Something A Little Different in London

The capital is packed to the rafters with bars - big bars, small bars, sports bars, cocktail bars, chain bars and independent bars. While this is great most of the time, finding something off the beaten track, something a little different in London, is often easier said than done. Never fear, when it comes to the more unique venues in the city we've kept our ears to the ground and rounded up a selection of cool London bars to help you on your hunt. 

Last updated on 13th May 2022




Garage Brunch

760 user reviews 4

Combining beats and brunch into one amazing experience, Garage Brunch is a must if you're looking for something a little different in London. Enjoy a two-course meal with tipples and tunes in a top secret location. 

Ballie Ballerson Shoreditch

4273 user reviews 4

A ball pit is definitely our idea of something a little different in London. Dive into one million different balls, enjoy unlimited pizza and drink two hours of bottomless prosecco on Saturdays or join the ball pit and cocktail bar madness. 

Come to Alcotraz, the high security prison that's hiding an alcoholic secret. Get in your orange jump suit, smuggle your favourite bottle of alcohol in, and Don't. Get. Caught. Then the fun can begin as one of the inmates shakes you up tailored cocktails from Shoreditch to Covent Garden.

  The Candlelight Club

464 user reviews 4

@ The Candlelight Club on Various dates from Saturday 18th June 2022

Dress your dapper best for this seductive little soiree as you're about to be taken back to the bygone days of the 1920s where speakeasies were the standard and beaded garms were the glamour. Discover this alternative night out in London, sup on bespoke cocktails and dance to classic Jazz music at this Golden Age party of excess and debauchery. 

Social gaming and drinking just got a whole lot more fun, as did your repertoire of unusual things to do in London; this is the new revolution, the new era of darts. Changing all pre-conceptions of what you think darts is about, it's not all balding men in waistcoats here. It's the darts digital age where you play games and your score is calculated for you. Now that's a bullseye. 

The Big Bakes

1474 user reviews 5

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 split into teams of two before being set a handful of baking tasks. Pipe your way to the top with this quirky event in South London.

Giant maypoles, wicker masks and brass icons converge to create an eccentric spirit at the Hand of Glory. Projecting a colourful exhibition of British folk culture, it's your place for rural ciders from some of the UK's best independent brewers, a cocktail menu fronting Seven Deadly Gins and a fresh menu influenced by award-winning chef Mark Edwards. They don't get much cooler than this.

Blingo - Hip Hop Bingo

268 user reviews 5

Trade in the usual happy hour drinks and party bars for something a little different at Blingo. Hosted by Grandma Flash and her bingo-loving crew, the hands-on event will have you and your mates dabbing, lip syncing and dancing for victory to RnB hits.

For all the art lovers out there, be sure to head to Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes in Shoreditch where their quirky London bar lies in wait. Bursting full of character and beautifully decorated, this cosy nook combines delicious cocktails and stoned baked pizzas with beautiful art installations and inspiring exhibitions. Expect fantastic colours, irresistible drinks and a night you won't forget anytime soon. 

Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club

1051 user reviews 5

Looking to switch up your night out agenda? This Elephant and Castle music venue might have just the thing. Fronting a mammoth programme of energetic events, the Toulouse Lautrec fronts everything from live jazz and poetry evenings to cabaret and art classes.

Looking for fun things to do in Central London? Throne Events are taking their Resurrextion Circus Edition over to Phoenix Arts Club. What to expect? A talented array of new and upcoming LGBT+ talent gracing the stage, including ring master Yshee Black.

THE DOUBLE R CLUB

59 user reviews 5

If you're a fan of the quirky and absurd, then this monthly cabaret night is the one for you. You'll find The Double R Club in Bethnal Green, serving up burlesque, live music, comedy and other performances inspired by the beautiful, yet dark, words of David Lynch.

Strong cocktails, a dressing up box and tons of power ballad anthems makes for one lively night out in London. Get your mates together and engage your inner pop-star; there's thousands of songs for you to pick between and an adoring crowd awaits. Naturally perfect for fun-loving birthday shindigs, you can also add a cocktail masterclass to your package and make a real event of it.

Locked in a Room

1 user review 5

Puzzling, brain-teasing and heaps of fun, Locked in a Room is a cool concept taking place in ExCeL. Head over to the venue for a birthday, stag & hen do or just group of mates, to race against the clock and solve all the puzzles.

The London Cabaret Club

186 user reviews 4

More than just an events venue, The London Cabaret Club combines fine dining with an innovative, interactive cabaret experience. Boasting a traditionally British theme that runs throughout, both the menu and the show here celebrate the rich heritage of British culture; both past and present. With exquisite dishes and a show packed full of West End stars, this promises to be quite the quirky night out in London. 

