Something A Little Different

The capital is packed to the gunnels 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. Read our recommendations for where to find something a little a different on the London bar scene, and if you're looking for other quirky and fun events, check out our Events in London guide!

Last updated on 23rd May 2018

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From replicants to Harrison Ford, Secret Cinema is delving into the futuristic world of Blade Runner for their latest project. Dress up, solve clues and immerse yourself in this unique event which combines theatre, cinema and stand-out set design.

18:00 - 00:00
Theatre/Arts, Something A Little Different, Fun Time Partying, Film Screenings
Electro
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Laser Lates

6 user reviews

Head to this galactic outpost and defend it from the evil terror of… your mates! This adults-only session of laser tag is the perfect opportunity for healthy competition and to relive your childhood birthdays – and no space travel is required.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Activity, Date Night, Something A Little Different, Stag Do
Not Applicable
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The Blitz Party are back at their authentic air raid shelter for another night of wild parties and jubilant atmosphere. Set amongst hurricane lamps, sandbags, blackout curtains and reconnaissance maps, the night will be full of dance classes, live music and all sorts of fun.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Something A Little Different, Themed Nights, Fun Time Partying
Live Music
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Get dropped into the middle of an illicit gambling den in this immersive event, where you and your team must collect clues, meet characters and gather evidence from all over the place to solve the case and save the club.

13:00 - 17:30
Daytime, Something A Little Different, Immersive, Fun Time Partying
Farringdon
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Ballie Ballerson

10 user reviews

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 Saturday's or join the ball pit and cocktail bar madness. 

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

One of the most unique events in London this year, An Evening of Meat is a night of fine dining and a fearsome approach to femininity. Enjoy six courses of delicious food as a stunning performance unfolds in front of you.

18:30 - 22:00
Food & Drink, Themed Nights, Something A Little Different, Dating
Waterloo
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You’ve definitely never drank like this before. 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 in this immersive drinking experience.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Themed Nights, Pop-Up
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3 events @ Neverland London with 115 upcoming dates from 24 May 2018 until 26 Aug 2018

Do your summer a little differently this year at the Fulham Beach Club. Bringing you beer pong, bottomless brunches, yoga sessions and even mini golf, it's the summer activity camp for adults we've all been waiting for.

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3 events @ Tobacco Dock with 150 upcoming dates from 24 May 2018 until 16 Aug 2018

Indulge in a spot of croquet or petanque this spring and summer at this quirky rooftop bar at Tobacco Dock. Alongside lawn games, there's also some stellar drinks to be had and views to looked at.

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16 events @ Boisdale of Belgravia with 32 upcoming dates from 24 May 2018 until 30 Jun 2018

Offering one of the top spots in London to relax and unwind, this friendly and intimate jazz bar offers some stunning drinking and dining alongside a stellar programme of live jazz, blues and soul.

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4 events @ Secret London Location with 4 upcoming dates from 30 Jun 2018 until 22 Sep 2018

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.

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17 events @ XOYO with 18 upcoming dates from 26 May 2018 until 28 Jul 2018

Fronting epic live choirs, full 16-piece orchestras and super talented live performers, the Reimagine collective aren't messing around when it comes to the stage retelling of some of music history's biggest and best names.

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The Candlelight Club

19 user reviews

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. 

Happily Affordable ££
Central London

Flight Club Bloomsbury

852 user reviews

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. Welcome to Flight Club in either Shoreditch or Bloomsbury. 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. 

Happily Affordable ££
Holborn

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.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Something A Little Different, Hen Party, Date Night, Food & Drink
Tooting
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Tropicana Beach Club

869 user reviews

Dressed as a tropical bar, the Tropicana Beach Club has become accustomed to dropping jaws and raising more than a few eyebrows. Covered by over 500 bird decorations, with huge palm trees stretching from the floor to the ceiling, a lagoon pool-style dance floor and various cabanas spread throughout, every aspect has been meticulously planned and arranged to transport everyone to a sun-drenched tropical beach. Alongside the menu of beach-grill inspired dishes on offer, the bartenders serve over 50 different types of rum and fruit infused cocktails.  

Happily Affordable ££
Covent Garden

Victorian Bath House

74 user reviews

Opening its doors to douse you in all its allure, the Victorian Bath House is an esteemed venue with all the makings of a cool and quirky London bar. Experience the exclusivity of this Grade II listed space and you'll be indulging in the finest food and drink in richly dressed interiors made for decadence and luxury. 

Happily Affordable ££
Liverpool Street

Try this quiz night with a difference, as their hilarious Drag Queen quiz master leads you through six rounds of questions, all while you enjoy great cocktails, beers, and street food, and also free poppadum nachos.

19:00 - 21:00
Quiz Night
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The Piano Works

525 user reviews
The Piano Works
Champagne & Cocktail Hour: 5pm to 7pm and 6 other offers available.

Bursting full of character and loaded with songs that pull you to the dance floor, the Piano Works in Farringdon has changed the way London experiences live music. The team behind this venture take guests back to a time when couples danced in pairs to the latest music sensation and turn this Victorian warehouse into a haven of stellar singing and dubious dancing. Look no further for a quirky London night out. 

