You can make this simple experiment. Ask a couple of Londoners and some foreigners living in London, what’s the best thing about living there. They will all say the same thing- Nightlife! Staying in London and leaving at home for the night is something similar to a crime. The Mecca of music offers you thousands of freaky places to blow your mind.
And if we just slightly move away from loud, pulsating music, we can jump right into the cosiest, oldest and warmest place in the world- The London Pub!
We listed for you the top 10 Club and Pubs in London, which you definitely need to visit!
Top 5 Clubs in London
We’ve already mentioned KOKO, speaking of live venues. KOKO is and will remain one the most visited and diverse live venues in the heart of Camden. From rock to dance, DJ sets and blues nightсs KOKO is always on the top. There you can find all kinds of dance parties and other gigs. You don’t even have to worry about checking the calendar- event are held every day, 365 days of the year. If you need some clubbin’, just call a minicab straight to KOKO.
Address: A Camden High St, London NW1 7JE
Hours: Depending on the venue, Box office is open from 12 AM to 5 PM, Monday to Friday
XOYO is so well known especially amongst clubbing fans. The club opened in 2010 and hit the top 5 of London’s night venues. With live shows during the weekdays and buzzy DJ shows in the weekend is of the hippest places in London. XOYO has two rooms of party space and second floor with café bar. The venue has been turned into street art space thanks to recent refurbishment.
DJ’s like Friendly Fires, Digitalism, Erol Alkan, Felix Da Housecat, Simian Mobile Disco, Tiga, Mark Ronson, 2 Many DJs, Tensnake, Jacques Lu Cont, Mylo, Alex Metric played there. Sometimes there are after parties and themed parties.
Address: Shoreditch, 32-37 Cowper St, London EC2A 4AP
Hours: Week – 8-3 PM and Weekend 9-4 PM
Under two railway arches, Corsica Studios is one slightly unusual and still quite loved night club. It has been established by a non-profit Arts Organization, with the intention to bring creativity to night life and techno lovers. There are two rooms, live music area, and smaller studio. Corsica Studios is for dubstep, new wave, electronica lovers. You can hear old school sets, played side by side with contemporary DJ’s. Regular nights bring Tessellate, Trouble Vision, Raymundo Rodriguez, Rubin and another underground, creative souls.
Address: Elephant & Castle/ 4/5 Elephant Rd, London SE17 1LB
Hours: Depending on the event – in the range between 8 PM-6 AM
Fabric is one of the oldest clubs in London, still living and still on the wave. It opened in 1999 and continuously plays quality D&B, techno-house, dubstep, and electro. The club has three areas with live scenes, and they’re famous with their vibrating floor in the first room. And when saying vibrating, we mean you can feel the sound through your whole body, inside you.
Some of their regular guests are Adam Beyer, Adam Shelton, Alan Fitzpatrick, Apollonia, Ben Klock, Ben Sims, Dave Clarke. Parties start at Friday or Saturday night and play continuously to Monday morning. During the week, Fabric is closed, though occasionally they put parties.
Address: 77A Charterhouse St, London EC1M 6HJ
Hours: Fri, Sat and Sun from 11 PM
Studio 338 is the biggest night club in London, It can host up to 3000 people. It has huge open air arena for the summer times and heated open air space as well as inside space wide enough. Studio 338 has become one the hippest night venues in London, playing the biggest names in electro music.
Their program includes Half Baked, Frontera, Sankeys, Holy Jam, All day I dream and Circue do Soul clubbing nights. Other residents of Studio 338 are Krankbrother, Hospitality, and Secretsundaze.
Address: Greenwich/ 338 Boord St, London SE10 0PF
Hours: Parties usually start at midday until late
Top 5 Pubs in London
The Mayflower, named after the famous ship, travelled from this site way back in 1620. It is one of the oldest pubs in London. It’s set on the River Thames with a calming view of the water. Opened in the same year, even today The Mayflower keeps its original spirit and interior. Inside you will find wooden panelled walls, short massive tables and dimmed light.
At the bar, you can try a number of crafted beers, traditional ales, and local cheese. At the upper floor is situated a dining room, offering British cuisine combined with contemporary European kitchen. It won’t be cheap, though, but where else you can sit in the 17th century drinking beer?
Address: 117 Rotherhithe St, London SE16 4NF
Hours: Mon-Sat from 11 AM to 11 PM
Ye Olde Mitre
Ye Olde Mitre Pub in Holborn has quite a history! Built in 1546 by Bishop Goodrich, it was once part of Cambridge collecting point for licenses. Ye Olde Mitre is surrounded by history in one of the most charming districts.
Ye Olde Mitre is a typical quiet pub with a cosy and warm atmosphere for sophisticated talks or calm lunch or dinner. It’s not suitable for noisy gatherings, except if you hire one of the rooms. The Bishop’s room is small lounge room, in light red for family parties. The Snug on the ground floor is perfect for intimate meeting, as it can bear only 8 people, inside its wooden interior with leather chairs.
Address: 1 Ely Pl, London EC1N 6SJ
Hours: Mon- Fri from 11 AM-11 PM
Lamb & Flag
Lamb & Flag has been standing on Rose Street in Covent Garden since 1772 when it was called The Cooper Arms. The pub was renamed in 1833, but except for the name nothing really changed. It is known for its old days of the bare-knuckle fight. Probably this one has changed. Today, it is a favourite place for friends and families meetings.
It is also popular with the Charles Dickens photograph, who was, as believed, a regular customer of the pub. The walls are decorated with pictures and photograph, and the interior is light and simple.
They have quite a collection of whiskies and serve traditional British cuisine. Stop by to try some Sunday roast at the Lamb and Flag.
Address: 33 Rose St, London WC2E 9EB
Hours: Mon-Thu 12AM-8PM, Fri-Sat 12 AM-5 PM and Sunday 12 AM – 9 PM
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese
Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese is one more of “Ye Olde” historic pubs spread around London. There are many pubs called like that, but the original spot is located on Fleet Street since 1538. The pub was eventually rebuilt in 1667 after the devastation of the Great London Fire.
The interior, not only looks, but it is antique. Tourist and locals love it, because of its small room, connected randomly. Under the cellar bar is hidden the crypt of Whitefriars monastery, aging 4 centuries. You can have a pint of Sam Smith’s beer or some gravy, tasty steak.
Address: 145 Fleet Street, London, EC4A 2BU
Hours: Mon-Fri 11 AM-11 PM, Sat- 12 AM-11 PM and Sunday 12 AM – 4 PM
Princess Louise in Holborn is a typical Victorian pub. So if haven’t been to one, this is your shot. The interior is rich, with dark carved wood paneled walls, highly ornamented and decorative mirrors hanging. The atmosphere inside reminds more of a church, than a pub, but still I favorite place for workers and guest of Holborn.
The prices won’t burn a hole in your pocket. We suggest having your beer at the bar, as it’s quite romantic, with the bar lamps and the huge amount of bottles.
Address: 208 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EP
Hours: Mon-Fri 11 AM-11 PM, Sat 12 AM-11 PM and Sunday 12 AM-6:45 PM