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.
Tucked away beneath Stamford Bridge Football Stadium, this cool West London spot is a mecca of partying, live music, comedy nights and everything in between. If you're a country music fan, Sunday nights showcase some of the best artists in the genre - keep an eye on their listings to stay up to date.
A short walk from Old Street station - and in one of London's coolest districts, XOYO is a must for anyone searching for an epic night out in London. The super club is open til the early hours with a range of different nights, along with occasional performances from some huge name DJs.
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.
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.
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.
We'd tip bagging yourself a table at this jumping 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.
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 this Islington watering hole on a night out in London and you won't be disappointed.
Be At One is your fail-safe choice for a feel-good evening out in Covent Garden. Tucked away in an intimate basement just off the piazza, head downstairs where a promised land of flamboyant cocktails, guilty pleasure dance tracks and infectiously charming bartenders await, plus just wait til you see their happy hour...
CLUE: oche, killer, booze, something Brad Pitt isn't part of... ANSWER: Flight Club. Yes, you heard, this is Flight Club and the rules are ... there are no rules! Talk all you want, drink all you want and get a team together to take to an oche where you'll experience the coolest, new wave of nights out in London.
Boasting a range of great happy hours, 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 the early hours.
Set on the uber cool Kingsland Road, Dream Bags Jaguar Shoes is part of Shoreditch's late-night bar scene. Being set in this artsy neighbourhood has made its mark, the bar features different artists' work - and there's a hot roster of DJs over the weekend.
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 2 AM at weekends.
Paradise's whole host of stunning private rooms makes it a perfect candidate for settling in and celebrating a special occasion, 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.
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. OH - and even with all that kitsch, things still get pretty wild...
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 8 PM.
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, and as night draws in, it's time to party across the space.
The sun is setting, the weather is scorching and you've got an alcoholic slushie while overlooking London's skyline; is this paradise? It may very well be - trek up to Bar Elba in Waterloo as this fun rooftop space keeps your summer nights out seriously chilled.
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 cheap 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.
A quirky cafe by day, a prime party destination 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.
There's nothing ordinary about a night out at Aeronaut. Head on over at the weekends to find a boozer hosting its own scintillating night at the circus, complete with aerial acrobatics, balancing acts hula-hooping, juggling, dancers and heaps more. As if all that excitement wasn't enough, there's DJs to get those dancing feet shifting into gear soon after.