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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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...

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...

American Bar

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Festooned with a chin-dropping array of old club ties, vintage signed celebrity photographs, sporting mementos, model airplanes and baseball...

Amused Moose Comedy

  • Comedy Clubs

This roving West End comedy night group is often considered the best place to see breaking talent as well as household names doing "secret"...

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 most iconic skyscraper and the tallest building in the United Kingdom (fourth in Europe)...

Artesian

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They don't take reservations at this jewel box of a cocktail bar at the Langham hotel, but you can order a drink while you wait for a...

Bar Américain

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The beaux art interior of this underground bar just north of Piccadilly Circus is so opulent and glamorous that you'd be forgiven for...

Beach Blanket Babylon

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In a Victorian mansion house close to Portobello Market, this always-packed bar is distinguishable by its eclectic indoor–outdoor spaces...

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