17 Nights Out In London For When You're Not Drinking

Not drinking? Not a problem.

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1. Flight Club

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This "social darts" club in Old Street is super fun and super straightforward. The setup is more like bowling than anything else (ie the scores are computerised, and the rules come up on a computer screen), and the staff are very helpful if you're a newbie.

The other bonus is that they have a smashing non-alcoholic menu. There's the usual soft drinks, but also interesting offerings from Fentiman's, Bottlegreen, and Schweppes.

Find out more here.

2. Jarr Bar

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Jarr Bar is located on the Crate Brewery compound near Hackney Wick, and is a (deep breath) kombucha tap room. You can get kombucha flavoured with ginger, fresh raspberry, or passion fruit, and then head next door to Crate to pick up a pizza.

Find out more here.

3. Visit Waterstones in Piccadilly

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This branch has loads of free events in the evenings – from readings to swing dance classes, and the café stays open pretty late too (until 9.30pm).

Find out more here.

4. Drink, Shop & Do

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This King's Cross institution has something for everyone. They serve all kinds of tea and cake until late, have plenty of hands-on crafting activities, and host the raucous but fun Musical Bingo. In terms of drinks, they have a fantastic virgin cocktail menu: Go for the Virgin Front Garden (basil, elderflower, apple, and lime).

Find out more here.

5. Bar Kick

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With locations in Shoreditch and Exmouth Market, Bar Kick is a great way to while away an evening. It's table football–focused, with some Spanish snacks, and it's astonishingly cheap – only £1 a game. House rules say winner stays on, unless you've discussed otherwise.

Find out more here.

6. Discover an ~escape the room~ game.

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There are plenty of these escape rooms in London, but these are the two I really rate:

School of Witchcraft and Wizardy: A Harry Potter-inspired game where you have to pass your OWLs. Prices from £30 a head.

Time Run: A next-level hyperreal escape challenge. This was so good that once I completed it, I kept refreshing the page for the next instalment so I could book. Prices from £30 a head.

7. Swingers

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This crazy-golf course near Liverpool Street is 10/10 for fun, but really, we're here to talk about the food. They've got residencies from Pizza Pilgrims, Patty and Bun, AND Hoppers. They also have some interesting non-alcoholic drinks, like watermelon and cucumber soda (yum!).

Find out more here.

9. Visit a fancy bar.

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Just because you don't want to drink alcohol, it doesn't mean you can't go to a bar. Here are 18 London Drinks To Order When You’re Not Drinking.

11. Have a treetop adventure.

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Go Ape has locations in Battersea and in Cockfosters, and is the most fun you can have while strapped into a climbing harness. Despite the premise, it's really accessible for all, and the staff are happy to try to help any way they can.

Find out more here.

13. Four Quarters

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This arcade bar in Peckham is loaded with games (shoutout Miss Pacman!) and good vibes. In terms of non-alcoholic drinks, it's the regular Cokes and so on – but with games like these, we can let that slide.

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14. Draughts

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This board game bar in Haggerston is the epitome of chill. There are some nice soft drinks from Dalston Cola, but our rec is to grab a 10/10 hot chocolate and settle down with Catan.

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15. Visit the cat café.

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Lady Dinah's Cat Emporium in Bethnal Green! They also offer speciality coffees, like the salted caramel chai! I don't know what more I can tell you!

Find out more here.

16. Bounce

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With locations in Old Street and Farringdon, you can play ping pong all night long. Bounce is loads of fun and has an extensive virgin cocktail list. The RnR Spritz looks especially good: elderflower, raspberry, rhubarb, and soda.

Find out more here.

17. Try out pottery classes.

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Hackney City Farm offers drop-in pottery classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays. It's £15 per person, and that includes kiln fees.

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