Bars in London – what the nightlife is like


Updated November 1, 2023

Known for being one of the most eclectic capitals in the world, the Bairs in London added to other programs could not be different, with options for all tastes. There are restaurants, cultural programs and nightclubs that won't let you sit still during your exchange.

Furthermore, London is one of the largest cultural capitals in the world. Great theatrical and musical shows take place in the city. Check out different options below to enjoy the city's nightlife during your exchange:

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1. Restaurants in London

Regardless of the type of program you are looking to do at night in London, you will need to eat something before exploring the theaters, pubs or clubs of the English capital. Therefore, there is nothing better than taking advantage of the countless restaurants spread across the city to do this.

Even though English food is not one of the best in the world, London has restaurant options from all over the world. For example, if you've ever watched the series Sex and the City, you might remember the restaurant Sushi Samba. And doesn't London have a branch of them? The restaurant is simply beautiful and mixes three types of cuisine: Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian. Different, right?

But if you opt for the traditional, you can always stop at the countless restaurants of Fish and Chips and order the typical dish, you certainly won’t regret it! Not to mention the countless options for pizzas, burgers It is French fries who are the best friends of exchange students on duty.

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2. Pubs and Bars in London

After dinner, how about exploring the pubs and bars in London? One of the best pubs to visit and which is very well spoken of by exchange students is the pub located in Generator Hostel. The drinks are reasonably priced and the nights there are a lot of fun.

Exploring the city, you can go to Charlie Wright's, which is in East London. This pub is ideal for jazz lovers and is open until 4am. Now, if you're looking for a London classic, go to Bar Italia, in the Soho region. You'll feel right at home with their menu.

If you have a neighborhood known for its bars in London and loved by the locals themselves, that neighborhood is Dalston, be sure to take a walk there! Check out other pubs you can visit in London below:

Icebar London

  • Location: 31-33 Heddon St, Mayfair
  • Schedules: Monday to Thursday from 2pm to 10pm; Friday from 2pm to 00:30am; Saturdays from 11am to 00:30am; Sunday from 12:30 pm to 9:30 pm.
  • Differential: the bar is entirely made of ice!
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Gordon's Wine Bar

  • Location: 47 Villiers St
  • Schedules: from Monday to Saturday from 11am to 11pm; Sunday from 12pm to 10pm.
  • Differential: is London's oldest wine bar, open since 1890!
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The Hawley Arms

  • Location: 2 Castlehaven Rd, Camden Town
  • Schedules: Friday and Saturday from 12pm to 1am; Sunday to Monday from 12 to midnight.
  • Differential: it was Amy Winehouse's favorite bar.
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3. Cultural programs in London

You can also take a night out to enjoy the musicals on London's “Broadway”, the West End Street. Musicals like Matilda (inspired by Roald Dahl's children's book), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and the Lion Kingin addition to famous musicals such as The miserable It is The Phantom of the Opera.

Tickets aren't usually cheap (especially if you want a good seat in the audience), but the shows are worth it! Therefore, our tip is: reserve an amount to watch one of these shows.

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4. Clubbing in London

Of course, on at least one night of your exchange in London you will have to visit one of the city's clubs, even if only as an experience to get to know and expand your horizons. As for opening times, you will see that most clubs in London end “early” and that generally on weekends they extend their opening hours until 3am or 4am.

A very common practice among Londoners is the Pub Crawl to discover different bars, pubs and clubs in London.

What is the Pub Crawl?

In the Pub Crawl you go on a walking tour of several pubs in the city, and usually the last one ends up in a club. There are several options, some even with specific themes such as historical, horror and Christmas pubs. A tiger tiger It's one of the clubs in London where the Pub Crawl usually ends, it's located on Piccadilly Circus and it's a very different nightclub!

Neighborhoods for you to enjoy the best nightlife in London

Here are some tips for neighborhoods where you can enjoy a good night out in London:

  • Soho
  • Shoreditch
  • Mayfair
  • East London
  • Camden Town
  • Brixton.

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Do you want to enjoy the nightlife and bars in London?

Among the bars in London, restaurants and clubs, which of the suggestions did you like the most? We could go on for days talking about where you could go to have fun in night from London, but the post would be very long! So, if you missed somewhere that wasn't mentioned, send us a comment.

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  • Luiz Santana

    By Luiz Santana
    Luiz has 4 years of experience writing blogs and creating content for the internet. He has traveled to more than 4 different countries and is an exchange specialist. Passionate about writing and sharing the experience of being an exchange student in the most famous cities in the world.

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