Looking for something to do in the capital after dark? There are all kinds of ways to enjoy a night out in London. Here are just 10 things to try.
Hit the bars
London has no shortage of places to grab a drink. Shoreditch, Brixton, Clapham, Soho, and Convent Garden are just some of the most popular areas for bars. Not everywhere in London is expensive to drink – try this guide to the cheapest places to drink in London if you haven’t got much to spend.
Go out for an evening meal
Alternatively, you could try eating out somewhere. There are lots of nice restaurants in Waterloo that could be combined with some late-night sightseeing. Camden and Islington meanwhile are great places if you’re looking for somewhere quirky.
See a theatre show
London’s West End is renowned around the world. It’s best to book these theatre shows ahead to secure a seat, but you can sometimes grab last-minute seats (often at discounted prices!). There are also smaller theatre productions all across London if you don’t have the money to splash out on a West End show.
Check out some live music
You could also check out some live music in the capital. All the biggest mainstream and alternative artists play in London on their tours. There are also plenty of venues for checking out local up-and-coming artists.
Go to a comedy show
There are comedy clubs across London where you can see amateur and mainstream comedians alike. If you’re eager for a laugh, this could be the perfect night out.
Take a night tour
A number of guided tours operate across London after dark. On top of traditional sightseeing tours, there are other quirky tours such as ghost tours and Jack the Ripper tours. These include walking tours and bus tours.
Spend a night at the museum
Several of London’s museums open late on certain dates. These include Tate Britain, the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum. These late events often include pop-up bars and unique exhibitions that may not be accessible during the day (plus you don’t have the crowds that you do during the day)
Do some late night shopping
You could even spend the evening shopping. Some of the stores on Oxford Street are open until 10 pm on a Thursday while closing at 8 pm the rest of the week. There are also a few night markets (although the stalls are mainly food).
Take in spectacular views
Want to take in views of London at night? The Shard and Sky Garden are great buildings for taking in views of London. You’ll also find bars in these buildings (but be warned – the prices of drinks are sky-high).
Go for a boat trip along the Thames
You could also take in views of London from the Thames by booking a boat trip. There are even boats that you can drink and go dining on.