London Month of the Dead is going all out with an epic range of spooky shindigs in the city. From candlelit performances, silent Swedish horror flicks and scary tours of some of the city's most haunted cemeteries, this is a top pick if you're after something out of the box.
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.
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.
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.
Crack codes to earn cocktails at this unique immersive bar in Chelsea. Head to The Bletchley where there's no sipping without first deciphering some clues as you head back in time at an experience like no other.
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.
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.
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.
Cool, quirky and with a hint of sauciness, Wonderville Magic and Cabaret is going to be absolutely wicked. Taking place at the immersive venue in the West End, this will see five amazing acts performing a range of different talents, making for one helluva show.
When in need of quirky outdoor activities in London, Gourmaze is sure to fit the bill. Combining a culinary walking tour with a treasure hunt-style game, this fun event sees you tucking into three dishes while trying to nab a top spot on the leaderboard.
Grab life by the balls by heading along to one of That's Drag Bingo's events. Expect a range of hilarious bingo calls, sassy queens lip-syncing their way to your heart and local celebrities showing their faces. And if you win? Epic prize galore will ensue.
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.
Spruce up your plans with The Murdér Express Part Deux -Jewel Of The Empire at Pedley Street Station. This awesome immersive dining experience involves a murder mystery, along with a tasty four-course meal. Need we say more?
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.
If you're looking for something a little bit different to the usual G&T or fruity cocktail offering, then swing by Nightjar for a night of libations quite like no other. A secret speakeasy bar, this hidden venue serves the best in quirky sips to backdrop of live jazz music.
Shaking up the traditional game of shuffleboard, Electric Shuffle is one heck of a quirky social experience. Powering up in Canary Wharf this winter, the unique technological spin on the game with add an extra dose of booze and food to amplify your evening.
It's bingo, but with music instead – what's not to love? If Musical Bingo doesn't float your boat then check out the wacky Comedy House Party or try your hand at Last Man Standing.
Supercharged VR fully immerses you into the Grand Prix-style racing experience, thanks to its high-tech, specialised motion platforms. You can choose from an epic lineup of high-speed cars, as well as some of the most iconic tracks from around the world.
Have a penchant for poetry? Head on over to the Electrowerkz, where The Poetry Brothel is hosting unique, immersive readings. Reclaiming old school performances, including ancient rituals, chants and ceremonies, they aim to uplift and enliven you.
One of the most unique events in London this year, this multisensory supper club is the latest edition from food artists Kitchen Theory. Head to High Barnet where they'll be bringing a 10-strong lineup of interactive plates to 12 lucky diners.
For quirky activities in London, look no further than a trip to Hyper Reality. Here, you can have a go at go-karting or surviving a zombie apocalypse in their VR gaming experiences. Then, head to the steampunk-themed bar or geek out at the arcade.
If you're on the hunt for a bit of ravin' and misbehavin', then cop yourself a ticket to this Silent Sounds Boat Party. It fronts disco classics and hardcore house, as well as unmissable views of the city, making for one top night out with the gang.
A unique venue in London Bridge, Hop Kingdom is a bar, live music space and skate park all rolled up into one. Book it out for your event, whether it be a birthday party, exhibition, photo shoot, gig or whatever you need, and their team is sure to make the space your own.
Make your way down through the secret entrance to Lola's Underground Casino and you'll uncover this festive version of Fesshole Live. Founder of the famous Twitter account, Rob Manuel will be entertaining you with the public's best confessions, including some given live by the audience.
Head over to The Windmill Soho for an immersive dining experience. While you eat, spectacular circus, burlesque and comedy acts take over the venue for a fun-filled evening of entertainment. Carry on late into the night with a couple of their creative cocktails.
Looking for a night out that's out of this world? Head down to Haggerston's wackiest bar and VR arcade - Otherworld. With interiors that look to be straight out of the latest Star Wars film, you'll be able to step into an alternate reality, taking on one of 16 experiences, before heading to the bar for a selection of space-themed sips.
Looking for something a little more special from your next night out? This unique Hackney Road cocktail bar is fronting some of the most unique cocktails in the area - think drinks made with natural healing remedies and locally-foraged ingredients.
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.
Searching for something a little different in Wandsworth? Then check out Gravity. This fabulous venue is home to a range of immersive experiences to get stuck into, from New York-themed street golf to multi-level E-karting, alongside restaurants whipping up noodles and bevvies.
Hidden away in the depths of Hackney, this unique events series is taking you back to the heyday of jazz's golden era. Join the Vintage Arts Asylum team for incredible musicians, affordable drinks and a friendly atmosphere.
Hunt Force is the fun game where you'll be split into two teams: one tagging locations from pins shown on their phone and the other who will be chasing down the first team. This will be the ideal outdoor activity in London for groups of mates, stags and more.
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.
Ninth Life's The Lords Apprentice Live comedy immersive experience is an absolute hoot. You'll be put into teams before you'll be given a bizarre pitch by Lord Sugarplums - it's up to you to create a last-minute, creative pitch to win him over.
Some of the city's most dangerous criminals are getting ready for their next offence - will you be able to step up the challenge of saving London? Urban Missions, which has immersive experiences across the capital, sees you recovering lost items, solving mysteries and so much more.
26 Leake Street's latest lineup of Soul Suppers are the ideal way to celebrate a special occasion or enjoy a unique date night. Tickets include a night of unbeatable live music along with a two course dinner and welcome glass of fizz.
Fancy a spot of world-class burlesque? How about some dazzling drag? Or some slick circus acts? Then make your way over to 1 Lombard Street, where The Cocoa Butter Club is rustling up three-course dinners to enjoy with your show, which also includes a live band playing hip hop, jazz and RnB.
