After dark – pubs, restaurants and culture for London nights out

From traditional boozers and trendy cocktail bars, to loads of live music and the world on a plate. London has a rep as a city that never sleeps for a reason… 

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A Few Drinks

Whether it’s a cosy pint in a low-key boozer, mojitos in a swanky cocktail bar or a full-blown night on the tiles, you’ll find it in London. We love…

Shoreditch is the watering hole for London’s cool kids. Hipster types flock here for the variety – be it cocktails with a view at the Boundary Rooftop bar or craft beers at Brewdog. While live music lasts into the wee small hours at the Blues Kitchen.

Soho and its clubs and bars were popular with mods in the Sixties. Nowadays the maze of vibrant, multicultural streets behind Oxford Street offers a quirky mix of traditional British pubs like The Coach & Horses (which happens to be London's first vegan and vegetarian pub) and trendy bars Opium and Milk & Honey.

Just south of the river, Clapham has come into its own as the go-to destination for party-goers. With its outdoor terrace and laidback house soundtrack, Gigalum is a taste of Ibiza in SW4. And no trip would be complete without visiting the legendary Infernos nightclub, where DJs spin cheesy tunes ‘til the early hours. 

A bite to eat…

With a world-class dining scene, London gives New York and Paris a run for its money. We love…

Dishoom is the place for Bombay-style café food. Its game-changing Iranian street food is loved by reviewers and everyday folk alike. Inside, the authentic décor and friendly waiting staff make for an electric atmosphere. Queues can be long, but it’s more than worth it once you taste the spicy lamb chops. Find Dishoom in Shoreditch, Covent Garden and King’s Cross

 

Flesh & Buns is all about moreish steamed buns stuffed with lovely ingredients. This underground Japanese restaurant feels much more like a club – with retro design and an old-school rock soundtrack. The food is delish though. Choose from a selection of seasoned meat, fish or vegetable dishes, all served in their signature fluffy steamed rice bun. Find Flesh & Buns in Covent Garden

 

The Perkin Reveller is the place to woo a date. It takes its name from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and has a folky but intimate feel – all oak chairs and earthenware beer jugs. The chefs make the most of local artisans and seasonal ingredients to offer a modern take on British classics – think Billingsgate fish pie with chive mash. For the ‘wow’ factor, ask to sit on the terrace and watch the sun go down over the Thames. Find the Perkin Reveller in Tower Hill

A bit of culture…

See a show in the West End

From hit Broadway musicals to critically acclaimed playwrights, Shakespeare to fringe – theatre lovers are spoilt for choice in London. You’ll find most of these on the ‘theatre streets’ clustered around Covent Garden. Check out what’s on in theatre land

Catch some live music at The O2 Academy Brixton

It’s safe to say Brixton has seen its fair share of legends over the years. Its roster includes punk icons The Clash, 90s Britpoppers Blur and Amy Winehouse, to name a few... Today, it’s still just aspopular with the hottest acts and up-and-coming talent alike. See who’s playing at The O2 Academy Brixton

Take a late-night stroll round the Natural History Museum

Fancy walking with dinosaurs by night? The museum has regular late-night opening hours for grown-ups, and runs special after-hours events like sleepovers and pop-up bars. Some of these are ticketed, so it’s best to check before you visit. Find out what’s happening at the Natural History Museum

 

Something random…

A comedy club at sea – or at river at least. The Boat Show at Tattershall Castle on the Thames promises an evening of up-and-coming comedy - times a week . Who you’ll see is a complete surprise but laughter is pretty much guaranteed. And it’s been known to have the occasional famous face drop by… Check out the Boat Show Comedy Club