Happily Affordable ££
Farringdon
6 events @ The Grand with 6 upcoming dates from 02 Jun 2018 until 11 Jan 2019

Plans for a nice cosy movie night? Scrap 'em, and head to this. With a quite frankly enormous screen (24ft wide, to be precise), The Grand shows a number of cult classic films with plenty of themed quirks on the side! There’s usually free popcorn and prizes for fancy dress, while your ticket includes entry to the after party (continuing until 3am) once the film is finished.

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Powder Keg Diplomacy

100 user reviews

Who needs this 21st Century malarkey, when you could step back to the Victorian era at this quirky South London spot? Filled with vintage wares, retro maps, and a towering, plant covered conservatory, Powder Keg Diplomacy is perfect for dinner with a difference.

Happily Affordable ££
Clapham

Batch

11 user reviews

Keeping things creepy this Christmas in London, join Batch in Peckham for a totally unique venture as they're bringing you a whole roster of cocktails and interiors based on tales of creatures gone by.

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Peckham

The Bat And Ball

265 user reviews
The Bat And Ball
Two - For - One Pizza and 3 other offers available.

Get away from the traditional Central London night out at this East London ping pong hub. The Bat and Ball is a bit off the beaten path and something a little different for a night out in London. Grab your table tennis racquets and have your taste buds ready. This East London bar has a 'Games Hall' ready for your best shot, equipped for twelve ping pong tables, and a pizzeria loaded with slices to satisfy your drunk munchies. 

Happily Affordable ££
Stratford

Enjoy a drink with a difference as you travel 35 floors into the amazing Sky Gardens, where you can enjoy cocktails, live music, great tunes from DJs and one of the best views in all of London.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Food & Drink, Date Night, Live Music
Commercial/Pop
City of London
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One of London's most unique dining experiences has opened its doors for a new kind of sensory dining. Head over to TT Liquor for a night of story telling and eight course dining, as you go on a taste, visual and drinking journey around the world.

Splash the Cash £££
Shoreditch
15 events @ Studio 338 with 15 upcoming dates from 25 May 2018 until 31 Aug 2018

 Pub Tropicana is here for your summer partying needs, as Studio 338 team up with Sol to create a place offering the best street food, live music, World Cup screenings, virtual reality underground bingo, cult pub quizzes and so much more.

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5 events @ Top Secret Comedy Club with 250 upcoming dates starting on 26 May 2018

The Top Secret Comedy Club has remained undetected by the masses for too long. We’re here to spill the beans once and for all, shouting from the rooftops about a comedy club that welcomes top notch comedians for a night of thigh-slapping, rip-roaring jokes. There’s an open bar serving cheap booze, an amazing atmosphere and the chance to meet lots of funny people along the way.

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It might be more associated with the elderly and the young but bowls is getting a fun makeover. Head to Finsbury Square for Friday evenings of bowls, beer and music.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Activity, Food & Drink, Date Night, Pop-Up
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11 events @ Aeronaut with 123 upcoming dates starting on 25 May 2018

If you're looking for a bar with some serious character then Aeronaut is the place for you. Hosting some of the most weird and wonderful events in London, along with brunches, bingo nights and even fancy wine dinner, it's certainly something a little different in London.

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5 events @ 5 venues with 7 upcoming dates from 27 May 2018 until 24 Jul 2018

The Pop-Up Opera is an experimental show that looks at flipping conventional opera on its head. Hosting shows across the capital in exciting place and intriguing surroundings, the group look to couple old with new. Giving things a fresh feel, the company offers Londoners two well known plays, Il Matrimonio Segreto from the 18th century and Hansel and Gretel. Trust us, this is one unique event in London you don't want to miss.   

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It’s bingo, but with music instead – what’s not to love? The rounds are all based on a different sub-section, there’s some mystery challenges thrown in for good measure and there’s lots of pizza to devour from Pizza East Kitchen.

19:30 - 23:00
Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different, Clubbing, Quiz Night, Themed Nights
Commercial/Pop
Shoreditch
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How does this sound for a day out in London: start off on an amazing speed boat experience, soaring across the River Thames, and afterwards you get to settle into Ping Pong for a delicious Dim Sum set menu.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Daytime, Walks & Tours, Something A Little Different
Background Music
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Venn St. Records

47 user reviews
Venn St. Records
Cheap Date - 2 Pizzas and 2 Drinks for £19 and 1 other offer available.

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Clapham

Hand Of Glory

28 user reviews

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Hackney

This stained glass workshop in London is definitely something different than your usual routine. Attend a three hour workshop where you will learn skills and technique before making your own light catchers that you'll be able to bring home and show off.

18:30 - 21:30
Classes, Something A Little Different
Kings Cross
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Simmons Fitzrovia

77 user reviews
Simmons Fitzrovia
Bottomless Afternoon Tea

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. 

