London nightlife: frenetic and multicultural, the London metropolis offers an immense choice of possibilities for recreation and entertainment. Here is the must-have guide to nightlife in the UK capital. Where to go out in the evening in London: from the liveliest districts, to the best nightclubs and bars in the city.
Vibrant, multicultural and full of young people, London is one of the cities with the richest and busiest nightlife . The offer for nightlife in the English capital is in fact immense and ranges from gigantic trendy clubs to bars with live music, up to traditional English pubs, cinemas and theatres.
There is entertainment for all tastes, both for those who want to let loose and dance until the morning, and for those who are looking for a quieter evening. Do you think that throughout London there are over 5000 nightclubs, including pubs, bars, discos and clubs. Covent Garden, Piccadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Soho and Camden Town are just some of the districts of London capable of offering endless possibilities for nightlife.
The clubs and discos are the favorite places for nightlife in London , and are scattered everywhere, both in the center and in the more peripheral streets. These clubs range from small disco bars crowded with people to more exclusive and expensive discos, where the entrance fee costs 25 pounds, drinks not included. The music in London's clubs and bars ranges over all genres, from r'&'b, hip hop, techno and electronic music, to rock and jazz concerts in the most refined clubs: by reading our guide of London clubs and bars you will surely find the right place for you!
London is expensive, so if you don't want to squander all your money on drinks, we advise you to drink before going to the disco. Stock up on alcohol at the supermarket and drink as much as possible at home! In any case, even if the prices of cocktails in London are quite high, their price tends to go down the further you move away from the elegant bars in the centre.
But London is not just discos and bars: the British capital also offers an intense and renowned cultural nightlife which is represented by the incredible number of theaters and concert halls. Among these, one of the most famous is undoubtedly the Royal House Opéra located in the Covent Garden district, in addition to Broadway, the very famous street of musicals in London!
London's nightlife districts
It can be said that London is a city that never sleeps: every night of the week you can find bars and discos and events of all kinds. However, the most difficult thing in all of this nightly entertainment offer is knowing where to go.
In fact, each district of London offers a different nightlife:
The Piccadilly Circus area represents the most central area of London by night and is always full of people at any time of day or night.
The West End is instead home to numerous theaters where musicals and various shows are performed, some even in programming for over 20 years (including Les Miserables, The Phantom of the Opera, We Will Rock You). This neighborhood is often compared to New York's Broadway.
Soho a more underground London and is known for its numerous live music venues, often located in basements, its restaurants open until late at night, its sex shops and the marked presence of bars dedicated to a gay public.
Shoreditch , on the other hand, is an artistic neighborhood with an alternative atmosphere, full of young people and night clubs, including many classic pubs and cocktail bars, but also discos. Great choice of breweries and steak houses.
Located near Bond Street in central London, the Mayfair is, however, one of the most elegant and prestigious districts of the city. Here there are elegant bars, shops and hotels.
East London in East London, is renowned for being a culturally interesting and active borough. Here too there are many restaurants, bars and clubs.
Camden Town is known as the rock and jazz district of London, with a great nightlife and lots of clubs and bars with live music.
South Kensington is instead a rich area that offers numerous restaurants and cocktail bars, ideal for a fun evening or a cocktail with friends.
Finally, Brixton is a neighborhood with a Caribbean atmosphere where you can find numerous clubs with funk, hip hop and drum'n'bass music.
See also: what to see and visit in London .
Clubs and discos in London
Ministry of Sound
(103 Gaunt St, London) Open Friday and Saturday 11pm-6am.
Located in an old bus station south of Waterloo, the Ministry of Sound is a legend in the global clubbing scene, and is known worldwide as the temple of house and electronic music. The club contains five rooms, four bars and has one of the best sound systems in the world. Book tickets in advance and arrive early to avoid the long queues (entrance usually costs £20). A true icon of London nightlife .
(77A Charterhouse St, Clerkenwell, London) Open Friday 11pm to 7am, Saturday 11pm to 8am, Sunday 11am to 5am.
The Fabric is a large club very similar to the Ministry of Sounds, located on 3 floors inside some warehouses. Open every evening, this disco offers House and electronic music. Friday is drum'n'bass music and Saturday is tech-house night. For more than 11 years the Fabric has been one of the best clubs in London .
