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!
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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.
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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:
- YHA London Central
- Hotel Moonlight
- Assembly Hotel London
- Kensington Court Hotel Notting Hill
- Aziz Manzil
- Sanctuary House Hotel
- Qbic Hotel
- The Savoy
- The Dorchester
- The Ritz
- The Langham
- The Lanesborough
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