Happily Affordable ££
Fitzrovia

The Great Gatsby

1 user reviews

Get your best 1920s dress-up on and head to this stunning immersive experience in London Bridge. This quirky event will put you right in the heart of Fitzgerald's famous novel, so grab a cocktail and watch the drama unfold around you.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Immersive, Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts, Themed Nights
Jazz
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Try a night out with a difference, as you enjoy a step-by-step demonstration on what to paint, before creating a masterpiece of your own, all while listening to amazing music and a cracking cocktail or two.

19:30 - 21:30
Classes, Date Night, Hen Party, Something A Little Different
Dalston
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Fusing football and non-stop live music, Leicester Square's Studio 88 will be showing all the fixture for June's 2018 World Cup alongside some great food and drinks deals.

11:00 - 21:00
Sport, Live Music, Fun Time Partying, World Cup
Live Music
West London
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Love wings? Then don't miss out on this massive summer event at the Bussey Building as it is taken over by award-winning wing makers, DJs spinning the biggest tunes and plenty of boozy concoctions.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Festival, Food & Drink, Live Music, Something A Little Different
Alternative / Indie
Peckham
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Nine Lives

204 user reviews

Nine Lives mixes nature with shabby-chic aesthetics to create one of the most beautiful bars in London. Expect to enter a paradise of bamboo shoots and hanging plants, where you can sip on zero-waste drinks and enjoy their carefully curated music choice.

Happily Affordable ££
Bermondsey

Celebrate the summer at the Chelsea Pensioner, as they throw an Ibiza party like never before with the finest tunes, great drinks, boat party games with luxurious prizes, and karaoke well into the night – and all the proceeds are going to charity.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Fun Time Partying, Clubbing, Comedy, Immersive
Chelsea
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If you haven’t gotten familiar with Belgium beers, you’re in for a treat. Head to this beer festival where you can enjoy unlimited tastings of 70 craft Belgium beers, all the while listening to great live music and eating Belgium delicacies designed to pair with the beer.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Drinks Tasting, Festival, Food & Drink, Live Music
Hackney
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Your friend, boyfriend or girlfriend would have a great time at this pottery class for novices, where you’ll both learn how to create pottery using a pottery wheel, compete in fun competitions, and even take home a masterpiece – and the sessions are exclusive to two people.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Classes, Date Night, Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts
Background Music
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Roof East

6 user reviews

Roof East is Stratford’s multi-purpose hangout for drinks, events and open-air cinema overlooking the Olympic Park. It’s a beautiful hangout if you had your sights set on some summertime lounging, with a street food menu from a Hawksmoor chef and tasty cocktails served while yoga sessions and Rooftop Film Club events are held.

Happily Affordable ££
Stratford
4 events @ Bethnal Green Working Men's Club with 4 upcoming dates from 21 Jun 2018 until 15 Nov 2018

Far from your standard night of burlesque, prepare for a night of dark, troubling cabaret and burlesque, all undercut with an air of humour as these spectacular performers evoke the work of director David Lynch.

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The Dreamboys

5 user reviews

The Dreamboys are in town and with them comes a whole team of flexing muscles, baby oiled bods and boys who are ready to take their clothes off. As London's only fully licensed strip show, expect nothing less than a hot and sweaty show of bare boys dancing, shaking and ultimately getting down on stage. Raise the heat and try something a little different in London this time around. 

Happily Affordable ££
Central London

For a night out with a difference, this awesome event at Bethnal Green Working Men's Club puts girls to the front as Girl Power brings you an evening of glitter, drag queens and DJs playing all the best female-fronted tunes.

21:00 - 02:00
Clubbing, Cabaret/Burlesque, Something A Little Different, Fun Time Partying
Commercial/Pop
Bethnal Green
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Join BOBO Society's Head chef as he leads you through making unusual burgers and delicious plates with this fun experimental burger class.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Date Night, Dating, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different
Fitzrovia
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The Bingo Academy is coming to the vaults to teach all of you the lost art of bingo. For all the losers, and pathetic bingo players, their Bingo Trainers will transform you into the ultimate bingo winners.

19:00 - 22:00
Pop-Up, Fun Time Partying, Clubbing, Date Night
Waterloo
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This quirky food festival in Stratford brings together 35 of the finest purveyors of chicken wings in Europe for two days of £1 wings, live blues, bourbon and tune from resident DJ BBQ, along with plenty more entertainment.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Food & Drink, Festival
Rhythm and Blues
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Barrio Soho

94 user reviews
Barrio Soho
Amigo Hour Specials

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Soho

Improve your cooking skills with one of the best chefs in the world as Michel Roux opens up a student kitchen. Taking place above the location used to film Saturday Kitchen Live, the kitchen has space for 12 people as well as all the state-of-the-art equipment to whip up all kinds of deliciousness.

Happily Affordable ££
South London
4 events @ The King's Head Member's Club with 4 upcoming dates from 29 Jun 2018 until 23 Nov 2018

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.

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After meeting your guide in Green Park you’ll be guided past the most haunted houses and parks in the city, before hoping aboard their cruise for more ghost-based antics, amazing views and a bar.