Tiger Tiger London
(29 The Haymarket, London) Open Monday to Saturday 12.00 to 3.00, Sunday 12.00 to 24.00.
Located a short distance from Picadilly Circus , the Tiger Tiger is a disco always very crowded (it also serves food). A great choice for dancing if you are in the area as it is always open and always busy.
(The London Pavillion, 1 Piccadilly Circus, London) Open Monday to Saturday 11.00-3.00, Sunday 11.00-0.30.
Located in the heart of Picadilly, the Piccadilly Institute is a nightclub with six different rooms, each with a different theme and design. The musical selection is very varied and ranges from 80s music to R'n'B music, passing through all genres.
(9 Rupert St, London) Open Tuesday to Saturday 5pm to 3am.
Trendy nightclub, frequented by many beautiful girls! Distinguished by its futuristic design, DSTRKT often hosts many international celebrities, such as Rihanna, Jay Z, Kim Kardashan and many other famous personalities.
Kensington Roof Gardens
(99 Kensington High St, Kensington, London) Located on the top floor of Derry & Toms along Kensington Street, the Kensington Roof Gardens is an elegant and exclusive club in London, featuring the largest rooftop garden in all of Europe, with over 500 species of plants and even flamingos.
This elegant oasis in central London is frequented mostly by people of high society who come here to chat and show off their latest clothes. In the internal room there is a DJ who plays accompanied by a percussionist who joins him and plays live. Excellent if you are looking for the chicest nightlife in the British capital.
The Book Club
(100-106 Leonard St, London) Open Monday to Wednesday 9am to 12pm, Thursday 9am to 2am, Friday and Saturday 10am to 2am, Sunday 10am to midnight.
Located in a street decorated with artistic graffiti, the Book Club is a common bar that turns into a disco bar in the evening, ideal for partying until the morning. On the ground floor the bartenders prepare imaginative cocktails while in the basement the real party is unleashed, with Hip Hop and House music, and a young crowd ready to dance until dawn.
(Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, London) Located in a nonconformist church, the Union Chapel is an interesting live music venue with a great atmosphere, thanks to its gothic charm and perfect acoustics. The profits from the concerts go towards the upkeep of the church itself.
Notting Hill Arts Club
(21 Notting Hill Gate, Kensington, London) Open Wednesday to Saturday 7pm to 2am.
Located in the district of the same name, the Notting Hill Arts Club is a lively disco, frequented mainly by students, which offers disco nights but also live music. The atmosphere inside is creative and easy-going and the music on offer ranges over every genre, from Latin American music to rock, up to the latest Dance hits of the moment. "Lazy Dog" evening which takes place every Sunday.
(36 Shaftesbury Ave, London) [tp not_in=”en”]Open daily 10pm-3am (comedies 7pm-10pm).
Located near Picadilly Circus , the Rumba is a fun club with two dance floors, with comedy nights every Tuesday (open mic!) and Thursday to Saturday (pros), and mainly featuring hip-hop, RnB and songs commercial.
Every Tuesday is international night, while Saturday is house, pop and chart hits.
until 11.00pm . Circus, Bar Rumba is a fun club with two dance floors, comedy on Tuesday (open mic!) & Thu-Sat (professionals), serving primarily hip-hop, RnB and commercial songs. Every Tuesday there is an international night, while on Saturday there's house music, pop and chart hits. Free entry on the guest list until 11pm.[/tp]
(83 Rivington St, Shoreditch, London) Open Monday to Thursday 12.00 to 1.00, Friday and Saturday 12.00 to 3.00, Sunday 12.00 to 24.00.
Located under some railway arches, the Cargo is a very popular club that offers a vast musical programming that embraces many genres, from live music to DJ sets, different every night. The club also offers tasty street food, which you must try. Entry is free every Friday before 10pm.
(184 Camden High Street, London) Open Saturdays 10pm-3am.
Located on several floors, the Propaganda is a very popular and trendy club that offers theme nights for every day of the week: on Wednesdays there is soul and rock music, on Thursdays techno music, while on Saturdays the music ranges from the years 70s to the present day.
(275 Pentonville Rd, Kings Cross, London) Club located inside an old cinema, large and very beautiful but always crowded. Every Friday there is gay night.
