Drinking and Dancing in London
London nightlife is a hot bed of venues inviting you in for delicious dinners and eating and of course it would be rude to leave without showing off some of your best moves. We've put together variety of venues offering drinking and dancing so you don't have to both leaving to find somewhere! So, whether you're a hip-shaker, you prefer to bump n' grind with the masses, or you're more likely to be found dusting off the old skool moves under the disco ball, London has a great choice of dinner and dancing bars, restaurants and pubs.
Last updated on 19th December 2017
XOYO shows drinking and dancing in the capital at its best. You can hit the dance floor and cut all kinds of outrageous shapes at their famous clubbing nights, and work your way upstairs to the cool and quirky cocktail bar for a chilled drink. Said cocktail bar comes with bookable tables, so it's perfect for when you need that quick breather from all that raucous activity downstairs.
Apples & Pears carries one of the finest cocktail cards in the Brick Lane area, and the liquid delights don’t stop there. A good choice of premium spirits, craft beers and wines cover all bases, there are delicious wood fired pizzas if you’re hungry and dancing until 1am at the weekends.
The Old Queen's Head is a popular destination for the party crowd as the DJ sets get wild and the live music has hosted some real foot-stomping evenings, with guests including Foals and Bombay Bicycle Club. With The Old Queen's Head promising such a great night, and DesignMyNight offering £3 guestlists on Fridays and free Queue jump on Saturdays, there's no reason why you shouldn't book online.
This West End favourite offers a decent spread of wine, beer and champagnes, but it’s the sumptuous cocktails that really grab the headlines. They’re delightfully put together by the friendly bar staff, and if you’re coming between 5 and 9pm they are all yours for just £4.25 a pop. Once done propping up the bar head over to the dance floor, where you’ll cut some shapes until 3am, seven days a week.
Work up the energy over drinks in the Tiki-style (and heated) outside bar of Cargo, before heading in to enjoy the banging selection of house, dubstep and electro swing from leading international and local DJs. With event nights throughout the week and a wide selection of drinks at the bar, this is the ultimate destination for many Shoreditch partiers.
Babble is a premium nightspot located moments from Liverpool Street. Priding themselves on outstanding service and their highly sought after cocktails, Babble is a three-floored venue boasting opulence and style on each level. Head this way for classy cocktails and dancing.
Bringing back the days of live music lounges, make your song requests to a dual pianist led band and dance the night away, whilst sipping on incredible yet classically strange cocktails. The Piano Works in Farringdon will bring an unforgettable night of eating, drinking, laughing, singing and lots and lots of dancing.
Looking for an opulent destination to drink and dance in London? A place where the atmosphere is almost as stunning as the cocktails? Then flock with your friends to Mayfair as Fifty9 doses up the crowd on VIP spaces, dancing, lush cocktails and more, well on into the night.
Start off with an Ibiza-vibe in the bear garden of Gigalum, as you enjoy luxurious cocktails under the awnings and parasols. Let the much talked about DJ sets reel you in and blow you away throughout the night, as the turntables are often haunted by a celebrity or two. Plus, if you book your evening at Gigalum with DesignMyNight you are guaranteed free entry into one of the most famous nightclubs in London, Ministry of Sound, where you can carry on the drinking and dancing all night.
South Kensington is London's undisputed night life spot for midnight revelry and all the glamorous debauchery you could hope for. Discover the newly appointed underground bar, Montezuma and you'll find a low-lit den of playful LED lights, DJs pumping out tunes until late and a penchant for exclusive partying.
Looking to take your next night out with a tiki twist? Enter: Kanaloa, a party paradise which takes inspiration from distant shores where the summer runs all year round. Head along for a night of tropical cocktails; they’re fruity, liquor laced creations presented in tiki-styled vessels, the perfect fuel for a big night on the tiles.
Shoredtich Platform is a renowned, multi-function space in the heart of East London that's been drawing in crowds from all over with its promises of wild parties and fun nights out. Having hosted huge DJ sets and showcased a number of thrilling exhibitions over the year, it's a great spot for anyone looking to drink and dance the night away.
with DJs every night, this cracking hot spot on the thriving Clapham High Street is the perfect spot for some carefully crafted cocktails and hella body popping on a dance floor that never quits. Soak up the aromas of smokey incense in an Arabic den of party antics.
Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen brings a good range of drinks and live music to one of the most popular streets in Shoreditch. Oozing with a cool atmosphere and featuring an outdoor terrace that faces all of the fun in the Square, get the drinks in early then make your way into the club room as the night moves on, where the hottest emerging live bands play throughout the week.
Bringing a Central and South American culture experience into the heart of London, Salsa has a party vibe that is contagious and as non-pretentious as they come. With Salsa lessons, themed nights and a constant carnival feeling, this place will keep you coming back for more. For those needing refreshment between dances, or perhaps some Dutch courage, the fishbowls are generous and the happy hours extensive.
For Dancing and Drinking in London, look no further than Catch Bar in Shoreditch. This fun, Mexican Party bar, has two floors and two bars for serving up your favourite tipples, and the bartenders mix up great cocktails to get the fun flowing. Later the DJ gets the party pumping while you dance until the early hours.
Bringing together the two most loved activities in the world, Jewel Piccadilly is the answer to your fun night out in London qualms. Head to this incredible three storey bar where you'll find unique and cool themed rooms to bop about in and enjoy their range of classic to quirky cocktails. The music you ask? Only the best chart hit and R'n'B jams of course.
Espresso martinis, margaritas and East London beers, is there much more you need to kick off a night dancing to some of Camden's hottest DJs? Camden Assembly has nailed its drink list with a sumptuous selection of cocktails and beers, and there's stellar beats until 3am on the weekend.
Nestled in the beating heart of London's Leicester Square, Bling Spot is a smooth, sultry cocktail bar that offers guests a serene location to sit back and unwind with their favourite cocktail. With a flavoursome arsenal of spices, fresh fruits and international spirits to play with, and a stunning line-up of resident DJs filling the air with thudding bass and trembling melodies, you'll struggle to find a better Central London venue to dance the night away in.
A flavoursome mix of London bloc party and Brazilian carnival, Floripa is a no-holds-barred party place. The place attracts an international crowd all looking for a party and at the weekends the celebrations never stop before 2am, with dancing and cocktails all night.
The Roxy in central London is a brilliant place to while away an evening drinking and dancing. A classy cocktail bar with subterranean chic in the early evening and moving onto a hot nightclub as the hours tick by, this bar is great for a night out with friends.
Shaka Zulu is a one-of-a-kind destination, perfect for sampling something a little different in London. Check out their 60ft exotic statues and meat-flavoured cocktails, before letting the mix of Funky House and Commercial r n' b pull you onto the dancefloor amid others letting their hair down for the night.
Looking for a night of drinking and dancing in East London where the drinks are affordable but the atmosphere is on high? Head on down to Big Chill Bar where your bank balance will be spared, but there's DJs and drinks well on into the night.
Let your hair down and dabble in a dose of London drinking and dancing as this City plot promises a top notch night of partying well into the night. Not only spinning the best in commercial and pop hits, Amber boasts free club entry, a disco dancefloor and more. Shake it 'til you make it.
Dancing, drinking, is there anything finer in life? Join in the revelry at Jazz Cafe Camden. A stalwart on the London live music scene for 25 years, the club has a huge stage for live performers, with everything from jazz through to soul. The bar has a prime view of the stage, and serves up some wicked cocktails as you shimmy the night away to some of the best music in town.
With three bars to choose from, keep the drinks flowing and that body popping all night long. Throw those funky shapes in the basement bar, get your freak on in the main terrace area or settle down for a sophisticated sip in the split-level VIP lounge. With great entertainment too, you can even enjoy the likes of burlesque performance, guest DJing and fire-eating for a stellar night out on the town.
Dirty Martini has become a household name across London. With something of a reputation for mixing up the best alcohol-infused cocktails, the team behind this venture really know what it takes to make a brilliant night out. To complete the experience, the venue’s resident DJs will be playing the heaviest tunes around, whipping the eager crowd of party-lovers into a frenzy. Drink and dance your way to bliss at this characterful venue.