London is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan and eclectic cities, and it has the nightlife scene to match. Whether you want to cruise the river at sunset, embark on a classic British pub crawl, or enjoy the spectacle of a West End show, here’s what you need to know about London nightlife.
Classic British Pub Crawls
London can be overwhelming for travelers unfamiliar with the city and even more so at night. Skip the hassle of planning your own pub crawl and choose a tour that organizes it all for you, whether you want to go it alone or as a group. Sip craft beers in Shoreditch, explore alternative pubs in colorful Camden, or take a private pub crawl of historic London pubs, benefitting from complimentary beers or discounted drinks along the way.
Dinner and Drinks on the Water
Take a relaxed approach to London’s sometimes raucous nightlife scene with dinner and drinks as you float down the Thames. Not only can you combine two experiences into one—dinner and a river cruise—you can enjoy a spot of sightseeing as the sun goes down, perhaps with a complimentary glass of bubbly in hand. Music lovers might opt for dinner cruises set to the smooth sounds of a live jazz band or a cabaret singer, while many tours offer dancing after dinner. And if you want to hit the clubs afterwards, there’s still time.
Catch a West End Show
London’s nightlife isn’t all about dinner, drinks, and dancing, although some West End show packages offer upgrade opportunities for all of the above. Don’t worry about securing a ticket for one of London’s popular shows, like The Lion King, Les Miserables, or Wicked; instead, let a tour organizer take care of it for you and see a different side to a night on the town in London with an entertaining evening at the theater.