19:30 - 22:00
Walks & Tours, Something A Little Different
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Inspired by the Nordic Food Movement, Matr is an intimate supper club that is bringing top-notch dining to London. Taking place in Belsize Park, the night is a delicious celebration of seasonal and local food, with seven inventive courses, matched with natural wines.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Supper Clubs, Pop-Up
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5 events @ 5 venues with 170 upcoming dates from 24 May 2018 until 12 Jul 2018

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? 

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17 events @ Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club with 66 upcoming dates starting on 25 May 2018

An intimate brasserie and wine bar tucked away in Kennington, nobody’s debating Toulouse Lautrec’s rep as one of the best places to catch live music in south London. Tailor-made for date night, come by for food and drinks with bohemian Parisian vibes while a 9-piece band playing anything from jazz to swing and funk to soul plays some silky smooth tunes into the evening.

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2 events @ 2 venues with 23 upcoming dates from 09 Jun 2018 until 02 Nov 2018

Follow the story and uncover the truth at Immersive Mysteries, as you join master of the supernatural Jack Daw to discover the murders, mysteries, dark secrets and haunting stories of certain places.

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Aftermath The Game

9 user reviews

All you need is a workable space and Aftermath, the immersive game, will come and whisk you and up to 19 people away to a world of mystery and intrigue. The game requires teamwork, concentration and problem solving skills, with two hours to save the world, simples.

Happily Affordable ££
City of London

Queens: Skate-Dine-Bowl

2 user reviews

It’s never a standard night out at Queens. Not only do they have great cocktails and delicious burgers courtesy of MEATliquor, they’ve got 12 bowling lanes, an ice skating rinks and funky pop culture décor to boot.

Happily Affordable ££
Notting Hill
4 events @ 4 venues with 4 upcoming dates from 19 Jun 2018 until 12 Jul 2018

Learn the history of your favourite spirit via the medium of expertly-mixed cocktails. Bringing you the journey of gin through the cocktails that use it, this curious little event is also a great way to try out some of the best cocktail bars in London. 

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Take a trip back in time to the height of train travel at this immersive dining event, where you will board the maiden trip of the Murdér Express, where you will sip on drinks from the Seven Sins platform bar and feast on food from MasterChef finalists Billy and Jack in a train journey you won’t quickly forget.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Food & Drink, Theatre/Arts, Immersive, Date Night
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The Wizard Of Oz

98 user reviews

Head out into Abney Park this summer for something a little different: an outdoor performance of The Wizard of Oz. This is your chance to watch the classic story play out in a unique setting through one of London's woodland memorial parks.

20:00 - 21:30
Theatre/Arts, Something A Little Different
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Attempt something a bit different as you try swing dancing at Cahoots for a night of fun, dancing, and laughter. After first receiving some dance lessons, the floor will open up for the night with a live band and martinis to keep the night going.

17:00 - 02:00
Classes, Fun Time Partying, Live Music, Something A Little Different
Soho
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Locked in a Room

1 user reviews

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.

Happily Affordable ££
East London
2 events @ 2 venues with 2 upcoming dates starting on 24 May 2018

Supper club meets singles mixer and this cool and quirky London event. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared by your hosts Gabi and Luce, along with the chance to meet some like-minded people.

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Christabel's Cocktail Bar

5 user reviews

Always fresh, innovative and colourful, Christabel’s throws among the most creative pop-up experiences in London. Casting their net as wide as Mad Hatter’s brunches, edible playgrounds and botanical speakeasies, each of these immersive drinking and dining experiences is held from a stunning location overlooking Regent’s Canal.

Happily Affordable ££
Central London

For an alternative day out in London, why not spend an evening with Louise Candlish, author of Our House. This exclusive experience involves a reading from her latest novel, preceded by, a selection of small plates and wine. Learn more about the book and come with questions for an compelling Q&A.

18:30 - 21:30
Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts
Background Music
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You don’t have to indulge at Perception, with unlimited bubbles and naughty dishes; you can enjoy unlimited smoothies and eat nice dishes. The choice is yours! They’ll supply it all plus amazing tunes from London’s hottest DJs.

13:00 - 16:00
Daytime, Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different
Live Music
Leicester Square
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Are you bored of the usual nights out? For something a little different in London, give Musical Bingo a try. With heaps of energy, a great vibe and some healthy competition, make your way through the music as you mark off your bingo card for the chance to win big.

19:00 - 23:00
Fun Time Partying, Quiz Night, Something A Little Different, Clubbing
Commercial/Pop
Brixton
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Oriole

1042 user reviews
Oriole
Free Live Music & Reduced Price Cocktails and 2 other offers available.

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.

Splash the Cash £££
East London

Love espresso martinis? Then this is the pop-up for you. Taking place in a secret place in Soho, the venue is hidden behind a secret door - open it to unveil the world's largest espresso martini menu.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Pop-Up, Food & Drink, Drinks Tasting, Something A Little Different
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Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes

26 user reviews

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. 

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

A plane has crashed but nothing is as it first appears. Head to Wringer and Mangle in Spitalfields for this acclaimed murder mystery night which combines puzzles, immersive theatre and team work for a great night out.

