London Nightlife

The pace with which London bars and clubs go in and out of fashion is mind-boggling. New trends, likewise, emerge all time. In one somewhat recent development, the dreaded velvet rope has been usurped by the doorbell-ringing mystique of members-only drinking clubs. Some of the city's most talked-about nightlife spots these days are those attached to some of the best restaurants and hotels—no wonder,

when you consider the increased popularity of London cuisine in international circles. Moreover, the gay scene in London is still going strong. One constant of the nightlife here is variety. The understated glamour of north London's Primrose Hill, which makes movie stars feel so at ease, might be considered dull by the übertrendy club goers of London's East End. Likewise, the price of a pint in Chelsea would be considered blasphemous by the musicians and poets of multicultural Peckham.

Whatever your pleasure, however your whim turns come evening, chances are you'll find what you're looking for in London's ever-changing arena of activity and invention.

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The Shadow Lounge

  • Dance Clubs

This fabulous little lounge and dance club glitters with twinkling fiber-optics after an extensive makeover. It has a serious A-list...

The Yard

  • Bars/Pubs

A corridor of kitsch leads to a surprisingly laid-back bar and spacious terrace at The Yard. This oasis of calm in the middle of Soho...

Three Eight Four

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Epitomizing a new breed of Brixton bar, Three Eight Four mixes up inventive cocktails. The menu changes seasonally but always involves...

Union Chapel

  • Music Clubs

The beauty of this sublime old chapel and its impressive multicultural not-for-profit programming make this spot one of London's best...

Viaduct Tavern

  • Bars/Pubs

Queen Victoria opened the nearby Holborn Viaduct in 1869, and this eponymous pub honored the road bridge by serving its first pint the...

White Lyan

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Cocktail making has been turned into an exact science at this stark Hoxton bar, with everything made in-house and all ice, perishables,...


  • Dance Clubs

Big international DJs regularly play this cool Shoreditch spot that's on a small side street off the main drag. The interior is industrial...

Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese

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Yes, this extremely historic pub (it dates to 1667, the year after the Great Fire of London) is full of tourists, but it deserves a visit...

Ye Olde Mitre

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Hidden off the side of 8 Hatton Gardens, this cozy pub's roots go back to 1546, though it was rebuilt around 1782. Originally built for...

Ye Olde Watling

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This busy corner pub has been rebuilt at least three times since 1666. One of its incarnations was as the drawing office for Sir Christopher...


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