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Nightlife in London

London nightlife has it all, from star-studded West End theatre to opera in Covent Garden, from decadent cocktail bars like Loungelover in Hoxton to traditional pubs everywhere. Hit the dancefloor at world-famous nightclubs like Fabric or sample 24-hour London in action-packed Soho. Choose high design or old-world charm, glitz or grunge, as the mood takes you. Everywhere is now smoke-free. Most pubs close at 11pm, bars often open until 2am, many clubs until 6am.

Crazy nights at Guanabara, London. © Guanabara
Inside Loungelover, London. © Loungelover
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Loungelover

Decadent cocktails

Loungelover is a decadently-designed cocktail bar in Hoxton, offering inventive cocktails to a cool crowd. Crammed with antiques, chandeliers and kitschy bits and pieces, it's a feast for all the senses. Book ahead to guarantee a table.



Address

1, Whitby Street, London E1 6JU

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7012 1234

Transport

Old Street Tube

Website

Loungelover Website

A very refreshing pint. Photo by Barbara Realini © Whatsonwhen
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Prospect of Whitby Pub

Quintessential London pub

For a quintessential London pub experience, the Prospect of Whitby in Wapping is the place. This ancient drinking den once entertained smugglers. Now, in less treacherous times, its panelled rooms with river views are the perfect place for a pint.



Address

57, Wapping Wall, Wapping, London E1W 3SH

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7481 1095

Transport

Shadwell or Limehouse DLR

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The Light Bar

Star-spotting

Perch on high stools and sip elegant cocktails at Phillipe Starck's high-concept Light Bar. In the heart of the West End and Theatreland, the bar is hidden inside Starck's St Martin's Lane Hotel - a favourite with celebrities.



Address

St Martins Lane Hotel, 45 St Martins Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4HX

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7300 5599

Transport

Leicester Square Tube

Website

St Martins Lane Hotel Website

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The French House

Individual charm

The French House is a Soho institution, a postage stamp-sized watering hole for central London's literati, theatregoers and local characters. Sip your beer (half pints only) on the pavement if you can't find a spot inside.



Address

49, Dean St, London W1D 5BE

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7437 2799

Transport

Leicester Square Tube

Website

The French House Website

Crazy nights at Guanabara, London. © Guanabara
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Guanabara Samba Club

High-energy Brazilian fun

The emphasis is firmly on fun at this late-night, authentic Brazilian bar near Covent Garden. Immerse yourself in samba beats and dance with a friendly mixed crowd, fuelled by great value cocktails and delicious food.



Address

Parker St, Corner Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PW

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7242 8600

Transport

Holborn Tube

Website

Guanabara Website

Inside Egg, London. Courtesy of Egg
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Egg

All-night dance club

Tucked away in Kings Cross, Egg has an unpretentious vibe and is brilliantly laid out around a central courtyard with open-air terraces. A mix of fun and funky nights appeal to all-night clubbers and hardcore, after-hour party people.



Address

200, York Way, King's Cross, London N7 9AP

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7609 8364

Transport

Kings Cross Tube

Website

Egg Website

Close encounters at Notting Hill Arts Club, London. Courtesy NHAC
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Notting Hill Arts Club

Intimate and arty

Notting Hill Arts Club is dimly-lit, intimate and ultra-cool. Furnished with comfortable sofas, a small dance floor and a stage for live acts, this West London venue offers an eclectic mix of club nights, poetry readings and quirky art projects.



Address

21, Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3JQ

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7460 4459

Transport

Notting Hill Gate Tube

Website

Notting Hill Arts Club Website

The staircase inside Fabric, London. Courtesy Fabric, London
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Fabric

Mega sound system

Within walking distance of East London and the West End, Fabric boasts three dance floors and five mega sound systems, tailor-made for dance music fanatics and serious clubbers. Expect superstar DJs and queues around the block.



Address

77a, Charterhouse St, London EC1M 3HN

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7336 8898

Transport

Farringdon Tube

Website

Fabric Website

Koko in Camden, London. Courtesy of Gregory Nolan
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Koko

Theatrical clubbing

Koko is a nightclub and live music venue in trendy Camden. The grand building was originally a theatre and the club's ornate décor reflects this today. Crowds fill the dance floor by the stage or look down from the gallery.



Address

1a, Camden High Street, London NW1 7JE

Telephone

+44 (0) 870 4325527 (enquiries); +44 (0) 844 847 2258 (tickets)

Transport

Mornington Crescent Tube

Website

Koko Website

Inside Cargo, London. Courtesy Cargo, ©Cantaloupe Group 2007
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Cargo

Clubbing under the arches

Cargo's multi-tasking Music-Dance-Food concept is staggeringly popular. Under the East London railway arches you'll find live music, afternoon barbecues, club nights and even miniature festivals.



Address

83, Rivington St, Kingsland Viaduct, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3AY

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7739 3440

Transport

Old Street Tube

Website

Cargo Website

The O2, Greenwich. © BritainonView
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The 02

Pleasure dome

The former Millennium Dome has a new lease of life as The 02 music venue. London's most controversial building, close to Greenwich on the River Thames, now rocks to the sounds of superstar performers like Prince and Bruce Springsteen.



Address

Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 8463 2000

Transport

North Greenwich Tube

Website

The 02 Website

Ronnie Scott's, London. Photo by David Sinclair
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Ronnie Scott's

Laid-back jazz

London's best known jazz club, Ronnie Scott's offers live jazz every night of the week in the heart of Soho. Book a table, order a scotch and watch as renowned musicians and new talent perform on the famous stage.



Address

47, Frith St, London W1D 4HT

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7439 0747

Transport

Tottenham Court Road Tube

Website

Ronnie Scott's Website

The Southbank Centre's flagship venue, the Royal Festival Hall, London. Photo by Hayes Davidson, courtesy of Southbank Centre
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Southbank Centre

Cultural hub

The Southbank Centre - including the Royal Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Purcell Room and Hayward Gallery - is a focal point for London's cultural life, and sets the city's arts agenda with a vibrant mix of performances and exhibitions.



Address

Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX

Telephone

+44 (0) 871 663 2501

Transport

Waterloo Tube

Website

Southbank Centre Website

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Brixton Academy

Iconic arena

Brixton Academy is an iconic venue on London's late-night scene, combining small-club charm with a large-capacity arena and extravagant design. It's little wonder that Madonna and the Rolling Stones have both graced the stage.



Address

211, Stockwell Rd, Brixton, London SW9 9SL

Telephone

+44 (0) 20 7771 3000

Transport

Brixton Tube

Website

Brixton Academy Website

North London's artistic powerhouse - the Roundhouse in Chalk Farm. Photo by Will Pearson, courtesy of Roundhouse
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Roundhouse

Vibrant performance venue

The Roundhouse is one of the city's most exciting performance venues. This North London landmark was once a turntable for steam trains, now after a multi-million pound makeover it's a unique music venue and innovative arts and theatre space.



Address

Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8EH

Telephone

+44 (0) 844 482 8008

Transport

Chalk Farm Tube

Website

Roundhouse Website

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