Something A Little Different in London

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 19th February 2020




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.

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.

Merchant House

22 user reviews 4

Discounts available on certain events

Taste your way through Merchant House's fine collections of gin, rum and whiskey, with a masterclass dedicated to one of the spirits. 

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. 

  The Murdér Express

689 user reviews 5

@ Pedley Street Station on Various dates from Thursday 20th February 2020

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One of London's most popular immersive dining experiences, The Murdér Express is a train journey quite unlike any other. Head to Pedley Street station and climb aboard this luxury carriage for an evening of drinking, dining and crime-solving. When a murder is uncovered, you'll need to team up with your fellow diners to find the culprit and bring them to justice.

@ 56 Leadenhall Street on Various dates from Thursday 20th February 2020

Combining Jeff Wayne's epic soundtrack to The War of The Worlds with cutting-edge virtual reality technology, this immersive experience promises to transport you to the centre of a Victorian Martian invasion. Over two hours you'll go on an epic journey through time and space, finishing up with a sumptuous dinner, and a thirst-quenching sip to calm those jitters.

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.

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 London Bake

602 user reviews 5

@ The Castle Tooting on Various dates from Thursday 20th February 2020

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.

Tropicana Beach Club

1646 user reviews 4

Tropicana Happy Hour

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.  

The Piano Works Farringdon

1230 user reviews 4

Complimentary prosecco reception and cake for birthday or pre wedding celebrations (Minimum group size 10)

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. 

Notting Hill Arts Club

11 user reviews 4

Leading the way in West London's underground clubbing scene, Notting Hill Arts Club is an experimental space of raw and cool character, a far cry from the opulent clubbing meccas of Mayfair or Central. If you're looking for a night that's off the beaten path but where you'll find a spread of big beats to dance to - this is your calling card. 

  Paranormal Activity Tour

2 user reviews 3

@ Infront of Newspaper Stand Outside Farringdon Station on Friday 28th February 2020 and 20 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.

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.. 

Barrio Soho

178 user reviews 4

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.

Roof East

14 user reviews 4

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.

  Access All Areas

10 user reviews 5

@ Secret East London Venue on Various dates from Tuesday 21st April 2020

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Ever wondered what it's like in the music industry? Well Access All Areas are giving you a unique insight with their immersive experience. You'll decide your fate as a musical tastemaker, as siting an esteemed record label CEO in finding the next big rock 'n' roll star. 

The Exhibit

163 user reviews 4

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. 

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.

First Aid Box

61 user reviews 4

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.

THE DOUBLE R CLUB

26 user reviews 5

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.

Venn St. Records

117 user reviews 4

Cheap Date - 2 Pizzas and 2 Drinks for £19 and 1 other offer

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.

Disco Yoga

130 user reviews 5

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.

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. 

The Schoolhouse

347 user reviews 4

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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.

Hand Of Glory

53 user reviews 4

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.

Blues Kitchen Shoreditch

52 user reviews 4

Bottomless Brunch!

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. 

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. 

GIN-HOUSE BURLESQUE

97 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 Exhibit

506 user reviews 4

Boutique Cinema Hire and 7 other offers

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.

Top Secret Comedy Club

226 user reviews 5

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.

The Four Thieves

46 user reviews 4

Buy One Get One Free Burgers and 1 other offer

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. 

The Magic Hour

367 user reviews 5

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.