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 21st February 2019

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

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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.

Taking in three bars and one club, BarHopping UK is one of the best and most affordable ways to see central London's night life. Kick things off with free pizza and shots before heading on to more drink discounts, queue jump and a whole lot of fun.

Salsa! Soho

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Happy Hour 50% off drinks* everyday between 5pm-8pm, *excludes bottles of wine, fizz and champagne, happy hour is up to 50% off drinks. and 2 other offers

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.


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For a taste of Brazilian cuisine and beach bar vibes mingled with London's cool music scene, check out Floripa in Shoreditch. This popular bohemian bar serves up traditional Brazilian cuisine such as chargrilled meats accompanied by a range of flavoured Caipirinhas. DJs will lead you on into the evening as they play everything from drum and bass to jazz to get you on your feet.


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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.

Belushis Camden

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Happy Hour! 5pm-7:30pm Monday - Friday and 5 other offers

You need never miss another sports match, if you head to sports bar and late-night party venue Belushi's in Camden. 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. 

Bar Rumba

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Student Night- Wednesdays. £3 selected drinks with valid Student ID. T's & C's Apply and 1 other offer

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!