18:30 - 22:30
Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts, Themed Nights, Fun Time Partying
Retro
Shoreditch
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IceBar London

22 user reviews

London’s famous Ice Bar is the only place in the UK that allows you to sink a few cocktails in an igloo-like environment where everything is frozen solid. Knock back a cheeky few concoctions in a chilled atmosphere (sorry), then head downstairs for dinner and drinks in the warm restaurant area. You can't get much more of a cool place to drink in London... geddit? 

Happily Affordable ££
West End

If you want more evidence that London can offer something for everyone, then join SEA LIFE After Dark, an exclusive chance to visit the aquarium after-hours. The adults-only event means you can explore the Aquarium at your own pace, drink from the pop-up bars and even sip prosecco as you traverse the scary Shark Walk!

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Something A Little Different, Date Night, Activity, Walks & Tours
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Magic Roundabout

217 user reviews

Burger Bear is back and this time taking his penchant for patty's and partying to new heights, above Old Street Station. Transforming this space with shipping containers and one heavy sound system, he has created a disco diner space of the ultimate trifecta: eats, beats and booze. Pop down for a burger or a piece of Prawnography action as you relish in this cool place to drink in London. 

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch

You’ve done London with a difference before, but you’ve never experienced it with the mayhem of the cast of Shrek. That’s right, you can travel to Far Far Away, where you’ll be greeted with a welcome drink, before embarking on a crazy 4D bus ride with Donkey driving! Later, you’ll get to have a shot or two in the Poison Apple Pub with the Ugly Step Sister. It’s a hilarious trip – and it’s adults only!

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Theatre/Arts, Themed Nights, Walks & Tours, Something A Little Different
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9 events @ 7 venues with 30 upcoming dates from 25 Jan 2017 until 15 Nov 2018

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.

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Aeronaut

278 user reviews

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. 

Happily Affordable ££
Acton

The Four Thieves

32 user reviews
The Four Thieves
Buy One Get One Free Burgers and 2 other offers available.

A mega pub in Battersea, The Four Thieves puts together something cool to do in London with its buzzing atmosphere and social drinking atmosphere spread over several rooms and two floors. Whether you're looking for an immersive clue solving game, to race some cars or just sample some of their own craft beer, it's all available under one roof at this unique joint. 

Happily Affordable ££
Battersea

For a VIP experience at one of London's most iconic attractions, this series of lates at Madame Tussauds is a unique option. Enjoy after-hours access to the museum's stunning exhibition and enjoy a glass of Prosecco to boot.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Something A Little Different, Date Night, Walks & Tours, Themed Nights
Commercial/Pop
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This cool VR gaming experience certainly offers something a little different in London. Choose your own adventure from over 20 different gaming options. With everything from Elven Assassin to Fruit Ninja, there's something for everyone.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Immersive, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different
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Inspired by the beautiful Chelsea Flower Show, join the May Fair Bar as you create three beautiful, botanical cocktails, all while enjoying canapes. Afterwards, treat yourself to a dinner at the May Fair Kitchen.

16:30 - 18:00
Classes, Food & Drink, Daytime
Background Music
Mayfair
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The London Cabaret Club

53 user reviews

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. 

Happily Affordable ££
Holborn

Try an art class with a twist, as you start the evening out with a 30-minute yoga session, and then enjoy a creative workshop where you’ll draw a fully-clothed model stretching into amazing yoga poses.

18:30 - 21:30
Something A Little Different, Classes, Theatre/Arts
Kings Cross
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The Escapologist

1076 user reviews

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Covent Garden

It's only around once a month and it's all sorts of fun; The Craft and Cocktail Club is taking over Drink, Shop & Do once a month for nights of creating and cocktail drinking.

19:00 - 22:00
Something A Little Different, Drinks Tasting
Kings Cross
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Start your morning differently with this dynamic all-abilities vinyasa flow yoga session, all while enjoying beautiful views of the London skyline. Afterwards, feast on a continental buffet breakfast.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Activity, Classes, Daytime, Something A Little Different
City of London
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Try out this amazing treasure hunt in the greatest city in the world. You’ll have to crack puzzles and riddles using clues that will see you taken across London. You’ll end at the Treasure pub, where you’ll get 20% off your bill. Try the City version too.

10:00 - 22:00
Daytime, Quiz Night, Walks & Tours, Something A Little Different
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38 events @ Cafe de Paris with 38 upcoming dates from 25 May 2018 until 29 Sep 2018

Put on your gladrags and party in stellar style with Cafe de Paris, one of London's oldest cabaret club. The swanky venue doesn't stop at drinks and dinner; there's also a feast for your eyes with amazing burlesque, cabaret and acrobats.

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First Aid Box

15 user reviews
First Aid Box
Lets kitchen set menu £20/26

Hidden away between Dulwich and Brixton, this adorable cocktail bar certainly offers something a little different in London. With a very unusual medical theme running through it, you can expect drinks served in syringes and delicious, health-conscious food.

