Cool and Quirky Events in London

Forget making small talk over your dinner date or blowing candles out with anything less than a glitter-filled brunch, because London is bringing the biggest and the kookiest parties to your proceedings. We've visited London's wackiest and weirdest spots, had a nosy at alternative nightlife, and sourced secret pop-ups to bring you a list of cool and quirky things to do. Whether you want cabaret, immersive supper clubs, or off-kilter theatre, this list will make sure that no London night out is ever normal again. 

Last updated on 17th January 2020




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.

Looking for something a bit different in the city? Well then, how does a ball-pit bar sound? One of London's most sought after activities, Ballie Ballerson are leaders when it comes to an unusual night out with cocktails and antics aplenty, and now they're Soho site is packing even more of a punch.

@ 56 Leadenhall Street on Various dates from Friday 24th January 2020

Transporting you from central London to Victorian England and the midst of a Martian invasion, this epic War of The Worlds immersive experience is a must-do for any sci-fi fanatic. Combining cutting edge technology with live theatre, you'll be absorbed into this alternative reality, where it's up to you to save the earth from its deadliest threat yet.

@ The Hidden Spirit Ship on Various dates from Friday 24th January 2020

This immersive experience from the makers of Alcotraz will have you hook line and sinker as you go on an undercover voyage to steal long lost treasure from the grasps of the governor. Set on board a real ship, this 1 hour and 40 minute drinking adventure will throw you in the deep end, with three cocktails and a stunning storyline. 

  The Murdér Express

652 user reviews 5

@ Pedley Street Station on Various dates from Friday 24th January 2020

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If you're looking for something a little different in London, look no further than a journey aboard The Murdér Express. Expect an evening of immersive luxury dining, where you'll need to help the detective solve a horrific crime - before the clock runs out and the train arrives in the French town of 'Murdér'.

ABQ London

1 user review 5

Head to Hackney where this fully immersive cocktail masterclass is teaching you the basics of molecular mixology across an hour and 45 minutes of action. Don your hazmat suits though, because things could get messy.

Candlelight Concerts

15 user reviews 4

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.

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Looking for something a little different this time around? Head to north London where Felipe and Paul of The Rhythm and Booze Project are throwing a party dedicated to good booze and great tunes. Think folk, blues and an open whisky bar.

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, you better not get caught.

London Shuffle

593 user reviews 5

Head to Shoreditch where The London Shuffle Club has pitched up for another season of seriously competitive shuffleboarding, pizzas, beers and cocktails.

The 90's Brunch

194 user reviews 3

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.

Hip Hop Brunch LDN

497 user reviews 4

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.  

Blingo - Hip Hop Bingo

192 user reviews 5

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.

  The Medieval Banquet

8 user reviews 4

@ The Ivory Vaults on Various dates from Friday 24th January 2020

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. 

  The Candlelight Club

332 user reviews 4

@ The Candlelight Club on Saturday 14th March 2020 and 4 other Saturdays

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. 

The London Cabaret Club

203 user reviews 4

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.

Take in the sights of London from this Tobacco Dock rooftop bar that brings you quirky games such as croquet and petanque, alongside booths, booze and stunning views during the warmer months, while winter is all about iceskating and igloos.

Garage Brunch

484 user reviews 4

Celebrate the best in UK garage as Garage Brunch touches down in London for another summer of epic celebrations. Serving up delicious breakfast dishes along with bottomless drinks, a banging soundtrack and live appearances, it's a must for garage-lovers. 

The Exhibit

158 user reviews 4

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. 

A night of

93 user reviews 4

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.

Inter-Pub Gaming

53 user reviews 5

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One of the best gaming experiences in London this August, The VR Concept are coming to a pub near you so prepare shoot, fly and challenge your friends at one of these interactive VR events.

Bashment Brunch

42 user reviews 4

Celebrate Saturday the way it was supposed to be celebrated with this epic day party from the team behind Hip Hop Brunch. Held at a secret London location, the Bashment Brunch is bringing you great food and bottomless cocktails the first Saturday of every month.

  The Big London Bake

578 user reviews 5

@ The Castle Tooting on Various dates from Friday 24th January 2020

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.

Cafe de Paris

219 user reviews 4

When it comes to quirky nights out in London, you can't go wrong with a visit to this iconic West End hotspot. Hit up Cafe de Paris for a night inspired by Studio 54, where live tunes, debaucherous tipples and glamorous live performances take centre stage.

@ The Mind Palace on Various dates from Friday 24th January 2020

Enter the mind of Sherlock Holmes himself at this immersive cocktail experience in Shepherd's Bush. Your task is simple, piece together the ingredients to solve the case and drink your success. Fail to do so, and that mistake could be your last. 

@ Secret London Location on Various dates from Friday 24th January 2020

One of the most anticipated events of the year, Secret Cinema have turned their immersive-stylings on Stranger Things as they build a fully-explorable world including the Starcourt and the Upside Down. Eat, drink and dance the night away to some of the greatest tunes of the 80s.

Flight Club

435 user reviews 5

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.

  Dead Quiet

94 user reviews 5

@ Kensington Central Library on Various dates from Friday 24th January 2020

Immercity is back with their popular Dead Quiet, taking over Kensington Central Library with a gripping Cold War Case. When a homeless man dies in the 1960s, his death goes largely unnoticed, until years later, when it was discovered an undercover agent went missing on the same night - will you be able to solve the mystery?

West London's answer to the North Pole, Winterland is your one-stop-shop for all things alpine. Designed like an enchanting winter forest, this place has its own heated pergola, exclusive igloos and even a hot tub - the perfect place to sip on prosecco under the stars.

@ Mercato Metropolitano on Friday 24th January 2020 and 3 other dates

Staying true to its roots, the fabulously quirky and effortlessly cool Mercato Metropolitano has joined forces with a travelling circus for a season of impressive shows in their Carousel Room. Nibble on arancini and ice cream whilst watching a cross-dressing Russian ballerina, amazing acrobat and contortionists.

Cocktails in the City 2020

556 user reviews 4

Cocktails in the City are back for another year of boozy fun across the country. Join a handpicked selection of London's best bars as they take over venues for interactive workshops, tastings and experiences that are sure to inspire the city's cocktail-lovers. 

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Head over to Camden or Soho this May where the London Burlesque Festival will be in residence to showcase the best in burlesque from across the globe. Featuring nights dedicated to everything from the jazz age and Hollywood to tattoo culture and queer bodies, it's got flair and innovation by the boat load.

@ 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. 

Aeronaut

228 user reviews 4

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.

Top Secret Comedy Club

225 user reviews 5

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?

Sounds Familiar Music Quiz

115 user reviews 5

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.

@ The Crypt On The Green on Thursday 5th March 2020

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Get ready for Dynasty levels of drama as this fun new dining experience brings the 80s to life. Don your very largest shoulder pads and prepare to party like there's no tomorrow as actors bring the hedonism of the era life over three delicious courses.

Disco Yoga

126 user reviews 5

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.

GIN-HOUSE BURLESQUE

90 user reviews 4

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.

  Strictly Come Drag Queen

84 user reviews 4

@ Dr Kluger's Olde Town Tavern on Saturday 25th January 2020 and 4 other Saturdays

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.

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.

  Gospeloke East London

49 user reviews 4

@ Colours Hoxton on Thursday 20th February 2020 and 4 other Thursdays

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.

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.

Locked in a Room

1 user review 5

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.