The London party scene is extremely varied. Most pubs and bars frustratingly close rather early by international standards, but fear not, there are other options out there open later. However, you do have to do some research and know where you’re heading later in the evening if you don’t want to get caught by a bar closing at midnight and nowhere to go. Timeout is once again a good reference, as are websites such as Designmynight, Resident Advisor and The Londonist. YPlan is a smartphone app that lists and sells tickets to events. Hype! is another smartphone app offering a list of places to go and things happening in Shoreditch, Camden or Soho. The following pages offer suggestions of places to go dance, listen to jazz or attend one of the quirky and entertaining museum lates.
Address: 388 New Cross Road, London SE14 6TY
Telephone: 020 8469 1499
Description: Pub in Newcross, Southeast London.
Address: 121 Holborn, London EC1N 2TD
Telephone: 020 3657 6525
Description: The ultimate ping-pong bar, they have over 40 tables (have to be booked in advance at an hourly rate), provide rackets and balls for players. Late evening, whilst keeping the ping-pong players, it turns into a dance bar, with mostly contemporary RnB music. Really amazing and unique place, if you like table tennis it is a must to try. Booking tables is pretty expensive, but they always have a few community ones open for people who just wander in.
Address: 3 Varnishers Yard, The Regent Quarter, London N1 9FD
Telephone: 020 7841 7331
Description: Spanish restaurant near King's Cross with a good bar and dance music till late.
Address: 83 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3AY
Telephone: 0207 739 3440
Description: Dancing venue in Shoreditch with a nice outdoor beer garden during the summer.
Address: 9 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DX
Telephone: 020 7278 4335
Description: During the day, Drink Shop Do is a coffee shop with yummy cakes. In the evening it hosts a range of activities and then turns into a great dance spot. Nice and close by King's Cross.
Address: 9 Caledonian road, N1 9DX, London
Description: Design shop and café bar selling products from emerging designers alongside vintage furniture. Workshops,events,dance floor and bar.
Address: 94 Parkway, London NW1 7AN
Telephone: 020 7485 1773
Description: Pub and music venue in Camden.
Address: 77A Charterhouse St, London EC1M 6HJ
Telephone: 020 7336 8898
Description: A famous staple of London nightlife. Popular with the electro-techno, hard party crowd. A must to try at least once.
Address: 1A Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JE
Telephone: 0870 432 5527
Description: Famous Camden music venue with regular gigs.
Address: 103 Gaunt Street, London SE1 6DP
Telephone: 0870 060 0010
Description: Famous London club playing house and techno. Not the best option in London, but is well known.
Address: National History Museum, Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD
Telephone: 020 7942 5000
Description: Another free museum in South Kensington appreciated by all. Skating rink outside leading up to Christmas. Lates on the last Friday of the month.
Address: 9 Nevada Street, London SE10 9JL
Telephone: 020 8858 3693
Description: Jazz bar in Greenwich.
Address: The London Pavillion, 1 Piccadilly, London W1J
Telephone: 020 7287 8008
Description: London club institution. Not the best place to go out, but is quite well known. Many tourists. House/techno music.
Address: The Horse Hospital, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, London NW1 8AH
Telephone: 020 7482 3867
Description: Camden dance and music venue in the horse hospital stalls.
Address: 47 Frith Street, London W1D 4HT
Telephone: 020 7439 0747
Description: Famous London jazz club. Good for a romantic late night drink. While regular shows are often quite pricy, there are late shows which are 5 pounds for students after 10 pm Monday-Thursday, 1am onwards Friday-Saturday.
Address: Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London SW7 2DD
Telephone: 0870 870 4868
Description: Free museum in South Ken. Hosts lates on the last Wednesday of each month for adults only with themed activities, hands-on events, bars and music.
Address: 9 Conduit Street, London W1S 2XG
Telephone: 020 7659 4500
Description: restaurant + club
Address: 90 Lots Road, London SW10 0QD
Telephone: 020 7352 5953
Description: Jazz club in Chelsea.
Address: 96-98 Pentonville Road, London N1 9JB
Telephone: 020 7837 5371
Description: The default go-to for a night out for Goodenoughers. Nearby on Pentonville road and has two levels, one with oldies music, the other with more dance music. Sometimes there is a small cover charge to get into the second floor.
Address: 256 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2AA
Telephone: 020 7485 3521
Description: Jazz in Kentish Town, good on a Monday.
Address: Cromwell Gardens, London SW7 2RL
Telephone: 020 7942 2000
Description: World renowned free museum in South Ken. Find the beautiful café to enjoy afternoon tea. Hosts lates the last Friday of every month with activities and special events.
Address: 32-37 Cowper Street, London EC2A 4AP
Telephone: 020 7354 9993
Description: Club in Shoreditch that has a stready stream of gigs.
Address: Zoo, Outer Circle, Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY
Telephone: 0844 225 1826
Description: The Zoo in Regent's Park. Puts on great zoo lates during the summer where you party and explore while dressing up in animal fancy dress!