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Nightlife & Entertainment in London

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As the UK's capital, it’s no surprise that London has every kind of nightspot you can imagine. Energetic late-night partygoers will find an abundance of clubs, while hip gig lovers will be treated to an array of concerts and live music venues. If you feel like a refined evening out, there’s plenty of snazzy cocktail bars too.

 

Clubs

 

If you want to go wild to head-spinning hip hop, thumping techno, jumping dance tracks, or just feel like some old school club classics, London’s thriving clubbing scene can cater.

 

Fabric

 

Fabric sets an incredibly high standard for London’s nightclubs. This hardcore mega-club - champions consistently high-quality DJs without being afraid to introduce up-and-coming disc-spinning stars. Get ready for breakbeat, dubstep, and drum 'n' bass tunes until the early hours of the morning.

 

77A Charterhouse Street, London EC1M 6HJ. Tel:+44 20 7336 8898

 

Fabric website
Bars

 

For those seeking an evening of chilled-out chatter or refined conversation over a few high-class drinks, London’s bars are ideal - but with so many stellar places, it may feel impossible to pick just one.

 

City Social Bar

 

Step into the ground floor elevator of Tower 42, and whizz up 24 floors to find a relaxed bar lounge with Art Deco elements, and an unbeatable view across London. The large but unpretentious cocktail menu has hints of Prohibition-era influences, created with American whiskies, fine gins, and well-aged cognacs. Enjoy the supple leather seating, try the rum-based house cocktail ‘The Root of All Evil’, and gaze across the starry city skyline.

 

25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HQ. Tel:+44 20 7877 7703

 

City Social Bar website

 

Live comedy

 

There’s nothing like a splash of London live comedy to brighten up your evening, and this renowned club will have you in stitches.

 

The Comedy Store

 

Based in the heart of London’s cultural West End, the Comedy Store is perfect for some late-night laughs. A buzzing, bright-red neon sign hangs over the entrance, giving the venue a classic New York club vibe. Inside, you can grab a bite from the bar menu and buy a couple of drinks before you head into the spacious but cosy stage area. The Comedy Store leans toward alternative, surreal, and quirky comedy, hosting a range of world-renowned acts.

 

1a Oxendon Street, London SW1Y 4EE. Tel:+44 844 871 7699

 

The Comedy Store website

 

Live music

 

London has a firm footing on the international stage when it comes to live music, seeing hordes of local legends and rock- stars filling out its arenas, concerts, and bars.

 

KOKO

 

KOKO is nestled in the quintessentially bohemian hotspot of Camden Town, based inside a Grade II listed theatre venue that dates back to 1900. It's one of London’s top live music venues, and this is thanks to its royal red-washed interiors, its intimate performance space, and the star-studded list of acts that frequent its stage.

 

1a Camden High Street, London NW1 7JE. Tel:+44 870 432 5527

 

KOKO website

 

Café Oto

 

If you’re not the concert-going type and prefer some stylish improv and sensational jazz in a more easy-going environment, then the Café Oto is for you. This chic, airy, and off-beat bar is a hub of live music that sits somewhere outside the mainstream. With bands and soloists performing trad-jazz, minimalist classical compositions, and experimental scores almost every night of the week, Café Oto won’t disappoint hip music-lovers.

 

18-22 Ashwin Street, London E8 3D. Tel:+44 20 7923 1231

 

Café Oto website