Night Out in London
Looking for your ultimate night out in London? From burlesque to ping-pong, banging night clubs to swanky cocktail bars, you can bet your bottom dollar that our fair city has it covered. Whatever the budget, whatever the weather and whatever the vibe; we've comprised a definitive list of fun things to do on a night out in London so you don't have to trawl your way through the internet.
Last updated on 1st November 2016
Champions of cocktails, mischief and fun atmospheres it's got to be the one and only Simmons empire striking a space south of the river. The chic surrounds of Fulham welcome this little parcel of vintage style and quirky personality with open arms. Your night out in London just got a whole lot boozier thanks to Simmons.
Jam spiked cocktails, plush leather chesterfields and a fusion of 60s and 70s style characterises The Jam Tree on Chelsea's Kings Road. Shimmy on down to this fabulous bar and fill your boots on delicious drinks, a fun party atmosphere and plenty of big tunes that will keep you merry throughout the night.
The formula at The Old Queen's Head is pretty straight forward. Come if you're searching for a cutting-edge night of drinking, dancing and DJs in one of Islington's prime spots. Hip-hop, house, disco and party classic tunes provide the beats, and entry is only a fiver after 8pm.
Top notch DJs queue up to play Gigalum, one of South London's best DJ bars. Clapham's packed with plenty of options but it's Gigalum's combination of always free entry, flowing cocktails and foot-stomping house party tunes that arguably make it the pick of the bunch.
A quirky cafe by day, a prime party desination by night; Drink Shop Do has got it going on. If you're planning a night out packed with old skool tunes, classic party anthems and an infectiously fun atmosphere in King's Cross, this is the bar for you. With free entry until 10pm and a £3 entry fee thereafter, you won't be breaking the bank either.
Let's be honest, it wouldn't be much of a night out in London if you didn't try Camden on for size, and that's where BOHO comes in. A fun little nook in the heart of North London, head on down to BOHO for light plates, cocktails and happy hours aplenty.
Kanaloa offers the ultimate in tiki-inspired debauchery from their exotic playground in central London. Borrowing its name from the Hawaiian God of the Sea, this place draws inspiration from distant shores while serving up fruity, liquor-laced cocktails presented in tiki-styled vessels. Always colourful and always vibrant, dance until 3am at this impossibly fun party pad.
Based at the HQ of the secret society that ran Victorian London, The Escapologist is part modern-day Victorian men’s club, part Masonic Lodge in Covent Garden. It’s the ideal fit for those looking for something different from their night out, with a fun yet refined cocktail list served alongside cheese-drenched pizzas in a beautifully designed basement joint.
Need an all-in-one venue in the heart of Shoreditch? The Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen should be on your radar, bringing dinner, drinks and dancing to one of the most popular streets in town. There’s an outdoor terrace facing all the fun of the square and a live music line-up that features some of the hottest emerging live bands right now.
Shoreditch Gone Wild is an unforgettable bar crawl every Thursday-Saturday, in one of London's coolest areas. You get entry into 4 of Shoreditch's best bars, plus free shots and drinks deals all night long. Friendly, fun and always a laugh; all you have to do is meet between 8pm and 9pm at The Shoreditch with your ticket in hand, and let the fun begin!
Vintage and broody, Bermondsey's 214 basement bar exudes an especially intimate feel, offering an ideal spot to catch up with mates at the end of the long working week. Specialising in an impressive 80+ gins, G&T fans will quickly fall in love with 214 Bermondsey and if cocktails tingle you more, then we're sure their 'stirring' cocktail artistry will astound and amaze, from their signature "Bermondsey Fizz" to their very own "Lady Macbeth".
XOYO is one of East London's hottest venues. Situated just a few streets away from Old Street station, XOYO is the perfect venue to head to if you are looking for a exhilarating club experience, and it features an ever impressive list of top DJs and regular live music. With inventive nights and ever changing line-ups, XOYO continues to better itself, making it easily one of London's top clubs.
The Roof Gardens is truly opulence personified. Set among a stunning rooftop gardens 100 feet above the streets of Kensington, these guys sure know how to roll out the red carpet for a VIP partying experience. Expect a lavish evening of meticulous drinks, handsome patrons and a pulsing party ambience.
Paradise's whole host of stunning private rooms makes it a perfect candidate for settling in and celebrating a special ocassion, before popping over to their club room where a rousing atmosphere rife with house, hip-hop and party bangers gets into full flow. Always lively and packed with people who like to party, this is where West London comes to let its hair down.
Get familiar with one of the coolest bars in London as the team behind Callooh Callay present quirky cocktail wonderland, Little Bat. A menagerie of unique spaces alongside some of the best cocktails in the business, try Little Bat on a night out in London and you won't be disappointed.
Nights out in London needn't be a whirlwind of dance floors and rock bottom boozing. What if they were all about vintage trinkets, cutesy cocktails and an ever sterling soundtrack? Then you're likely to be found in Simmons. One of the most unique bars in the city, Simmons is a wonderland of kitsch bits, inventive cocktails and a charming bustle.
How about spending your next night out in Brick Lane's Verge Bar? This cool East End spot is simultaneously edgy, yet unpretentious. Head down to discover a contemporary space that offers up a small-but-smashing list of cocktails. Indulge on a few of the classics before trying out some of the signature blends that this bar has to offer. Cocktails not for you? Fear not, there's plenty of beer and wines to sample too.
