks with a whole range of weird, edible garnishes – and wants you to get creative. Or try Smith & Sinclair’s quirky pop-up, where they’ll be serving creative conceptions like cocktail-infused vapours, alcoholic dib dabs and cocktail pastilles.
You haven’t seen Cabaret like this before – The London Cabaret Club dives into the rich cultural history of Britain to present a night of sophisticated live entertainment. From shows about the nature of London to the a celebration of British musical history, these original shows are memorable experiences, and all take place while you dine on delicious food.
Cabaret Des Distractions offers a glamorous evening of cabaret, musical theatre and circus performances in a stunning 1920s ballroom. Inspired by the Féeries of 19th century Paris, this is a classic tale of love and temptation featuring gasps of awe, roars of laughter and whoops of excitement along the way.
Unleash your inner nerd at SciFilent Disco, only at The Vaults. Dress up as your favourite science fiction character or wear your best Fantastic Four top, either way you’ll be dancing into the night with three amazing channels. Red is for funk, yellow is for your favourite Sci-Fi soundtracks and green is for people, and each will let you party to the moon and back.
Mini Works and Rumpus are teaming up again this March, creating a mystic wonderland for Under 11s to enjoy with their parents. Styled as an enchanted woodland party, this quirky event takes place in Waterloo's The Vaults and will see circus performers, talented dancers and a handful of arts & crafts specialists all come together for this children's event in London.
Brunch just got a bit more mental. Mix bottomless Bloody Marys, Mimosas & Bubbles with some hella tasty brunch dishes and then throw in some of the outrageous antics from the host herself Tina Turner Tea Lady. She will be sassing the whole quirky event in London up with some typically boozy bingo games.
For an afternoon full of delicious cocktails and even better Southern-inspired food, head to the Hip Hop Brunch, an event that'll completely change the way you see lazy Saturday afternoons. Alongside an amazing dining experience, guests will have the chance to unwind to the sound of their favourite urban tracks and even practice spitting lyrics in a Hip Hop Karaoke session. As fun-loving events go, this is definitely near the top of the list.
If you want a quirky event in London, look no further than Drink Shop Do’s Indeedy Musical Bingo and Bottomless Brunch. Indulge in endless bubbles, Bloody Marys and bagels as you enjoy three rounds of musical bingo. Prizes range from sandwich toasters to inflatable bananas – this is an event only for the funnest people.
Alternative comedy in East London doesn’t get much hotter than Pickle Boy Comedy. Featuring some of the biggest and weirdest names in comedy right now, this hilariously unforgettable night offers laughs, pickled eggs, and even BBQ food.
Set in one of the most intimate and quirky bars in London, Paper Dress Vintage, is a debauched show like no other. Milk V is not for the faint-hearted, featuring X-Rated burlesque and the sexiest live music, while the rest of you brave enough should arrive dressing to undress.
Putting your arts and crafts skills to the test, the West Elm are hosting a series of knitting based classes for Londoners to take part in. From warming clothes to oversized heart cushions and plant hangers, these knitting classes offer a relaxed, easy-going way to let your creative side take control.
Promising an off-the-chain daytime event of nostalgic merriment, The 90s Brunch gang invite you to Be Dope, Be Awesome for their retro-themed party. To start with there’s to be an hour of bottomless Mimosas, as well as a delicious spread of 90s inspired grub served in sharing platter style. There’s a full-on 90s dress up box, a playlist of the most poppin’ classics from the decade and prizes for the winner of the lip-sync battles.
Taking place in the secret den of Dr Kluger's Olde Town Tavern, Strictly Come Drag promises to blow away your January blues. The event will be filled to the brim with brunch food from the Breakfast Club, bottomless booze and some of London's finest drag acts lip syncing and battling their way to Drag act of the day.
The Fondue Lodge is cool in two ways: not only do you get delicious cheese and chocolate fondue – alongside a starter of your choice – but the whole place is decked out to recreate an alpine lodge, giving you that skiing experience right here in London. Add in complimentary Schnapps and live music, and you’re guaranteed an authentic alpine experience.
Chai Ki in Canary Wharf are teaming up with Alfred Le Roy this March to celebrate the festival of Holi, creating a themed cocktail menu and inviting Londoners on the canal boat to enjoy delicious Indian chaat. After the event, guests will be able to continue the party at the Chai Ki restaurant, where the dye will really start to fly. This is definitely one of the more quirky events in London.
Nicole Line’s textile workshops are about teaching a creative skill to both adults and children, whether they’re total beginners or complete pros. Featuring everything from screen printing to tie-dyeing, come along to share your ideas and techniques in a relaxed environment; you’ll learn how to master the equipment, where to source the materials and even how to set up your own studio space at home.
