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 7th October 2022




London Month of the Dead is going all out with an epic range of spooky shindigs in the city. From candlelit performances, silent Swedish horror flicks and scary tours of some of the city's most haunted cemeteries, this is a top pick if you're after something out of the box.

DISCO BRUNCH

63 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.

Ballie Ballerson Shoreditch

4614 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. 

  Alcotraz: Cell Block Two-One-Two

1406 user reviews 5

@ Alcotraz Penitentiary: London on Various dates from Friday 7th October 2022

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

470 user reviews 4

@ The Candlelight Club on Various dates from Saturday 8th October 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

1677 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.

That's Drag Bingo!

41 user reviews 5

Grab life by the balls by heading along to one of That's Drag Bingo's events. Expect a range of hilarious bingo calls, sassy queens lip-syncing their way to your heart and local celebrities showing their faces. And if you win? Epic prize galore will ensue.

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. 

@ Pedley Street Station on Various dates from Friday 7th October 2022

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Spruce up your plans with The Murdér Express Part Deux -Jewel Of The Empire at Pedley Street Station. This awesome immersive dining experience involves a murder mystery, along with a tasty four-course meal. Need we say more?

  Paranormal Activity Tour

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@ Infront of Newspaper Stand Outside Farringdon Station on Friday 14th October 2022 and 4 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 Poetry Brothel

2 user reviews 5

Have a penchant for poetry? Head on over to the Electrowerkz, where The Poetry Brothel is hosting unique, immersive readings. Reclaiming old school performances, including ancient rituals, chants and ceremonies, they aim to uplift and enliven you.

Hyper Reality

159 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.

The Windmill Soho

1 user review 5

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.

Puttshack Bank

878 user reviews 5

One of the funnest bars in the City, Puttshack's Bank location is the ultimate party location. Fronting some of the finest high-tech mini-golf in London, you can enjoy round-after-round of highly competitive action, with plenty of food and booze on hand to keep you fuelled up.

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.

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.

Urban Missions

90 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.

@ 1 Lombard Street on Friday 28th October 2022

Fancy a spot of world-class burlesque? How about some dazzling drag? Or some slick circus acts? Then make your way over to 1 Lombard Street, where The Cocoa Butter Club is rustling up three-course dinners to enjoy with your show, which also includes a live band playing hip hop, jazz and RnB.

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.

The Lust Supper

15 user reviews 5

If you're after something a little different with your beau, then be sure to head to The Lust Supper at a top-secret cottage in the city. Get ready for a 3-course aphrodisiac menu paired with 90 minutes of bottomless bevvies, followed by couples massages and meditational workshops.

@ The Prince of Wales Brixton on Thursday 27th October and Wednesday 21st December 2022

Make your way to Behind The Bridges in Southbank for the two-day-long Musical Bingo 15th Birthday event. Expect a warm-up party on the 30th of June, followed by the main event on the 21st of July, and expect two classic rounds of the much-loved game, along with some surprises.

Garage Brunch

859 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. 

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.

Only Food And Courses

107 user reviews 5

One of the most unique dining experiences in London this year, Only Food And Courses is offering a twist on classic plates from the 80s and 90s. Giving your nostalgic favourites a new lease of life, the team will be sorting you out with new takes on prawn cocktail, Bakewell tarts and ham, egg and chips.

To do something different in London, head to Vagabond Sessions across the city and get stuck into their Beginners Guide To Wine. Here, you'll be able to ask the expert plenty of questions while being guided through the fun tastings.

Blingo - Hip Hop Bingo

281 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.

Neverland

957 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.

If you're after something a little different in the city, then make your way to the Cheerful Earful Podcast Festival at a range of fabulous London boozers. Expect to be entertained by a plethora of best-loved hosts, from shows such as Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown or Birthday Girls House Party.

Forbiddendog

20 user reviews 5

Bored of the bog-standard art classes and nights out? This one's sure to spice up your life. Forbiddendog is hosting a fetish-themed performance and life drawing evening, where you'll get to show your creative prowess, as well as enjoy a naughty show.

@ Ninth Life on Saturday 19th November 2022 and 3 other Saturdays

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.

Step inside the Breaking Bad inspired ABQ RV for a unique cocktail masterclass that will be teaching you the basics of molecular mixology in style. Don you hazmat suit because things are about to get all kinds of crazy.

@ 56 Leadenhall Street on Various dates from Friday 7th October 2022

For quirky activities in London, look no further than nabbing tickets to an immersive experience themed around Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds. Get plunged into the heart of one of the best sci-fi stories, thanks to live actors, incredible sets and 5D effects, with a steampunk bar for afters.

Venn St. Records

332 user reviews 5

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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.

The London Cabaret Club

187 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. 

Oriole

2158 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.

If you're looking for something different in London, The Five Points Brewing Co have got you set with plenty of activities. From stand-up sessions to cheese tastings and epic tours of breweries, there won't be a single dull moment with their events.

Simmons Fitzrovia

134 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. 

Little Nan's

213 user reviews 4

A venue boasting quirky teapot cocktails and exposed brickwork, Little Nan's is a great choice for weekends out with your pals. Enjoy everything from a bottomless brunch with sharing platters and endless booze through to tipsy afternoon teas.

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. 

Aeronaut

1045 user reviews 4

Prosecco Offer

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.