Ultimate London Guide: Making the Most Out of the City at Night

London is one of the most famous cities in the world in terms of nightlife and for good reason. The city is packed from top to bottom with nightlife experiences that are guaranteed to leave you with unforgettable memories. How do you find the best experiences and how can you make the most out of your stay in London? This guide will help you plan everything out while highlighting the hotspots, from the best nightclubs to the best restaurants.

Elegant Dinner Spots

London is filled to the brim with elegant dinner spots: Michelin-star restaurants and internationally-recognised names. Not to mention, aesthetic spots that are sure to add a splotch of colour to your social media feed.

Sexy Fish is one of the best Asian fusion restaurants in the city. Notorious for its tantalising menu and sophisticated dining experiences, the restaurant is a must-go at least once when in the city. They’re also a great option if you’re looking to celebrate a special occasion. In addition to its glamorous interior, the restaurant is located less than 10 minutes away from some of the city’s best nightclubs and celebrity hotspots. In other words, you’ll have a smooth time going from your dinner to your party destination.

If you’re looking for a Michelin-starred venue to eat for the night, Alex Dilling at Hotel Café Royal won’t disappoint. The two Michelin-starred restaurant offers a modern take on traditional French cuisine and it all takes place within an intimate dining setting. With only 34 seats available in the restaurant, booking in advance is a must.

Another notable mention is Andrew Edmunds at 46 Lexington St. A great spot for a romantic dinner by candlelight if that’s the vibe you’re looking for. While the restaurant features a modern European menu, there’s nothing but rustic charm inside the 18th-century townhouse on Lexington St.

Exclusive Nightclubs

It’s simply unforgivable if you don’t go clubbing when in London. Being the impactful cultural centre that it is, London is one of the few cities where you can easily find yourself partying with celebrities and A-listers if you make the right choices.

The best place to find an elegant party is Mayfair which isn’t a surprise given that it’s London’s most glamorous area. Most notable for being a celebrity hotspot is club Tape London, known for hosting big names, like Travis Scott, Drake, Cardi B, etc. 

Same as with restaurants in London, when it comes to high-end clubs, it’s crucial that you make a booking. Not just that, but the earlier the better as well. Especially during high seasons and weekends, venues are very likely to be fully booked. The best way to avoid any disappointments on the night is to book well in advance. That way, you can simply look forward to your night out. 

Evening Drinks

If you prefer well-crafted drinks and a dimly lit setting to full-blown meals, then an elegant lounge or bar would be a better place to kick off your night.

An unmissable spot lies within The Mandrake, a boutique hotel on Newman St. From artefacts to remarkable artworks, the sophisticated Waeska bar offers quite a start for any night to remember. When it comes to the cocktails, the mixologists’ knowledge of botany means you can expect to experience some of the best herb/drink fusion cocktails.

Meanwhile, if you’re one for drinks with a view, Aqua Shard would be the place to go, especially around sunset. The bar’s location at The Shard – the tallest building in the United Kingdom – offers a panoramic view of the entire city. On the other hand, if you’d like something closer to the city centre, you can head to Aqua Spirit where the cocktails are Japanese-inspired and the vibes are mysterious and upbeat. 

While bookings aren’t always mandatory for bars, if you’d like the smoothest night possible, you’re always better off booking as early as you can. After all, why risk facing disappointment during a perfect night out.

As you can see, London is quite an active city during the nighttime. Venues of all kinds come to life, from Michelin-star restaurants to high-end exclusive nightclubs. When trying to make the most out of your time in London, there are two things you’ve got to keep in mind. The first is to always book in advance and make sure to know the details of your booking. Restaurants and nightclubs take their dress codes, arrival times, etc. very seriously. The second is that London is a city known for its luxurious experiences and elegance. So, expect to spend a bit, but be sure you’ll be getting more than your money’s worth. After all, London is where you go to play hard after you’ve worked hard.

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