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 alcohol-free cocktails in London

Try a "pious pina colada" at London’s first non-alcoholic cocktail bar, Redemption in Notting Hill, Shoreditch or Covent Garden, or discover the deep-red kombucha cocktail served in a silver chalice at The Connaught Bar. Alternatively, a special selection of alcohol-free tipples featuring Seedlip is available at many bars in London including Dandelyan and the Savoy’s American Bar.

For more of a party atmosphere without alcohol, try a Kombucha Cooler at Ichibar, the basement bar under cute Chinatown bao/burger restaurant Ichibuns, or dip into the cocktail menus at Shoreditch bars The Book Club (check out its zero-proof cocktails and ping-pong tables) and Bar Three (for virgin spritzes and slings).

Ealing’s Charlotte’s W5 and Charlotte’s Bistro in Chiswick have some of the best ranges of softs in London including homemade alcohol-free wine, cocktails and low/no-alcohol beer.

South of the river, Streatham’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.

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 low-alcohol Nanny State ale and Raspberry Blitz sour are also highly rated and available at their pubs across London. Find these beers and more on the low-alcohol beer map of London.

Warm up with a hot drink in a late-night London cafe

Swap cocktails for a late-night caffeine fix at Grind, along with food from brunch to dinner at branches across the city.

Indulge your inner chocoholic with luxury hot chocolate at Said in Soho or try the Pitch Black Hot Chocolate at Dark Sugars Cocoa House on Brick Lane for a pure cocoa hit.

Head to the chilled-out BFI Bar & Kitchen on the Southbank for a good range of soft drinks, coffee and tasty bar snacks. The nearby Scooter Caffe on Lower Marsh offers espresso, snacks and cocktails in a quirky retro space.

Take on your friends at Draughts in Haggerston, London’s first board game cafe, 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, or load up a retro console at Scenario in Dalston.

Best places for a sweet dessert alternative to cocktails

Get your frozen fix at Gelupo, where you’ll find the perfect late-night treat of luxury Italian gelato. Also in Soho, find vegan, gluten-free desserts at Yorica, or pile high a Bubblewrapwaffle with fruit, cream and salted caramel sauce.

Find small-batch sorbets and other frozen delights at Ruby Violet in King’s Cross and Tufnell Park, or traditional gelato at Nardulli in Clapham. For something hot, Doughnut Time has branches across London, while Senzala Creperie in Brixton serves up light French crepes smothered in butterscotch sauce, fruit or Nutella.

Fun-fuelled activities to do at night

Show off your swing at Plonk’s crazy golf courses or Junkyard Golf Club on Brick Lane. Take aim at Flight Club, where fun social darts games are designed for all skill levels. Dive into the ball pits with your friends at Ballie Ballerson or sip a mocktail as you score a strike at All Star Lanes.

Head to rooftop bars Skylight in Wapping and Roof East in Stratford for seasonal open-air activities that have included ice skating, crazy golf and curling.

For more of a challenge, see if you and your friends can beat the Crystal Maze’s physical tasks and brain-teasers, dodge Mission Impossible-style lasers at Room 33 at Escape Rooms or prove your magical pedigree at the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Discover more escape room experiences in London.

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

Spot wildlife on an evening bat walk at the London Wetland Centre or in many of London’s parks, including Hyde Park and Crystal Palace Park, during the summer.

All the big museums run regular late nights, often on Fridays – check out the British Museum's Egyptian collection or the Natural History Museum's dinosaurs in relaxed, adult-orientated sessions.

See cutting-edge exhibitions by emerging artists at the South London Gallery or the Whitechapel Gallery, delve into the wonders of science at the Wellcome Collection, or discover many more of London’s museums at one-off lates or special events.

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