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 9th December 2019




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.

  Silent Sounds Boat Party

219 user reviews 5

@ The Silent Disco Boat on Various dates from Saturday 15th February 2020

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.

@ Radisson Blu Bloomsbury Street Hotel on Various dates from Wednesday 18th December 2019

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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.

@ Masquerade Palace on Various dates from Tuesday 28th January 2020

Head over to Bethnal Green this month, where this gorgeous new interactive theatre piece is adding a little extra mystery to the masquerade ball. Mixing up the worlds of Eyes Wide Shut and Se7en, this stunning event promises action, intrigue and some delicious dinner to boot.

@ 56 Leadenhall Street on Various dates from Tuesday 17th December 2019

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 Wednesday 18th December 2019

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

607 user reviews 5

@ Pedley Street Station on Various dates from Monday 16th December 2019

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'.

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.

Discounts available on certain events

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.

RE:IMAGINE

46 user reviews 4

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! 

@ Moonshine Saloon on Various dates from Tuesday 17th December 2019

Head to the Wild West world of Fulham for this cowboy pop up where the choice of booze is entirely up to you. Smuggle in your favourite bottle of hooch and let some expert mixologists whizz you up some stunning cocktails at this cool and quirky London event.

London Shuffle

572 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 90s 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

485 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.  

  The Candlelight Club

301 user reviews 4

@ The Candlelight Club on Various dates from Tuesday 31st December 2019

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

183 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.

Little Nan's

210 user reviews 4

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.

Garage Brunch

464 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

143 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

91 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

50 user reviews 5

Discounts available on certain events

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

546 user reviews 5

@ The Castle Tooting on Various dates from Monday 16th December 2019

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

204 user reviews 5

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.

@ Trapped Escape Rooms on Various dates from Monday 16th December 2019

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.

@ 5-15 Sun Street, London, EC2M2PT on Various dates from Monday 16th December 2019

Inspired by the shocking real-life story and hit Hollywood flick, The Immersive Wolf of Wall Street Experience is one quirky night out for all. Be immersed in the high-stakes world of Wall Street trading and the criminal mastermind's tale of deception, as it all unravels around you. 

@ The Vaults on Various dates from Tuesday 17th December 2019

When it comes to cool and quirky things to do in London, you can't ever go wrong with The Vaults. Staying true to their unusual nature, The Waterloo favourite has teamed up with Darling & Edge to bring you this Aladdin-style immersive dining event.

Cocktails in the City 2020

555 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. 

@ Mercato Metropolitano on Various dates from Thursday 19th December 2019

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.

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.

@ The Mind Palace on Various dates from Tuesday 17th December 2019

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 Wednesday 18th December 2019

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.

  Thames Lates

31 user reviews 5

@ London Eye Millenium Pier on Various dates from Thursday 19th December 2019

Ditch the usual and make your way to the Thames, where one of London's most unique experiences awaits. With a 50-minute guided speed tour along the river, you'll be gazing at the city's most iconic sights, set to a banging soundtrack with drinks from London Cocktail Club.

  Gingerline's Grand Expedition

41 user reviews 4

@ Secret Location on Thursday 19th December 2019

Gingerline's famous Grand Expedition is back once more, brightening your festive season with an epic multi-sensory dining adventure. Embark on a journey through the clouds with elaborate set designs, quirky characters and five courses of delicious eating.

This winter, Jimmy's Winter Lodges and Igloos make a mighty return, offering guests the quintessential seasonal dining experience. Snuggle up in the Alpine lodge or riverside pop-up snow globes and you can enjoy festive treats like hot fondue and warm cocktails in a unique setting. 

  Canary Wharf Brunch

1 user review 5

@ Electric Shuffle on Various dates from Saturday 21st December 2019

Not your standard boozy brunch, Electric Shuffle's take on our favourite weekend pastime pairs pizza and prosecco with plenty of shuffleboard action. On top of that, there's live music providing the soundtrack to a lively afternoon.

@ 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. 

Flight Club

411 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.

  Strictly Come Drag Queen

77 user reviews 4

@ Dr Kluger's Olde Town Tavern on Saturday 21st December 2019

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.

  The Medieval Banquet

8 user reviews 4

@ The Ivory Vaults on Various dates from Friday 27th December 2019

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. 

Top Secret Comedy Club

220 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

111 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.

Disco Yoga

124 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

81 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.

  Gospeloke East London

49 user reviews 4

@ Colours Hoxton on Various dates from Tuesday 17th December 2019

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.

@ Owl and Hitchhiker on Various dates from Wednesday 18th December 2019

Head to the upstairs of the Owl & Hitchhiker for one of the city's oddest immersive experiences. Puzzle your way through this unique escape room on the hunt for gold, treasure and the Smoking Caterpillar.

@ Secret London Location on Saturday 21st December 2019 and 4 other Saturdays

All the single ladies, put our hands up! This is the ultimate Beyonce brunch experience so get in formation and prepare to out your love on top. Expect nothing other than the best of Queen B at this party marathon, with free-flowing booze and two courses of brunch goodies to keep you fuelled. 

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.

@ Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club on Various dates from Monday 13th January 2020

This cool and quirky London life-drawing class goes beyond some naked dude on a chaise. Try your hand at sketching some of the city's finest cabaret and burlesque performers at this super fun event in South London.

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.

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.

  Dead Quiet

91 user reviews 5

@ Kensington Central Library on Various dates from Wednesday 22nd 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?