You might be watching the sun rise over Haggerston's section of the Regent's Canal, or you might be snuggled up with a gaggle of friends on the N97 night bus grabbing a few minutes of much-needed rest on a helpful pal's shoulder. Heck, maybe you're still dancing in that glitter den you found at 2am where Robyn turned up to do a secret show, feet swollen but showing no signs of slowing down even though the birds have started chirping outside. Whatever your epic tale from London's seemingly unending options for nightlife adventures, we dare you to look back at your night without cracking a smile, or maybe a giddy facepalm. Come nightfall, London's underbelly opens up a whole new world of options to the first-time visitor and seasoned veteran alike. Maybe you want to rub shoulders with the swanky elite, or get grubby and gritty like your punk icons of yesteryear. London will always be happy to oblige.
Arianna Reiche is a London-based writer and publisher. Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, she studied at the University of Edinburgh before working with Vice, New Scientist, McSweeney's, and Gawker Media. She first fell in love with London running errands during London Fashion Week in 2009, careening through the streets in an microscopic G-Wiz stylemobile.