@ Salvador and Amanda Covent Garden on Wednesday 18th May 2022 and 37 other Wednesdays

If you're a sucker for live music and entertainment, head over to this Covent Garden haunt. Salvador and Amanda are bringing a dash of Spanish culture to London with a romantic night of Latin dancing, including a flamenco show, sangria, sharing boards and tapas to share.

Vintage Arts Asylum

34 user reviews 4

Hidden away in the depths of Hackney, this unique events series is taking you back to the heyday of jazz's golden era. Join the Vintage Arts Asylum team for incredible musicians, affordable drinks and a friendly atmosphere.

Oddbins Events

1 user review 5

Private Hire Special

A far cry form your usual swilling affair, Oddbins offer something a little different in London when it comes to tutored tastings. Whether you want to learn about and drink wine, beer, spirits or some other liquor (do we hear whiskey?), the Oddbins team will tailor their event service around whatever you desire whilst simultaneously bringing some fun quizzes and games to the table too. 

Simmons Fitzrovia

131 user reviews 4

Mojito Mondays and 1 other offer

The ultimately kitsch and oh-so-charming cocktail haven known as Simmons has to be a consideration when looking for somewhere unusual to drink in London. Something of a contemporary version of your nan's lounge, Simmons Fitzrovia is bathed in a neon ambience, where the cocktails pack quite a punch served in queen decorated china and the shelves are stacked with random memorabilia. 

If you're looking for a truly unique way to dine in London, check out Bustronome where you'll get to feast on fine dining delicacies expertly paired with delicious wines, in an unparalleled setting. The glass-topped top deck is sure to provide the perfect surrounding for your dinner. 

  The Perfect Crime

76 user reviews 4

@ Theatre Deli Broadgate on Various dates from Wednesday 18th May 2022

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If you're on the lookout for something a little different, The Perfect Crime is the immersive experience for you. Assemble a crack team of master thieves before attempting to steal some of the world's most expensive artwork, dogging lasers and cracking security systems as you go along.

@ 56 Leadenhall Street on Friday 20th May 2022 and 3 other dates

Calling all adrenaline junkies. This epic immersive experience will see you travelling through time and space, landing in the middle of a Martian invasion. The event will combine cutting edge technology with live theatre, leaving it up to the audience to save the earth from its deadliest threat yet.

Sounds Familiar Music Quiz

310 user reviews 5

Less of a pub quiz, more of a rowdy disco, Sounds Familiar is great fun from minute one. Useless trivia is no good here, it's all about scribbling down songs and artists played out loud, and having a right old sing-along in the mean time. A unique night out in London for the extroverts, Sounds Familiar will have you dancing on the tables and belting out your favourite tunes long into the night.

@ Ninth Life on Various dates from Thursday 19th May 2022

Trade in the usual after-work happy hours for something a little different with a trip to Ninth Life's The Hunt for the Smoking Caterpillar. An escape room, immersive theatre and murder mystery in one, this event is bound to leave a lasting impression.

Hidden Jazz Club

155 user reviews 5

Hidden Jazz Club have no set location, popping up all over the city in some of the most unique venues, including historic churches and railway arches. What can you expect here? A lineup of authentic, local musicians playing some groovy, bluesy tunes.

NATURAL BORN STORYTELLERS

30 user reviews 5

For a comedy night like no other, head on over to Bethnal Green's Natural Born Storytellers. Here, famous faces and circuit stars take to the stage to tell hilarious and captivating stories about a certain topic, including love, revenge and sticky situations.

Neverland

935 user reviews 4

Love a bit of James Bond? Or maybe a bottomless brunch or winter pop-up? We've got you covered with Winterland's unforgettable events. Head to an alpine-themed lodge or get boozy at their epic drag nights.

GIN-HOUSE BURLESQUE

108 user reviews 4

The King's Head is hosting another night of sexy burlesque and cabaret performances as Gin House Burlesque are back in town with their scintillating and captivating performances. With everything from a Josephine Baker tribute act to a ventriloquist, the night promises to put the spark back into your evenings.

The Escapologist

2288 user reviews 4

In 1848, the infamous Baron fled to London shrouded in scandal, his every action prompting outrage on the streets. He landed a date with the gallows - only to escape and develop his mythical reputation by befriending the likes of Disraeli, Brunel and Nightingale. Popularly referred to as The Escapologist - he now has a bar paying homage to his exploits - a basement bar styled as part Victorian men's club, part Masonic Lodge. Expect cocktails, authentic design and cheese-drenched pizzas at this inventive and intriguing Covent Garden drinking joint.