Happily Affordable ££
Dulwich

The Exhibit

356 user reviews
The Exhibit
DOUBLE YOUR BAR TAB! pay a deposit + we'll match it! and 3 other offers available.

Covered head to toe in cool, The Exhibit’s got a little bit of everything going on. There’s beaut cocktails and freshly prepared British food for starters, but it’s probably the eclectic entertainment that you’d know it best for. There’s weekend comedy, life drawing classes and cutting-edge art exhibitions to look forward to, as well as cool London screenings from the inbuilt independent cinema.

Happily Affordable ££
Balham

The Last Tuesday Society

6 user reviews

If you like your cocktails with a side of strange, this place might just be your spiritual home and the answer to all unusual things to do in London. Displaying all kinds of weird stuff; The Last Tuesday Society is part Natural History Museum, part car boot sale and part nightmare. In the downstairs bar, suitably stiff drinks such as The Geneva Martinez with chocolate bitters are being served in abundance alongside tapas and bar snacks. 

Happily Affordable ££
Hackney

Retro Events

0 user reviews

Make your next party one to remember as Retro Events put their unique spin on proceedings. The events company specialise in jazzing up parties with a retro theme that is brought to life with live performers, singers, dancers and a killer sound system.

Happily Affordable ££
Central London

Blues Kitchen Shoreditch

41 user reviews
Blues Kitchen Shoreditch
£5 cocktails and 1 other offer available.

A heaving, meaty mess of Deep South BBQ and music of the soul persuasion describes Blues Kitchen in Shoreditch. Dose up on heart-stopping recipes of burgers, pulled pork stacks and other Americana inspired treats as Blues is a carnivore's nirvana. The epic venue also plays host to live music of all funky, brass band and Motown sizes for one cool restaurant bar in London. 

Happily Affordable ££
Shoreditch
1 events @ Brunel Museum Rooftop Garden with 38 upcoming dates from 25 May 2018 until 29 Sep 2018

Treat yourself to something a little different in London with this magical and atmospheric night out experience. Head to the rooftop garden of the Brunel Museum for quirky cocktails, marshmallow toasting and delicious street food.

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Presented by the hilarious Eleanor Conway in the Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, prepare yourself for karaoke with a true difference. It’s time to unleash your inner Whitney and sing with the backing of a full gospel choir! There’s big team sing-a-longs, harmonies, and even a prize for someone giving the best confessional. You don’t want to miss this.

19:00 - 22:00
Fun Time Partying, Karaoke, Live Music, Something A Little Different, Activity
Funk & Soul
Shoreditch
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1 events @ Deviant & Dandy Brewery with 2 upcoming dates starting on 24 May 2018

Brewery events with a difference is the name of the game here, where you can enjoy everything from live music in the tap room, parties in their beer gardens, to craft beer brewery tours and distillation experiences.

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2 events @ 2 venues with 37 upcoming dates from 24 May 2018 until 31 Aug 2018

This internationally-acclaimed magician is hosting a series of events from the opulent Grand Royal, promising baffling tricks, old school charm and a massively captivating performance. A great quirky London event for those looking to try something a little off-kilter, your ticket also includes a 'magic cocktail' on arrival. 

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One of the quirkiest pop ups in London, this Wild West themed bar lets you bring your own booze so that their expert mixologists can tart it up for you into a cool, perfectly-crafted cocktail.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Food & Drink, Immersive, Pop-Up, Something A Little Different
Background Music
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Certainly classed as something a little different, this comedy quiz-cum-game show will leave you in stitches. Work through a number of ridiculous rounds as you quiz, play and twerk your way into the position of Last Man Standing.

19:00 - 22:30
Fun Time Partying, Quiz Night, Something A Little Different, Date Night
Background Music
West End
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7 events @ 4 venues with 7 upcoming dates from 05 Jun 2018 until 04 Sep 2018

At these creative workshops, you’ll learn how to use equipment, source your own materials and set up a studio space at home, all while mixing with experienced artists and newbies to the artform.

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Mallets & Hoops is here to make summer a little more fun with their alternative take on croquet. Taking over Oxo Tower's Bargehouse, this team game involves games, cracking music and affordable drinks.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Pop-Up, Something A Little Different, Fun Time Partying
Background Music
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Casting aside looks once and for all, Pitch Black is a fun concept where you drink four different drinks in complete darkness. You’ll be greeted with a glass of prosecco on arrival before witty staff will guide you through the 90 minute experience, giving you a full sensory experience.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Date Night, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different, Pop-Up, Activity, Classes, Fun Time Partying
Background Music
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Taking place at Batch & Co in South London, this class is a great excuse to learn a new skill. The event takes place once a month, will improve your skills on life drawing and is led by an experienced art teacher.

19:30 - 21:00
Classes, Theatre/Arts
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4 events @ Brother Marcus with 5 upcoming dates from 11 Jun 2018 until 18 Aug 2018

Offering something a bit more adventurous than your average dinner date, Balham's Brother Marcus has a whole host of supper clubs and seasonal feasts up its sleeve for you to enjoy.

