From comedy and live music to theaters or a night out at some of the city’s nightlife hotspots, there’s never a shortage of fun things to do after dark in London. The capital of the United Kingdom is a world-renowned nightlife hub, and every traveler would find the scene exhilarating. In London, holidaymakers will encounter several people walking the streets, who are mostly revelers, including other tourists and locals. The city is very welcoming and full of beautiful hotels, pubs, clubs, bars and restaurants. If you are planning a party trip to London, this is the best way to experience its nightlife.
How to get around London at night
Getting around London isn’t a problem even after dark, and revelers have some great options to choose from. One of the most convenient is the city’s rapid transit system. The NightTube, the name given to the city’s metro services operating 24 hours a day on Fridays and Saturdays. Currently, NightTube is available on Central, Jubilee, Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria routes. Rates are constant; they never increase, even at peak times. Travelers can use Day Travelcards, which are only valid until 4:30 a.m. the day after they are purchased.
When do people party in London?
London never sleeps and travelers can expect to see locals partying until the morning. Most people start showing up at clubs as early as 6:00 p.m. on weekends. Some bars open quite early, like from 4 p.m., others from noon, but they don’t get lively until later at night. The town’s pubs are busiest from 6pm to 9pm, but many stay open until around 3.30am on weekends and 1am on weekdays.
If you plan to go out on a weekday, check the opening and closing times of the pub, club or bar before heading there.
Where to party in London: the best neighborhoods for nightlife
Camden is famous for having some of the most impressive markets in the city, but its nightlife is also a major draw. The area is home to fantastic pubs, music venues, concerts and more, attracting several travelers each night. Camden is also home to many nightclubs and holidaymakers are sure to find some of London’s quirkiest bars in this area. It is also possible to discover street art and live music in its streets almost every night. If you’re looking for an area to stay in London for good nightlife, consider Camden. Some of the clubs to check out in Camden include:
- brew dog: Offering an incredible variety of drinks, some from London’s best breweries, alongside their own, Brewdog is a club worth checking out. Along with an incredible selection of craft beers, travelers will enjoy some of the tastiest food, including hot dogs and burgers.
- Camden Assembly Pub: Offering an incredible mix of parties, club nights, live music and a fantastic food scene, this venue has been serving Camden residents for many years.
- blues cuisine: This is a restaurant, bar and pub where vacationers will not only get the best food but also great music and games including live entertainment and karaoke.
No nightlife trip would be complete without visiting Soho, home to fascinating restaurants, bars, clubs and more. Soho is the area to visit for the best LGBTQ nightlife scene, which is the best in London and probably the country. It’s always a good choice to stay in Soho if the aim is to experience London’s nightlife at its most impressive. Some of the best bars to check out are:
- The Dog and Duck Pub: This pub was originally built in 1794, but the current building was built in 1897 and has been a major nightlife spot ever since. As well as having a fascinating history, the pub has an incredible selection of craft drinks, as well as food to die for.
- Guinea: Guinea has a long history dating back to 1423, offering a brilliant selection of beers and the finest cuisine, with a specialty on British dry-aged, grass-fed beef. In addition, they have a magnificent private dining room with a capacity of 28 people.
Known for its lively nightlife, Shoreditch is full of cool and quirky venues, from trendy bars to pubs, restaurants and nightclubs. One of the best nightlife spots is Queen of Hoxton, a rooftop bar and basement club. Travelers who enjoy 90s versus 00s club nights can head to Trapeze Bar for an unforgettable experience.
Here’s how you can save money on a night out in London
Nightlife in London can be pricey, but there are a few tips travelers can use to save money or stick to their budget. Vacationers should be aware that these pubs are most expensive at weekends. The cheapest days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, even in the most expensive parts of town. The cheapest time to enter a club on weekends is before 10:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m.
Another tip is to go to these clubs during happy hours, usually from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Happy hours are a great time for cheap drinks and maybe a small entry fee that wouldn’t exceed $2.25.
Also, choose pubs over bars and clubs if you are on a tight budget as they are cheaper. One can decide to have a drink in a pub before heading to a club or a bar to save money.
London is among the world famous cities with amazing bars, clubs and pubs, where full-fledged entertainment is guaranteed.