Backpacker Bars in London
Congratulations on your very good decision to take time out to explore the city of London! It's got great landmarks, even greater people and (without being biased) some of the world's best nightlife destinations. If you've only got a limited amount of time, explore the capital's most famous clubs or have a taste of a few on a bar crawl. We've picked out some of the best backpacker bars and clubs in London so you can waste less time researching and more time partying.
Last updated on 15th May 2016
Bring a little Latin colour and flavour to your London trip with a visit to Salsa! near Leicester Square. The upbeat, friendly vibe will have even those with two left feet joining in with the lively salsa workshops. After you've tired yourself out, you can relax whilst still keeping heat levels up to the max with their spicy food and huge selection of drinks including colourful pitchers and fishbowls.
For a fun night out at one of London's top tourist destinations, head over to Roadhouse Bar and Restaurant in Covent Garden. This American style venue is an ideal backpacker club for those looking for an electric atmosphere, fun cocktails, great live music and lively service to match. Best of all, there's happy hour every night so you can have a memorable night out without punishing your bank balance too much.
Stopping off at the biggest bars in the West End before finishing up at a world famous London club, 1 Big Night Out Pub Crawl is a great choice for backpackers looking to find their feet in the big city. Embark on a journey of discovery around the capital's coolest and quirkiest bars with your new found friends. As well as 4 free drinks and queue jump entry, you even get a map so you can find your way back home in true backpacker style!
You need never miss another sports match, if you head to sports bar and late-night party venue Belushi's in London Bridge. Exciting decor collected from all corners of the globe, a stage for live acts and great drink promotions all make this a hugely popular bar for backpackers in London. Its friendly and laid back vibe make it a haven for London's fun-seekers especially on the Monday and Wednesday karaoke nights.
To sample one of London's quirkier nights out, book yourself into a private stable at 19th century horse hospital turned nightclub, Proud Camden. There's a gallery club room hosting famous live bands which turns into a raucous club night later in the evening. Combining all the grime and glamour of North London into one handy bundle, head to Proud to experience a real London night out.
If you didn't manage to get to Munich for their annual beer festival, get your very own slice of the party all year round at Octoberfest Pub. There's over 70 beers, traditional Bavarian cuisine and even eating and drinking challenges to test your mettle with! With the classic German 'Oompah Band' performing and sing-a-longs encouraged, you'll be clinking tankards with strangers in the communal hall in no time.
For an unforgettable night out in London's coolest area, get yourself on the Shoreditch Gone Wild bar crawl sharpish. At £10 a ticket you get entry to four of the best bars, clubs and music venues in town, as well as four free shots, so you can save your precious pennies for the more essential travel provisions. Run by a group of fun-loving characters, you're guaranteed a night as wild as their name suggests!
Piccadilly Institute's six unique rooms make it one West End club that can satisfy the exploration cravings of even the boldest of backpackers. Bond with new London friends over cocktails in the hospital-ward style Shrink Room or sample some mini versions of British classics such as fish'n'chips or toad in the hole in the secret Chamber Bar. Afterwards, party into the night in one of their four other creative rooms.
For a fun and unpretentious night of drinking and dancing in the West End, look no further than Bar Rumba. Commercial music and chart hits are the order of the day at this raucous venue, and the generous happy hours make it an ideal club for backpackers in London. Every night has a different theme from school discos to traffic light parties, so you can go a few times in your trip and it'll be different every time!
With opening times of 12pm-4pm every Sunday, The Church is one of the best backpacker parties in London. There's a friendly atmosphere fuelled by fancy dress, wild dancing and party tunes, creating the perfect environment to get to know some locals.