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9 events @ The Exhibit with 49 upcoming dates starting on 25 May 2018

The phrase 'something a little different' was invented for The Exhibit. Join them for all kinds of events, whether that's drag queen brunch spectaculars, disco extravaganzas, cinema screenings, or even life drawing classes - there's a lot to dig into here. 

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Bar Elba

294 user reviews

Head to the rooftop Bar Elba, based on the party island of Napoleon himself, and enjoy the tropical paradise in Central London. The bar is awash with bright, sunny colours, block lettering and a cocktail menu that’s twenty drinks strong.

Happily Affordable ££
Waterloo

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.

20:00 - 22:00
Walks & Tours, Something A Little Different, Activity
Not Applicable
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The Star of Bethnal Green's 10th Birthday Street Party
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The Star of Bethnal Green are hosting their seventh street party outside their pub, so expect loads more cocktails, beer, BBQ and street food, alongside cracking music and entertainment for the kids too!

12:00 - 02:00
Festival, Food & Drink, Fun Time Partying, Daytime
80's Music
Bethnal Green
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Sick of music festivals? Done with theatre ones too? Try out something a little different in London with this great cheese festival. Bringing together the best cheese producers and traders in the country, with some of the finest street food vendors of dairy goodness, it's one of the best events in London this spring.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Food & Drink, Festival, Daytime, Pop-Up
Background Music
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Make sure you’re on point this summer with this fun activity, where you can create your own bespoke headdresses with the help of professionals using materials like feathers, silk flowres, beads, glitter, and loads more.

19:00 - 21:00
Classes, Festival, Themed Nights
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From cocktails through to rides and immersive experiences, London Dungeons is staying open for this amazing adults-only experience.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Something A Little Different, Walks & Tours, Food & Drink, Theatre/Arts
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6 events @ 4 venues with 18 upcoming dates from 29 May 2018 until 06 Oct 2018

For something a little different in London, why not try disco yoga. That's right folks, a combination of disco AND yoga for the health conscious who also like to party hard. Join in with this fun and uplifting yoga class which includes a super food cocktail or mocktail to refuel after.

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With a revolving line-up of cool and outrageous performances, this fun London event is sure to have you picking your jaw up off the floor. Hosted by the sassy and blue Ettieboo and her La La Band, each monthly show will be binging some fresh surprises and fantastic acts.

21:00 - 22:30
Something A Little Different, Fun Time Partying
Background Music
Acton
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7 events @ The Artworks with 7 upcoming dates from 25 May 2018 until 30 Jun 2018

Rather than art class, Studio Masterpiece is a fun art experience that combines learning with creating and socialising. The evenings follow various themes from Picasso-style painting through to sculpture, bring your drinks and nibbles and get ready to discover some inner talent.

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See the Thames in a completely new way as Predator Adventures speed you along at speeds of up to 60mph. The craft is designed like a Killer Whale and can go up to 6ft deep, jumps out of the water and is not for the fainthearted.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Activity, Something A Little Different, Stag Do, Boat Party
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A Moroccan wonderland of belly dancing babes, Arabian entertainments and fragrant foods is what Kenza is all about. Take a seat on their plump, metallic cushions and experience a palate of Middle Eastern delights at this quirky restaurant in London. With classic Lebanese food and a dedicated cocktail lounge, you are guaranteed to leave this restaurant with a stomach full of great flavours and a smile etched across your face.. 

Happily Affordable ££
Liverpool Street

Experience RENT like never before, as you watch a unique performance of RENT’s most iconic songs by the critically acclaimed 20th anniversary tour cast before catching a screening in an abandoned East London lot.

19:00 - 22:00
Film Screenings
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Inamo Covent Garden

133 user reviews

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.

Happily Affordable ££
Covent Garden

Explore the dark side of London aboard the Necrobus, which will take you to the creepiest, most haunted sights in all of London, in a quirky bus tour that’ll frighten you as much as it makes you laugh.

21:00 - 22:15
Comedy, Immersive, Something A Little Different, Date Night
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Lucky Voice Karaoke Soho

86 user reviews
Lucky Voice Karaoke Soho
Worthy Workers and 9 other offers available.

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!

Happily Affordable ££
Soho

The Little Blue Door

28 user reviews
The Little Blue Door
Free glass of Punch and 1 other offer available.

With bottomless brunches that turn into afternoon boogie sessions, and afternoon teas that end in table dancing, this curious little Fulham eatery is one of London's quirkiest hotspots.

Happily Affordable ££
Fulham
4 events @ Shaw Theatre with 4 upcoming dates from 25 May 2018 until 02 Jun 2018

You are guaranteed to find something different at London Burlesque Festival. Ranging from the risqué, to the dangerous, to even the geeky, all manner of saucy, entertaining and gin-filled acts await at this extravaganza.

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Raising money for the Homesless Project at St. Andrew's Church, Fulham, this cool supper club will see Masterchef's Billy and Jack serving up four courses of delicious cooking, including yuzu-cured trout and cherry bakewell with sherry vinegar ice cream.

