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 18th November 2019




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

75 user reviews 5

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 Hidden Spirit Ship on Various dates from Wednesday 20th November 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 Tuesday 19th November 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.

  The Murdér Express

579 user reviews 5

@ Pedley Street Station on Various dates from Tuesday 19th November 2019

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.

@ Neosight Headquarters, Bankside Arches, SE1 on Various dates from Tuesday 19th November 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.

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

42 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. 

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

526 user reviews 5

@ The Castle Tooting on Various dates from Tuesday 19th November 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

1484 user reviews 4

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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

80 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

1137 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

162 user reviews 4

2-4-1 Cocktails and 1 other offer

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.

Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes

39 user reviews 4

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. 

Aeronaut

676 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. 

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Neon Naked Life Drawing

22 user reviews 4

Get down to one of the London locations, for a unique life drawing class which uses neon reactive arts materials to draw colourful life models and inspire you to think outside the box.

Aeronaut

227 user reviews 4

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.

Dabbers Bingo

272 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.

@ Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club on Monday 25th November 2019 and 5 other dates

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.

Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club

363 user reviews 5

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.

Oriole

1629 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.

This winter, Jimmy's festive igloos and Alpine lodge are back again. Offering the quintessential winter dining experience, these unique locations serve hot fondue and hand-crafted cocktails in some pretty gorgeous interiors. 

Disco Yoga

123 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.

Inamo Covent Garden

281 user reviews 4

Unlimited Asian tapas & sushi with free-flowing wine or beer £42 per person

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.

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The London Cocktail Club in Oxford Circus has been keeping something from you. They're actually blessed with an undeniably cool secret drinking den, where guests drink top of the range vodka cocktails and play their own DJ sets from the inbuilt recording studio. It's not all about hitting the decks, you can belt out all kinds of karaoke classics too to make a real unusual night out in London.

THE DOUBLE R CLUB

19 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.

  Gospeloke East London

46 user reviews 4

@ Colours Hoxton on Various dates from Thursday 21st November 2019

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.

ICE BAR London

28 user reviews 4

London's famous ICEBAR London 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? 

A Door In A Wall

8 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.

The Four Thieves

43 user reviews 4

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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

325 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.

First Aid Box

57 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.

  Paranormal Activity Tour

2 user reviews 3

@ Infront of Newspaper Stand Outside Farringdon Station on Friday 22nd November 2019 and 26 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.

@ London Bridge Ceramics Studio on Various dates from Tuesday 19th November 2019

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.

The Embers Collective

26 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.

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.

The Last Tuesday Society

154 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. 

The London Cabaret Club

58 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.