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 continues to flourish. One constant on the nightlife scene 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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Since this small club opened in 1942, many of the greats have played here, from Glenn Miller and Louis Armstrong to the Who and the Sex...

12 Bar Club

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This small and rough-and-ready acoustic club hosts notable singer-songwriters. Four different acts of new folk, contemporary country,...

606 Club

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This Chelsea jazz club has been doing things speakeasy-style since long before it became a nightlife trend in London. Buzz the door and...

69 Colebrooke Row

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This elegant faux speakeasy must be London's tiniest cocktail lounge. Book one of the handful of tables or a seat at the diminutive bar...

Admiral Codrington

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Named after a hero of the Napoleonic Wars, this smart pub is a popular meeting place for the upwardly mobile of Sloane Square (Lady Diana...

Ain't Nothin' but...The Blues Bar

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This sweaty, fun place does exactly what its name suggests. Local musicians, as well as some notable names, squeeze onto the tiny stage...

American Bar

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Festooned with a chin-dropping array of club ties, signed celebrity photographs, sporting mementos, and baseball caps, this sensational...

Anchor & Hope

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One of London's most popular gastro-pubs, the Anchor & Hope doesn't take reservations (except for the three-course prix-fixe Sunday...

Aqua Shard

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This classy bar on level 31 of the Shard, London's new skyscraper and the tallest building in Western Europe, is worth a visit for the...


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Big, smart, old-school, and a little brash, the Audley makes up in friendly atmosphere what it lacks in charm. There's a good selection...