93 Feet East
(150 Brick Ln, Shoreditch, London) Open Tuesday to Thursday 5pm to 11pm, Friday and Saturday 5pm to 1am, Sunday 3pm to 10.30pm.
The 93 Feet East is a club very popular with young creatives and record companies. In this place some presentations of new records or artists are often organized.
333 Mother Bar
(333 Old St, London) Open daily from 12.00 to 3.00.
3-floor club with disco and techno music, always very busy, especially on Saturday nights.
(13-17 Bear St, London) Open Monday to Thursday 4pm to 3am, Friday and Saturday 2pm to 3.30am, Sunday 2pm to 3am.
Near Leicester Square , the Zoo Bar is an easy-going and unpretentious place that can guarantee an evening of healthy entertainment. Admission is cheap and there are three dance floors inside that each offer a different genre of music, while people often dance on the tables in the bar as well.
(70 Hoxton St, London) Open Monday & Thursday 5pm - 1am, Friday & Saturday 5pm - 3am, Sunday 5pm - 2am.
Located along Hoxton street, the MacBeth is a live music venue, mainly rock music.
(8 Electric Ave, Brixton, London) Located inside a former cinema, The Fridge is another popular London club with music ranging from hip hop to reggae, up to funk, drum and bass and at the House. This London nightclub is also famous for the gay night that takes place every Saturday.
(35 Chalk Farm Rd, Camden Town, London) Open Monday to Thursday 12.00 to 24.00, Friday and Saturday 12.00 to 1.00, Sunday 12.00 to 23.00.
Located in the heart of Camden Town in London, the Lock Tavern is a club that offers a mix of disco-type evenings with DJs and free concerts. Very busy on weekends, this place also has a wonderful roof terrace.
Cirque Le Soir
(15-21 Ganton St, Carnaby, London) Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 11pm-3am.
Cirque Le Soir is a club with an extravagant and original style. The peculiarity of this disco is that of organizing grotesque and transgressive shows that recall the atmosphere of the circus. Featuring performances by illusionists, clowns, acrobats and contortionists, every night at Cirque Le Soir turns into a fun and extravagant party. Admission is reserved for a selected audience.
Charlie Berkeley Street
(15 Berkeley St, Mayfair, London) Open Monday to Wednesday 11am to 7pm, Thursday to Saturday 11am to 7pm and 11pm to 3am.
Located in Mayfair , the Charlie Berkeley Street (formerly called Funky Buddha ) is one of the most exclusive clubs in London , frequented mainly by celebrities, models and other celebrities.
(4/5 Elephant Rd, London) Open Sunday to Thursday 8pm to 3am, Friday and Saturday 8pm to 6am.
A friendly and artistic crowd, including many students, flock to the evenings of this club, recognized as one of the best creative spaces in all of London. The Corsica Studios consist of two music rooms and a bar. Music programming focuses on techno, dubstep and garage music. The right place to go if you are looking for exciting and experimental new sounds.
(200 York Way, London) Open Tuesday 10.30pm to 4.30am, Wednesday 10.30pm to 3.30am, Friday 11pm to 6am, Saturday 11pm to 8am.
The Egg London is an elegant club spread over three floors and with an outdoor garden that vaguely resembles an Ibiza nightclub.
(Town Hall Parade, Brixton, London) Open Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday 6pm to 1am.
Electric Brixton opened its doors in September 2011 after a £1 million investment, retaining many of the club's original features and installing a new sound system. This is one of the best clubs in South London . The club offers evenings with drum'n'bass, electronic and dance music, as well as great djs and live performances.
(17 Villiers St, London) Open Monday 11.00pm - 5.00am, Thursday & Friday 11.00pm - 4.00am, Saturday 10.30pm - 5.00am.
Situated over three floors and with a large sound and lighting system in the main hall, Heaven is a club for people who really want to party. The club is popular for its cheap student nights and Saturday gay nights, as well as regular live music events.
(1A Camden High St, Kings Cross, London) Located in Camden Town , the KOKO is a club located on several levels and which boasts a full calendar of live music and evenings with DJs. Covering a wide range of musical tastes, the club's music selection ranges from rock to pop to dance music.
