London’s Night Life is Wild!
London Tourist Guide > Night life in London
London is a city buzzing with excitement with parties and clubs which are open till late. Many attractions such as the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar square are lit up at night as well, and restaurants are also open till late to accommodate demanding locals and tourists alike.
London isn’t all about parties and drinking though, and you can visit places like Leicester Square which comes alive by evening to entertain the fussiest of people. Situated between Covent Gardens and Piccadilly, it’s a great place to go and relax. Known as the cinema and entertainment capital of London, it’s definitely worth experiencing a night out here.
At night, buskers fill the square to entertain you with their songs, cartoonists will draw caricatures of you and you’ll find plenty of entertainment in dance groups performing at the Hippodrome or the Maximus. Leicester Square is ideal for catching movies with your friends and visiting the many swanky coffee places it has to offer.
Perfect for days and nights out, cinema experience here is one of the best in London, and also one of the most expensive too. For cheaper flicks without a hefty price tag, you can visit the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Place for as low as £1.50 a movie. The cinema also has a cheap bar and makes for an equally cheap night out, so be sure to check it out.
Soho is a fabulous mix of cultures, genders, those looking to be entertained and is also one of the more fashionable parts of the City. Home to London’s Gay population and also a haven for cultures from around the world, you will find something of interest here.
Situated between Oxford rd, Reagent Street, Charing Cross and Shaftsbury avenue, Soho is the heart of the gay community and is packed with bars, nightclubs, comedy clubs and live musical events. It’s also a hotspot for TV personalities, magazine publishing and anything fashionable.
Because of the heavy influence of cultures, the local gastronomy is equally impressive with restaurants of every kind and type found here. You’ll find some of the most impressive eateries here and Soho is also known as being more tolerant than other places in London too. This is thanks to the diversity of both the locals and the influx of tourists here.
The nightlife in particular is what draws in the crowds and places such as Rumba are packed with party goers who want a good night out listening to some RnB and funky house as well as having the chance to rub shoulders with the rich and famous.
This is one of the original party houses and is loved by celebrities and tourists alike. The cocktails are a real treat and they even have themed events such as free entry into the club on Friday night between 10pm and 3am if you are all dressed in white!
Other Great Night Haunts
Night clubs with combined eating facilities don’t come much better than the Babylon Roof Gardens which has a restaurant, club and garden up on the roof to relax and unwind. Located 100ft above Kensington High street with fantastic views across the city, this has to be one of the classiest clubs and restaurants around.
Corsica Studios on Farrell Court is designed to mimic a house party style in a very clean and well kept industrial space. What’s refreshing about Corsica studios is that people come here purely for the music and the experience – nothing else and very much unlike the seedy places you find vying for business around other more well known districts.
The attached arts venue has laser light shows with strobe effects that dance to tunes and a night out here is a fun filled and relatively cheap experience.
The Ministry of Sound (MoS) is famous the world over and based here in Elephant and Castle. A hotspot for all clubbers and big name DJ’s, the MoS is best known for its own record label, and house, hip hop and trance are all the order of the day. Definitely worth a visit.
Pubs and Wine Bars
Clubbing and night life isn’t to everyone’s taste, and those who prefer something less noisy and more sophisticated will want to sample the many pubs and wine bars in the Capital.
The Vinopolis Wine Wharf is located near London Bridge Station and is a modern day wine bar created specifically to help you relax and unwind. The interior is posh looking and ultra comfortable and there is a selection of fine food available too as well as a comprehensive wine list.
Located in Battersea, Artisan and Vine has a selection of over 100 wines for you to choose from and is actually an upmarket gastro pub with a focus on wines. They regularly hold wine tasting events and is perfectly suited to those who love wine tasting with a passion.
Gordon’s Wine Bar is officially London’s oldest wine bar and it holds onto that tradition by serving its wines from the traditional wooden casks that store them. Gordon’s prides itself on offering only the very best tasting wines rather than offering everything under the sun, so for those who are new to wines, this is a perfect place to start.
Voted best pub by fancyapint.com in 2009, the Eagle Hoxton in Shepherdess Walk is a much loved local complete with a beer garden. During the winter months, they have hot toddies and mulled wine available which is a real treat when it’s cold outside.
Comedy Nights and Alternative Nights Out
If you still haven’t had enough of London’s nightlife, perhaps you might want to try something different. The Capital boasts some great comedy shows and burlesque evenings, as well as multiplexes and cabarets.
Up the Creek based in Greenwich is one of London’s best comedy venues and has hosted some fabulous entertainers such as Russell Brand, Jimmy Carr and Harry Hill. Famed for its stand-up comedy acts and intimate performances, it’s easy to see why Up the Creek is one of the most sought after comedy clubs around.
Banana Cabaret in Balham is a fabulous find and is loved by the likes of Harry Hill who regularly performs here. The performances take place on Friday and Saturday night and tickets start at just £12. What’s great about this quirky little place is that they consistently put on great shows and the punters are very friendly indeed. A great night out guaranteed to make you laugh your socks off.
If risqué is more your thing, be sure to check out Volupte Lounge – London’s foremost cabaret and burlesque lounge. Volupte has regular themed nights with a variety of music and other acts such as magic, jazz and cabaret.
The Peckham Multiplex houses 6 screens with the capacity to hold up to 400 people. A cheap night out with eateries never too far away. Check the website for films and availability.