Things to Do in London at Night
Night owls listen up, this is London after dark... Never boring, never sleeping and always up for a laugh, London is like your long distance best friend that you stay up late to talk to. The best way to see this city in all her glory is to get stuck into the spread of events at night in London. With Soho's red light past, an all-night party addiction and enough events going on to keep you busy for years to come, we're here to make getting up to no good in this city a whole lot easier. So, looking for a low-down of the top things to do in London at night? Seek. No. More.
Last updated on 28th April 2017
Just a quick wander around the corner from the bright lights of Piccadilly lies the bustling atmosphere of Chinatown. A place brought to life once the sun goes down, Chinatown is home to plenty a place to drink at night in London. Experience the plumpest Dim Sum and the most discerningly crafted cocktails at Opium and spend a London night lost in another culture.
It's time to turn out the lights and turn on the hurricane lamps as The Blitz Party returns with a D Day special. Dress up in your best 1940s gear and dance the night away to original swing and jazz at this completely unique London night event.
This is a cocktail masterclass with a difference because, alongside learning to make a series of great drinks, you’ll also be taught to create original and creative garnishes made from fruit and vegetables. This means from now on your drinks will not only taste delicious, but look it as well.
London's famous Playboy Club is hosting a Mexican celebration that's certain to leave an impression on you. Based in Mayfair, this iconic bar will be converted into a bustling Mexican street party and will feature a live mariachi band, pinatas spread throughout and bottles of the finest tequila in town.
See the London skyline at night and watch the sunset at the latest rooftop hot spot. Aviary is located in Finsbury Square and has a huge roof terrace, perfect for sipping a delicious cocktail on or head inside to their swanky restaurant.
Drink, dance and party Scottish style with Fiddle Pardiddle's Pop-Up Ceilidh party. Whether you are a beginner or an old hand at the dance, the night will lead you through the steps all while putting on an eclectic mix of live music.
There are some London nighttime activities that everyone loves, and fortunately The Four Thieves is sporting a whole host of them. Head to the Battersea babe to try more than 70 gins, a hot selection of craft beer and play in their epic games room which includes retro arcade games, ping pong tables and an immersive escape room.
Head to Hackney for a night of raunchy and debauched cabaret as MILK VII return with their infamous show. Taking over Paper Dress Vintage, the evening will be a hot mix of burlesque, cabaret and live music.
Instead of doing the same old thing every night in London, take part in a wonderfully Nordic supper club: MATR. Join twelve other people to enjoy a night of rustic, warmhearted food – that’s been locally and ethically sourced – and excellent conversation. You’ll also get the chance to have each of the seven courses paired with wine by an expert sommelier.
With the sun shining and the nation once again mad about all things Wimbledon, head to the Regent's Canal and celebrate the British summer with a tea-themed cocktail masterclass. Based around Black Cow milk vodka, this cocktail masterclass will teach guests how to create a range of tea-infused cocktails that pack a punch.
If there's one thing to tick off your bucket list, it's got to be clubbing in London. Out of all things to do at night in London, seeing a spread of world renowned DJs go hard until the sun rises has to be the best. The capital is home to some of the world's most famous clubs, like Fabric and even hyped newbies like Phonox in Brixton. There's somewhere huge to go no matter what corner of the city you're in.
Located in Shoreditch, Floripa is a carnival riot of colour and fun bringing Brazilian vibes to East London. The party spot gets your East London night out started with tropical cocktails and brilliant DJs that will have you dancing until the early hours.
Hot summer nights are always best spent at the beach and Neverland are bringing those sultry vibes to Fulham with an amazing pop-up beach on the banks of the Thames. The spot will have white sand, beach huts, day beds and street food as well as a BYOB option.
London is beautiful no matter what the time of day, but London after dark is especially gorgeous. Silent Sounds Boat Party offers you the best of all worlds, a tour down the Thames taking in incredible sights, and a huge silent disco complete with various channels to choose your music - partying has never looked this good.
Scared of the dark are ya? Glowy McGlow will sort you out for a London night activity as they create a giant glowing ball pit for you to throw yourself into. Jump, splash and play at this hilarious adult ball pit, there's also a DJ and delicious cocktails inspired by childhood sweets at the bar.
Get yourself down to Hyde Kensington for a full Bollywood experience. A top Bollywood DJ will be playing the finest in Bollywood anthems and desi DJ beats, alongside live dhols, drums and more. To keep you refreshed as you dance the night away will be pani puri shots and Indian snacks.
Located in Camden, Blues Kitchen Camden is one of North London's most fun party spots. Head there early evening to munch through their massive BBQ plates, slurp bourbon cocktails and stay late to dance to the high-octane and hugely entertaining blues bands.
With a hot selection of comedians and performers, It's Gameshow Time is coming to East London. The hilarious night is a combination of mad style quizzes and challenges, topped off with plenty of silliness.
Immerse yourself in an underwater world come sundown in London as the aquarium lets you in after-dark. Opening for a series of special night events, the venue will let you wander the tanks and rooms without the usual crowds, as well as serving prosecco.
You’ve just found your new favourite comedian as Eleanor Conway returns with her hilarious stand-up set. Critically acclaimed and ludicrous, she’s been compared to Russell Brand and Graham Norton, and is known for her alcohol-strewn stories. Side-splitting and a must-see thing to do at night.
We all know liquor lusting comes into full force come sundown. So in anticipation of you thirsty folk, we've curated a hand selected list of only the best, the most notorious and the most creative cocktail hangouts in this here city. Marvel at next level mixology form some of the world's best bartenders and ponder no longer about places to go at night in London.
Strictly Come Drag Dinner is an alternative dining experience, created by the Breakfast Club, the same masterminds behind the drag queen bottomless brunch. Quirky and full of hilarity, this alternative night out will revolve around 2 delicious courses of dinner, with a series of dazzling live dance routines and performances placed between courses. Expect to be blown away.
Partying all the way until 4am, Guilty Pleasures at KOKO is a combination of all the things we love about London at night. Head to Camden for a massive evening of pop parties, hilarious burlesque, and even Father Oates to tell all your confessions to.
This May, pull on your best sparkle outfit and head to the Brookdale Club in South London for a night of huge disco tunes and even louder dance moves. This great event is the brainchild of Little Nan's Cocktail Bar and Haven't Stopped Dancing Yet. The bartenders will be serving a handful of Little Nan's signature teapot cocktails, while the DJs play all the best funk & soul tunes in their impressive vinyl collections. Reaching back a few decades, this night is certain to leave you with a head full of tunes and a smile on your face.
With the likes of DJ Yoda and Nightmares on Wax, Soul City at The Jazz Cafe is a huge night of live music taking place most Fridays. The famous venue has played host to be many talented artists and continues to bring you the best music accompanied by delicious drinks and food.
The sun’s down, you’re looking for something to do in London at night, and you really want to listen to some amazing music. Campfire Club invites you to some of the natural pockets of the city where the top musical talent the capital has to offer will play you songs, unplugged, around a campfire.