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 17th September 2019




Offering some of the best food deals in London, this unique two-day celebration of all things brunch is teaming up with your favourite eating spots for a weekend of chaos. Grab yourself a dish and a drink for just a tenner, or go all out with a bottomless option for £20.

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

66 user reviews 5

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 Hidden Spirit Ship on Various dates from Saturday 21st September 2019

This is an immersive drinking experience from the minds behind Alcotraz  that'll really throw you in the deep end. Enjoy a stunning selection of cocktails as you take part in this treacherous tale of treasure and deceit all set on a real boat. 

@ 56 Leadenhall Street on Various dates from Saturday 21st September 2019

One of London's most unique experiences, this high-tech take on the HG Wells classic uses virtual reality and holograms to bring the Martian invasion of 1898 into a glittering and terrifying reality.

  Gingerline's Chambers_

1 user review 5

@ Hidden location in Hoxton on Wednesday 16th October 2019 and 3 other dates

You can always count on Gingerline for a thrilling immersive experience, and Chambers is no exception. Explore five courses of delicious feasting while navigating different dimensions, working together as a team and encountering mischievous characters along the way. 

@ Neosight Headquarters, Bankside Arches, SE1 on Various dates from Saturday 21st September 2019

Having wowed the UK with ABQ and The Bletchley, Lollipop events are back with a new immersive bar. This time they're turning their attention to AI, with an incredible event that will delve you into a world of robots and cocktails.

Fulham Beach

296 user reviews 4

Nestled just off the River Thames, Fulham Beach is giving Londoners a little slice of paradise this summer. Swing by and check out all the cool and quirky activities on offer, from bottomless brunch to jungle-themed mini-golf, beachfront yoga to beer pong. 

GIN-HOUSE BURLESQUE

66 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.

@ Moonshine Saloon on Various dates from Saturday 21st September 2019

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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.

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.

RE:IMAGINE

40 user reviews 4

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.

The Candlelight Club

23 user reviews 5

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. 

Flight Club Bloomsbury

1378 user reviews 5

Book a lunch table for a group of 6 or more & we’ll treat you to a bottle of prosecco!*

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. 

  The Big London Bake

472 user reviews 5

@ The Castle Tooting on Various dates from Saturday 21st September 2019

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

1387 user reviews 4

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.  

Victorian Bath House

77 user reviews 4

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. 

The Piano Works Farringdon

1047 user reviews 4

Champagne & Cocktail Hour and 6 other offers

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. 

Powder Keg Diplomacy

160 user reviews 4

Bottomless Pizza and Proseco and 2 other offers

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.

First Aid Box

52 user reviews 4

Gin Den Reservation. Available Friday & Saturday Only. 5pm-11pm.

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.

Hand Of Glory

42 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.

Barrio Soho

159 user reviews 4

Amigo Happy Hour Specials daily 'til 8pm and Sun-Mon 'til 9pm! and 1 other offer

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.

Top Secret Comedy Club

209 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.

@ Ladies and Gentlemen bar Camden road on Various dates from Saturday 21st September 2019

This summer, hop aboard an idyllic canal cruise passing some of London's most iconic landmarks. Fuelled my rum and a maverick spirit, you and 11 other aspiring sailors will stretch out your sea legs and travel through Islington in style.

@ Pedley Street Station on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd September 2019

Take a trip back in time to the height of train travel at this immersive dining event, where you will board the Murdér Express for their latest show: Jewel of the Empire. Sip on drinks from the platform bar and feast on food from MasterChef: the Professionals winner Stephen Henry in a train journey you won't quickly forget.

DNA VR

4 user reviews 5

For a unique day out, head to this Kings Cross based VR studio, where you can transport to faraway places with the help of a virtual reality headset. This is definitely one of London's more quirky attrations.

The Embers Collective

11 user reviews 5

From pixie parties in the London marshes, to a night of queer and LGBT storytelling, The Embers Collective are certainly bringing something a little different to the capital. Join the gang for the chance to live a little more freely this year as they bringing tales and music to locations across London.

  Paranormal Activity Tour

2 user reviews 3

@ Infront of Newspaper Stand Outside Farringdon Station on Friday 27th September 2019 and 30 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.

@ FEST Camden on Saturday 12th and Saturday 19th October 2019

Ditch your usual plans this October and head north of the river where Fest Camden is hosting Vegtoberfest. That means vegan beers and delicious street food paired with live bands, comedy and plenty more.

@ The Electric Ballroom on Saturday 28th September 2019 and 3 other Saturdays

As well as steins sloshing with Bavarian beers and endless bratwurst, Camden Oktoberfest has got a decked out space bringing you all the beer hall vibes. Join The Old Dirty Brasstards, a 10 for live covers and oompah favourites.

The Four Thieves

41 user reviews 4

Buy One Get One Free Burgers and 2 other offers

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. 

Roof East

13 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.

Blues Kitchen Shoreditch

48 user reviews 4

£5 cocktails and 3 other offers

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. 

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.. 

  Dead Man's Hand

56 user reviews 5

@ The Castle Farringdon on Saturday 21st September 2019 and 5 other Saturdays

Immerse yourself in a thrilling adventure from an award-winning team for a truly unique afternoon activity. You'll trawl the streets of Farringdon piecing together clues to solve the case of Dead Man's Hand, it promises to be an incredible immersive experience. 

The Exhibit

133 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. 

The Magic Hour

104 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. 

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.

Bashment Brunch

31 user reviews 4

Discounts available on certain events

Brought to you by the team behind Hip-Hop Brunch, Bashment brunch is a celebration of all things tropical music. Expect a raucous afternoon of banging music, tasty brunch dishes and unlimited booze, with plenty of party games thrown in food good measure.

Dabbers Bingo

202 user reviews 4

20% Off canned and draught beer and glasses of wine between 5-6pm in bar 22

Dabbers are re-inventing bingo for a modern audience, bringing The City bold, raucous versions of the great British pastime. Think bottomless boozy brunches, high-stakes games and full-on musical bingo, proving the beautiful game it's no longer exclusively for your nans.