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 18th July 2018

12 events @ 9 venues with 34 upcoming dates from 25 Jan 2017 until 06 Dec 2018

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.

@ Radisson Blu Bloomsbury Street Hotel on Various dates

Join Basil, Sybil and Manuel for a shambolic evening of dining as the incredibly popular immersive theatre event returns for 2018. Based on the hit TV show, the night will be just as funny, only this time you're one of the guests.

Save £10.00 on ticket Off Peak Dinner with discount code SUMMEROP
Valid on any dates between 28/06/2018 and 31/08/2018.

3 events @ Neverland London with 66 upcoming dates from 18 Jul 2018 until 26 Aug 2018

Bringing you everything you could possibly need to have the perfect summer, the Fulham Beach Club returns to Neverland for a season of sun, sand, shuffleboard and bottomless brunch.

5 events @ Tobacco Dock with 157 upcoming dates from 19 Jul 2018 until 25 Oct 2018

With drinks, views and lawn games galore, this cool and quirky bar in London is one of the only spots to be doing your drinking this summer. 

2 events @ St Martin-in-the-Fields with 2 upcoming dates starting on 27 Jul 2018

Immerse yourselves in the sounds of Vivaldi and Handel as the London Musical Arts Ensemble and talented director John Landor bring it to life in the beautiful church setting lit by stunning candles.

  For King and Country

90 user reviews 5

@ COLAB Factory on Various dates

The fate of Britain is in your hands as COLAB Theatre put on another excellent immersive theatre experience. Join they group as they recreate 1940s Britain; you're in the war cabinet and it's up to you to decide how to save King and Country.

Save £10.00 on ticket Standard with discount code WORLDWARTWO
Valid on the following dates: 15/07/2018, 22/07/2018, 25/07/2018 and 29/07/2018.

8 events @ 3 venues with 8 upcoming dates from 27 Jul 2018 until 08 Sep 2018

Travelling around London to show movies under the stars, Nomad Cinema is back in London for summer. Catch up with them as they occupy cemeteries, lidos and parks, to show all sorts of lovely movies. 

16 events @ XOYO with 16 upcoming dates from 19 Jul 2018 until 18 Oct 2018

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! 

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary on Various dates

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!

Save 20.00% on ticket Sunday Sentence with discount code SUNDAY

2 events @ Flip Out London E6 with 77 upcoming dates starting on 20 Jul 2018

East Ham's largest soft play area is launching the ultimate way to kick off your Friday night, with two hours of trampolines, laser mazes, ninja warrior obstacle courses and more, all with an amazing soundtrack from a live DJ.

  The Candlelight Club

141 user reviews 4

@ The Candlelight Club on Various dates

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. 

4 events @ The London Cabaret Club with 47 upcoming dates from 21 Mar 2017 until 22 Dec 2018

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.

8 events @ 3 venues with 310 upcoming dates from 30 Dec 2017 until 10 Nov 2018

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.

3 events @ Karma Sanctum Soho Hotel with 101 upcoming dates starting on 15 Jun 2018

From cinema screenings, to afternoon teas and live music, the Karma Sanctum has some of the coolest events in London. 

2 events @ 2 venues with 100 upcoming dates from 18 Jul 2018 until 05 Sep 2018

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? 

  The Big London Bake

152 user reviews 5

@ The Castle Tooting on Various dates

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.

5 events @ DNA VR with 165 upcoming dates from 18 Jul 2018 until 31 Aug 2018

For a quirky day out, try this virtual reality experience that lets you escape to other worlds. Whether it's conquering Everest, travelling to the Moon or surviving a Zombie Apocalypse, you can do it all at DNA VR.

31 events @ Kansas Smitty's with 31 upcoming dates from 18 Jul 2018 until 25 Nov 2018

As the home of live music and jazz, Kansas Smitty's doesn't miss a beat when it comes to a night out in Hackney. from their julep cocktails through to the talented array of live musicians, Kansas Smitty's is making every night a great one.

  KERB Counter Quiz Night

1 user review 4

@ KERB Counter on Various dates

Don't come here expecting your traditional quiz night. Sure, there's six rounds, great cocktails, beers and street food, and even free poppadum nachos, but with their hilarious Drag Queen quiz master in charge, who knows what will happen?

