Other than its larger-than-life landmarks, London is known for its world-class nightlife and vibrant tourist districts. Being the capital of England and also the most populous of cities, it has provided non-stop entertainment for both its locals and tourists. It is also dubbed as the most visited city in the UK attracting twenty million visitors each year.

London is no stranger to most people as it is home to international music icons from The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Coldplay, Freddie Mercury, and pop groups like One Direction and Spice Girls. More rocks stars to classical composers have started their humble beginnings in some of the in-demand music venues in London and piano and jazz bars which are mostly scattered in Camden, Soho, and Mayfair. 

If you are searching for the best cocktail bars and romantic dinner spots in London, you can head over at South Kensington, known to be the wealthiest neighborhood in London. For gay bars and sports bars, the best place to visit would be in East London. For a complete nightlife experience, check out our guide below. Enjoy!

 

Best Nightlife in London

Top 30 Cocktail Bars in London

Top 30 Cocktail Bars in London

London is home to some of the best bars in the UK. Check-In To 30 of London’s Hottest Cocktail Bars

Top 30 Rooftop Bars in London

Top 30 Rooftop Bars in London

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Top 20 Lounges in London

Top 20 Lounges in London

London’s Best Lounge Venues to Visit Right Now

Top 20 Nightclubs in London

The 20 Best Nightclubs in London

Get Your Groove Thing Moving At London’s Best Dance Clubs

Top 15 Gay Bars in London

The 15 Best Gay Bars in London

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Top 20 Craft Beer Bars in London

Top 20 Craft Beer Bars in London

London is home to some of the best beer bars in the UK. Check-In To 20 of London’s Hottest Craft Beer Bars

Top 10 Student Bars in London

Top 10 Student Bars in London

The very best bars in London to get an inexpensive student night out!

The 15 Best Sports Bars in London

The 15 Best Sports Bars in London

Watch a game with some beer and avoid the rambunctious crowds in these lower-key sports bars in London

10 Best Hookah Lounges in London

10 Best Hookah Lounges in London

Sit down and relax at the best hookah bars in London!

Top 20 Hotel Bars in London

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Your nightlife experiences in London wouldn’t be complete without visiting some of those exciting hotel bars…

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Top 10 Piano and Jazz Bars in London

Top 10 Piano and Jazz Bars in London

Top 10 Piano and Jazz Bars in London

Top 20 Romantic Dinner Spots in London

Top 20 Romantic Dinner Spots in London

The most beautiful and romantic spots in London to have dinner…

Top 15 Live Music Venues in London

Top 15 Live Music Venues in London

Check out our list with the Best Venues in London with Live Music

21 Best Wine Bars in London

21 Best Wine Bars in London

Find out which London wine bar you should be visiting on your next trip

Top 10 Comedy Clubs in London

Top 10 Comedy Clubs in London

Top 10 Comedy Clubs in London

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Partying in London – Things to Know

CULTURE AND DRINKING TRADITIONS

British people are natural drinkers and are known to have a peculiar relationship with alcohol.
Unlike other cities in Europe that allows drinking until the wee hours in the morning, in London, take note that most pubs close at 11 pm every Monday to Saturday while bars close between midnight and 1:30 am on weekdays and weekends. On the other hand, clubs generally stay open until 4 am.

DRESS CODE FOR LONDON’S NIGHTLIFE

Known for its luxurious and exclusive nightlife, there are some VIP clubs in London that would require clubbers to dress well especially in the Mayfair and West End area. For men, wear something sleek and avoid wearing T-shirts and trainers. Best attire for men would be a leather jacket, blazer, or long sleeves. As for the ladies, high heels are required for getting in. Wear something sexy and show off your most stylish dress to gain entry. In most clubs, they only require some smart casual attire for both men and women.

SAFETY TIP WHEN PARTYING IN LONDON

Partying at the London center is safe even for the first-time visitors in the city. Like any tips when partying in other cities, avoid flashing your money and valuables in public. Don’t leave purses or wallets out when paying or drinking at the bar. Keep your keys and extra cash tucked somewhere aside from your wallet or pockets. Wherever you are in the city, you’re perfectly safe even in the night.

For non-urgent crimes, contact the police at 101. If there’s an emergency or fire, call 999 or 112.

Our insider tips

Planning Your London Visit

How many days to spend in London?

Before visiting London, search for the best events which could make your stay worthwhile. But for those planning to experience the vibrant nightlife activity in the city without missing out the major sights, then 3-5 days is enough.
With its excellent transportation mode, tourist can do day trips for 2-3 days and the rest to visit the major pubs, theatres, music bars, comedy club nights, museum lates, and world-class bars.

Where to stay?

There are plenty of hotels in London. Guests can either choose from budget, mid-range, and luxury hotels:

Low-Range

  •    Generator
  •    Clink78
  •    YHA London Central
  •    Stylotel
  •    Hotel Moonlight

Mid-Range

  •    Assembly Hotel London
  •    Kensington Court Hotel Notting Hill
  •    Aziz Manzil
  •    Sanctuary House Hotel
  •    Qbic Hotel

Luxury

  •    The Savoy
  •    The Dorchester
  •    The Ritz
  •    The Langham
  •    The Lanesborough

Good to know

Language
Englich
Currency
Pounds
Timezone
UTC (+01:00)
Country Code
+44
Best time to visit
From May through July is the best time to visit London. The temperatures are mild and the crowds are minimal. The weather is ideal for drinking cafe or a cocktail outside. Plan your accommodations well in advance and be prepared to pay more at this time of the year!

*Note: We try to provide free information that is as up-to-date and accurate as possible. However, if you are planning to travel it’s a good idea to double check specific dates and information to avoid surprises.