Top nights out in London that don’t involve alcohol

Find the best places to go and unique things to do in London by night that don’t involve the need for any extra "spirit".
From alcohol-free cocktail bars and late-night cafes, to ball pits, rooftop crazy golf and craft workshops, you’ll find there’s no need for alcohol in London at night.

Bars with the best non-alcoholic cocktails in London

You're spoiled for choice at the first alcohol free bar in London, Redemption (in Notting Hill, Seven Dials and Shoreditch), which has a whole menu full of creative liquor-free cocktails, beers and plant-based spirits.

Alternatively, seek out more of the best boozeless tipples across the capital, including the deep-red kombucha cocktail served in a silver chalice at The Connaught Bar, fruit-packed mocktails and juices at The Lost Alpaca Bar, or Rickies made from fruity syrups at 45 Jermyn Street. Or, find a special selection of alcohol-free tipples featuring Seedlip at many bars in London, including LyanessMr Fogg's and the Savoy’s American Bar.

For more of a party atmosphere without alcohol, try Ichi Bar, the basement bar under cute Chinatown bao/burger restaurant Ichibuns; or head to Shoreditch to dip into the "low and no" cocktail menu at The Book Club or to sample virgin spritzes and slings at nearby Bar Three.

South of the river, Balham’s Exhibit B serves mouth-watering wings and ribs, plus a long list of original craft cocktails including alcohol-free options – try the Cheeky Tiki for a fruity hit.

Grab a pint in a low-alcohol London pub

Nirvana brewery is London’s first low-alcohol and alcohol-free brewery. British brewery Brewdog’s no alcohol Nanny State ale and low-alcohol Raspberry Blitz sour are also highly rated and are available at their pubs across London. Find these alcohol-free beers and more on the low-alcohol beer map of London.

Warm up in a late-night London cafe

Swap cocktails for a late-night caffeine fix at one of Grind's venues: snap away at pretty lattes at Instagrammers' hotspot Feya or get an espresso pick-me-up at long-running Bar Italia. Alternatively, indulge your inner chocoholic with luxury hot chocolate at Said in Soho or L'Eto's various outposts.

Take a tea break at one of London's picture-pretty tearooms. Try plenty of varieties at the vast TWG Tea on Leicester Square, cosy up in elegant Mariage Frères in Covent Garden or enjoy tea-infused mocktails at laid-back Teatulia Bar in Seven Dials.

Gaming bars in London for a fun-filled night

Take on your friends at Draughts in Haggerston and the South Bank – London’s first board game cafe – or roll the dice at Library Pot in Richmond or Cakes and Ladders in Wood Green.

If video games are more your thing, buy some quarters for the arcade games at Four Quarters in Peckham and Stratford, load up a retro console at Loading Bar in Dalston, or try out The Aeronaut's virtual reality experiences in Acton. 

Best spots for sweet alternatives to cocktails

Get your frozen fix at one of London's late-night ice cream parlours. Head to Gelupo or Amorino, where you’ll find luxury Italian gelato, indulge in sundaes at Snowflake, devour small-batch sorbets at Ruby Violet, or opt for traditional ice cream from Nardulli in Clapham.

Pick from vegan and gluten-free desserts at Yorica or pile up an Insta-famous Bubblewrapwaffle cone with fruit, cream and salted caramel sauce. And, if you're up for a challenge, work out exactly how best to attack one of Maxwell's loaded freakshakes.

For an extra special sweet treat, munch on Doughnut Time and Dum Dum Donutterie's doughy creations, or visit Senzala Creperie in Brixton for light French crepes smothered in butterscotch sauce, fruit or Nutella.

Fun-fuelled activities to do at night in London

Show off your swing at tech-filled Puttshack, try out Plonk’s crazy golf courses or aim for a hole-in-one at Junkyard Golf Club on Brick Lane.

If you're no good with a putter, take aim at Flight Club, where social darts games are designed for all skill levels; or have a go at axe throwing (you read that right) with Whistle Punks. For something a little more relaxed, sip a mocktail as you score a strike at one of London's top bowling alleys.

Take in the views from seasonal rooftop bars such as uber-cool John Lewis Oxford Street Rooftop, open-air Skylight in Wapping or lively Roof East in Stratford for activities that have included ice skating, crazy golf and curling in the past.

For more of a challenge, see if you and your friends can beat the Crystal Maze LIVE Experience’s physical tasks and brain-teasers, go on a quest for the Holy Grail at Escape Land, or prove your magical pedigree at the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Discover more escape room experiences in London.

Or make something to remember the night by as you get creative at Drink Shop & Do in King’s Cross, M.Y.O London in Peckham and Borough or London Craft Club in Bloomsbury – which run workshops in calligraphy, ceramics, jewellery-making and more.

Get your late-night culture fix

All the big London museums run regular late night museum openings and events, often on Thursdays and Fridays. Delve into the British Museum's collection with talks, find unusual activities such as adult sleepovers at the Natural History Museum, join a ceilidh at Cutty Sark, or find a better you with wellbeing events at Body Worlds.

Art-lovers can see blockbuster exhibitions after hours at galleries including the Royal Academy of Arts, National Gallery and Tate Modern, or exhibitions by emerging artists at the South London Gallery or the Whitechapel Gallery.

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