COOL AND QUIRKY EVENTS IN LONDON
About This Event
Forget making small talk over your dinner date or blowing candles out with anything less than a glitter-filled brunch, because London is bringing the biggest and the kookiest parties to your proceedings. We've visited London's wackiest and weirdest spots, had a nosy at alternative nightlife, and sourced secret pop-ups to bring you a list of cool and quirky things to do. Whether you want cabaret, immersive supper clubs, or off-kilter theatre, this list will make sure that no London night out is ever normal again.
It's time to add a big old dose of disco to your brunching habits. The hottest new monthly event to take over London is this party event that pops up in a secret location each time, bringing with it bottomless cocktails, disco tunes and plenty of fun.
Looking for something a bit different in the city? Well then, how does a ball-pit bar sound? One of London's most sought after activities, Ballie Ballerson are leaders when it comes to an unusual night out with cocktails and antics aplenty, and now they're Soho site is packing even more of a punch.
See London like never before as The Dutch Master takes you past iconic London landmarks, you'll be able to choose your favourite DJ, who will be playing everything from hardcore house, to rock music, to dance floor fillers.
Join Basil, Sybil and Manuel for a shambolic evening of dining as the incredibly popular immersive theatre event returns for 2018. Based on the hit TV show, the night will be just as funny, only this time you're one of the guests.
Transporting you from central London to Victorian England and the midst of a Martian invasion, this epic War of The Worlds immersive experience is a must-do for any sci-fi fanatic. Combining cutting edge technology with live theatre, you'll be absorbed into this alternative reality, where it's up to you to save the earth from its deadliest threat yet.
Shake up your weekend activities with a trip east, where London Wing Fest is returning with a bang. Taking over Stratford's Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park for two whole days, it's all wing chomping and bourbon guzzling with live music and games.
If you're looking for something a little different in London, look no further than a journey aboard The Murdér Express. Expect an evening of immersive luxury dining, where you'll need to help the detective solve a horrific crime - before the clock runs out and the train arrives in the French town of 'Murdér'.
Head to Hackney where this fully immersive cocktail masterclass is teaching you the basics of molecular mixology across an hour and 45 minutes of action. Don your hazmat suits though, because things could get messy.
The event pioneers Lollipop are back with another amazing concept. Following on from The Bletchley and ABQ (Breaking Bad themed RV), the group are taking on robots at this incredible immersive escape room.
Immerse yourselves in the sounds of Vivaldi and Handel as the London Musical Arts Ensemble and talented director John Landor bring it to life in the beautiful church setting lit by stunning candles.
What happens when you gather the city's best tequila-loving bars and restaurants under one roof? Head to London Fields Brewery this May and find out when London Margarita Rumble lands in the city, armed with bottomless cocktails and food from chef James Cochran.
The Rhythm And Booze Project
Looking for something a little different this time around? Head to north London where Felipe and Paul of The Rhythm and Booze Project are throwing a party dedicated to good booze and great tunes. Think folk, blues and an open whisky bar.
Alcotraz: Prison Cocktail Bars
Prison isn't too bad when you've got cocktails. Sneak your favourite bottle of alcohol into this high-security prison and one of the inmates will shake you up something special. But in this immersive drinking experience, you better not get caught.
Head to the Wild West world of Fulham for this cowboy pop up where the choice of booze is entirely up to you. Smuggle in your favourite bottle of hooch and let some expert mixologists whizz you up some stunning cocktails at this cool and quirky London event.
Head to Shoreditch where The London Shuffle Club has pitched up for another season of seriously competitive shuffleboarding, pizzas, beers and cocktails.
The 90'S Brunch
Promising an off-the-chain daytime event of nostalgic merriment, The 90s Brunch gang invite you to Be Dope, Be Awesome for their retro-themed party. To start with there's to be an hour of bottomless Mimosas, as well as a delicious spread of 90s inspired grub served in sharing platter style. There's a full-on 90s dress up box, a playlist of the most poppin' classics from the decade and prizes for the winner of the lip-sync battles.
Hip Hop Brunch LDN
For an afternoon full of delicious cocktails and even better Southern-inspired food, head to the Hip Hop Brunch, an event that'll completely change the way you see lazy Saturday afternoons. Alongside an amazing dining experience, guests will have the chance to unwind to the sound of their favourite urban tracks and even practice spitting lyrics in a Hip Hop Karaoke session. As fun-loving events go, this is definitely near the top of the list.
Blingo - Hip Hop Bingo
What happens when you invite hip-hop and RnB into a bingo hall? Blingo, is what. Expect a big night of beats, prizes, dance offs, lip sync battles and the sickest house party you've ever been to afterwards.
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Tuck into something a little ye olde in London with one of the most unique events in the city, The Medieval Banquet. From social feasting in unique vaults, to jugglers, performers, and King Henry himself, this roaring affair is sure to be a night to remember, and most definitely a trip back through time.
Take yourself back to the bygone days of the 1920s and indulge in a little Golden Age excess courtesy of The Candlelight Club. Champions of atmospheric dining and candlelit suppers, these guys revive the Jazz Age like never before. Dress your dapper best and prepare to jive on the dance floor to the smooth sounds of Jazz.
