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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Dalston is probably London's hippest neighborhood for nightlife right now. This stark, industrial bar near the top of the main drag is...

Book Club

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Light and friendly, the Book Club tops off a dose of Shoreditch's fashionable industrial chic with a dollop of culture. White tiles,...

Cafe Oto

  • Music Clubs

A relaxed café by day, and London's leading venue for experimental music by night, Cafe Oto is a Dalston institution. Its programming...

Cargo

  • Dance Clubs

Housed under a series of old railroad arches, this spacious brick-wall bar, restaurant, dance floor, and live-music venue pulls a young,...

Comedy Cafe Theatre

  • Comedy Clubs

Upstairs from the Bedroom Bar, the Comedy Cafe Theatre hosts at least three mixed-bill nights a week, including the free New Act Night...

Crate Bar and Pizzeria

  • Bars/Pubs

Canal-side craft beer and pizza at the busiest of a handful of grown-up bars in this übertrendy area of East London. Rub shoulders with...

Prospect of Whitby

  • Bars/Pubs

Named after a ship, this is one of London's oldest riverside pubs, dating from around 1520. Once upon a time it was called the Devil's...

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,...

XOYO

  • Dance Clubs

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

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