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 23rd February 2018
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?
See London like never before as The Dutch Master takes you past iconic London landmarks, you’ll be able to choose your favourite DJ, who will be playing everything from hardcore house, to rock music, to dance floor fillers.
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.
This cool and quirky London event is one of the best Holi celebrations in London this year. Enjoy half an hour of pure paint fighting with your friends, and maybe go for a colourful cocktail or two to boot.
From Wingmans to Butchies, some of the biggest chicken wing providers will be in town for National Chicken Wing Day at The Old Truman Brewery. It's not all chicken, there will also be a roaring line-up of blues bands and plenty of bourbon.
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!
This cool and quirky London event will put a hole right through your beliefs. Part fine-dining event, part immersive theatre experience, it's a must-visit show this year.
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!
Bringing all sorts of naughtiness to Shoreditch is Rascals, the hot new bar and restaurant. Get ready for an epic bash of bottomless brunch with espresso martinis, all you can eat buffets, drag queens and game shows.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The perfect intersection of thrill ride and delicious meal, jump on this Rocket Thames Ping Pong Taster and enjoy 15 minutes of high-octane speed boat action, before stepping off at Ping Pong for a tasty set menu.
Enjoy a bottomless brunch at Mercato Metroplitano, where you can dance to an awesome mix of hip hop, disco and house, all while enjoying bubbles and French delicatessens.
This quirky London event at the Ham Yard Hotel serves hot gin cocktails and gorgeous views over Soho. For a real winter warm up, head to the Hot Gin Roof.
Aeronaut are propelling themselves into the future with their very own virtual reality concept! Come to one of London’s most fun pubs and enjoy a range of cutting-edge virtual reality immersive experiences.
This eclectic and amazing event will see you feast on three delicious courses of globally-influenced food, as well as enjoy a cocktail masterclass, plenty of wine, and an inspirational talk from an ethical clothing brand. Between every course, you’ll enjoy swap seats to meet as many people as possible.
With activities ranging from curling to beer pong to karaoke, the cool and quirky London pop up returns for a month this February to help you through that last month of winter. Grab a cocktail and get involved with all action at Winterland.
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.
There’s fewer places in London cooler than Sky Garden, so take the trip 35 floors into the sky and enjoy cocktails, live music and tunes from their great DJs, as well as that unbeatable view.
This quirky event in North London will teach you everything there is to know about bingo. From master dabbing techniques, to refreshers in the deeply complex rules of the game, there's no skill-level that can't be improved by a night at the Social Bingo Academy.
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.
Patrizia Paolini and the gorgeous girls of the Jesus Paolini Park are presenting a comedic and theatrical event, where the real and authentic self, and what is right and wrong, and thoroughly inspected in a hilarious fashion.
Aeronaut's renowned circus show returns for a new year with a new life bringing with it aerialists, acrobats and everything you've come to expect from this cool and quirky show.
This cool and quirky London event is bound to enthrall and entertain. Part of VAULT festival, you'll be dragged to hell and back by this stunning London burlesque show.
Inspired by the world-famous parties of Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday is taking over The Vaults for a huge fiesta. Put on your maddest outfits and explore the underground wonderland to find brass bands, costumes, cabaret and incredible artwork.
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.
Retox, detox or do both at this brunch event, where you can enjoy bottomless bubbles, unlimited smoothies, naughty or nice dishes, lots of cheese and an amazing soundtrack from London’s top DJs.
Running the last Sunday of every month this quirky and cool London event is a celebration of West African culture. Dine on a four-course meal of delicious food from the region at this unique cultural experience.
Come to this culinary adventure around the world, at this five-course dining experience filled with the finest treats from Japan to Bombay, along with delicious cocktails and culinary surprises.
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 cool and quirky event in London will teach you as much as entertain you. Finding yourself a player in a World War II-themed immersive event, your job for the night is to unravel the story behind your character clue by clue as you journey through the immersive storytelling maze.
It's the Cold War and a pilot's plane has crashed, but not all is as it seems. Join Wringer and Mangle for this glamorous and fun evening of murder mystery and immersive theatre rolled into one.
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.
Learn how to craft food just like someone from Japan thanks to food hall the Japan Centre, who are hosting a series of events from a miso making workshop to a sushi creating masterclass.
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.
From a swimming granny to surfing in the Arctic Circle, The Brunel Museum is screening three award-winning short films. They will also be hosting snacks and foraged cocktails on their rooftop.
Learn how to make your own dim sum at this fun masterclass, where their chef will teach you how to create the best of it, as well as treat you to a signature cocktail and a selection of the stuff to eat.
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.
Compete in your very own Winter Olympics at Queens, where you and another team will face off in curling, human curling, and even go head-to-head in a tense game of ice hockey puck shots.
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.
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.
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.
Party like the zoo animal you are at Fu Manchu, who are bringing the best hip hop playlist, along with immersive activities, performances, special guests and ring masters to create a weird and wonderful night out.
From cinema screenings, to afternoon teas and live music, the Karma Sanctum has some of the coolest events in London.
With award-winning comedians and renowned dining, this isn't your average pub quiz. Taking place on the first Saturday of each month, temper City's quiz is bringing a different theme every time, three courses of Indian dining and bottomless bubbles.
From a BBC 1Xtra DJ through to a Hollyoaks actor, this evening is mixing famous faces with members of the public as they battle it out at this musical quiz. Led by Mo The Comedian, the night will be a hilarious mix of stand-up, games and pure silliness.
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.
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.
