Where to best experience London’s nightlife

Calling all party people – the London club scene is hotter than ever right now, so it’s the perfect time to take a trip, especially if you never been before.

We know reading’s not all that hip, but we’re sure you’ll be glad you took a minute to browse this blog post, and find out all about the best London pubs, bars and clubs to visit.

The Mayflower pub - the oldest on the River Thames

The Pub

The Mayflower, “the oldest pub on the River Thames

There has been a pub on the Rotherhithe site – which is now home to The Mayflower – for hundreds of years. It is every inch the traditional London pub, complete with oak beams and wooden panelling, plus a gorgeous view of the Thames from the upmarket upstairs dining room. There’s also an excellent pub quiz!

The Wine Bar

Gordon’s Wine Bar

As the oldest wine bar in London, Gordon’s is conveniently placed a stone’s throw from Embankment tube station. This quirky establishment is almost entirely underground – with exposed brickwork, flickering candlelight and a great atmosphere all adding to the experience. The variety of wines is vast, choose something classic and French or, a highlight, the fortified wine drawn directly from casks behind the bar.

The Cocktail Bar

Callooh Callay

From the cassette tapes which decorate the toilet walls to the Narnia-style wardrobe you can walk through, this trendy Shoreditch bar screams out for party people to come and play. Hidden on a cobbled East London side street, Callooh Callay offers superb cocktails and even better puns – try best-seller, ‘If you don’t gnome me by now’ which, obviously, comes served to share in a big gnome.

The Club


This world-famous club is a must-go for anyone who wants to truly experience London’s nightlife. It can get a little crowded, but hang on in there till the early hours of the morning and things get a little more relaxed. Most of the big acts don’t come on till around 3am but the consistently fantastic weekend line-ups mean that they’re sure to be worth waiting for.

In terms of accommodation, a trip to London centred on the nightlife is best experienced from rented apartment, so that there’s no need to worry about waking other hotel guests. Plus, you can spend the money you save on getting into that hot new bar, and even carry on the party back at your very own crash pad if you’re not burned out by the time the clubs closed.


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