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 21st July 2021




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Venn St. Records

186 user reviews 4

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.

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. 

On the hunt for unique things to do in London this summer? Underbelly Festival is back in a new Cavendish Square location to bring you a season of quirky theatre and hilarious cabaret - this Berlin-inspired antics and drag proms.

Sounds Familiar Music Quiz

275 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.

A Door In A Wall

10 user reviews 5

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.

Simmons Fitzrovia

117 user reviews 4

Saturday Day Session offer! and 4 other offers

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. 

Oriole

1821 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.

Known for having some of the most expert whisky aficionados behind their bars, Black Rock are putting them to work teaching you how to blend your very own drams. Head down to their blending suite for the chance to mix up your perfect bottle.

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.

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.

This season, Fuller's are combining ice-cold brews with Shakesperian melodrama at their pubs around London and the UK. Take to one of their beer gardens and prepare for a theatrical night spent watching Love's Labour's Lost or As You Like It.

So Board

22 user reviews 4

Adding a slice of competition to your sleepy Sundays, So Board is the board game pop-up taking over The Four Thieves each week. Head over to the Battersea hotspot and get stuck into classic multiplayers and contemporary setups.

  Paranormal Activity Tour

2 user reviews 3

@ Infront of Newspaper Stand Outside Farringdon Station on Friday 13th August 2021 and 31 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.

Inamo Covent Garden

335 user reviews 4

Unlimited Asian tapas & sushi with free-flowing wine or beer £42.95 per person and 3 other offers

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.

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.

Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club

639 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.

Golden Tours

1 user review 1

Looking for quirky things to do in London? Go beyond your classic tourist activity with this quirky open-top bus experience that is showing you the sights of the capital with help from live comedians and West End performers.

Lost Boys Pizza

69 user reviews 5

Lost Boys Pizza will be paying homage to all things vampy this summer. From midnight screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show complete with baby espresso martinis, to tequila takeovers and quirky cocktail classes, there's never a dull moment at this Camden spot.

Ballie Ballerson Shoreditch

3056 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. 

The Bat And Ball

772 user reviews 4

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. 

Aeronaut

916 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. 

Blingo - Hip Hop Bingo

237 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.

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.

The London Cabaret Club

145 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. 

  The Big London Bake

833 user reviews 5

@ The Castle Tooting on Various dates from Monday 26th July 2021

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.

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 Candlelight Club

336 user reviews 4

@ The Candlelight Club on Various dates from Friday 10th September 2021

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. 

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.