Dinner and Dancing
London is one of the most lavish cities to get the best of both worlds - dinner and dancing. With plush eateries and fine dining destinations aplenty, we've picked out the best joints that will transform into a late-night playground of opulence, dancing and DJs. Whatever you're looking for, a plush palace, a decadent diner or a laid-back bar with eats and beats, London has it all right here.
Last updated on 3rd April 2018
The Piano Works is part restaurant, part bar, part party and has been making some serious waves in London for all the right reasons. All you have to do is write your favourite song down on a cocktail napkin and the piano-led band will play your request! Dine a succulent steak menu or indulge in irresistible bar food. Once dinner is done with, the tables are cleared to make room for a night of dancing and partying.
Planning on a night out in Holborn? Then why not try Salvador and Amanda on for size? Atmospheric, even before sundown, this brimming haunt is just the ticket for brilliant Spanish inspired cuisine and bustling dancefloors. Lit by bejewelled lamps and playing a party-hearty selection of hits, it's something of a no brainer. Not in the area? They also have an outpost in Covent Garden.
Head on down to the West End this weekend for a dose of dinner and dancing that you're bound to enjoy in Loop. Bag yourself a bargain British dinner in their main restaurant, all before heading to their basement for pop classics atop their disco themed dance floor.
A cool spot that’s a mixture of restaurant, bar and nightclub rolled into one; Abbey is a cracking choice for going out in the heart of the city. Come by at dinner time and enjoy something from their gastro menu, with everything from fully fledged mains to casual nibbles on the cards. Wash your food down with anything from their extensive mix of beer, wine, champagne and spirits, then make for the dancefloor, where DJ sets run into the night later in the week.
Learn some Salsa moves, or impress others with the moves they didn't know you had at Salsa, where the Latin rhythms pound strong and the hip swishing reigns supreme. This fun time party bar is a whirlwind of South American sass and spirit - just make sure you load up on their spicy treats so you can keep up with the rest of them!
Bringing the culture of South Africa to Camden Town, Shaka Zulu is one-of-a-kind, with the entrance down an escalator. Eat the exotically named dishes of Crocodile Cigars, whilst surrounded by life-sized African tribesmen statues before weaving your way through the grand decor and joining the well-dressed crowd on the dancefloor.
Drink and dine to your heart's content at the Dead Dolls House in Islington where contemporary cool is the name of the game and the partying comes spread over three huge floors. There's plenty of room for dancing with DJs bringing the noise until 4am so have a frolic between their opulent rooms so named the Parlour, Drawing Room, Library or Ballroom and have yourself a sweet time.
Let the Latin fever wash over you at one of the best places to drink and dance in London. Not only can you wash Mexicana bites and plates down with lush and fiery cocktails, Barrio Brixton cranks up the DJ noise come sundown for hip-shaking aplenty.
With venues in Camden and the City, wander into this fantastical lair of boudoir stylings and décor that imitates 1920s French chic. Take to your table and enjoy a decadent meal whilst feasting on the spectacular show in front of you. Expect burlesque, jazz and a whole lotta sass.
The perfect excuse to let loose when it comes to drinking, dining and dancing in the city, Venn St Records is coming up trumps on all fronts; head on down for pizzas in the early evening, chase those with cocktails and finish them all off with a bout of dancing.
An ideal set up for dinner and dancing in London, Forge is a restaurant and bar located in the heart of the City of London, not only promising delicious eats and boozy cocktails, but also a lively, party-hungry crowd - from Monday through to Friday. With a late opening time of 3am (wed-fri), this is the perfect place to dine, then let loose on the dancefloor mid-week.
This super venue located just a stone's throw from Covent Garden compromises of three bars, a nightclub and a modern restaurant. The ideal restaurant in London for dinner and dancing, Sway serves modern plates, small snacks and delicious desserts. Post-dinner, enjoy commercial tracks and a fun-time party crowd.
Located right by Oxford Circus is The Social is an innocuous haunt seemingly undiscovered by the majority of Londoners. This humbly sized nook is a slice of 50s suave with tan leathers and low lighting throughout. Stumble upon this den and enjoy some traditional pub and bar food whilst supping on some vintage inspired drinks. Take to the dancefloor after for some DJs and dancing props.
Shrouded in prohibition charm and 1920s elegance, The Candlelight Club are the elusive speakeasy patrons of Golden Age glam and jazz age pizazz. Full to the brim of dapper gents, flapper gals and authentic live music bands rolling out the party all night long, the Candlelight Club concept is one of dinner and dancing magnificence. Bespoke cocktails, delicious food and a beautiful venue await you.
Zigfrid's is Hoxton Square’s all-encompassing social space perfect for eating out in Shoreditch. Boasting one of the most cool and quirky interior designs in East London, the kitchen team serve homely comfort foods, the bar team keep the drinks flowing and this place becomes one of the hotspots for DJs and dancing as the evening presses on.
With all the pizazz of a Brazilian carnival, Floripa is a beautiful clash of an all en-compassing international party. Their set-up is perfect for private parties or as a fun night out; enjoy their Brazilian street-food influenced menu before joining the fiesta on the dancefloor where you can bust out the moves all night.
Paradise By way of Kensal Green is a decadent restaurant, pub and party bar with some serious style. Think opulent decor, contemporary British cuisine and an extensive wine list. Come the weekend however, this plush den becomes a party palace of DJ sets and dancing.
Not many restaurants in London boast stylish interiors, delicious plates and a rowdy (but completely separate) club to their name. Except of course, Haymarket Kitchen. Located just off Piccadilly Circus, this little gem is connected to the rowdy Tiger Tiger - but when inside, you'd never guess it. Come here for modern European dishes, a varied selection of wines, and great discounts (when booking via DMN online). Enjoy your food, then dance off your dessert next door.
Trapeze is a cheeky circus themed haunt of colourful booths to munch down some nosh and sup on some of their immensely tasty cocktail creations. Once you've filled your boots upstairs, venture to the basement where you'll find one of Shoreditch's loudest and most raucous clubbing nights. Sweat, drink and dance down here to the best tunes and DJs around.
Experience the taste and culture of the Middle East at Kenza - a luxuriant, silk draped haven of Lebanese cuisines and belly dancing entertainment. Decked out with ornate furnishings, rich textures and a low-lit ambiance, Kenza is a hidden palace of indulgent eats and opulent dancers.
You might think this place is a kitsch haven for all things botanical and lampshade, but as well as its cutesy offering, Mabel's is also a great place to enjoy delicious food, good music, and plenty of dancing. Come here for a contemporary British menu, serving from brunch to dinner.
Located just off Covent Garden's main square, Roadhouse is an American-themed restaurant and bar promising live entertainment, tasty food, and happy hour cocktails aplenty. Come here throughout the week or over the weekend; whatever night you choose to come on, this place promises a lively atmosphere perfect for drinking, eating and tearing up the dancefloor.
This Texan BBQ-inspired eatery lays on something of a meat-feast at dinner time – packed with burgers, chicken, ribs steak and all manner of exotic treats – washed down with bourbons and craft beers aplenty. Don’t go too crazy though, because the venue’s live bands and DJs take to the stage nightly with tunes aplenty to have you dancing long into the night. Check out their Camden and Brixton joints for much of the same.
At Tutto Mare, you can start your night off feasting on a delicious selection of Tex-Mex food and Italian favourites, like Neapolitan pizzas and BBQ grill bites, before the venue turns into a nightclub on the weekends, where you can party until 2am.