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Drinking and Dancing in London
We get it, one minute you're out with friends sipping G&T's on some rooftop bar and then someone suggests going out out... Next thing you know you're at the front of a forty-minute queue for an underground hipster haunt, having lost your buzz and already thinking about those post-night-out chips and bed. So, to save you the time and effort, we've put together a variety of bars, pubs and clubs around London offering drinking and dancing. Whether you're a hip-shaker, bump'n'grinder or you're more likely to be found dusting off the old skool moves under the disco ball, read on for a selection of London's best spots to drink and dance.
With three bars to choose from, keep the drinks flowing and that body popping all night long. Throw 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 DJs and fire-eating for a stellar night out on the town.
A flavoursome mix of London bloc party and Brazilian carnival, Floripa is a no-holds-barred dancing destination. The place attracts an international crowd - all looking for a good time - and on Fridays the celebrations never stop before 3am.
Looking for a night of 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, whilst DJs and booze will continue to flow well on into the night.
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 RnB pull you onto the dancefloor.
Dirty Martini has become a household name across London, having gained a reputation for mixing up the best alcohol-infused cocktails and blasting top tunes from its resident DJs. Check it out for yourself and drink and dance your way to bliss at this characterful venue.
Shoreditch 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.
Work up the energy over drinks in the Tiki-style (heated) outside bar at 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.
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 are all available to keep you going until 1am during the weekends, whilst delicious wood fired pizzas are also available if you're hungry.
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.
For dancing and drinking in London, look no further than Catch Bar in Shoreditch. This fun, Mexican party bar has two floors serving up your favourite tipples. Later, the DJ gets the party pumping while you dance until the early hours.
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, or head 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.
Bringing a Central and South American culture experience into the heart of London, Salsa! Soho 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.
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 fruity, liquor-laced cocktails presented in tiki-styled vessels - the perfect fuel for a big night on the tiles.
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 slowly transforming into a hot nightclub as the hours tick by, this bar is great for a night out with friends.
Dancing, drinking, is there anything finer in life? A stalwart on the London music scene for 25 years, the Jazz Cafe has a huge stage for live performers, with everything from jazz through to soul. The bar has a prime view and serves up some wicked cocktails as you shimmy the night away to some of the best tunes in town.
With DJs every night, this cracking hot spot on the thriving Clapham High Street is the perfect place for some carefully crafted cocktails and hella body popping on a dance floor that never quits. Soak up the aromas of smoky incense in an Arabic den of party antics.
The Old Queen's Head is a popular destination for the party crowd, with Fridays and Saturdays known for getting pretty wild with regular DJ sets and live music. Having hosted guests including Foals and Bombay Bicycle Club, the venue's now become something of a institution and a guaranteed good-time spot.
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.