  • Over 18
  • Quiz Night
  • 19:00 - 21:00
  • Tickets from £5.00 - £5.00

  The Great Gatsby

3 user reviews 3

@ Gatsby's Drugstore on Various dates

One of the best cool and quirky events in London, this immersive adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's seminal novel will take you back to the golden age of partying for a night of non-stop immersive action.

5 events @ 3 venues with 23 upcoming dates from 18 Jul 2018 until 04 Dec 2018

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.

  The Medieval Banquet

6 user reviews 4

@ The Medieval Banquet on Various dates

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. 

Save £8.00 on ticket Adult with discount code SUMMEROFFER
Valid on any dates between 20/06/2018 and 15/09/2018.

  The Wizard Of Oz

112 user reviews 5

@ Abney Park on Various dates

This quirky event sees the Wizard of Oz come to London in the form of an outdoor performance in Abney Park. Set in one of London's woodland memorial parks and Local Nature Reserves, the show will take the audience through the classic story by L.Frank Baum as Dorothy tries to make her way back to Kansas.

12 events @ Rivoli Ballroom with 12 upcoming dates from 18 Jul 2018 until 14 Dec 2018

Head to Brockley for this cool and quirky event at the Rivoli Ballroom. There's a great range of film screenings coming up, including Rebel Without A Cause, Bridesmaids and Breakfast At Tiffany's

6 events @ Gin Foundry with 6 upcoming dates from 19 Jul 2018 until 23 Aug 2018

A hub for all thing gin-related, Gin Foundry in Fulham offers some of the best tasting sessions in the country for those who are looking to find out all about the best and brightest in the distilling game.

@ Ma' Plucker on Every Thursday

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.

9 events @ Aeronaut with 111 upcoming dates starting on 19 Jul 2018

Offering some of the most cool and quirky events in London, Aeronaut brings you some of the kookiest goings-on. From mad cabaret to stunning circus and comedy brunches, there's always something fun happening at this great Acton bar.

7 events @ Studio 338 with 7 upcoming dates from 20 Jul 2018 until 31 Aug 2018

London, you've found your summer pub, as Studio 338 and Sol have created a space filled with the best street food in London, live music, DJs, cult pub quizzes, arcade gaming, and guest hosts to create one of the most versatile summer spaces around.

1 events @ Brunel Museum Rooftop Garden with 22 upcoming dates from 20 Jul 2018 until 29 Sep 2018

Head to the roof of the Brunel Museum for one of these cool and quirky London events. The Midnight Apothecary will be popping up once again in the museum's rooftop garden for campfires, cocktails and delicious street food.

19 events @ 14 venues with 66 upcoming dates starting on 20 Jul 2018

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.

@ The Candlemaker on Every Saturday

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. 

@ People's Park Tavern on Every Saturday

This cool and quirky London event brings you bingo, bottomless booze and bonkers antics. Enjoy a tasty brunch from the good folks at the People's Park Tavern, and drink the morning away with hilarious comedy from Mr. James Hancox and Ria Lina.

24 events @ Secret London Location with 24 upcoming dates from 21 Jul 2018 until 29 Dec 2018

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.  

  Bottomless Brunch!

3 user reviews 3

@ Lucky Voice Karaoke Islington on Various dates

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.

11 events @ Secret London Location with 11 upcoming dates from 21 Jul 2018 until 15 Dec 2018

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.

4 events @ 2 venues with 100 upcoming dates from 21 Jul 2018 until 06 Jan 2019

Flight Club is a cool and quirky thing to do in London as not only is it one of the most fun places to hang out normally, their brunch parties are amazing, filled with bottles of prosecco, great food, and their innovative social darts that everyone's raving about.

7 events @ The Exhibit with 37 upcoming dates starting on 21 Jul 2018

It isn't just brunch at the Exhibit: they have everything from Drag Queen spectaculars, to all-day-and-night disco parties, to cinema screenings with food. It's nearly impossible to be bored here. 