19:30 - 22:30
Supper Clubs, Something A Little Different, Date Night
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Oddbins Events

1 user reviews

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. 

Happily Affordable ££
Central London

The Schoolhouse

226 user reviews

The Schoolhouse whisks you down memory lane for a trip back in time. Something of a playground for adults, this quirky little number serves delicious food from classic dinner trays and cocktails whipped up straight from the science lab. Good for all-day dining in Battersea, the restaurant is a charming space with a unique theme, and they host popular boozy brunch sessions every month.

Happily Affordable ££
Battersea

A Door In A Wall

2 user reviews

Taking place across London, A Door In A Wall is an immersive experience that prides itself on continuously pushing boundaries. Whether you're scrambling for clues in a hidden speakeasy, running through the streets of London or solving puzzles at a famous landmark, this immersive experience will challenge you in new ways and will force every guest to think in new, exciting ways.

Happily Affordable ££
Kings Cross

Sonic the Magician is reviving the golden age of magic at this amazing show; join him in Mayfair for a spellbounding show that will have you questioning reality.

20:00 - 21:45
Something A Little Different, Theatre/Arts, Themed Nights
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Enjoy cocktails and tonnes of retro gaming at this awesome event in the City. With everything from Street Fighter to Sega Rally it's one of the coolest events in London.

17:00 - 22:00
Hen Party, Karaoke, Something A Little Different, Stag Do
80's Music
Holborn
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BYOC Camden

125 user reviews

BYOC Camden is mixing things up when it comes to London's cocktail bars. Join the North London spot for BYOB in the form of spirits, vintage blackjack tables, and heaps of 1920s style.

Happily Affordable ££
Camden

For something a little different form your average life-drawing evening, this cool and quirky class at the Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club invites you to grab a couple of drinks and have a go at sketching some of the city's finest cabaret and burlesque performers.

13:00 - 16:30
Cabaret/Burlesque, Something A Little Different, Daytime, Themed Nights
Electro
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Bobby Fitzpatrick

90 user reviews

Head to this North London cocktail spot for a good dose of old-fashioned fun with board games and quirky cocktails. Bobby Fitzpatrick is a '70s den of vintage memorabilia, signed photos and American dishes including deep crust American pizzas. 

Happily Affordable ££
Hampstead

Head to Paper Dress Vintage for this cool and quirky evening of raunchy burlesque and lively musicians as MILK returns for its monthly blow out.

20:30 - 02:00
Cabaret/Burlesque, Fun Time Partying, Something A Little Different, Live Music
Commercial/Pop
Hackney
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London Gin Cruise

10 user reviews

With music, tapas and gin tastings, this stunning London event is the perfect outing for any gin aficionados looking to get out and about on the water.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Boat Party, Drinks Tasting, Food & Drink, Something A Little Different
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Hester's Hideout

12 user reviews
Hester's Hideout
Two Cocktails for £10

Off the streets of Exmouth Market is a decadent den filled with burlesque dancers, musicians and a history naughtier than even Soho. Head down into this basement bar in London and enjoy a show with a fantastic range of cocktails.

Happily Affordable ££
Farringdon

Circus

136 user reviews

Located in Covent Garden, Circus is a dazzling restaurant and bar that promises all the fun of the fair. Dive into the big top as the Pan-Asian venue puts on a hot roster of entertainment alongside dishes and cocktails; think burlesque, cabaret and acrobats to name a few.

Splash the Cash £££
Covent Garden

Fu Manchu Bar

37 user reviews

There's an air of oriental mystique about Fu Manchu; this fun-time palace and late night party bar is a wonderland of fragrant cuisine and crafty mixology. This South London bar is a low lit cavern of cavorting and  midnight dancing all rolled into one for a cool place for drinks in London. 

Happily Affordable ££
Clapham
VR - London W3 1hr Premium Package
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If you’re after a whole new world-kind-of-different, the Aeronaut are introducing their virtual reality experience. That’s right, prepare to thrust yourself into the virtual world with these unique immersive experiences.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Something A Little Different, Date Night, Fun Time Partying
Funk & Soul
Acton
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One of the coolest, quirkiest cabaret shows in town, Tempest Rose and the House of Burlesque gang is back for more stunning feats of daring cabaret.

Multiple start times (see ticket info)
Cabaret/Burlesque, Something A Little Different, Date Night
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Rolling back the clock to a time of flared trousers, hidden speakeasies and bustling dance halls, the team at the Arcola Theatre in Dalston offer their guests a brilliant way to spend their next Friday night in London. Perfect for those looking for something a little different, guests can first dance the charleston or do the lindy hop at a fun loving dance night, before watching a live band of jazz musicians fill the air with electric energy. 

22:00 - 03:00
Classes, Fun Time Partying, Live Music, Something A Little Different
Jazz
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Learn and mix with other professionals, all with a glass of wine in your hand. At this upbeat networking event, you’ll meet several other business owners, learn top tips, and develop new relationships that can be beneficial to you and your business.

18:00 - 23:00
Pop-Up, Something A Little Different
Kensington
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