London Nightlife Hotspots

The must-visit nightlife districts in London
June 18, 2022
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London is filled with the most alternative partying hotspots for a fun night out. 

From the super fashionable and hipster Shoreditch to the provocative Soho, these nightlife hotspots are a must-visit for locals and curious tourists alike. 

Here’s your essential guide to the best nightlife spots in London.

1. Camden

As the go-to hotspot for London’s alternative scene, Camden is filled to the brim with old-school rock pubs and eccentric music venues.

When setting foot on Camden’s grounds, you’ll be awestruck by a bronze statue of British singer Amy Winehouse. Also dubbed the “Queen of Camden”, Amy is a prominent leitmotif on Camden’s brick walls – watch your step, there are murals of Winehouse at every corner. 

Hipsters, rock lovers, and jazz aficionados will gravitate towards Camden’s quirky clubs, such as Jazz Cafe, Underworld, and Electric Ballroom.

If you are visiting the offbeat district during the wee hours of the night, you must pop in at classic pubs and bars like Brewdog, Blues Kitchen, and Camden Assembly – if you want to cherish the Camden lifestyle, that is.

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2. Soho

When it comes to entertainment, Soho is a master at taking things to 360 degrees. From buzzing LGBT bars to laid-back shopping sessions, this vibrant area is home to all entertainment-related things. 

Thanks to the neon lights filling the streets, anybody can spot Soho’s ritzy appeal from a mile away. 

With its sizzling nightlife culture, late-night eateries, and thriving sex shops, Soho’s exuberance looms over the district – making it a go-to spot for anyone and everyone.

To get started at this London hotspot, grab a couple of innovative boozy drinks at Experimental Cocktail Club. Once the drinks have been downed, make your way to the Piano Works West End, also dubbed as the 11th Best Bar in the UK

Other nightlife hotspots that should be on your bucket list are Club 49, Barrio Bar, and Garlic & Shots.

Both tourists and locals fill Soho’s streets. If you want to shop until you drop, visit the vibrant area during the day. But if you want to experience its clubbing scene, late evenings are the best.

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3. Brixton

As soon as you step onto its grounds, Brixton welcomes you the way only Brixton can. Home to impromptu dance parties, quirky bars, and must-visit museums, the alternative Brixton is a tribute to multiculturalism.

As one of London’s liveliest areas filled with nightlife enthusiasts, Brixton doesn’t underdeliver when it comes to nightlife spots. From the industrial Phonox to the chic Aquum, you will surely find a venue that suits your personal preferences. 

When you’re in the area, you wouldn’t want to miss Brixton Village, which is open until midnight every day of the week. 

Brixton’s street market, the winner of Tripadvisor’s 2020 Travellers’ Choice Award, serves up a delectable assortment of international meals through the overabundance of stalls like Happy Dumplings, Kao Sarn, and Franco Mana.

Usually frequented by indie and alternative Londoners, Brixton really shows its magic during nightime.

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4. Shoreditch

Brimming with quirky independent shops and a plethora of quirky bars and restaurants, Shoreditch is home to everything hippie. 

The district’s millennial hip shelters fashionable party hotspots, mouthwatering gastropubs and vintage shops scattered around all over the area.

As one of the coolest London hotspots, the East London district translates into an achingly stylish hub where nothing matters unless it is trendy. 

Want to indulge in the world of cocktails in an underground setting? XOYO is there to catch you and give you an unforgettable clubbing experience. Or maybe you want something more quirky – a turn-of-the-century warehouse, to be more precise. Then you should make a trip down to Village Underground.

This is the place where all hipsters, trendsetters and creative minds flock. Best part about it? It is worth paying a visit during both day and night.

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5. Greenwich

Greenwich, well-known for being the location of the O2 Arena, is a picturesque district on the banks of the River Thames. While its small-village vibe is a breath of fresh air from London’s hustle and bustle, Greenwich’s nightlife is quite socially vibrant. 

The area is scattered with laid-back clubs to chill and unwind, delish food markets, and independent boutiques. But when it comes to spots one shouldn’t miss, swanky cocktail bar Eighteen Sky Bar should be at the top of the list.

Go check out Up the Creek Comedy Club for a night full of laughs. Featuring Sunday Specials and open-mic nights, this London hotspot will have you gasping for air from all that laughing.

Since it doesn’t feature that many touristy spots, a lot of locals are roaming around Greenwich’s streets. Just like Shoreditch, the allure of this area is obvious at any time of the day.

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