The London Cabaret Club
You haven't seen Cabaret like this before – The London Cabaret Club dives into the rich cultural history of Britain to present a night of sophisticated live entertainment. From shows about the nature of London to the a celebration of British musical history, these original shows are memorable experiences, and all take place while you dine on delicious food.
Take in the sights of London from this Tobacco Dock rooftop bar that brings you quirky games such as croquet and petanque, alongside booths, booze and stunning views during the warmer months, while winter is all about iceskating and igloos.
LONDON BURLESQUE FESTIVAL 2020
Head over to Camden or Soho this May where the London Burlesque Festival will be in residence to showcase the best in burlesque from across the globe. Featuring nights dedicated to everything from the jazz age and Hollywood to tattoo culture and queer bodies, it's got flair and innovation by the boat load.
When it comes to cool and quirky events in London, Bunker 51 is bringing the goods. Forget what you know about laser tag because this southeast London favourite is adding zombies in the mix, so you'll be coming face to face with the undead.
Dirty Martini are sorting for some of the best at-home sips in the city this month. They're bottling five of their most popular martini options, including espresso and lychee & rose, and they come complete with garnishes and serving instructions.
Not your usual boozy brunch event, West End Musical Brunch has gone online to liven up your lockdown with iconic songs, games and live Q&As with the stars. All you need to do is get the booze and brunch in.
One of the best at-home workouts on the web, this hilarious drag aerobics class is making fitness fabulous again. No more burpees, squats and planks, this exercise class is all about shaking and shimmying your way towards a serious endorphin rush.
Created in the grounds of an ancient Yorkshire castle, Downton Abbey Gin has got to be one of the fanciest spirits on the market. This guided tasting and online cocktail class is letting you learn more about the tipple - and will also be a chance to meet fellow Downton fanatics.
Celebrate the best in UK garage as Garage Brunch touches down in London for another summer of epic celebrations. Serving up delicious breakfast dishes along with bottomless drinks, a banging soundtrack and live appearances, it's a must for garage-lovers.
Not your standard boozy brunch, Electric Shuffle's take on our favourite weekend pastime pairs pizza and prosecco with plenty of shuffleboard action. On top of that, there's live music providing the soundtrack to a lively afternoon.
Cocktails In The City 2020
Cocktails in the City are back for another year of boozy fun across the country. Join a handpicked selection of London's best bars as they take over venues for interactive workshops, tastings and experiences that are sure to inspire the city's cocktail-lovers.
How do you fancy a night of virtual bingo? Yep, we said it. Whilst it might sound bizarre at first, Musical Bingo's brilliant hosts and DJs will have you laughing, dancing and lip-synching over a hilarious night of escapism.
Escape the chill this January and immerse yourself in this undeniable cool and quirky experience at Hyper Reality. You'll get an exclusive two-hour all-access pass where you'll discover new worlds, ride rollercoasters and chase scores, with hearty refreshments afterwards.
One of the coolest events opening up in London this year, this unique time-travelling cocktail class is schooling you in the history of three unique sips including the espresso martini, the Long Island iced tea and the mojito.
Head to the upstairs of the Owl & Hitchhiker for one of the city's oddest immersive experiences. Puzzle your way through this unique escape room on the hunt for gold, treasure and the Smoking Caterpillar.
Little Nan's boozy brunch offering is just about as quirky as they come. Head to this Deptford wonderland of all things kitsch and indulge in a feast of retro-style party snacks and bottomless fizz, cocktails or vino. Just be sure to pay your respects to the Pat Butcher bust on your way out.
The Jazz Cafe
This Camden live music venue's no stranger to an eccentric event, hosting epic club nights centred around gospel choirs, West African tribute bands, brass ensembles and more. See for yourself over an evening at The Jazz Cafe that'll see you dancing to live flamenco, soul music and more.
This Zoom game show is letting you and your loved ones battle it out to be crowned champ. Hosted by the hilarious Mr Quint Fontana, you can expect several rounds on everything from wacky trivia to LOL-worthy challenges.
All the single ladies, put our hands up! This is the ultimate Beyonce brunch experience so get in formation and prepare to out your love on top. Expect nothing other than the best of Queen B at this party marathon, with free-flowing booze and two courses of brunch goodies to keep you fuelled.
Locked up 'cos they won't let you out? We know exactly how you feel. Let Cassidy's Pharmacy ease the pain with a delivery of moonshine concoctions, secret messages and immersive drinking direct to your door.
Sing along to the songs from your favourite musical as this unique Greatest Showman-inspired brunch gets you up belting out those bangers. A great way to keep your brunch plans alive, it's one of the best events on the scene this season.
Staying indoors doesn't have to just mean boxset binging and neverending banana bread. Hooray Cabaret are now streaming their most popular performances live to your home. The perfect excuse to get all glammed up, tickets are completely free (and the booze are cheap!).
Secret Cinema can always be counted on for a high-quality immersive experience, and this event is no exception. Be transported to 1963 where love is in the air at Kellerman's resort, and you'll find cha cha dancing, live music, exotic cocktails and plenty more.
