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 15th October 2021

Top Secret Comedy Club

232 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.

Ballie Ballerson Shoreditch

3605 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 Murdér Express

1024 user reviews 5

@ Pedley Street Station on Various dates from Saturday 23rd October 2021

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.

Come to Alcotraz, the high security prison that's hiding an alcoholic secret. Get in your orange jump suit, smuggle your favourite bottle of alcohol in, and Don't. Get. Caught. Then the fun can begin as one of the inmates shakes you up tailored cocktails from Shoreditch to Covent Garden.

  The Candlelight Club

355 user reviews 4

@ The Candlelight Club on Various dates from Friday 29th October 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. 

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

939 user reviews 5

@ The Castle Tooting on Various dates from Saturday 23rd October 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.

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.

Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club

794 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.

Sounds Familiar Music Quiz

280 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.


108 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.

Bar Elba

2234 user reviews 4

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, panoramic views and a cocktail menu that features plenty of frozen mixes for summer.

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.

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. 

Venn St. Records

193 user reviews 4

2-4-1 Cocktails

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.

Puttshack Bank

878 user reviews 5

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

  Paranormal Activity Tour

2 user reviews 3

@ Infront of Newspaper Stand Outside Farringdon Station on Friday 12th November 2021 and 25 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.

Only Food And Courses

56 user reviews 5

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

The Last Tuesday Society

259 user reviews 5

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. 

Lost Boys Pizza

80 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.


1886 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.

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. 

@ 56 Leadenhall Street on Various dates from Friday 29th October 2021

Calling all adrenaline junkies. This epic immersive experience will see you travelling through time and space, landing in the middle of a Martian invasion. The event will combine cutting edge technology with live theatre, leaving it up to the audience to save the earth from its deadliest threat yet.

@ Ninth Life on Various dates from Thursday 4th November 2021

Trade in the usual after-work happy hours for something a little different with a trip to Ninth Life's The Hunt for the Smoking Caterpillar. An escape room, immersive theatre and murder mystery in one, this event is bound to leave a lasting impression.

@ Secret Cottage London on Friday 26th November 2021 and 2 other dates

Looking for something a little different in London? If you book into a night at this secret cottage location, you'll enjoy a couples retreat complete with a three course multi-sensory meal, bottomless prosecco, pairs massages, meditative workshops and plenty of free goodies.

Simmons Fitzrovia

118 user reviews 4

Mojito Mondays and 2 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. 

Blingo - Hip Hop Bingo

251 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.

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.

All Star Lanes Events

23 user reviews 4

If you're looking for a unique night out in London, you can count on All Star Lanes to provide the goods. Not only are they home to regular socials, themed brunches and quirky activities, but they're even offering guests the chance to become a master thief with a heist-themed immersive experience. 


940 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. 


8 user reviews 5

Peace + Riot is a quirky restaurant, bar and event space in West Dulwich, offering South Londoners a quirky hub of things to do. Whether you fancy sipping craft beers for Oktoberfest, taking part in a wine masterclass or bringing the kids to a comedy night, this place has got it all. 

Barrio Soho

213 user reviews 4

Amigo Days - Dark & Stormy! and 13 other offers

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.

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.