(338 Boord St, London) Enjoy summer parties on Studio 338 . On colder nights you can dance on the heated terrace or you can move inside - there's plenty of space as this is London's largest club . Expect the best djs as well as the best nights, including Sankeys , Krankbrother , Hospitality and Secretsundaze . The club is located a few steps from the O2, in the North Greenwich area.
(Cowper St, London) Open Monday to Thursday 8pm to 3am, Friday and Saturday 9pm to 4am.
Located in the Shoreditch district, the XOYO is a two-story club that also houses an art space and an upstairs bar, and is renowned for being one of the most avant-garde clubs in London.
Queen of Hoxton
(1 Curtain Rd, London) Open Monday to Wednesday 4-12pm, Thursday 4-2pm, Friday & Saturday 12-2am, Sunday 12-12pm.
The Queen of Hoxton is one of East London's hippest hangouts. It spreads over two floors with a teeming atmosphere, especially in the club located in the basement, where the party nights and the music of the DJs continue until the early hours of the morning. Don't forget to head to the roof garden to discover its breathtaking view over London. A great place to savor some alternative nightlife in London .
(146 Clapham High St, London) Open Friday and Saturday 9.30pm to 3.30am.
The Infernos is a disco with two dance floors with a music selection mainly focused on music from the 70s and 80s, up to the most current songs. Great atmosphere for those who love discos with revival music. The club also prepares excellent cocktails. Every Friday, if you arrive before 10.00 pm, free entry.
CLF Art Cafe
(A, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Ln, London) Open Monday to Wednesday 5-11pm, Thursday 5-2.30, Friday and Saturday 5-6am.
Located in Block A of the Bussey Building , a stunning post-industrial building, the CLF Art Cafe is simply one of the best venues in London. Rescued from demolition in 2007, the CLF Art Cafe is a multi-story cinder block that has grown as a warehouse-style club by night and as an arts venue during the day. The club consistently hosts some of the best nights out with Dance, Underground, Alternative, House and Deep Techno music. The Bussey also hosts funk and soul club nights which allow it to reach a very diverse and varied audience.
(36 Stoke Newington Rd, Dalston, London) Open Thursday - Saturday 9pm - 4am.
Club very popular with young people and students. Mainly electronic music, disco and hip hop, with a solid program of alternative international djs that make this club an attractive place to spend your evening in London .
(39A Hoxton Square, Shoreditch, London) Open Sunday to Thursday 12.00 to 24.00, Friday and Saturday 12.00 to 1.00.
Club with a relaxed atmosphere on the upper floor and a dance floor on the ground floor where people let loose to the rhythm of music until dawn. Great place to make new acquaintances.
(17A Harrington Road, London) Open Friday and Saturday 10pm to 3am.
Tucked away on the edge of upscale South Kensington , the Montezuma is an underground grotto where you can dance the night away to some of the best parties in London . You will find a playlist composed of House and techno music with an avant-garde lighting system to create an atmosphere worthy of the best clubs in London .
(5 Parkway, Camden Town, London) Among the best clubs in Camden, the Jazz Cafe always organizes several evenings with the best live jazz musicians. This is also a good venue for late night dancing.
Bars and pubs in London
In London's frenetic nightlife , the offer and variety of bars available is truly immense. The favorite meeting place is always the classic English pub, where Londoners rush every evening after work to have a pint with friends and always end up drinking too much!
Alongside the traditional pubs (the oldest is the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese , open since 1667 and located in Fleet Street 154) there is a multitude of wine bars, modern bars and disco bars. Here is a selection of interesting bars in London:
(11-13 Market Pl, Fitzrovia, London) Open Monday to Wednesday 8am to 12pm, Thursday and Friday 8am to 1am, Saturday 11am to 1am, Sunday 11am to 11pm.
The Marketplace is an excellent bar where good djs entertain the cheering crowd with a selection of music ranging from modern music to chill out.
(31-33 Heddon St, Mayfair, London) Open Monday to Thursday 2pm to 10pm, Friday 2pm to 12.30am, Saturday 11am to 12.30am, Sunday 12.30pm to 9.30pm.
As the name suggests, the Icebar London is a bar built entirely from a block of ice coming directly from Sweden and with the temperature constantly kept below zero. Here everything is made of ice: from the walls to the tables, up to the glasses for cocktails.
