Best London Nightlife

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    9. Cargo

    Cargo is most definitely a new Millennium club. It was founded in 2000 and has been going from strength to strength since then. It has bars, restaurants, roof terraces and a big club area. Built into existing...

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    8. The Lamb and Flag

    One of the oldest pubs in London, this 300 year-old institution still retains its traditional charms: oak beams, low ceilings, a decided lack of sitting room and a constant crowd. However, the mood is always...

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    7. Heaven

    This huge, enormously popular gay club attracts folks from all over the world. The main-floor dance space stretches endlessly and stays packed through the night with gyrating bodies. A level higher, go-go boys take...

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    6. Ronnie Scott's

    One of the oldest Jazz Clubs in the world, Ronnie Scott's has been on the scene since 1959, so for more than 50 years. Most of the greatest names in the Jazz firmament have visited here at one time or another. ...

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    4. Cuckoo Club

    High or low, whichever direction you fly, Cuckoo has long been renowned as one of the chicest nightlife options in town. Drawing a celebrity clientele amid the glamorous rock crowd, the cocktails here are sublime....

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    3. Mahiki

    A Polynesian paradise in the heart of London. Mahiki is Polynesian themed cocktail bar. Popular with the posh set, tourists and expats living in London. It claims on its website to be friends of Rihanna, Kate Moss,...

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    2. Plastic People

    Plastic People might be tiny, but it certainly punches above its weight when it comes to the club scene. Set in a miniature basement in London's shoreditch, it's popular with the trendy crowd, and lovers of dubstep....

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    1. Fabric

    Fabric is not just a nightclub, it's a way of life. This mega club in London's Clerkenwell has now got its own record label, members club, and a news website, where you can live, and breath dance music. You can...

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About London Nightlife

Just as in life, when it comes to nightlife, London has everything that you could ever imagine and more.  From big brash multi floor night clubs, to old style pubs, and everything in between.  There's something to suit every taste, fashion and fad.  If you like dressing up then there are themed evenings covering every historical period from the twenties to the eighties.  Festivals abound in every park and square in the summer months, and for the winter, the big factory style clubs like Ministry of Sound and Fabric bring house, techno and electronica and some of the best DJs in the world pumping straight through your body.  Each part of London has its own clubs, pubs and devotees, many tourists tend to stay in the West End but even the City, Hackney, Brixton and South bank of the river offer some great places to party.   The West of London, Chelsea, Notting Hill and Park Lane, as well as a few places in Marylebone and the West End cater for the posh end of the market; here bumping in to a title or a minor member of the royal family is not uncommon, along with Premiership footballers and rich city boys and girls.   Things change fast on the club and pub scene, so check out local guides and websites, like Resident Advisor or the BBC Radio 1 website for the latest rota on the big name clubs.  Time Out is great for listings by the week and is published on a Wednesday for when you hit town.  The Guardian too has a listings guide on a Saturday if you want to keep in the know.

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