London nightlife guide: 15 of the best bars, clubs and eateries
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Whether you’re looking for great food, somewhere to sit down with a drink or the ideal destination for your next big night out, our guide contains the very best London has to offer.

You owe it to yourself to check out these places:

Bars

The Four Quarters

If you fancy indulging in some retro video games over a few drinks, Peckham’s ‘The Four Quarters’ perfectly suits your needs. A nerdy hot-spot ideal for a fun date, the bar offers the likes of Street Figher II alongside a selection of great craft beers. There’s also a great selection of one-off events – including the bar turning into Paddy’s Pub from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia!

187 Rye Lane, Peckham, London, SE14 4TP, facebook.com/fourquartersbar

Oxo Tower

With its vantage point towering above the city, the Oxo Tower is perhaps the best place to enjoy a drink in the whole of London. It’s not just a bar either – you can also grab a bite to eat in the high-end restaurant or excellent brasserie if you fancy something a little lighter.

Oxo Tower, Barge House Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH, harveynichols.com/restaurant/the-oxo-tower/bar

Artesian

If it’s cocktails you’re after, look no further than Marylebone’s Artesian. A luxurious, sophisticated hotel bar known for its signature punch and inventive cocktails, it’s amongst the classiest places in the capital to have a drink.

1C Portland Place, The Langham, London, W1B 1JA, artesian-bar.co.uk

The Blues Kitchen

Situated on the heart of Camden High Street, the alternative capital of the city, the Blues Kitchen hosts a number of great old-school rock-and-roll acts with a fine selection of whiskeys and beer.

113 Camden High Street, Camden, London, NW1 7JN, theblueskitchen.com/camden

Portside Parlour

Nestled in a hidden crannie of Shoreditch, Portside Parlour holds the reputation as one of London’s quirkiest bars. Constructed in an Old Street basement, it offers a selection of over 50 different rums used in cocktails and other quirky concoctions.

14 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3DU, portsideparlour.co.uk 

Restaurants

Bocca di Lupo

Frequently hailed as one of the capital’s very best Italian restaurants, Bocca di Lupo is one of West London’s true dining treats. Casual in vibe but high in quality, they offer tapas-style Italian with a view of of the chef’s spinning pizza dough on their fingers.

12 Archer Street, London, W1D 7BB, boccadilupo.com

The Ledbury

With two highly prestigious Michelin stars, The Ledbury has gained an astonishing reputation as one of the very best restaurants in London. Each dish is paired with an accompanying in the perfect setting for a big occasion. It’s safe to say you should book well in advance.

127 Ledbury Road, London, W11 2AQ, theledbury.com

Tibits

Mayfair’s Tibits provides the ultimate vegetarian buffet that will ensure even a seasoned meat-eater won’t go hungry. At Tibits you pay on the weight of your food, so it’s ideal if you’re after a light snack – or if you want to stuff yourself stupid.

12-14 Heddon Street, W1B 4DA, tibits.ch

Tayyabs

For quality curry at a low cost, Tayyabs is unparalleled in London. There are a number of great Indians across the capital, but none can match the sheer value of this Whitechapel cafe. Although opened in 1972, it’s still undiscovered by a lot of Londoners and remains a truly great discovery.

83-89 Fieldgate Street, London, E1 1JU, tayyabs.co.uk

Smokehouse

Islington’s Smokehouse prides itself on doing things simply yet effectively – it claims to offer the best smoked and grilled food in London with twenty different beers on tap. When it comes to BBQ you’ll struggle to find anywhere better – this eatery is a meat-eaters paradise.

Canonbury Road, London, N1 2DG, smokehouseislington.co.uk

Clubs

The Top Secret Comedy Club

With a surprising track record for offering performances from household names at little-to-no notice, you’ll almost definitely get your money’s worth at the Top Secret Comedy Club. Tucked away in the heart of Covent Garden, it prides itself on being hard to find – but it’s well worth it if you can seek it out.

170a Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PD, thetopsecretcomedyclub.co.uk

Cherry Cola

Following the Purple Turtle’s closure in Camden it seemed like Friday night’s Cherry Cola Club Night was going to find its demise, but its regulars demanded its return and it eventually found a new home at The Crowndale. With reasonable drink prices and blistering rock and roll on the stereo, it’s the ultimate alternative Camden night out.

61-65 Crowndale Road, Camden Town, London, NW1 1TN, facebook.com/cherrycolaclublondon

Fabric

For fans of classic dance and house tracks, Fabric is the ideal club for you. One of the trendiest in the capital, it boasts talented DJ’s and a variety of different themed nights. If you’ve got something to really go and celebrate, this is the place.

77a Charterhouse Street, Clerkenwell, London, EC1M 3HN, fabriclondon.com

Tiger Tiger

A seventies-style ballroom with cocktails, distinctive bars and a West London feel, Tiger Tiger is one of London’s biggest night clubs and certainly one of its best.

29 Haymarket, London, SW1Y 4SP, tigertiger.co.uk/london

Studio 388

If you’re after an Ibiza-style rave Studio 388 is by far your best bet. Electronic music is seamlessly mixed with house and dubstep to provide the best night out in South East London – just be sure to be ready to be thrown about the dancefloor.

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