The Argyll Arms
(18 Argyll St, Soho, London) Open Monday to Thursday 10am to 11.30pm, Friday and Saturday 10am to 12pm, Sunday 10am to 11pm.
Located in the Oxford Street and inaugurated way back in 1792, The Argyll Arms is a historic London pub furnished in a Victorian style and offering excellent dark beers. This pub is listed as a listed building and legend has it that the bar was connected to the duke's palace by a secret tunnel.
Gordon's Wine Bar
(47 Villiers St, London) Open Monday to Saturday 11am to 11pm, Sunday 12pm to 10pm.
Open since 1890, Gordon's is London's oldest wine shop . The place is located in an old cellar and is illuminated by the light of the candles which give a magical atmosphere of other times. Gordon's has a large selection of fine wines and also offers hearty dishes. Given its excellent reputation, the place is always full and you should arrive early enough to find a free table.
The Atlas Pub
(16 Seagrave Rd, Fulham, London) Open Monday to Saturday 12-11pm, Sunday 12-10.30.
This pub with a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere offers a wide choice of wines and beers, as well as many exquisite dishes. Some wine workshops are often organized here by the London Wine Academy .
(3-5 Rathbone Pl, Fitzrovia, London) Open Monday to Thursday 5pm to 3am, Friday 5pm to 3.30am, Saturday 6.30pm to 3.30am.
Located in West End , the Roxy is a bar frequented largely by students that offers electronic, pop and alternative music nights. There is also an aperitif from 17.00 to 20.30.
(177 Portobello Rd, London) Open Sunday to Thursday 5-12pm, Friday and Saturday 5-1am.
Located along Portobello Road, the Trailer Happiness is one of the best cocktail bars in London . Decorated with Hawaiian dancers and other memorabilia reminiscent of exotic places, the bar offers numerous classic cocktails revisited and bartenders who perform fiery booze shows. As the hours go by, this quiet place gradually transforms into a disco with funk music.
(9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London) Open Monday to Saturday 7am to 2am, Sunday 8am to 12.30am.
In a mix between chic and elegant, the Sketch is made up of numerous tea rooms furnished in an imaginative way and with different themes, from those immersed in a forest to those reminiscent of an Alice in Wonderland scenario, up to a room that seems a huge white capsule. The icing on the cake is its baths, made up of strange oval capsules. Worth a visit.
(8-9 Hoxton Square, London) Open daily 5-11pm.
Located in the Hoxton East London, the Happiness Forgets is an underground bar much appreciated for its excellent cocktails and its atmosphere, with candlelight and a trendy style. The right place if you want to sip a good cocktail in a peaceful environment.
The Big Chill Bar
(Dray Walk, Brick Ln, London) As its name suggests, this bar offers relaxed evenings and is ideal for a drink and a chat with friends.
O'Neill's Irish Pub
(33-37 Wardour St, Brick Ln, London) Open Monday and Tuesday 11am to 2am, Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 3am, Sunday 11am to 12.30am.
Located near Leicester Square, O'Neill's is a popular Irish pub, always very crowded, especially on Saturday evenings, when it is always very difficult to reach one of the three counters to order a drink. There is also dancing here and food is served until 3.00.
(23-25 Old Compton St, Soho, London) Open Monday to Thursday 3pm to 1am, Friday 3pm to 3am, Saturday 12pm to 3am, Sunday 3pm to 12.30am.
Bar characterized by an elegant and chic decoration, and with an intimate and calm atmosphere. Ideal for having a beer with friends.
(263-267 Old Brompton Rd, Earls Court, London) Open Monday to Saturday 8.30am to midnight, Sunday 8.30am to 11.30pm.
The Troubadour offers quality live music, mainly of the folk genre. Furthermore, this bar has a very special atmosphere and also has a nice summer garden.
The Dublin Castle
(94 Parkway, London) Open Monday and Tuesday 12.00 to 1.00, Wednesday 13.00 to 1.00, Thursday 13.00 to 2.00, Friday to Sunday 12.00 to 2.00.
Located in Camden Town , the rock district of London, the Dublin castle is a bar renowned precisely for its excellent programming of rock music concerts.