As anyone who went to university knows, the best student parties revolve around a theme. And no, that theme is surprisingly not seeing how much one can actually drink. The moral of this story is that everyone loves a good themed party, but they don’t always have to be cheesy and tacky. Check out The Handbook’s range of best themed restaurants and bars below, from the chic to the unapologetically cliché.

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An aromatic dining experience…sorry, I meant acrobatic.

Your mum probably warned you about the circus, but you’re already two glasses of champers down and its 11pm so screw that. Featuring Pan Asian cuisine and a vast assortment of cocktails, the Circus experience is truly brought to life by the cabaret and circus acts that perform throughout the evening, sometimes on top of the very table you’re eating on. ‘Yeah, I’ll have the steak please, with a side of fire-breathing jugglers.’

Where: 27-29 Endell Street, Westminster, London, WC2H 9BA, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Covent Garden (0.1 miles)

Shaka Zulu

Not quite enough money in the piggy bank to afford that African safari? Try out the next best thing – Camden’s premier South African themed nightclub!

Featuring live music and dance throughout the evening, as well a menu offering zebra steaks, this place is one for the wild among you. It’s also kitted out with authentic décor, so there’s plenty of opportunities for Instagram-worthy pictures, featuring the carved wooden murals and marble bars. Basically all the fun of a safari, with more booze and significantly less vaccinations (result!)

Where: Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AH, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Kentish Town West (0.3 miles)

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club

Ultra-cool jazz venue in the hippest part of London.

If you dream of being the coolest and edgiest one amongst your pals, then Ronnie Scott’s is the place for you. They showcase up-and-coming talent, so when these acts hit the big time, you can revel in bragging to all your friends that you knew about them first. There’s also the small matter of internationally renowned jazz musicians playing there, as well as the famous themed nights. Just don’t show up wearing a double breasted jacked and suspenders, no one likes a try-hard.

Where: 47 Frith Street, London, W1D 4HT

Beaver Lodge

Mountain cabin and dance saloon in Fulham

If it’ a good old hoedown cowboy style you’re after then line dance right on into Beaver Lodge. Decked out as a mountain cabin and dance saloon, this is the place to don your Daisy dukes, your checked shirts and your leather chaps (care to explain why you own a pair.) and get ready for some rootin’ tootin’ dancing! Watch out for the beaver whom makes an appearance each night too.

Where: 266 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9EL

Dans Le Noir

Literally translates as dining in the dark. Not one for the messy pups.

The loss of sight is said to enhance your taste buds, but really this is just about having a laugh with your mates and coming out looking like a five year old’s art project. With four ‘surprise’ menus to choose from and being led by specially trained guides, your dining experience is sure to be one for the history books, otherwise known as your group chat on Whatsapp.

Where: 30-31 Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0DU