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 January 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.
Bring a piece of Scotland to Hackney with Burns Baby Burns, a celebration of Burns Night in the best way possible. Tickets will get you a three course supper – including haggis, don’t worry – a dram of Scotch whisky and post-dinner ceilidh with the Ceilidh Liberation Front. There will also be Burns poetry recitals and spectacle to truly round off Burns Night 2017.
Rumpus is throwing one of the weirdest events of the year with Fluff Vs Filth. The hugely popular night is returning with a bang, pitting your innocence against your greatest desires, all while dressed in a variety of edgy outfits. And across seven rooms, there is the finest live music, performers and DJs to make sure you are having the time of your life.
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.
How to have the most fun this Valentine's Day? Head to The Grand in Clapham as the venue is taken over by magicians, burlesque stars, fortune tellers and DJs. The epic party will be hosted by The Last Tuesday Society and will be a hotbed of debauchery, shenanigans and stories.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Try something a little different with Hooray Cabaret: Born This Way, only at The Moth Club. After a traumatic Christmas and January Blues bearing down on you, laugh along with their all-female comedian line up and start swooning over their burlesque performances. Break down the stereotypes, have a great time and dance until late when the DJ comes out after the show.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Step into Jay Gatsby's world of intrigue and glamour as F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel is brought to life through this immersive theatre event. Tom Buchanan will be playing cards, Jordan Baker strutting her stuff on the dance floor and you will be helping Daisy and Jay to find each other.
The team at Concrete in Shoreditch open up their venue to the renowned Musical Bingo team. Themed as an Apres-ski afterparty, the team again set about proving that Bingo isn't a game just for old folks; instead of calling out numbers, DJs Rapture and Jonny Unknown will be playing party tracks. Expect plenty of laughter, some outrageous dance moves and a few prizes for the lucky winners.
Ceilidh nights have had a modern revamp and are now a fun-filled way to party with your friends. Fiddle Pardiddle lead the charge at Peckham Liberal Arts Club, along with a caller, who will shout out steps and moves; don't worry there's plenty of local ale and a fully stocked bar to help you find your feet.
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.
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.
Join a silent disco like no other with The Roof Gardens’ spectacular event. In one of the most beautiful bars in London, DJ Benny Blanco and DJ Sam Londt will battle it out with a mix of R&B, pop and house music until 12am, when the party continues in the Private Members Club.
Thanks to the skiing fanatics at Bodo's Schloss, Londoners can enjoy a delicious mountain-side brunch session without having to pay for plane tickets. This Kensington-based venue is opening up its ski chalet-themed rooms for a frivolous weekend brunch session full of great tasting food and champagne-infused cocktails. If that wasn't appealing enough, one lucky person will win a ski trip to Austria; all you have to do is set the fastest time on the venue's ski-simulator.
GoGo dancers, burlesque performances and amazing live musical performances; the Paper Dress Vintage in North London have really gone all out this February. With a bar serving exquisite cocktails, the evening will revolve around performances by the likes of The Pacers, Carnivals, Creamer and Wesley, and a DJ set by John The Revelator.
Have you ever wanted to dine with international superstar Whoopi Goldberg? Arrive to a champagne and cocktail reception, followed by a delicious three course meal. Then help celebrate as Whoopi is awarded Boisdale Woman of the Year 2017 award! There will also be a performance from a Gospel Choir, Jeremy Sassoon performing as Ray Charles and other surprise guests.
Taking place in the beautiful Coronet Theatre in Elephant and Castle, The Valentine's Masked Ball of the Full Moon promises to be a huge night. Don a mask and dance to a selection of live music and DJs in their impressive ballroom, watch live performance and prepare for a few surprises.
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.
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.
It’s time to immerse yourself in a night of full-on burlesque at House of Burlesque’s fabulous Lock In. Experience pop-up cabaret, live music, hidden rooms, the backstage experience, a Secret Speakeasy and the chance to become a showgirl yourself. With so much burlesque action, this will be an unmissable night of debauchery.
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.
What February needs is a big dose of Southern fun and colour, and making sure we get it is The Vaults with their Mardi Gras celebration. Taking place on Shrove Tuesday, the party is a riot with live music from Kansas Smitty's House Band, performers from Shotgun Carousel and whole heaps of fun.
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.
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.
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.