During the day, London has plenty to keep you busy: Great sights, museums, quirky neighbourhoods, outdoor markets, good food, and so much more. But at night, the city gets ready to party. With so many nightlife options, it’s pretty easy to have a great night out in London. But it also helps to have a few specific ideas in mind before you head out for the night.
Listen to Live Music
London has an incredible live music scene, featuring plenty of big-name stars, up-and-coming musicians, and hidden indie gems. So whatever you’re looking for, even if it’s some obscure genre, you’ll be able to find it. Most live shows will be in bars and venues in Camden, Shoreditch, and Covent Garden, but you’ll find plenty throughout the city.
For big-name musicians, you’ll likely head to the O2 or Wembley Arena. The Roundhouse, O2 Academy Brixton, and Alexandra Palace are also popular venues, so you’ll find some more widely recognizable names there. But if you’re looking for some more casual live music, like a dive bar with some band you’ve never heard of before, there are tons of those. Some of the best small venues to check out include the Lexington, the Windmill, and the Moth Club.
Hit Up the Casino Nightlife
After a drink at the bar — and before heading out for a late night of clubbing — a little fun might be just what you need to pump up your night. And what better way to do that than by heading to some of London’s best casinos? With options like the Grosvenor Victoria Casino London, Empire Casino, the Palm Beach Casino, and the Hippodrome Casino London, you’ll be sure to have plenty of places to choose from.
Besides playing slots or poker, it’ll be fun to play some roulette while you’re all dressed up. You’ll feel like you’re in a Bond movie, and isn’t that the best way to really start the night out? Still, while roulette is a fairly simple game to learn, you won’t be able to just pick it up on the spot at a casino. So if you want to play roulette like they do in the movies — and look almost as cool as Bond — you’re going to need to put in some practice. There are all types of roulette variations online, including the classics like high & low stake, so you can try your hand at these types before you hit up the casinos. Then you’ll be ready to have a great night.
Party at the Hottest Clubs
There’s no doubt about it: London is a great city for clubbing. There are tons of clubs with all different vibes scattered throughout the city, from massive venues with multiple dance floors to more intimate venues where you’ll feel like you’re in a friend’s basement. Two of the best neighbourhoods for nightlife are Camden and Shoreditch, but Soho is often the neighbourhood of choice for those looking for more exclusive clubs and bars.
Generally, some of the most popular clubs in the city include Fabric, Ministry of Sound, Phonox, Heaven, XOYO, and Studio 338. These clubs are massive venues with the works: huge dance floors, great lights, and some awesome beats. Before you go to any of the above clubs, make sure to check the dress codes out beforehand; many of the hottest clubs have strict dress codes. Some require women to wear heels and men to wear button-down shirts and slacks. Just be aware of that before you head out for the night so you won’t have to worry about being turned down for a highly-anticipated venue!
Enjoy Some Late Night Eats
What better way to top off a great night out than by indulging in some late night (or early morning) grub? Before you head home for the night, considering heading to one of the many late-night or 24-hour restaurants in the city like Duck & Waffle, Bar Italia, or Lanzhou Lamian Noodle Bar.