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 21st October 2016
Going to the cinema just got a whole lot cooler and quirkier with Backyard Cinema, the movie events company that uses actors, live music and specialist sets to make films even better. This autumn they're heading to the lost world, running through ancient temples and tropical jungles to watch the ultimate escapism films.
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.
To celebrate All Hallow’s Eve this year, you’re cordially invited to a masquerade ball deep within the inner circles of Hell. Descend the ladder of sin and immerse yourself in the Inferno, where entertainment on the night comes from a 70-piece orchestra, Royal Ballet dancers, resonating singers and acclaimed actors.
For a London event that's cool and quirky, look no further than The Grand's themed Bake Off night. Showing on their giant screen, there's going to be an epic marathon, cake making skills put to the test and a whole lot of Great British fun.
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.
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?
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, simple from 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 London Shuffle Club welcomes intrigued guests to their Brick Lane venue for a chance to test out their Shuffleboard skills this autumn. Wonderfully infectious and sweeping America's trendy cities of Brooklyn and Miami by storm, the team offer quick tutorials to a game that marries ten pin bowling with curling. With delicious food, amazing cocktails and DJs filling the air with the sounds of all your favourite tracks, there are few better ways to try a new sport.
Can you beat the clock and solve the dark and sordid mystery of Lady Chastity and her aphrodisiac wine? The aim of this immersive London game is to escape and get your hands on a bottle of reserve. The answers lie in the Lady's boudoir at People's Park Tavern where the best of set design, sound effects and spine-tingling atmospheres draws you in to this story. You can also go and play at The Four Thieves.
While the phrase 'afternoon tea' may scream of stuffiness and scones, there's one particular event that's turning that notion on its head. Join Tonic & Remedy as their event not only promise a roster of stunning and unique cocktails, there's savoury and sweet dishes to boot.
What happens when Innis & Gunn beer meets the virtual reality world? We’re glad you asked, actually, as there’s a completely unique event coming up that will reveal exactly that. They’ve collaborated with the cognitive neuroscientist Dr Jacob Jolij to bring something completely different to London, as they immerse the drinker in a virtual world which promises to enhance your tasting experience in a big way.
One cuisine that has yet to be much explored is that of Croatia. Things are about to change people. Award-winning chef Maya Mackovic is coming to Battersea for one month with Venturin, a Croatian dining experience like no other. Sample traditional flavours, including seafood and meats in a quirky and fun setting.
The year is 1888. London hides behind clouds of smog and Jack the Ripper has just brutally take the life of his fifth victim. The streets of Whitechapel are consumed by fear and everyone's looking over their shoulders. Suspects, Lunatics and Leather Aprons is an immersive theatre event that's sure to linger on your mind. Whether you're an inspector for Scotland Yard, a local vigilante hoping to safeguard your neighbourhood or a simple Londoner living on the dangerous streets, this fascinating event is perfect for anyone hoping to try something a little different in London this November.
We can’t promise you’ll ever bump into James Bond, but we do know that your chances will improve dramatically by hopping aboard the Thames Lates speedboat. A summertime event that combines jetting down the river Thames at sunset with cocktails and a banging soundtrack, feel the wind through your hair and party like an absolute boss at this 50-minute ride of your life.
No Place Like Home is a unique and inspirational event taking place at Geffrye Museum as prominent LBGTQI artists perform sermons, dance routines and love songs. There will be plenty of cocktails, a makers markets and buckets of glitter to ensure the evening goes with a bang.
The latest interactive, immersive event to come to London looks like the most spine-chilling to date. At first you were called in to investigate a company building biological weapons, but now the situation is way more serious. Zombies are roaming the streets of London, growing in numbers and baying for blood, and your mission is now plainly about surviving. Bring along your pals and test your survival skills in this pulse-raising new game, then meet the crew and dance into the night at the after-party!
London's hottest supper club is back and taking over Rah Rah Room. Black Cat Supper Club is hosting a three course dinner accompanied by a show of fire-eaters, show girls and aerial stunts. Enjoy dinner or simply watch the show before dancing until the sun comes up at the after party.
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.
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.
With an illustrious leather brand to his name, Jonatan Staniec hosts a beginners workshop based around leather treatment and use. Staniec will walk guests through a series of techniques used to treat leather, before allowing guests to create their own leather product. Using both traditional technique and a number of leather-making tools, there's no better way to learn a new, interesting skill than this intriguing workshop.
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, guest 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.
Ever wondered what Hackney's waterways have to offer? Fret no more, as one of the coolest floating bars in London promises a cocktail taster to remember. Setting sail along the canal, head on down this cocktail cruise for boozing and schmoozing aplenty.
Nicole Line’s textile workshops are about teaching a creative skill to both adults and children, whether they’re total beginners or complete pro’s. 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.
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.
Having stunned audiences before with his intriguing and thrilling immersive theatre events, Reuben Feels returns to the Hoxton Hall in East London, this time serving up a story that explores what finding love is like in a dystopian society. Set in a match-making institute, guests will be challenged and thrilled like never before as they search desperately for love in a chaotic world. With a strict 'blue jeans and white t-shirt' dress code, this quirky night will leave you amazed and questioning aspects of everyday life.