If you're looking for an incredible night of music, drinking and entertainment then look no further than The Mansion London. The exclusive party pros will be upping the stakes with this epic rooftop party in celebration of their 10th anniversary, complete with live DJ sets, a clairvoyant and make-up artists.
Celebrate Saturday the way it was supposed to be celebrated with this epic day party from the team behind Hip Hop Brunch. Held at a secret London location, the Bashment Brunch is bringing you great food and bottomless cocktails the first Saturday of every month.
This online whodunnit will have you tapping into your inner Sherlock as you work to uncover the murdered of young music mogul, Ryan Lowell. Taking place over two weeks, the experts will post a series of videos over a two week window, offering various alibis, evidence and clues to help you formulate your theories before the grand reveal.
If you're looking for something a bit alternative, how about you try bingo with a twist: Musical Bingo? There's even Last Man Standing where you'll be challenged or Gospeloke where you can sing your heart out.
Sounds Familiar Music Quiz
Raucous fun from the first minute, Sounds Familiar is more of a rowdy disco than a pub quiz. There's no need for sneaky Wikipedia checks on your smartphone here, your task is to identify the name and artist of famous songs instead. You'll be up on the tables, dancing and belting out the tunes in no time at all.
Disco Yoga is coming to London. This cool and quirky event combines yoga moves to disco classics such as Diana Ross and The Jackson Five, plus there's even super healthy cocktails. Get ready for your weekend in the healthiest possible way.
Taking over the wild members' club The King's Head, Gin House Burlesque is a night of fun and tantalising performances. The twisty turny club is transformed by seductive and intimate performances by old-school show girls who are bringing the glamour to East London.
Ditch the usual and make your way to the Thames, where one of London's most unique experiences awaits. With a 50-minute guided speed tour along the river, you'll be gazing at the city's most iconic sights, set to a banging soundtrack with drinks from London Cocktail Club.
This is not your typical night out - head over to Whitechapel to spend an hour trying to escape the living dead. Trapped in a Room with a Zombie involves being locked in a room with a zombie and having to complete a series of puzzles and challenges to escape.
Fiddle Paradiddle's Pop-Up Ceilidh
Fiddle Pardididdle are putting a bit of quirky Scottish fun back into your London night out. The live music band will be leading you through the steps to a ceilidh for a hilarious and fun evening.
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 set a number of challenges by the event's talented professionals in order to find out who is London's true star baker. Will you rise above the rest or crumble under the pressure of this quirky event.
Supa Dupa Fly
It's big, it's messy and it's hella fun; this is one of London's best club nights and it's bringing a whole host of mad events. Join Supa Dupa Fly as they host their legendary RnB night across some of the city's best venues.
Offering some of the most cool and quirky events in London, Aeronaut brings you some of the kookiest goings-on. From mad cabaret to stunning circus and comedy brunches, there's always something fun happening at this great Acton bar.
A gospel choir and karaoke – two concepts you didn't know you needed until right now. Described as Sister Act meets Top of the Pops, you'll be able to sing out classic songs with the backing of a full Gospel Choir. That's as awesome as it sounds. There's also confessionals, congregation participation, team harmonies and tonnes of singalongs.
Flight Club is a cool and quirky thing to do in London as not only is it one of the most fun places to hang out normally, their brunch parties are amazing, filled with bottles of prosecco, great food, and their innovative social darts that everyone's raving about.
A Night Of
From Lauryn Hill to Marvin Gaye, this series of live music events brings together some of the finest musicians to pay tribute to some of history's greatest artists and genres.
Get your brunch with a West End twist, as you experience 1 hour of bottomless booze, tasty brunch dishes, performances from West End stars and five whole hours of show tunes to keep the brunch party going.
One of the best gaming experiences in London this August, The VR Concept are coming to a pub near you so prepare shoot, fly and challenge your friends at one of these interactive VR events.
Top Secret Comedy Club
Promising some of the hottest acts on the circuit and the freshest names in comedy, the Top Secret Comedy club is all about big laughs, cheap drinks and entry prices that won't break the bank. Only those in the know can get tickets (consider yourself in the know as of now), and the event takes place from their 'top secret' hideaway on Drury Lane. Just keep it schtum, okay?
The Ghost Bus Tours
From Jack the Ripper through to fictional Sweeny Todd, London has been the setting for plenty of gruesomeness. Jump aboard The Ghost Bus for a novel way to see the city and learn more about its interesting past.
Aftermath The Game
Get ready to save the entire world and solve a murder as Aftermath, the immersive theatre experience comes to you, delves you and up to 19 people into their experience. All you need is two hours and a workable room, and the team will put your skills to the test.
Reverend JW Simpson
Quirky central London basement bar Reverend JW Simpson pays homage to the former Reverend to the Fitzrorvia who used to occupy the building. Worshipping all things cocktails, this place regularly runs tasting events and masterclasses, with the team never forgetting to raise a glass to the bar's namesake.
Locked In A Room
A mad scientist has been acting more suspiciously than usual and it's up to you to discover what's really going on... Join ExCeL in one of their 13 custom built escape rooms that throw you into various scenarios that will challenge and engage you and your group.