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 Live music, comedy, sports, and a mountain of Fuller’s pints can be found at George IV, a popular local pub that attracts a wide range of happy boozers. Part of the extensive chain of pubs branded by Fuller’s – whose 1840s-era brewery is less than a mile away – the venue’s dark wood bar is top-heavy with London Pride ... more
Party Earth Review An elegant retreat for French-fusion cuisine and bubbling flutes of champagne, Café des Amis is a smart little restaurant and lounge in the heart of London’s theater district. Just north of the Royal Opera House – and right across from the Royal Ballet School – the bi-level venue attracts a variety of dapper theater-goers ... more
Party Earth Review It may not look like much from the outside, but skaters, DJ aficionados, and plenty of hipsters know that hidden below busy Kingsland High, The Alibi is the perfect place to dance the night away. Three rooms make up this grungy basement bar, which is owned and run by Real Gold, a DJ-founded creative collective that also ... more
Party Earth Review The unassuming and easy-to-miss Walton Street entrance may not promise much, but what lies behind it is Eclipse, a posh lounge and perennial hotspot that consistently attracts some of London’s hippest clubbers. A bongo player jamming by the bar and the cool beats of funky house music contribute to a lively atmosphere, while ... read full review of Eclipse
Party Earth Review Tucked away in a residential area of the posh Chelsea zip code, The Pig’s Ear is a local favorite for its amped-up take on British and French classics, signature brews, and regular crowd that includes Prince William and plenty of English soccer stars. The front dining area suits the rowdier silver-spooned social groups ... 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 With three floors offering three different vibes, The O Bar is perfect for dancing, singing along with the music, or just lounging with a cocktail, and attracts an energetic clientele that packs the place from end to end just about every night. The mirrored basement, which offers a spacious dance floor and intimate corners ... 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.