What is nightlife like in London?

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Joseph Reaney

London has an exceptional after-dark scene. The city is probably best known for its so-called superclubs, with world-famous party places including Ministry of Sound, Fabric and Heaven packing in tens of thousands of sweaty revelers every weekend, but what makes the British capital so special is the amount, scope and variety of its smaller venues. From the art-gallery-by-day club-by-night Proud Camden to the jazuzzi-filled Club Aquarium to the 24-hour open-air Egg, there really is something for everyone.
And when it comes to decadent nightspots, no other world city offers more. With luxury late-night spots including Raffles in Chelsea, Boujis in Kensington, Chinawhite in Fitzrovia, and Maddox in Mayfair, London is the ideal place for a truly lavish night out on the tiles.

Jo Caird
  • Jo Caird

  • Correspondent

  • London, England, UK

The most exciting thing about London’s nightlife is the sheer variety of experience on offer. If your idea of the perfect night out is a couple of pints and a game of darts in an old local boozer, there’s plenty of options out there for you. But then again, if you want to see a show, go for a meal, or spend all night at a trendy warehouse party, you can do that too.

A lot of London’s nightlife fun takes place in the centre of town. You’ll find bars and restaurants galore in the West End (Soho and Mayfair are good places to start – the latter is certainly the swankier of the two), as well as Theatreland.

Head east for Shoreditch, the capital’s other big party hub. It’s a younger, funkier vibe, particularly as you head north into Dalston, currently the hippest place to go out in London. Dining in this area has a more rough and ready appeal, with fantastic Vietnamese and Turkish restaurants feeding revelers before they go onto bars and clubs. This is a good place for live music too.

There’s a lot going on in South London too, including the bars and pubs of Clapham and the grittier scene in Brixton and Peckham. The latter, which is full of students and arty types, is ramping up to be London’s next big thing in terms of going out.

As far as the West is concerned, the King’s Road area has a good range of pubs, clubs and restaurants catering primarily to London’s young moneyed set, and Notting Hill is the coolest place for clubbing in this part of town.

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