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The Most Unusual Date Nights in East London

Picture of Lizzie Thomson
London Writer
Updated: 9 February 2018
Home to some of the quirkiest areas in the city, East London does not disappoint when it comes to unusual date night spots. Here’s our guide to some great places to try on your next date night when you’re looking for something different.

Play some games on Roof East

Located on the rooftop of a busy shopping centre, Roof East offers all kinds of activities. In summer you can try your hand at golf and batting and in winter there’s curling on offer. It’s the perfect spot if you feel like injecting some competitive spirit into your date. After you’ve exhausted yourselves with the variety of activities on offer, you can sit back and cuddle up on the rooftop with a drink and admire the stunning East London skyline.

Take up a game of shuffling

If you haven’t heard of shuffleboarding, it’s essentially a mix between ten pin bowling and curling and its already taking parts of the world by storm. Located a stone’s throw away from Box Park, The London Shuffle Club (now known as The Little Shuffle Club) is a great place to take a date for a competitive evening of games. After your match, you can quench your thirst with their great selection of cocktails and drinks.

Check out Ballie Ballerson

Embrace your inner child and battle through the ball pits at Shoreditch’s Ballie Ballerson bar. This quirky cocktail bar has over 1 million balls in its venue and the main ball pit has UV lights to enhance your experience. If your date has a sweet tooth, be sure to try their creative retro cocktails which are based on sweets such as Dib Dabs and Skittles.

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Ballie Ballerson | Courtesy of Ballie Ballerson

Challenge your date to an escape room

ClueTrace Escape is an immersive escape room experience where you need to work together to find clues and solve challenging puzzles in under an hour. Located just eight minutes from Dalston Kingsland station, this hands-on activity is great for bonding and ideal for impressing your date with your mental agility.

Try some disco yoga

Located in Trapeze Bar on Great Eastern Street, disco yoga may not be the most conventional date idea but the class claims to get you laughing, chatting and connecting – which is pretty much what everyone wants from a date. The class is made up of energising yoga sequences to disco anthems and after the session you can unwind with a superfood cocktail.

Visit God’s Own Junkyard

This neon sign heaven is a great alternative to visiting museum galleries. God’s Own Junkyard is artist Chris Bracey’s personal collection of neon art as well as some of his own artwork. Boasting everything from shop signs to old movie props, the vibrant collection will no doubt impress any date. The neon wonderland can be found in Walthamstow and is currently open to visitors Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

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God’s Own Junkyard | © David Curran/Flickr