7 Things to Do in London at Night
As one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the world, London is home to a plethora of activities for every kind of night time wanderer. Whether you’re heading out for a lively evening with friends or looking for a more trip of the city, here is our pick of things to do in London at night.
Take in the views at the Sky Garden
To start your evening, head up to the Sky Garden for spectacular views of glittering London. It’s a glass dome housing three floors of landscaped gardens along Fenchurch Street. The viewing platform is open for free until 9pm on weekends, but the bars in the area are open as late as 1am.
Spend the night at a museum
Another way to learn more about London after dark is to explore its museums. Many of London’s most fascinating museums, such as the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum open their doors after-hours on special days of the week or month. Don’t miss Europe’s largest neon art warehouse in God’s Own Junkyard, which is open until 9pm on Fridays.
Explore the city’s streets
There’s never a dull night at many of London’s districts. The Culture Trip recommends spending a few hours exploring London’s Southbank, one of the city’s thriving artistic hubs. The Southbank Centre and Royal Festival Hall host some exciting food stalls, restaurants and events.
You can follow that up with a stroll along the Thames. Although the entire riverbank is undeniably beautiful, the most picturesque stretch lies between Westminster and Tower Bridge.
Try out London street food
Grab a bite to eat at one of London’s famous food stalls, for a delicious meal on a budget. Head over to Brixton and Soho for some great food stalls that bring the world’s many cuisines to two very popular London locations.
Visit the oldest bingo halls in London
Nearly 600 bingo halls open their doors to regular players everyday across the country, but some of the oldest and grandest of these are located in the capital. Pay a visit to Granada Cinema in Southeast London, which was built in Art Deco style in the 1930s and converted into a bingo venue that plays host to nightly games.
Also, the ‘60s relic Elephant and Castle Shopping Centre in South London is a blast from the past. The psychedelic carpet and groovy décor is testament to the resilience of London’s bingo communities, which have been a big part of London’s culture. These communities, built over a common hobby, have grown over the years and more recently, expanded into the digital space. Reputable gaming site Foxy Bingo has a varied community of adults of different ages and backgrounds, and this kind of fellowship is common across the UK as well as abroad. The great social vibe has drawn in people by the thousands, providing them with not just a way to have fun, but also to make connections with people who share the same interests. And this is definitely something you should experience firsthand if you visit London.
Have a laugh
The comedy scene in London is brimming with talent, and plenty of venues for local and international comedians to showcase their ability. The Comedy Store, one of the most influential alternative comedy institutions in the city, hosts intimate shows every night near Piccadilly Circus. If you’re on a budget, check out Comedy Café in East London, which hosts free shows on Wednesdays.
Catch a gig
London is full of iconic music venues. As previously shared here on the Gooster blog, some of the best places to catch exciting gigs are Fabric along Charterhouse St. and Studio 338 along Boord St. Jazz fans should head to Soho’s many offerings, such as Ronnie Scott’s and Jazz After Dark. Make sure to explore Shoreditch as well, which regularly attracts London’s young music lovers with its street art and vibrant nightlife.
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