DISCO BRUNCH

60 user reviews 4

It's time to add a big old dose of glitter and gold to your brunching habits with this new killer event; expect an hour of bottomless cocktails, two courses of brunch food and all the disco you can handle.

Oriole

2078 user reviews 5

Oriole is one undeniably cool place to drink in London. Sister site to the multi award-winning Nightjar speakeasy, Oriole's exotic influences ensure you'll be sipping at cocktails mixed with creativity, flair and the finest in tropical ingredients. As well as tasting menus, the experience comes rounded off by a live music programme featuring jazz, swing and blues.

Hyper Reality

139 user reviews 5

For quirky activities in London, look no further than a trip to Hyper Reality. Here, you can have a go at go-karting or surviving a zombie apocalypse in their VR gaming experiences. Then, head to the steampunk-themed bar or geek out at the arcade.

Paintvine

4 user reviews 5

Feel like spicing up your usual night out or weekend antics? Then be sure to check out Paintvine at various locations across London for their awesome range of events, where painting and sculpture meet booze. This is definitely one not to miss.

 

Urban Missions

79 user reviews 4

Some of the city's most dangerous criminals are getting ready for their next offence - will you be able to step up the challenge of saving London? Urban Missions, which has immersive experiences across the capital, sees you recovering lost items, solving mysteries and so much more.

London Shuffle Club

755 user reviews 5

If you're after something a little different, then a boozy brunch at London Shuffle Club in Shoreditch is just the ticket. They've got sourdough pizza, themed bashes, bottomless bubbles and plenty of game time on the cards. What are you waiting for?

Venn St. Records

208 user reviews 4

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Bringing some variety to the Clapham nightlife scene is Venn Street Records, a vinyl-clad, rock 'n' roll drinkers den fitted with vintage music memorabilia. Track down the large neon sign outside and follow the sounds of the live bands and DJ sets inside, there's happy hour offers every day and #CheapDate deals that offer 2 drinks and 2 pizzas for £15 between Sundays and Wednesdays.

@ Jamies Adam’s Court on Saturday 4th June 2022 and 28 other Saturdays

If you're looking for something a little different from your bottomless brunch in London, look no further than nabbing tickets to LaBooz. You'll chow down on a two-course meal at a top secret location, all while drag queens, cabaret stars, burlesque performers and belly dancers take to the stage.

  Paranormal Activity Tour

2 user reviews 3

@ Infront of Newspaper Stand Outside Farringdon Station on Friday 27th May 2022 and 13 other Fridays

Travel across London and uncover the bloody past of the city. With the help of Ouija boards, K2 meters, you will search for spirits and poltergeists in some of the scariest places in London, from abandon goal cells formally hosting the world's worst serial killers to mountains of bodies that commuters walk on every day.

The Lust Supper

11 user reviews 5

The Lust Supper is the multi-sensory dinner experience that offers a three-course aphrodisiac meal, tasty drinks, enchanting projections and sensual workshops. On top of that? There's a free overnight stay, gadgets to take home and so much more.

Barrio Soho

256 user reviews 4

1 hour Go Bottomless drinks package! and 6 other offers

Come over and get your fix of Latina flair at this gem of a Soho party bar. With flamboyant interiors, exotic tequila drinks and a lovely choice of Spanish bites, Barrio is a tropical oasis with a lovely atmosphere making for a quirky place to drink in London. Share a few plates with your mates, knock back a few of their corking cocktails or find your way to the dance floor, where a mix of live bands and DJs play until 1am.

Head over to The Windmill Soho for an immersive dining experience. While you eat, spectacular circus, burlesque and comedy acts take over the venue for a fun-filled evening of entertainment. Carry on late into the night with a couple of their creative cocktails.

Aeronaut

1015 user reviews 4

For an alternative night out in London, heading to Acton may not be your first port of call. But it should be because it's where you'll find Aeronaut and their pub turn brewery turn beer garden turn restaurant turn circus big top tent extravaganza. Yes, you can truly dabble in it all as you're dazzled by balancing acts, comedians, aerial artists and acrobats at large. 

Inamo Covent Garden

460 user reviews 4

With orders placed via sleek tablets and tabletops that you customise with your own images, Inamo is the place to be for an interactive dining experience in London. Check in on executive chef Jon Claro and his team via chef cam, you'll find them conjuring up all kinds of pan-Asian tapas plates as well as a healthy choice of sushi and sashimi options. Check in at the downstairs bars for Oriental-themed cocktails afterwards.