There is no doubt that London is a very interesting destination during the day, but it is with nightfall that real fun begins for all the night owls. There is much to do in London from singing your heart out at one of London’s karaoke bars or just gazing across the London skyline.
Dinner and Champagne on the Thames
Just think of cruising down the Thames with a glass of wine, listening to a jazz band playing away all while enjoying a 4-course meal. The skyline of London as seen from the river is one of the world’s most striking. Cruise passes Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, the Shard, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tower of London and Tower Bridge.
Late Night Shopping
If you are in London to do some shopping, many Oxford Street stores open until 9pm every day except Sunday and even later on Thursdays. Store hours often vary so it is better to check online to ensure that they are open when you plan to go. Selfridge keeps these hours while in Knightsbridge, Harrods open until 9pm except on Sundays while Harvey Nichols shuts at 8pm. Well known for affordable fashion and vintage items, explore Spitalfields Market that opens until 8pm most nights.
Visit the Sky Garden
The London’s Sky Garden in Fenchurch Street is perfect for a romantic evening. It is an enlarged glass dome with three floors of landscaped public gardens. The entry is free, however, you need to reserve your seat in advance. The viewing platform is open till 6:00 pm on weekdays, and 9:00 pm on weekends.
Museums and Galleries
Some museums and art galleries have late openings with free film screenings, drinks, talks and events until 10pm. The experience is surreal for incredibly cheap prices. The Tate Modern, British Museum, National Gallery, and Transport Museum operate after the sun goes down on selected days. Most of them that open at night are free of charge.
Jack the Ripper Tour
An activity that is a uniquely London night-time experience. Help solve this century-old mystery as you walk the creepy backstreets and alleys where Jack the Ripper committed his grisly murders and try to unmask this killer.
A cosy and warm pub with patrons sipping their ale is one of those iconic experiences you must have when you visit London. There are approximate 7,000 pubs in London and most of them have a fascinating past. All Pubs get busy around 5pm as the working day ends. They stay open until 11pm. Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is one of the oldest pubs where you can drink in the same place as Charles Dickens and Samuel Johnson once did.
There are countless bars in London, from the divey to the downright swanky like Bar Termini, Pennethorne’s and The Gilbert Scott. There are happy hours in numerous bars around London that start from evening. In fact Bar Story has daily happy hours where a second cocktail is only £2 extra. There are many affordable ones, where you can spend your night without worrying about the budget.
Ceremony of the Keys
A totally free event, the Ceremony of the Keys is an awesome and unique London experience. This is the grand official locking and securing process of the Tower of London – complete with large rings of keys, secret passwords, Beefeaters, and military music. Tickets are required and can book out months in advance,
Ride the London Eye
The famous London Eye operates all throughout the day and night hours on a seasonal basis. Due to the very late sunset in summer, its last revolution ends before dark, but for the other remaining seasons, you can get a chance to ride the wheel after sunset. For those who really want to splash out, it is possible to buy a ‘Day and Night Experience’ which offers the holder two rides on the Eye – one in the daylight, and one when the sun has gone.
Visit the Shard
The Shard is the tallest skyscraper in London, as well as the tallest in the European Union. On visiting the Shard, you can opt for two activities, depending on your individual preference. One option is to enjoy the best views of London from the open-air observation deck on the 72nd floor and the other option is to visit one of the six restaurants / bars inside the building. These include Aqua Shard, Huton, Lang, Oblix, Ting, and Gong. These places stay open till 1:00 am, making them perfect for late night drinks and food.
Live Music in Soho
London is home to countless live music performances, from blues and jazz to regular pubs with live bands. Soho is the perfect place for karaoke bars and for any type of live music. If you are seeking for blues tunes, Ain’t Nothin’ But … Blues Bar is recommended, and if you’re dreaming of jazz tunes, Jazz After Dark is ideal.
Watch a Show in the West End
London has one of the most vibrant theatre districts in the world. With discount tickets easily available and a varied selection of shows, there is always a way to enjoy the West End on your London.
Dinner at Duck and Waffle
Duck and Waffle is one of London’s most famous fine-dining restaurants. It is situated in Heron Tower on the 40th floor. Unlike most restaurants in the city, this place is open 24 x7. You can drop by anytime whether to get brunch early at 5:00 am or to get dinner late at 1:00 am.
Gamble at Hippodrome Casino
It is already one of London’s biggest and busiest casinos well acclaimed as London’s most popular entertainment venue. With all three floors packed with games varying from poker to roulette and blackjack, there is really something for everyone.
Sunset Safari at the ZSL London Zoo
It is an exclusive event that takes place at the ZSL London Zoo on Fridays in June and July. Lasting for just 8 weeks, you can spend the night accompanied by some fascinating animal species and learn about them from the experts. You can also taste global cuisines at the World Food Markets, and be entertained by animal-themed acrobats.