Quirky London Date Ideas | 27 Fun Date Ideas Across London

27 Quirky London Date Ideas

Quirky London Date Ideas

Quirky London Date Ideas

Unusual dates.

Generally you just check the sell-by date on the box, then eat them anyway.

Unlike these dates, which we consider to be a superior collection of the straight-up quirkiest ways to kindle a romantic flame in our fine capital, from secret gigs in hidden venues, to flyboarding on the Thames (essentially a cross between a waterski and a jetpack).

So put on your gladrags/wetsuit, and peruse our suggestions for quirky London date ideas…

Surprise Your Ears at a Mystery Gig | A Secret Location | ££

Sofar Sounds sweep you off to secret performances from a surprise artist in unusual gig venues (sometimes just someone’s front room). FIND OUT MORE
Details: Check the website for upcoming dates

Create Your Own Shared Gin Blend at The Distillery | Portobello | ££££

And book a room in their gin hotel upstairs if you’re feeling confident. FIND OUT MORE
Details: Monday-Saturday | Ginstitute masterclass – £120pp

Hit Up a Museum with a Secret Treasure Hunt | All Over London | £

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Breadcrumbs text you cryptic clues leading you to the most obscure parts of the collection. FIND OUT MORE
Details: Whenever you fancy £3.99 per hunt

Hit The Slopes …of West London | Chelsea | £££

…and let Medlar take care of the apres-ski. FIND OUT MORE
Details: Open daily until 10.30pm £39.95

Head Along to a Poetry Brothel | All Over London | £

If you’re too shy to whisper sweet nothings just yet, someone else will do it for you here. And possibly a little more poetically. FIND OUT MORE
Details: Check the website for upcoming performance dates

Get Steamy in a Hot Tub Boat | Regent’s Canal | ££££

Nothing bonds people like pointing and laughing at people that aren’t in a motorised hot tub. FIND OUT MORE
Details: Daily £220 for 90 minutes

Watch A Film the reaaaallly Old Fashioned Way at The Castle Cinema | Hackney | £

It’s crowdfunded, retro, and 100% romantic. FIND OUT MORE
Details: Open daily £10pp

Eat Dim Sum in a Lantern-Lit Covered Garden | Clapton | ££

My Neighbours the Dumplings have gone all out for your first date. All you need to do is be there. FIND OUT MORE
Details: Open Tues-Sun from 6pm till late (5pm on weekends)

Take A Trip To London’s More Unusual Museums | All Over London | £

Because nothing says romance like jars of celebrity poo. FIND OUT MORE

Get an Eyeful at an Olivier Award-Winning Cabaret | Aldwych | £ – £££

Grab a bottle of wine at La Soirée, and watch a semi-nude man squeeze his entire body through a tennis racket. FIND OUT MORE
Details: November 24th 2017 – February 3rd 2018 From £19.50pp

Pet Frogs and Drink Absinthe | Hackney | £

The spiritual home of quirky London date ideas, other events at Viktor Wynd’s Museum include séances, storytelling, and anthropomorphic taxidermyFIND OUT MORE
Details: Various dates £5 (includes entry to the museum)

Cosy Up in a Pop Up Ice Bar | Tower Bridge | ££

It’s a sure-fire win for romance… despite everyone here getting cold feet. FIND OUT MORE
Details: From 30th November – 3rd January £15

Go Ice Skating… On A Roof | Wapping | £

Then curl up with wine and fondue…if that’s not too cheesy. FIND OUT MORE
Details: Open Thursday – Sunday £10pp

Become Cocktail Artisans at a TT Liquor Masterclass | Shoreditch | £££

You’ll have plenty to talk about when you’re five handmade cocktails in. FIND OUT MORE
Details: Check the website for upcoming dates £70pp (includes 5 drinks)

Sing Karaoke With a Live Ukulele Backing Band | Vauxhall | £

If this isn’t the most impressive way to serenade your date, we don’t know what is. FIND OUT MORE
Details: Find upcoming nights on their website Free entry

Go Competitive Axe Throwing | Vauxhall | ££

Because nothing gets the pulses racing like hurling heavy, bladed objects at a wall together. FIND OUT MORE
Details: Open Tues-Fri evenings and weekends From £22pp

Take A Stroll Through Highgate Cemetery | Highgate | £

This ye olde necropolis is surprisingly beautiful. FIND OUT MORE
Details: Open daily 10-5pm (From 11am on weekends) £4 admission to East side, £12 tour of West side

Take Your Date Knowhere Special | Kentish Town | ££

Each of their excellently made cocktails arrives with a bespoke canapé. FIND OUT MORE
Details: Open Tues -Sat | Book via visitalec@knowherespecial.com

Find An Unusual Slice of Culture at the House of Dreams | East Dulwich | £

This one’s doubly great, because it’ll make your place look waaay tidier by comparison. FIND OUT MORE
Details: Check upcoming open days on the website £10pp

Go To a Subversive Penny Arcade | Holborn | £

Get to know each other over a friendly game of “Divorce”. FIND OUT MORE
Details: Open Weds-Sat, with a bar on Thursday evenings | 80p per game

Castle Climbing Centre | Stoke Newington | £

If you can master climbing a wall together, you can probably get through anything. And it’s probably best to find out in a former Victorian pumping station that looks like a fairytale castle. FIND OUT MORE
Details: Open daily £12.5opp

Make Sweet, Sweet Cheese Together | Tottenham | £££

And leave with a semi hard blue, apparently. FIND OUT MORE
Details: Check the website for upcoming dates From £40

Get Thwacked With Foliage In a Traditional Russian Spa | Old Street | £££

And try to make sense of what just happened in a private lounge booth afterwards . FIND OUT MORE
Details: Open daily 10am-10pm From £30

Make Bespoke Scents For Each Other | Hackney | £££

And see how well your date nose you. FIND OUT MORE
Details: Visit website for upcoming classes From £95

Go Flyboarding on the Thames | Docklands | £££

It’s like waterskiing, only you have giant jets of water spouting from your wrists propelling you 10m into the air. FIND OUT MORE
Details: Visit website for upcoming dates £129

Make Ice Cream with Blu Top | Carnaby | £££

Because the only thing better than Blu Top ice cream, is Blu Top you made yourself. FIND OUT MORE
Details: Check website for upcoming dates £62pp

Learn to Trapeze in a Park | All Over London | ££

Leaping romantically into each other’s arms, wearing matching snazzy outfits – this date’s got it all. FIND OUT MORE
Details: Various dates From £30pp


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