Bar / Gay Club
Party Earth Review Launched in 1996 – and revamped in 2011 after being taken over by gay bar magnate Gary Henshaw – Candy Bar is a buzzing, late-night destination for the double-X chromosome set. And a few dudes, depending on the night. Considerably less pink than its original incarnation, this simple, three-level venue ... read full review of Candy Bar
Party Earth Review Icebar London is the UK’s first permanent bar made entirely of ice. Constructed from crystal ice imported from Sweden’s Torne River, the bar is kept at a temperature of minus five degrees Celsius all year round, the better to keep the bar stools, glasses, sculptures, igloos, and walls from melting. The small space is best ... more
Party Earth Review Fine dining, afternoon drinking, and a cheeky game of pool make for a leisurely afternoon or a joyous early evening romp at The Cadogan Arms. Definitely not a place for raging parties, the airy venue serves as a relaxed break – or escape – from the bank-breaking boutiques that line King’s Road. The expansive front room ... more
Party Earth Review The Phoenix Artist Club is kind of like a high school theater club, if that club was located in the basement of a West End theater, served lots of booze, and was populated by the Who’s Who of London’s established and aspiring theater scene. Tucked around the corner from The Phoenix Theatre is a wide staircase ... more
Party Earth Review From sake to saxophones to surly young songsters bellowing off-key renditions of 18th-century Lutheran hymns, Cafe OTO offers a one-of-a-kind experience for Dalston scenesters who might otherwise spend their evening grooving to the hum of their refrigerators. An open and airy bohemian café by day, at night scruffy locals ... read full review of Cafe OTO
Party Earth Review Down squiggling North End Road and the no man’s land between Kensington and Fulham lies The Goose, a haunt for aging regulars, budgeted drinkers, and a boat-load of soccer fans on game days. The venue appears bright and airy at first glance, with potted plants flanking both sides of the cream corner building ... more
Party Earth Review Draped with British and French flags and cheerful blue canopies that welcome visitors, The French House is a sophisticated establishment with a small bar on the street level where an eclectic after-work crowd gathers to discuss wine, theater, and current events. Black-and-white photos of past theatrical stars, Bohemian ... more
Party Earth Review A cozy neighborhood pub situated directly above the Barons Court Theatre, The Curtains Up is yet another addition to the ever-expanding Geronimo chain, but it definitely has its own personality. Tucked into a residential corner of Baron’s Court, the venue shares much of its clientele – as well as the bathrooms – with the ... more
As a major city, there are myriad bars and clubs in London, but both day and night, it’s the pubs that truly set the stage for London’s infamous drinking culture, and range in size and vibe from friendly neighborhood meeting places to bigger and rowdier commercial establishments.
Besides the pubs, the booming nightlife takes place at hundreds of low-key or lively bars, trendy lounges, and vibrant dance clubs. Those in the mood for a night of luxurious revelry have a bevy of posh venues to choose from, many frequented by A-list celebrities and the occasional royal – though access to this elite scene can be difficult as it’s generally reserved for the wealthy, fashionable, and privileged.
Luckily, the city is also host to plenty of more accessible and equally fantastic dance clubs where DJs keep the floors thumping until 7am. With hip-hop, techno, and house music, these all-night super-clubs beckon ravers and revelers the world over to enjoy pulsating beats, mega sound systems, and famous DJs.
Partiers who crave an edgier hipster scene will find it in the East End where artsy types congregate in a variety of unique bars and clubs that cater to their trendy lifestyle.