Restaurant / Tapas Bar
Party Earth Review Though Barrica’s location leaves it competing with several top Italian restaurants and high-end steakhouses on the surrounding blocks, this authentic tapas joint stays packed for lunch and dinner throughout the week. Going out for tapas – that well-loved Spanish tradition of noshing on small plates of ... read full review of Barrica
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 ... more
Bar / Brasserie / French Restaurant / Rooftop Bar
Party Earth Review The translation from French of Coq d’Argent – a restaurant perched atop the postmodern office and retail building at No. 1 Poultry – is “money rooster” (or “silver cock,” to be literal), a term that makes perfect sense considering The City’s high-flying financial types who flock to this rooftop hotspot. Accessed via two ... more
Bar / Indian Restaurant
Party Earth Review With curry fast replacing fish and chips as the UK’s national dish, London’s Indian food scene is becoming trendy and even gourmet, a fact that is very evident at Soho hotspot Carom at Meza. Although it’s only a few minutes’ walk from Leicester Square, the venue transports guests into the ... more
Party Earth Review Cozy boozer The Dog and Duck appears to have changed little since its 18th-century beginnings, and serves as a budget-friendly destination in this traditionally wallet-shredding part of town. The pub isn’t exactly off the tourist radar, so visitors can expect to find lots of out-of-towners once they cram into ... read full review of The Dog and Duck
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
Party Earth Review Rumor has it that Queen Elizabeth I granted the pub’s liquor license to none other than Sir Walter Raleigh – but incredible history aside, The Old Queen’s Head has certainly kept up with the times, playing host to up-and-coming DJs and bands and holding lots of hedonistic parties. The main bar area is classically British ... more
Party Earth Review Anyone who snagged a bite at the short-lived but incredibly popular pop-up burger bar Meateasy will be shaking their buns with joy at MEATliquor, which officially opened on November 11, 2011. Helmed by Yianni Papoutsis, the mastermind behind Meateasy and the beloved #Meatwagon burger van, the new diner welcomes lively young ... 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.