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The Best Nightlife Spots In London For Travellers

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London is a popular travel destination, attracting millions of people from all over the world every year. That fact should come as no surprise: the capital of the UK is, in many ways, the centre of modern Western civilisation. The city is home to some of the world’s most famous historical sites and businesses.

But what about nightlife? If you’re travelling to the city, which are the best districts? Let’s take a look.

Covent Garden

Covent Garden

Covent Garden is one of the flashiest parts of London, home to a beautiful covered garden interspersed with places to eat and drink. Covent Garden isn’t the cheapest location in the capital, but it does provide exceptional food and entertainment. Just a few minutes walk from Covent Garden underground station you can find theatres and visit the opera.


Soho is the most famous district in London for nightlife. The streets are packed with bars and clubs which often hire professional DJs to preside over the music. Prices here tend to be lower than in Covent Garden, but expect to pay up to £7 for a pint of beer and £10 for a glass of wine.

Elephant Castle

Elephant and Castle

Elephant and Castle is an area of London to the south of the Thames. It’s named after the famous Elephant and Castle pub and is a nightlife hotspot for people who live in south London, like Croydon. What’s nice about the Elephant and Castle is that it remains relatively unknown to tourists. If you’re travelling to London and want to escape the crowds, then it’s the perfect place to go. You’ll be able to mingle with the locals and get a feel for what life is like for the average Londoner on a Friday or Saturday night.

Canary Wharf

Canary Wharf was once just a business district full of offices and not much else. But today, it’s become much more than that. It’s a city within a city. A new bar in Canary Wharf is being added practically every week in stunning surroundings. If you’re the sort of person who likes modern architecture, then you will appreciate this part of London. Canary Wharf is some distance from the traditional tourist magnets, like Leicester Square, but it has a charm and history of its own. Just thirty years ago, none of the current development existed. It was mainly docks. Canary Wharf is a tribute to urban regeneration.

Kings Cross

The area around Kings Cross station never sleeps. Taxis, buses and trucks roar past the station day and night, ferrying people and goods from one location to another around the capital. Kings Cross is home to a wealth of restaurants, clubs and pubs all within striking distance from the terminal. You’ll find many along the York Road which runs north out of the city towards the boroughs of Kentish Town, Camden and Islington.

Kings Cross is also the site of significant new development with new shops and bars. Some venues in the station combine drinking with shopping and other activities – well worth checking out.

(4) Comments

  1. Rebecca Smith says:

    I might have to check out the Kings Cross nightlife – I keep meaning to go with friends for a night out in London but want to be able to get home easily – this sounds perfect.

  2. I really should explore London more when I stay over, I’m usually so tired from my day that I collapse into my hotel bed

  3. Soho is an absolute MUSt for a night out! I love it there so much for the eclectic mix of people, culture and music. So much fun xxx

  4. I love covent garden and soho, I’ve never thought of Elephant and Castle though so good to know for somewhere different to try.

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