For a cool night out in London, Thom Foole's House Party at The Old Queen's Head in Angel is where you need to be. From the same team that have brought you Musical Bingo, Last Man Standing and Gospeloke you can be sure that a night of creative comedy, party antics and more will ensue here.
Get ready to bust some serious shapes on the dance floor at The Bedford with their foot stomping, hand clapping, sweaty crowded night dedicated to all things Ceilidh. There'll be booze, there'll be old and new songs, traditional favourites and alternative tracks to mix the night up into one big crazy knees-up. Ceilidh on!
For a cool and quirky London event, head to Blind Bee for Goodtime Mama JoJo's electric cabaret show. Joining her on stage will be five burlesque beauties; enjoy the show as they perform their sexy striptease while sipping on one of the bar's delicious cocktails.
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.
Get ready to get up and rave at this quirky East London event as Morning Gloryville invite you in for one hell of a party. Starting from 6.30am head to the rave for a wake-up with a difference; there will be the best music, yoga sessions and massages available.
The notorious Last Man Standing quiz is back and taking to The Phoenix for another raucous residency of utter fun, tomfoolery and quiz mayhem. This isn't just your average pub quiz. No, no, Last Man Standing is cheeky, there's challenges, there's prizes and most of all its got that clasic game show host style to it making for one cool event in London.
Relive those dazzling days of your childhood spent sitting in front of the TV, completely enchanted by everything Disney had to offer. With a spring in their step and a tune in their head, the fun-loving team at Drink Shop & Do offer Londoner's a chance to hear all their favourite Disney songs like never before. With a troupe of talented performers showing you 'A Whole New World', 'Let It Go' and relax at this brilliantly quirky event in Kings Cross.
Take a stroll down memory lane and watch Sister Act live in one of the most immersive film experiences in London. Alongside watching the film itself, every scene will be brought to life, thanks to the work of the UGCY choir and live band that will be performing all your favourite songs from the film's soundtrack. The event takes place in the St Marylebone Parish Church this November and offer Londoners a great way to unwind, drunk on nostalgia and swooning with the melodic notes of the live performers.
Once described as “enormous amounts of fun” and “devastatingly hilarious”, the Bogan Bingo crew are back in east London for a Friday night extravaganza on the 18th. Tack a trip back to the golden age of bingo - complete with mullets, mayhem and massive prizes - as this wildly popular comedy gameshow brings its full throttle twist on the classic game to London Fields for one night only.
Having already proven to be a huge success with a string of sell out shows, the Gin-House Burlesque returns to East London, taking over the King's Head Members Club for an unforgettable showcase of sultry talents. The world famous Miss Betsy Rose will be rolling back the clock with her vintage burlesque routine, while Missy Fatale amazes the intrigued crowds with death defying snake-charming and fire breathing act live on stage. Jaws will drop, expect to leave with a huge smile.
Just when you thought London had reached it’s peak for supper clubs - this. Promising a truly divine experience that combines theatre, music and food, this will be a sumptuous treat for all the senses. Starting off with some tuba from Sasha Koushk-Jalali (London Symphony Orchestra), you’ll tuck into five courses from the esteemed head chef Lukasz Kielbasinski - with each course matched with wine - and another special guest performance scheduled!
Purveyors of the most dazzling in magical, musical and downright sexy entertainment in town, here’s an event for those bored of staying in and chilling on a Sunday eve. Resist Netflix and get yourself along to Aeronaut - the home of quirky performances - where a night of alternative acts featuring perplexing magic and beautiful burlesque awaits.
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.
London is a patron of the weird and the wonderful, but you know what's weirder sometimes? Cats. Bringing about one of the first cat video themed festivals in London, join Catnip Festival as they celebrate the furry critters in all their glory at the Coronet with music, videos, performances and more.
The Nest Collective invite you along to their Campfire Club for an al fresco evening featuring drinks, live music and storytelling aplenty. You’ll be joining a crowd of like-minded people around the fire for good vibes and a fully stocked bar, with each different event showcasing different live musicians and storytellers. It’s a great fit for an alternative date night and, with tickets from just £8, it won’t cost the earth either.
Forget your bog-standard brunch, Bodo's Schloss are going all out with their apres-ski themed one as they head to the Alps. Join the Kensington club as they get the snow canons out, host a Champagne reception and party into the evening with a hot mix of tunes.
Having already stunned London's Christmas mad crowds over the previous two years, the Nordic Yulefest returns this December, taking over a spot in Shoreditch and filling it with all the Scandinavian decorations it can hold. With various stag heads mounted on the walls and even a Scandinavian Santa Claus walking around, the event features a number of delicious meals, some frivolous, festive games and a Nordic disco that lasts long into the night. Are you brave enough to try the Swedish delicacy Surströmming? Head down to this December event and find out.
The creative minds behind Christabel's BYOB invite guests to a secret location in East London for a Winter evening of cocktail creation and heavy Rock 'n' Roll. The Festive Rocktail Party will first greet guests with a carefully decorated glass of Prosecco, before being handed a range of intriguing fruits, spices and spirits to blend and mix their own bespoke line-up of cocktails. Proceedings at this quirky event in London will be sound-tracked by all your favourite Rock 'n' Roll tunes.
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.