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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606 Club

  • Music Clubs

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

Ain't Nothin' But ...

  • Music Clubs

This sweaty fun place off Carnaby Street does exactly what its name suggests. Local blues musicians, as well as some notable names, squeeze...

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...


  • Music Clubs

With the best light show on any London dance floor, Heaven is unpretentious, loud, and huge, with a labyrinth of rooms, bars, and live-music...

Jazz Café

  • Dance Clubs

A palace of cool in bohemian Camden, this remains an essential hangout for fans of both the mainstream end of the jazz repertoire and...


  • Dance Clubs

Once known as Camden Palace, this legendary Victorian theater venue has seen acts from Charlie Chaplin to Madonna, and genres from punk...

Pizza Express Jazz Club

  • Music Clubs

One of the United Kingdom's most ubiquitous pizza chains also runs a leading Soho jazz venue. The dimly lighted restaurant hosts both...

Ronnie Scott's

  • Music Clubs

London's best-known jazz club has attracted the biggest names—from Stan Getz to Count Basie and Ella Fitzgerald—since opening in...


  • Music Clubs

This 1840s former London and Birmingham Railway terminus and onetime gin warehouse in Chalk Farm now hosts some of the most atmospheric...

The 100 Club

  • Music Clubs

Since this small club opened in 1942, many of the greats have played here, from Glenn Miller and Louis Armstrong to The Who, The Damned,...


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