When in need of fun things to do for adults in London, how about dressing up in your finest and heading to an experience inspired by 1930s Germany? The Cult Of... is a dark circus cabaret, meaning you'll be treated to jazz, blues, thrilling aerial displays and sideshow acts in a sultry setting.
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.
If you're after something a little different with your beau, then be sure to head to The Lust Supper at a top-secret cottage in the city. Get ready for a 3-course aphrodisiac menu paired with 90 minutes of bottomless bevvies, followed by couples massages and meditational workshops.
Make your way to Behind The Bridges in Southbank for the two-day-long Musical Bingo 15th Birthday event. Expect a warm-up party on the 30th of June, followed by the main event on the 21st of July, and expect two classic rounds of the much-loved game, along with some surprises.
Combining beats and brunch into one amazing experience, Garage Brunch is a must if you're looking for something a little different in London. Enjoy a two-course meal with tipples and tunes in a top secret location.
Hunting for fun team-building activities? Check out Monopoly Lifesized. You'll get stuck in immersive experiences based on the board game, from building houses through to playing escape room challenges. Plus, there's themed fare and cocktails at the Top Hat Bar & Restaurant.
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.
To do something different in London, head to Vagabond Sessions across the city and get stuck into their Beginners Guide To Wine. Here, you'll be able to ask the expert plenty of questions while being guided through the fun tastings.
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.
After something a little out of the box? We thought as much. So be sure to check out the Tantra Sound Workshop & Sound Immersive Theatre Experience. Get ready to unwind or improve sleep patterns, all while adopting sound healing techniques and vibration therapy.
Love a bit of James Bond? Or maybe a bottomless brunch or winter pop-up? We've got you covered with Winterland's unforgettable events. Head to an alpine-themed lodge or get boozy at their epic drag nights.
If you're after something a little different in the city, then make your way to the Cheerful Earful Podcast Festival at a range of fabulous London boozers. Expect to be entertained by a plethora of best-loved hosts, from shows such as Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown or Birthday Girls House Party.
The ultimate late-night party den, The Karaoke Hole is allowing you to become a star for the night. Hosted by a team of London's fiercest drag queens, weekends here see guests get up on stage for a night of blaring out the greatest hits of all time.
Bored of the bog-standard art classes and nights out? This one's sure to spice up your life. Forbiddendog is hosting a fetish-themed performance and life drawing evening, where you'll get to show your creative prowess, as well as enjoy a naughty show.
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.
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.
Get ready to head into the Barron Canyon Saloon, where you'll become a gun-slinging outlaw or law-abiding marshall at The West: An Immersive Wild West Experience at COLAB Tavern. Not only will you have to prospect for gold, but there will also be a traitor among you.
Swingers isn't your standard crazy golf: with 18 original holes and two impressive themed bars, the West End branch is quite a gem. Don't miss the wooden boardwalk filled with street food, and a beautiful seaside promenade interior throughout.
For quirky activities in London, look no further than nabbing tickets to an immersive experience themed around Jeff Wayne's The War of The Worlds. Get plunged into the heart of one of the best sci-fi stories, thanks to live actors, incredible sets and 5D effects, with a steampunk bar for afters.
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.
If you're after something a little out of the box, then you're going to want to check out Netflix spinoff: Stranger Sings at The Vaults Theatre Entrance. Located on Launcelot Street, this sci-fi spoof will be exploring the best-loved gang, combined with top-notch rock 'n' roll tunes.
Searching for something a little different in the city? Then be sure to head to Clapton Country Club for its A Celebration of Ukrainian Cuisine and Art event. Expect to be greeted with a glass of wine on arrival, all while tucking into tapas-style bites and listening to live music.
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.
All you need is a workable space and Aftermath, the immersive game, will come and whisk you and up to 19 people away to a world of mystery and intrigue. The game requires teamwork, concentration and problem solving skills, with two hours to save the world, simples.
Whether you're in the market for a boozy brunch or show tune spectacular, there's never a dull moment at hot pink venue Tonight Josephine. Fronting some of the city's most Instagrammable interiors, this bar boasts some serious girl power, with a fun list of sparkling cocktails to match.
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.
If you're looking for something different in London, The Five Points Brewing Co have got you set with plenty of activities. From stand-up sessions to cheese tastings and epic tours of breweries, there won't be a single dull moment with their events.
One of the most unique things to do in London, Biscuiteers is the Notting Hill cafe offering you twee afternoon teas, delicious cakes and late-night icing sessions. A picture-perfect location through and through, it's ideal for hen parties, baby showers and friendly get-togethers.
One of London's quirkiest activities has got to be The Grid, an immersive escape room event that'll see you deciphering codes in a bid to defeat an evil AI corp. A couple of futuristic cocktails will also be on hand throughout this fun evening.
Magic Roulette is a unique London experience curated by Tom Brace, one where acts will even include those from the Magic Circle. Not only that, but the twist here is that the audience will choose what theme the magicians must base their routine on.
Looking for something a little different to do this October? The Savoy has you covered. Enjoy a 3 and a half hour Titanic experience, where you will become a passenger, and be served a five course meal while an original script and musical score is played live around your table.
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.
Head to this North London cocktail spot for a good dose of old-fashioned fun with board games and quirky cocktails. Bobby Fitzpatrick is a '70s den of vintage memorabilia, signed photos and American dishes including deep crust American pizzas.
A venue boasting quirky teapot cocktails and exposed brickwork, Little Nan's is a great choice for weekends out with your pals. Enjoy everything from a bottomless brunch with sharing platters and endless booze through to tipsy afternoon teas.
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.
Located in Covent Garden, Circus is a dazzling restaurant and bar that promises all the fun of the fair. Dive into the big top as the Pan-Asian venue puts on a hot roster of entertainment alongside dishes and cocktails; think burlesque, cabaret and acrobats to name a few.
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.