Karaoke but without all the same songs you’ve heard before, come to Afrobeat Karaoke for amazing music coupled with delicious food, as well as games and fun activities to make sure you’re entertained all night long.
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.
Dine inside a decommissioned tube carriage for one of the Basement Galley's cool and quirky London events. With Burns Night, Valentine's Day and Mothers' Day all being catered to by this great supper club, there's plenty of opportunities to get yourself down there.
From circus acts through to burlesque, this party at Aeronaut is bringing Tarantino's greatest films to life in spectacular fashion.
Bringing comedy, cabaret and blazing chaos, the Pussy Liquor girls are back in Bethnal Green for one of the coolest events in London. Bringing compere Lilly Snatchdragon to the stage, along with a ragtag group of walkabout acts and disco pirates, it's one of the best events coming up in March.
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.
Jump into the world of spies and operatives at this immersive event, where you’ll have to work on your secret objectives while learning who to trust, and who to deceive, to a backdrop of luxury, casino games, and cocktails.
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
Blending the mutually exclusive worlds of hip hop and yoga, Klub Yoga are taking your exercise class to new highs. Get your glitter face paint on feel the flow at this cool and quirky London event.
Join this underground supper club for a challenging and intriguing culinary experience that promises to be truly unique, with four delicious courses of Mexican inspired delights and a wonderfully original venue.
Join Ettieboo and the La La Band for some of Acton's most exciting performances. This cool and quirky event in London features an ever-changing line up of some the countries most outrageous performers, not to mention the sass-filled sets from Ettieboo herself.
Join the gang at Pitch for a St Paddy's of all-day and all-night drinking, rugby and street food at one of the coolest and quirkiest events in London this February.
Afro beats join tasty food at this afrobeat brunch, with two delicious courses, an hour of unlimited cocktails, and live performances from artist Jajii and DJ Baj and Reiss McLovin.
The ultimate afternoon brunch party, this cool and quirky London event is the circus-themed dining experience of dreams. Enjoy bottomless Champagne, delicious STK treats, and a fabulous performance from Miss Polly Rae and her entourage of stunning acts.
Taking over a South London event space, Brockmans gin are mixing up gin-based cocktails with their notorious press for gin event. Pushing all the right buttons will bring four cocktails, an evening of live entertainment and small plates.
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.
This cool and quirky London event is just the ticket for anyone looking for a burlesque night with some serious bite. Enjoy a wild night at Paper Dress vintage complete with music, dancing and some very x-rated acts.
Brunch just got even better as GOAT ask you to bring along your pup. The swish Chelsea restaurant is raising money for charity and will be doling out canapes, dog treats and bottomless bubbles.
Looking for a club night that also offers candy floss, face painting, retro gaming and 90s karaoke? Then the club night you are looking for is Hot Since 91. Featuring the very best tunes from the 90s and 00s, as well as loads of giveaways and goodies, this cool and quirky London event is one of the finest clubbing experiences in the city.
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.
Prepare to be blown away by this cool and quirky London event. Grab a glass of mulled wine and enjoy three stunning acts from inside the gorgeous remains of the Asylum Chapel.
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.
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.
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.
With performances from Margo Marshall, Sue Gives A Fuck and The Saturnos, Concrete's new drag show is one to get excited for. With Dogma leading the evening's entertainment, this cool and quirky London event is a must visit.
Blues Kitchen Brixton are putting on another night of great live music with their resident house band, The Beekays. This month they will be paying tribute to Prince with all his greatest hits brought to life by the talented musicians.
One the best cool and quirky events in London this Easter weekend, Bunga Bunga Battersea will be playing host to this barmy Willy Wonka-inspired brunch bash complete with great DJs, chocolate fountains and Oompa Loompas.
See the Summer of Love with your own eyes as the Blues Kitchen Camden celebrate Woodstock with performances of Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Who and more by their house band.
Perfect for a date night, this cool London event let's you enjoy the iconic Madame Tussauds exhbition without the hassle of queues or kids. Grab a glass of Prosecco and take a tour of one of London's most iconic attractions.
This cool and quirky London event will take your cocktail experience to new heights. Featuring some of the city's most skilled and experienced bartenders, it's a tasting evening the likes of which you won't have seen before.
Don your sparkliest garb for this cool and quirky London event. With amazing acts, devilish disco DJs and eye-popping decor, it's one of the best London club nights coming up this April.
This cool and quirky event in Shoreditch is the brainchild of renowned vintage traders East End Thrift Store and The Vintage Clearance. Enjoy delicious cocktails, funky tunes and all the cheap vintage you can handle.
This cool and quirky London event is the ultimate team-building exercise. Play your way through round after round of pure silliness. Quiz, dance and twerk your hardest in hopes of becoming The Last Man Standing.
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.
Re-live the golden age of gaming at this cool and quirky London event. Chock-full of retro games from Mortal Kombat to a Sonic Speedrun competition, it's one of the best gaming events in the city.
With shows ranging from the sexual, to the geeky, to the downright dangerous, there are so many quirky things to do at the London Burlesque Festival that you’ll definitely leave both thrilled and hot under the collar.
Taste your way through two hours of unlimited cocktails from some of the best South American bars in London, with the likes of Wahaca, El Patron, Café Pacifico and Barrio competing for the title of Best Margarita in London.
Factory de Joie is back and it's sparklier than ever; the event will be held at Paper Dress Vintage in Hackney and is inspired by the 60s and 70s - think burlesque, live music and DJs.
The London Cheese Project is a festival like no other. Bringing together the best cheese producers and sellers from up and down the country, this cool and quirky London event offers tastings, talks and live music for just £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.
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.