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 30th September 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

109 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 Murdér Express

773 user reviews 5

@ Pedley Street Station on Various dates from Sunday 29th November 2020

Save 20% on ticket Sunday Early Evening 5pm with discount code FRIDAY20

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.

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.

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

753 user reviews 5

@ The Castle Tooting on Various dates from Sunday 29th November 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

1683 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.  

The Piano Works Farringdon

1247 user reviews 4

Winehouse Wednesday: 7pm til close every Wendesday and 4 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. 

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. 

Bashment Brunch

47 user reviews 4

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.

The London Cabaret Club

91 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. 

Aeronaut

767 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. 

Puttshack Bank

874 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.

Inamo Covent Garden

324 user reviews 4

Sushi & Asian Tapas Afternoon Tea with Bottomless Bubbles £29.95pp 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.

Always fresh, innovative and colourful, Christabel's throws among the most creative pop-up experiences in London. Casting their net as wide as Mad Hatter's brunches, edible playgrounds and botanical speakeasies, each of these immersive drinking and dining experiences is held from a stunning location overlooking Regent's Canal.

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. 

Aeronaut

236 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.

Simmons Fitzrovia

117 user reviews 4

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. 

Thames Rockets

40 user reviews 5

This really is a unique way to take in the city. Hop about Thames Rockets for an unforgettable experience, you'll feel the wind in your hair as you zip past iconic landmarks with music blasting, and there's even a refreshing welcome cocktail ready for you arrival back to land. 

The Four Thieves

46 user reviews 4

2 Pizzas for £10!

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. 

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. 

  Paranormal Activity Tour

2 user reviews 3

@ Infront of Newspaper Stand Outside Farringdon Station on Friday 11th December 2020 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.

Disco Yoga

167 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.

Top Secret Comedy Club

230 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 Bat And Ball

640 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. 

The Last Tuesday Society

220 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. 

GIN-HOUSE BURLESQUE

107 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 Escapologist

1860 user reviews 4

In 1848, the infamous Baron fled to London shrouded in scandal, his every action prompting outrage on the streets. He landed a date with the gallows - only to escape and develop his mythical reputation by befriending the likes of Disraeli, Brunel and Nightingale. Popularly referred to as The Escapologist - he now has a bar paying homage to his exploits - a basement bar styled as part Victorian men's club, part Masonic Lodge. Expect cocktails, authentic design and cheese-drenched pizzas at this inventive and intriguing Covent Garden drinking joint.

Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club

496 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.

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.

Venn St. Records

147 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.

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.

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. 

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.. 

Blues Kitchen Shoreditch

53 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.