Drinking in London

With over 7,000 pubs (not to mention bars) in London, there are plenty of places to go for a great cocktail or a good pint. Not ready for your night to end? There are loads of great and famous clubs all over London, so that when it’s last orders at the bars, you can move on and dance to the beat until you’re ready to call it a night…

London bars & pubs

With over 7,000 pubs (not to mention bars) in London, there are plenty of places to go for a quick pint or to wile away an evening sipping cocktails. Not ready for your night to end? You can always hit one of the city’s many dance floors and party until dawn. If you could use some help deciding where to go, we’ve put together a quick guide to London’s best pubs and bars.

•  Dirty Martini: this small franchise of funky bars (Covent Garden and Hanover Square being their most central locations) serve up some great cocktails and the best part is that they have a happy hour every night of the week, with half-price martinis, bottles of wine and cheap beer.
The Nag’s Head: just a short walk from Harrods, this traditional public house will truly take you back in time, showing you what a pub was like centuries ago. With no website and a strict no-mobile-phone rule, this is a place to get away from it all. You can find it at 53 Kinnerton St, SW1X 8ED.
The Star At Night: though they have most drinks imaginable in this bar, what they specialise in is gin – 50 different sorts of gin, to be precise. Find this gin palace in London’s Soho, just off Oxford Street, between Oxford Circus Station and Tottenham Court Road Station.
The Craft Beer Co. : if you’re looking for craft beer in London then The Craft Beer Co. is the best place to start, with several locations including London’s Covent Garden.
Experimental Cocktail Club China Town: this speakeasy-style cocktail bar is hidden behind a subtle black door on Gerard Street in London’s Chinatown and is well worth the search.

Clubbing in London

Not ready for your night to end? There are loads of great and famous clubs all over London, so that when it’s last orders at the bars, you can move on and dance until you’re ready to call it a night…

Café de Paris: based in London’s West End, this nightclub has been around for almost 100 years and still remains as popular as ever. It’s also a frequent location for a number of films. The club opens from 10pm, and they also host regular burlesque and dinner nights beforehand. If you arrive before 11pm, admission to the club is cheaper.
Fabric: arguably London’s most well-known club for dance and house music, it has been voted one of the top 100 clubs in the world by DJ Magazine several years in a row. You’ll save if you book in advance and doors open from around 9pm.
Heaven: the self-proclaimed “world’s most famous gay nightclub” is located near to Trafalgar Square, under Charing Cross Station, and holds club nights every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Doors normally open at 9pm.
KOKO London: known for its big live music events, KOKO puts on a range of nights that go on into the wee hours of the morning. An old theatre, located near Mornington Crescent Station, entertainment is sprawled across many levels. Doors normally open from 10pm and probably best to book your ticket in advance online.
The Box Soho: located in the heart of Soho, this cabaret nightclub puts on a show that is not for the fainthearted. It’s the sister club to The Box Manhattan, and both clubs are known for their sexually explicit acts. Doors open at 11pm.