Start with a delicious spread of Dim Sum treats at Fu Manchu; they’ve curated an excellent list of steamed dumplings to savour. Cocktails are on point too; the venue fuses Asian spices, Chinese teas and potent liquors to finish with prized drinks like the Manchu’s Mind Control and Yuzu-Zu. Once done at the table it’s straight to the dance floor, where DJs play party mixes until 3am at the weekends.
Boasting an awesome 'happy hour' that stretches from 5pm 'til 9pm every night, Tequila Mockingbird always promises to put on a cracking night whatever day you choose to visit. This super cool, three-floored cocktail bar in Putney will see you drinking and dancing the night away as the best local DJs spin all of the biggest party tunes until 2am!
Phonox showcases that famously vibrant Brixton atmosphere with its raucous yet welcoming club nights. Brought to us by the team behind XOYO and The Nest, local DJs hit the decks and a Funktion One soundsystem creates a pulsating atmosphere. Open nice and early from 6pm onwards, Phonox is located moments from the station if you need to catch the last tube home.
When it comes to a great night out in London, many know that the South is where it's at, but where to make the most of your venture across the Thames? Head on down to Suburb SW11 for a fun roster of beats and booze alike at this stunning cocktail venture.
Multi-purpose party lair Under The Bridge tucked beneath Stamford Bridge Football Stadium in Fulham is an atmospheric drinking den that caters to all manner of entertainment to satisfy every night-out need. Stylish with a splash of industrial inspiration, this hip hangout showcases everything from live music gigs, off-your-seat-funny comedy nights to fashion shoots and late-night club-time, so shoot down for a hot night showcasing a sweet state-of-the-art sound system.
Barrio blends a Latin American feel-good factor with the vibrant nature of the neighbourhood, and the end result is one seriously fun night out. You’ll find this quirky hangout on Acre Lane, mixing it up with a vintage caravan, local artworks and hand-painted tiles aplenty. Cocktails focus on tequila, mezcal, pisco and rum, and a Latin party playlist soundtracks a pumping night on the tiles until 2am at weekends.
Definitely a night out you want to remember, Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes is an uber-innovative, impression-lasting bar with its constantly shifting interior design, from its unique 1950s American-inspired kitchen look to its kid's play area. Think just for instance dancing among kitchen condiments, cleaners and crazy craft as you tuck into an experimental and extensive cocktail menu, such as "Bleach & Milk" for a taste of this bar's madness.
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Nights out in London don’t get much cooler than when you’re partying at Roof East. A cracking rooftop terrace serving cocktails and street food while you gaze out across views of the Olympic Park, there’s even a play zone and a space for events like the outdoor cinema screenings from Rooftop Film Club. It’s a unique place to head for a few cheeky beverages and, best of all, the whole place smells of lavender!
A fun time party palace in the heart of West London, Chelsea's pumping JuJu is just the destination for a more glammed up night on the London tiles. Head on down for primed bottles of champagne, top notch cocktails and global tapas galore as JuJu keep the antics going all weekend long thanks to their keen party spirit.
The ever elusive Candlelight Club are famous for staging rip-roaring prohibition parties in stunning, tucked away venues that are only revealed days before the event itself. Everybody gets dressed up to the nines in their twenties best, there's excellent cocktails and late night dancing to a charismatic live jazz band. Leaders on London's speakeasy scene.
Be At One is your failsafe choice for a feel-good evening out in Covent Garden. Tucked away in an intimate basement just off the piazza, head downstairs where a promise land of flamboyant cocktails, guilty pleasure dance tracks and infectiously charming bartenders await. Happy Hours run from 4.30pm every day and the venue boasts a 3am licence for all your late-night dance floor needs.
We'll start with the sensational happy hour deals, which offer quirky and innovative drinks at slashed down rates between 4 and 9pm, Sunday to Friday. No need to feel left out if you're going on Saturday though; there's two cocktails for a tenner then too, and a full-on disco with resident DJs, bangin' tunes and delicious cocktails gets up ahead of steam until 1am.
Bringing live music, authentic Italian pizza and brilliant cocktails to Shoreditch, there’s little doubting Old Street Records’ place as one of the coolest hangouts in east London. Soak in that record-store-realness and expect to see anything from EP launches to new bands and established live acts on the main floor, with a more low-key feel to the jazz nights and DJ sets that go down in the basement.
We'd tip bagging yourself a table at this jumpin' Curtain Road joint nice and early in the evening. That way, you can stock yourself up with some delicious smoked meats and get merry with some of their delightful cocktails in a vibrant atmosphere. Once you're done at the table make that short journey over to the dance floor, where a cracking blues band will have you on your feet long into the night.
Gearing up for that all important fun night out in London but shot for choices? Not any more. If you're headed to the heart of the city try Be At One on for size as their cool and urban space promises a tidy summing up of cool cocktails, masterclasses and more.
With cutting-edge music nights, live performances and cabaret, Proud Camden has it all. Situated inside Camden Stables Market, this stunning venue has been brilliantly converted into one of London's hottest spots, playing host to live band performances and later in the evening it transforms into a full-on night club. Classy, Unique, and always great fun!
Brick Lane just so happens to be one of the most buzzing locations in London for a bevvie, so why not get involved in the action at this affordable plot? From affordable drinks to an outside terrace and regular DJ nights, Big Chill Bar is the fun-time alternative to any and all nights out in London.
Conveniently located between Old Street and Liverpool Street, Shoreditch Platform is a fun venue in East London. Stretching over two floors the bar and private hire venue serves everything from dinner to delicious cocktails. Head to this spot over the weekend for DJs keeping you dancing until the early hours.