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8 Places for a Unique Night Out in London

Picture of Georgina Wilson-Powell
Updated: 30 April 2017
Forget another night propping up the bar or downing cocktails. London has so much more to offer than bars and clubs. We’ve tracked down these awesome one-off experiences that will make your Friday night much more memorable.

Do a Treasure Hunt

London is awash with treasure, if you know where to look. A Door In The Wall has a range of treasure hunts and murder mysteries for you to solve all over the city, and New Camden-based Horses for Corpses pits you against a dodgy horse racing agent.

Rediscover Board Games

Head to Draughts in Hackney, and try your luck at one of their more than 600 obscure board games while sipping on craft beers and eating delicious burgers. They also have monthly tournaments and get-togethers.

Give Burlesque a Try

No need to get your knickers in a twist—despite the changes in Soho, London is still plenty racy. Indulge your voyeuristic side with a night at Proud Cabaret. It takes you back the 1920s with a variety show full of decadence and desire.

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Meet New People at a Supper Club

Supper clubs come and go from month to month, but they’re a great way to make new friends and to explore different cuisines. Slap Ya Papa organises Louisiana-style feel-good events, and Carousel in Marylebone rotates in different concepts and chefs each month.

Sleepover at the National History Museum

Every month the Natural History Museum runs an adult sleepover called Dino Snores for Grown-Ups. Bring your sleeping bags, explore the temporary exhibits and galleries, and enjoy a movie, three-course meal, drinks tasting, and science shows. If you make it through the night, hot breakfast awaits you in the morning.

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Go to a Live Game Show

There’s a monthly pun-based live game show called “Pundemonium” at The Book Club in Shoreditch. Members of the public team up with performers, authors and comics to compete for prizes.

Learn a New Skill

Drink, Shop & Do is a hybrid shop in King’s Cross where you can enjoy bottomless brunch every Saturday and Sunday, cultivate or flaunt your drawing skills while meeting the love of your life at Sketch Appeal, or finally learn how to move like Beyoncé.

Bed Down in the Zoo

Stay overnight at ZSL London Zoo in a luxury safari-style lodge. Explore the zoo during tours at sunset, after-dark and in the morning to see the animals at their most active, and fall asleep listening to the lions roar. Dinner is provided in the evening along with a fry-up in the morning.

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