93 Feet East
In the very vibrant Brick Lane area this huge multi-room club plays every times of music under the sun. Join the hip young things in the wrap-around courtyard or relaxing on the sofas or get on the dance floor. Entrance is free every Friday.
Artesian Bar, Langham Hotel
Hotel bars can often lack atmosphere. No such problems here. Designed by David Collins, the décor brings ornate flourishes and Chinese influences to the elegant Victorian building. Throw in an excellent drinks menu and its little wonder the bar is a hangout for the fashionable and fabulous.
An African-themed lounge for sophisticated imbibing; settle into a chocolate-brown leather chair and raise a champagne cocktail to the queen – who lives across the street.
One of London’s best music venues, this iconic spot has hosted world famous live acts and top DJs.
A Shoreditch institution this great multi-use space can see you from dinner through to the early hours. Home to both top bands and those newer on the music scene, clubbers can hear some great tunes and then chill out in their newly renovated garden.
Circus is a brand new and wildly popular concept combining cocktail bar with cabaret restaurant. Designer Tom Dixon has created a glamorous and decadent setting and while performances are never revealed in advance – this just adds to the fun. Just choose a cocktail and enjoy the show.
Dream Bags and Jaguar Shoes
The East End's grungy sensibility saturates this local bar – once home to footwear and handbag shops – where the walls blaze with art exhibitions.
If mega clubs don’t do it for you, this intimate-feeling three-floor venue should be just up your street. Designed with an Ibiza vibe, in the summer the garden has a balcony terrace, hammocks, and bar. Beats tend towards house, techno, and soulful house.
Go early to dodge the queue for this serious three-room dancefest; Friday's "Live" event rules with its big, funky hip-hop beats, while Saturday goes house/techno.
Kettner's Champagne Bar
Set in a beautiful Georgian building in buzzing Soho, Kettner’s Champagne Bar is perfect for a private booth and some bubbles with the cool crowd. The décor mixes velvets with polished wood, which all adds up to old school glamour at its very best.
Milk & Honey
One of London’s tres-chic nightspots since opening in 2002, this three floor bar is always busy. Despite being a members-only bar, like its New York counterpart, this Soho hangout actually welcomes visitors who book ahead, giving everyone the chance to enjoy the top cocktails and hip atmosphere.
Pizza Express Jazz Club
Slip downstairs for intimate, live jazz from established and rising stars; children are welcome and the pizza is tasty, making for a convivial scene.
The Book Club
Opened in November 2009, the East London addition is set over two floors in a former Victorian warehouse. Alongside film, art, poetry, and pool playing, DJs mix cool tracks until the early hours.
Music reigns at this unpretentious club where some major indie acts got started; live bands share the week with DJ theme nights that rock.
The Friendly Society
Before hitting the clubs, duck into this hip, gay basement lounge for DJ-fueled cocktails and stylish people-watching from the white leather seats.
Following a major refurbishment this is perhaps the perfect pub to spend an evening. The décor is all squishy sofas and flickering candles, a well pulled pint is always within reach, and the food is pub grub at its very best.
The Old Brewery Bar
Run by the award winning Meantime Brewing Company, this bar is part of a complex dedicated to the famous drink. Start the evening here in a simple setting of exposed brickwork and work your way through a menu of over 60 beers.
Opened in 1999 this club had one simple aim, ‘great music and better booze.’ Fast forward ten years and the manifesto is still going strong.
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