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 17th November 2017
Looking for something a bit different for brunch? Well then, how does unlimited prosecco and pizza, all while diving into Ballie Ballerson's new 1m-strong ball pit in Shoreditch sound?
Prison isn’t too bad when you’ve got cocktails. Sneak your favourite bottle of alcohol into this high security prison and one of the inmates will shake you up something special. But in this immersive drinking experience, there’s only one thing: you can’t get caught!
Unleash the beast and find the beauty is this amazing immersive supper clubs taking place at The Vaults this winter. Join the Waterloo venue as they put on three courses, unlimited drinks, live entertainment and fairy godmothers to make sure your night is completely magical.
It's taken over Miami and now it's here to bring us all to our knees; shuffleboarding is the huge group sport that is great for friends and colleagues.
At this gallery, you don’t just look at art, but taste, sniff and feel it too. This multi-sensory gallery is a collaboration of many artists, with innovative bespoke cocktails from Smith & Sinclair too.
Promising live choirs, epic 16-piece orchestras and live performers aplenty, Reimagine retell the stories of some of music history's biggest and brightest names including Dr Dre, Lauryn Hill and Daft Punk!
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.
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.
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.
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.
When it gets colder outside, escape to Winterland, an enchanted riverside paradise filled with winter lodges, igloos, games like mini golf and prosecco pong, delicious fondue and two bars serving up all the alcohol you need. And there’s fur-lined sofas to sink into too.
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.
Handmade Mysteries create twisted escape rooms for people looking for a pulse-racing, brain-teasing, immersive experience. Based in London's finest drinking establishments, your game host will introduce your team to a series of bizarre contraptions and mysterious misfits. Will you win and cry for joy? Or lose, and just cry?
Perfect for any amateur bakers out there, The Big London Bake is a quirky event taking place this summer, revolving around all the yeast-based fun of baking. Guests will be set a number of challenges by the event's talented professionals in order to find out who is London's true star baker. Will you rise above the rest or crumble under the pressure of this quirky event.
Popping up on the side of a river is Jimmy’s, the adorable alpine lodge. Not only can you get mulled drinks and fondue in the lodge itself, you can steal yourself away in the cute alfresco snow globes for private eating.
This is afternoon tea with a difference, as they combine the traditional concept with Japanese Omakase dining to bring three tiers of deliciousness, alongside your choice of Champagne, sparkling sake or jasmine silver needle tea.
Party in the famous Magic Roundabout for a good cause, as you support men’s mental health with all ticket sales going to The CALMzone, and whole host of DJs bringing the tunes.
From cinema screenings, to afternoon teas and live music, the Karma Sanctum has some of the coolest events in London.
Get ready for the most important hour of your life as Trapped in a Prison Van puts your noggin through its paces. The immersive experience takes place in a refurbed police van, has room for up to eight people and will require logic, teamwork and thinking outside of the box to ensure your freedom.
This is not your typical night out - head over to Whitechapel to spend an hour trying to escape the living dead. Trapped in a Room with a Zombie involves being locked in a room with a zombie and having to complete a series of puzzles and challenges to escape.
Known for their vintage-style comedy and thigh-slapping theatre, The Gin Chronicles offer the perfect night-out-with-a-difference. Join them for golden age comedy, and a complimentary boutique gin and tonic at their current series of events.
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?
Set in an alpine-themed bar, this quirky pop up in South London is one of the foodie events of the winter season. Full of nice wines and melted cheese, it's perfect for a romantic date night, or just a nice catch up with friends.
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.
Santa is coming to town and he's not playing nice. Head to this mad Christmas party for southern food, DJs, burlesque and all the festive cheer you can shake a bauble at.
Tuck into something a little ye olde in London with one of the most unique events in the city, The Medieval Banquet. From social feasting in unique vaults, to jugglers, performers, and King Henry himself, this roaring affair is sure to be a night to remember, and most definitely a trip back through time.
You’ve probably never tried anything like Pitch Black before. You’ll get familiar with your surroundings and a glass of prosecco before the lights are turned off and you are guided through the intricate flavours by the witty host.
For a cool and quirky night out in London you're never going to forget, mosey down to Ma' Plucker on a Thursday and tuck into their bottomless bird and booze offer. Alongside all the beer, prosecco or margarita, guests will be able to dig into as much chipotle-marinated chicken as their stomachs can handle. Better still, the entire evening is 70s-themed, so there'll be loud outfits and fun disco tunes played throughout.
If you’re looking for something a bit alternative, how about you try bingo with a twist: Musical Bingo! With a monthly changing theme, there’s even more of a chance to hear your favourite song, and with some mystery rounds and lots of pizza, you are in for a good night.
The Brixton Rooftop team are bringing back their quirky Christmas pop-up once again. Featuring Christmas-themed cocktails and views over South London, this fully covered and heated winter rooftop is the ultimate chill out spot.
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.
What happens when you invite hip-hop and RnB into a bingo hall? Blingo, is what. Expect a big night of beats, prizes, dance offs, lip sync battles and the sickest house party you’ve ever been to afterwards.
