Alternative things to do in London while you’re abstaining from alcohol

Words Helen Brown

Redemption Bar

Redemption serves up delicious, nutritious, sugar-free, wheat-free vegan dishes and non-alcoholic cocktails. It popped up temporarily two years ago in Hackney, before teaming up with vegan chef Andrea Waters and establishing permanent branches in Notting Hill, and now Shoreditch. Enjoy tequila-less margaritas, gin-less sours and a hangover-free morning.

Queens Ice Rink and Bowl

December was a big month for Queens Ice and Bowl. West London’s go-to entertainment venue had a huge revamp meaning you can now take a spin on the ice, chill-out under a cosy blanket and warm your cockles with a hot chocolate, before taking a swing on the bowling lanes and a jaunt through the games arcade.

Drink, Shop, Do

This charming King’s Cross establishment has an enormous number of activities to keep January from being boring. They offer regular creative workshops as well as a plethora of dance classes, yoga and karaoke to keep you occupied while you’re abstaining.

Time Run

Immersive theatre meets escape game in this team adventure experience. Time Run will have you travelling through time, solving puzzles, cracking codes and working as a group to escape three atmospheric rooms. Bare in mind, you have one hour to complete your quest, so this one is definitely done best when sober.


Take to the 90’s dancefloor in this fun fitness class, complete with glow sticks, club anthems and disco lights. These easy-to-follow dance classes feel like a night out, except you’ll forgo the alco-calories and build your fitness. It’s a win win.

After-hours pamper session with BlowLtd.

Staying in has never felt so fabulous with BlowLtd, a fast beauty service delivered to your door. Chose from blow drys to makeup application, manicures, facials and lash services, then sit back, relax and have an expert from BlowLtd arive at your door, fully equipped for a full pamper session from your sofa.

Unwind at Draughts

Board games are no longer the reserve of Sunday afternoons. While away weekday evenings, or all day and night on the weekend with over 500 board games at London’s first board game cafe. There are soft drinks and snacks to keep your strength up, especially necessary if you plan to embark on a Monopoly marathon.

Swingers Crazy Golf

Fill the booze-void with a competitive course of golf at Swingers. With two bespoke nine-hole crazy courses, a selection of London’s best street food vendors, a two story clubhouse and nightly DJ’s you won’t even miss the drink that’s not in your hand.