London Nightlife

London is renowned for its rich and diverse nightlife with a range of events and venues located across central London and the surrounding districts. The range of nightlife available in London means there is something to suit most tastes including mega clubs, niche and specialist clubs, traditional bars, contemporary and themed bars.

Our quick guide to London’s nightlife outlines some bars and clubs worth considering:

London Bars & Pubs

London Cocktail Club is located in Shaftsbury Avenue in the West End. The bar serves a range of drinks including an extensive cocktail menu and serves food with a choice of light bites, snacks and bar food available. The bar has a lively atmosphere where visitors can let their hair down and enjoy themselves. The London Cocktail Club also has a bar located in Goodge Street.

The Harp Bar is located in Covent Garden, London. The bar is famous for its choice of real ales and includes 8 hand pumps on the bar. Visitors can find a range of real ales, ciders and perries from across the UK; other drinks available include a choice of beers, lagers, wines and soft drinks. The bar has plenty of character and charm and is decorated and furnished in traditional style. There is a friendly, laid back atmosphere here making it an ideal place to relax and catch up with family and friends.

The William IV pub is located in Shoreditch, London in a Georgian building that adds to the character and charm of the pub. The William IV is a gastro-pub serving a range of drinks and food; drinks include a wide range of wines, traditional ales, beers, lagers and soft drinks. Food is served here with a choice of popular pub favourites including a range of light bites and snacks with options for vegetarians. The pub has a lively atmosphere and includes comfortable seating along with a real fire.

The Lockside Lounge is located in trendy Camden enjoys a riverside location. The bar is popular in both the weekdays and at weekends when there are DJs playing a range of music and themed nights. Inside there are modern art pieces and decoration, the bar has fun, lively atmosphere. Outside the bar offers canalside seating where visitors can enjoy the scenic canalside setting with a choice of drinks and food. Drinks on offer include beers from around the world, wines and cocktails. Food is available, the menu includes sandwiches and favourites such as fish and chips, bangers and mash and a choice of light bites and snacks.

Mark’s Bar is located in Brewer Street in the West End, the trendy bar offers a range of drinks and food in a contemporary setting. There is ambient lighting, smoky mirrors and cocktail bar giving the bar a New York feel. Drinks include a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, beers, ciders, champagnes, wines and seasonal drinks. A range of bar food including light bites and snacks are available as are the main meals from the restaurant menu.

London Clubs

The Ministry of Sound is one of the best known clubs in London, it is located in Southwark, to the south east of central London. The club has been established for over 20 years and has earned a worldwide reputation among clubbers and is considered to be at the cutting edge of the global dance scene. The club includes four bars, four dance floors, luxury VIP lounges and five distinctive rooms. There are a range of DJs at the club and it hosts a number of events and parties.

Fabric is a nightclub located opposite Smithfield Market in London. The club has earned a reputation as one of the biggest and best clubs in London. The club includes three rooms with independent sound systems; the music played varies from hip hop, drum ‘n’ bass, house, techno and others. Fabric is a popular venue and attracts big crowds; visitors may wish to buy tickets in advance to avoid a long wait to get in.

Gaz's Rockin' Blues is a long established club based in Soho, London. There are live bands performing each week with a range of music played including ska, R’n’B, jive, rocksteady and others. The club is open one day a week on Thursdays; it is popular among club goers with the chance to see new bands.

East Village Club is located close to Old Street to the east of London, the club is located across two floors, including a laid back lounge space and a dance area. The club attracts a diverse crowd of clubbers with a range of music played by the DJs including disco, reggae, techno, latin and fusion. East Village is a vibrant, fun venue likely to appeal to clubbers.

Village Underground is located in Shoreditch, London, the club is easy to spot with four graffiti covered Underground (tube) carriages located on the roof, giving a unique, quirky look. The venue is a club, theatre, exhibition and performance venue, the club nights include live performance from bands and a choice of music played by DJs. The unusual design and eclectic mix make for an interesting venue that has plenty of character; there is a vibrant atmosphere where clubbers can enjoy a good night out.

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