The Poetry Whores are back and recreating a Victorian brothel through words and sense in a three-storey venue in Farringdon. Head to The Betsey Trotwood to get lost in parlours, perfumed rooms and winding corridors as their master poets spin a world like no other.
Sailing on a canalboat down the River Lea is the coolest way to spend your Sunday afternoon. The music will be exclusively upbeat tracks, the bar will serve a tonne of beers, soft drinks, juices, wines, spirits and cocktails, and there’s many brunch options available. And if you’re particularly thirsty, you can opt in for bottomless Bloody Mary, Prosecco and Mimosas.
What should all good tea parties include? Vodka of course! And this masterclass is making sure you get only the best as they teach you how to make tea cocktails with Black Cow, the only pure milk vodka.
Burlesque has taken over London and one troupe that are at the top of their game is House of Kittens. They will be returning with their third show, MENAGERIE 'Homage' to a secret East London location; dress up and join in with the tantalising teasing.
It’s a bit hard to hide your identity as a witch or wizard form all these muggles, right? Well it’s time for all you magical creatures to let your hair down at the Wizard Inn, where you can enjoy a fantastical night of unlimited drinks, a buffet and live entertainment, making this a quirky event in London you don’t want to miss.
Get a bottomless brunch with a difference as Mahiki throw a Hawaiian fancy dress brunch party! Celebrating Honolulu Festival, the venue is offering a delicious, exotic brunch menu and a complimentary Tiki cocktail served by flair mixologists on arrival. To add an extra flourish of paradise, heavenly DJs will keep the tunes going all day and the interactive performers will keep you entertained.
Add a whole heap of guilty fun to you North London night out as Guilty Pleasures at KOKO put on their huge night. Sing your heart out to banging pop tunes, shimmy to the shapes of Beyonce and confess all to Father Oates as the guiltiest night comes to Camden.
Andaz London is home to one of London's most interesting venues - a secret Masonic temple. This spring they will be screening iconic horror from Psycho to The Babadook; free drink and pop-corn is included with the option of a two-course meal.
London certainly has something for everyone, so if you wanted to spend your night in an Aquarium after-hours while drinking prosecco, then you are in luck. This quirky event lets you take the Shark Walk across the magnificent Pacific Reef display, gaze in wonder at crocodiles or sea turtles and drink from the many pop-up bars across SEA LIFE London Aquarium.
The '90s were great weren't they - the best bands, the weirdest hairdos and some seriously awesome fashion. Start the night with some '90s karaoke or a game of hopsctoch before moving into the after party with lots of banging '90s hits. There's also a games room, free fried chicken and candy floss as well as a themed photo booth.
Things are getting hot and heavy over in Kensington as Bodo's Schloss brings the best of apres-ski to London. Join the mad bar as they get into the spirit with bottomless Moet and Chandon cocktails, munch of a huge brunch buffet and party until the late hours with DJs and a ski simulator.
Taking over the wild members' club The King's Head, Gin House Burlesque is a night of fun and tantalising performances. The twisty turny club is transformed by seductive and intimate performances by old-school show girls who are bringing the glamour to East London.
Every March, Japan is covered in beautiful pink blossoms and huge parties are thrown. Porchester Hall is bringing the fun of the festival to London as they host a day of DJs, dancing and cocktails in their Grade-II listed venue. Put on your finery and spend you Saturday learning more about Japanese culture.
If you’re looking for a cool and quirky event in London, prepare to be transported to Victorian Whitechapel during the terrifying time of Jack the Ripper. As one of three characters it’ll be up to you to uncover the mystery by talking to key characters, and roam the streets from the tavern to the church. Can you get out of this alive?
Travel back in time to The Blitz Party, an authentic 1940s party held in a secret London location. The D-Day special comes back with air-raid shelter décor like sandbags and blackout curtains, while a live big band will perform 1940s classics and remixed modern songs. With a heap of classic cocktails, delicious snacks served at the mess stall and swing lessons for those nervous few, it’s time to step back in time.
The Chap Olympiad is the quirkiest garden party you’ll attend this summer. Sporting prowess is shunned over elegant clothing, with crossing the finish line coming second to gorgeous attire. Dress like a dandy, in military wear or formal clothing and compete in a celebration of Britain’s sporting incompetence.
Bid farewell to the angry commuters and rammed morning journey, this time you take to the underground for one of London's most unique supper clubs. Dine in a disused tube carriage where you'll be served a 4 course tasting menu of French Brasserie dishes from Cordon Bleu chef and enjoy it all with a complimentary cocktail.