15 events @ The Prince of Wales Brixton with 15 upcoming dates from 21 Jul 2018 until 30 Sep 2018

Every trip to the Prince of Wales is bound to be memorable and it isn't all to do with their amazing rooftop party space and amazing clubroom: it's also because they attract some of the best DJs in town.

5 events @ Top Secret Comedy Club with 250 upcoming dates starting on 21 Jul 2018

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?

8 events @ The Courtesan with 8 upcoming dates from 21 Jul 2018 until 02 Sep 2018

With tasty dim sum to chow down on, cool cocktails and loads of exciting and quirky live performances, The Courtesan is one of the best spots for low-key but luxurious evening.

1 events @ Pop Brixton with 1 upcoming dates starting on 22 Jul 2018

This is a film screening with a difference, Block Party Cinema are hosting a series of classic, thought-provoking films and documentaries, where you watch the films on big red beanbags and enjoy a pre-film DJ beforehand.

4 events @ 2 venues with 4 upcoming dates from 23 Jul 2018 until 27 Aug 2018

From Lauryn Hill to Marvin Gaye, this series of live music events brings together some of the finest musicians to pay tribute to some of history's greatest artists and genres.

1 events @ Elsted Village Hall with 1 upcoming dates starting on 24 Jul 2018

With shows in Hampstead and Peckham, this cool and quirky London event is a dream for those who have always to get into opera. Designed to be enjoyable and accessible to non-regular Opera-goers, Pop-up Opera's Hansel and Gretel is set to be one of the most exciting theatre outings of the Spring.

4 events @ Last Days of Shoreditch with 4 upcoming dates from 26 Jul 2018 until 29 Jul 2018

This cool and quirky London event is back for another season of dancing and day drinking, with awesome DJs ready to keep you up until all hours, this enchanted garden is the number one hang out spot this summer.

@ Concrete on Various dates

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.

5 events @ Secret London Location with 5 upcoming dates from 28 Jul 2018 until 30 Sep 2018

Afrobeat N Brunch is one of the coolest events you need to know about, with an hour of bottomless cocktails, three delicious courses of African food, and the hottest afrobeat talent providing the soundtrack.

2 events @ Pitch Stratford with 2 upcoming dates starting on 28 Jul 2018

It might be hard to get bored at cool thing to do in London Pitch. The weather-proof urban garden setting acts both as a chilled out hangout with great music, street food vendors and games, to an event space for massive parties.

  Strictly Come Drag Queen

40 user reviews 5

@ Dr Kluger's Olde Town Tavern on Various dates

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.

12 events @ 5 venues with 12 upcoming dates from 06 Aug 2018 until 19 Dec 2018

Learn how to design like a professional at these cool workshops, where Nicole Line will teach you how to use equipment, where to source materials and how to set up a studio space at home, all while mixing with similarly creative people.

1 events @ Ham Yard Hotel with 8 upcoming dates from 06 Aug 2018 until 18 Aug 2018

Whether you're after cocktails or wine, Ham Yard Hotel launched a series of summer pop ups, where you can sample wines and sip on cocktails, enjoy an exclusive brunch ane even experience masterclasses.

  Gospeloke's 4th Birthday!

24 user reviews 4

@ Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen on Various dates

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.

1 events @ Studio 338 with 1 upcoming dates starting on 18 Aug 2018

Embrace summer in London with these amazing parties, where you'll dance to the best tunes in two swimming pools, there's inflatables, VIP cabanas, pool-side cocktails, amazing street food and loads more.

3 events @ The King's Head Member's Club with 3 upcoming dates starting on 07 Sep 2018

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.

@ SEA LIFE London Aquarium on Various dates

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.

1 events @ St Thomas Church with 4 upcoming dates from 07 Sep 2018 until 07 Dec 2018

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.

17 events @ 12 venues with 19 upcoming dates from 10 Sep 2018 until 16 Sep 2018

From Mexican feasting, to mezcal takeovers and themed brunch, there is something for everyone at this week-long celebration of all things agave, which is spread all over the city.

2 events @ Secret London Location with 2 upcoming dates starting on 22 Sep 2018

It's time to add a big old dose of disco to your brunching habits. The hottest new monthly event to take over London is this party event that pops up in a secret location each time, bringing with it bottomless cocktails, disco tunes and plenty of fun.

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