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 23rd December 2021




Lost Boys Pizza

83 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.

Ballie Ballerson Shoreditch

3899 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

1130 user reviews 5

@ Pedley Street Station on Various dates from Thursday 30th December 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

406 user reviews 4

@ The Candlelight Club on Various dates from Friday 31st December 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 Bakes

1267 user reviews 5

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.

Top Secret Comedy Club

233 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.

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. 

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.

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 28th January 2022 and 21 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.

Garage Brunch

669 user reviews 4

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. 

DISCO BRUNCH

80 user reviews 3

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.

Live Band Karaoke!

16 user reviews 5

Sing your heart out with Live Band Karaoke in the West-End and Peckham Rye. Enjoy the electric atmosphere as you sing solo or duet with your pals on stage, and feel true musicianship with the backing of sensational five-piece band.

GIN-HOUSE BURLESQUE

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.

@ Ninth Life on Various dates from Friday 21st January 2022

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.

Only Food And Courses

63 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.

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.

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 Friday 7th January 2022 and 3 other Fridays

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.

London Shuffle Club

739 user reviews 5

If you're after something a little different, then a boozy brunch at London Shuffle Club in Shoreditch is just the ticket. They've got sourdough pizza, themed bashes, bottomless bubbles and plenty of game time on the cards. What are you waiting for?

Sounds Familiar Music Quiz

295 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.

Oriole

1967 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.

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.

The London Cabaret Club

185 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. 

@ Salvador and Amanda Covent Garden on Various dates from Wednesday 12th January 2022

If you're a sucker for live music and entertainment, head over to this Covent Garden haunt. Salvador and Amanda are bringing a dash of Spanish culture to London with a romantic night of Latin dancing, including a flamenco show, sangria, sharing boards and tapas to share.

All Star Lanes Events

34 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. 

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.

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. 

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.

Simmons Fitzrovia

121 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.