It's back for a Christmas special and it's looking as delicious as ever; the Underground Supper Club takes place on an abandoned tube and serves seasonal and locally sourced food.
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.
Proud Cabaret City is inviting you to a night of love, money, sex, drugs and debauchery in this fabulous retelling of Fitzgerald’s classic story, with a three course meal to boot.
Roadster California in West London is bringing all sorts of fun this festive season, from a three-course feast through to entertainment from the legend that is Chinese Elvis.
Fiddle Pardididdle are putting a bit of quirky Scottish fun back into your London night out. The live music band will be leading you through the steps to a ceilidh for a hilarious and fun evening.
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.
Lucky Voice Karaoke in Islington is not messing about when it comes to its brunch offer. The team is combining two hours of bottomless cocktails, a great selection of bagels and huge DJ sets for guests to enjoy. With an hour of karaoke to round things off, this is one brunch in London you're unlikely to forget in a hurry.
The hilarious and multi-talented Tricity Vogue is taking over Midnight Apothecary, bringing her ukulele and her friends and this great singalong extravaganza.
Ms. Paolini's Phantasmagoria returns to Hoxton Hall for the third time with their engaging and original show. Question everything about your reality at this one-off night you won't forget in a hurry.
It's big, it's messy and it's hella fun; this is one of London's best club nights and it's bringing a whole host of mad events. Join Supa Dupa Fly as they host their legendary RnB night across some of the city's best venues.
Join this interactive comedy gameshow where the sporting inept must compete against each other to become the supreme champion – hosted by James Hancox.
House of Outre have returned and they are bringing their amazing Burlesque and Bingo back. Experience both of those like you never have before, with your spectacular host Mr Christmas.
Get ready for a bonanza evening of excess as The Manhattan Club comes back to town. As well as a sit-down dinner, there will be canapes, cocktails, entertainment, games and plenty of themed surprises.
Experience modern cabaret in this glorious array of acts. From aerialists and acrobats to high-kicking showgirls and comedy singers, Black Cat Cabaret is a great, quirky event to get out to this festive season.
Events don't come much more sassier than the Strictly Come Drag Queen's brand new spanking panto for Christmas 2017. Think feisty live acts, audience interaction, a two course feast courtesy of The Breakfast Club Canary Wharf, and an hour of bottomless booze.
As a venue, Aeronaut pretty much defined the cool and quirky bar in London. Now they're back and their opening weekend is going to go off with a bang. With DJs, performances and acts galore, it's not a comeback you'll want to miss.
The calamitous Christmas tales of three comedians are told over three courses prepared by the team at Mam Sham. Expect festive cheer followed by festive cringing at this hilarious London Christmas event.
Back for the fifth year running, The Flanagan Collective bring their immersive performance of A Christmas Carol to Shoreditch. This quirky Christmas event in East London also features an amazing festive feast from Natalie Coleman.
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.
Raising money for charity, this night is all sorts of fun; dress up as your favourite retro games character and speed round the track Mario Kart style.
Come to Oblix for the start of the festive season as they host their OTT treehouse party, complete with dancing, fairy lights, greenery, gin cocktails and delicious canapes.
You probably haven’t experienced a pop up cinema like this before. Not only will Nightspot be showing some classic films, they’ll also be throwing a party afterwards using the film’s iconic soundtrack as inspiration.
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.
LondonSwedes are celebrating Lucia nights in Peckham this year. Taking over an old church, the event will include a live choir, Swedish customs and traditional dishes including meatballs and hot dogs.
Head to XOYO for a huge night of live music as a host of musicians and artists perform renditions of Prince's greatest album, Sign O the Times.
Events don't come much louder or much quirkier than the renowned Musical Bingo. Taking to a new plot at Pop Brixton, revellers can expect more of the same heady DJs, rowdy party antics, quick-fire rounds and win-worthy prizes.
It's time to warm up your singing voice as the group singalong Massaoke returns with a Christmas special. There will be all the epic ballads, a live band and all the fun.
A gospel choir and karaoke – two concepts you didn’t know you needed until right now. Described as Sister Act meets Top of the Pops, you’ll be able to sing out classic songs with the backing of a full Gospel Choir. That’s as awesome as it sounds. There’s also confessionals, congregation participation, team harmonies and tonnes of singalongs.
See London Dungeon like never before with this immersive late night. Head to the iconic attraction as they spin you back to the grisly past, complete with cocktails, rides and interactive theatre.
The Lucky Pig are known for their swinging parties and this New Year's Eve will be no different. Join the cocktail joint for a night of live music, welcome cocktails and fun-time party booth in a grand Fitzrovia setting.
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.
Predator Adventures is the first of its kind in the UK. Speeding along the Thames at up to 60mph, the craft is controlled from land, get in the Seabreacher and get ready for the ride of your life.
Get ready to save the entire world and solve a murder as Aftermath, the immersive theatre experience comes to you, delves you and up to 19 people into their experience. All you need is two hours and a workable room, and the team will put your skills to the test.
A mad scientist has been acting more suspiciously than usual and it's up to you to discover what's really going on... Join ExCeL in one of their 13 custom built escape rooms that throw you into various scenarios that will challenge and engage you and your group.