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London is a versatile city. You can spend the day touring major landmarks like Princess Diana’s Memorial, The Royal Observatory and Big Ben. At night you can take a peaceful stroll across the Thames River. For the bar hopper, you can out drinking and chanting “Werewolves of London” with your lads. The party scene in London has everything different people fancy. Punk bars, chic lounges, sweaty dance clubs and reggae pubs line the various areas of London. So don’t spend your evening reading a book in your London flat. Get up off your bum and experience the flavour of London nights. You won’t regret it until that bloody hangover hits you like a brick wall the next morning.
Drink on a rooftop garden, at classy cocktail bars, in swanky joints with French decor, by the riverside or in tropical themed establishments. London pubs range from budget university pubs to expensive first-class pubs that burn holes in the wallets of mid-range travelers. A wide amount of space has been allocated for drinking wells. With over 4500 pubs in the city, finding a place that is right for you and your fellow blokes is simple.
The Mayflower in London is one of the most popular pubs. As the longest standing pub by the River Thames, this bar takes its’ name and colonial design from the famous sailing vessel, the Mayflower. The pub features tasty ales, colourful spirits and some of the best fish and chips in London. The Inferno Ale particularly pleases the palate.
Sir Richard Steele gets its name from an Irish statesman. This pub gets rather loud and packed at nighttime and is a great place to enjoy a peaceful drink during the day. Artsy, inventive and a bit quirky, this pub has modest prices and a wide selection of hand-crafted ales.
The Earl Ferrers Pub, small and personal, offers a conversation based atmosphere with lots of bar sports. The rhubarb here is downright scrumptious. Try the Espresso Martini as well.
The Palm Tree in London, tucked away in East End, is an upscale establishment with elegant decor. Punters range from wealthier local students to rich businessman. Be prepared to dress up. And be prepared to drink some of the best beer on tap in all of London. Live music nights are particularly eventful here.
The Heights in London is a restaurant and bar combines panoramic views of the London cityscape with great views below. Punters who roll in from the estate have a lot of options when it comes to food and drink. The A La Carte meal has garnered much attention from locals and tourists alike. The atmosphere here is a bit calmer than other drinking dens.
Clubs are scattered throughout all of London. Some of the more popular ones have locations near universities. London clubs, like pubs, range in price, atmosphere and style. Some places you will find that business casual is the way to dress. In others, attire such as T-shirts and jeans may help you to blend in best.
The Ministry of Sound in London hosts a wide variety of DJ’s and has an environment that attracts a good variety of punters. Flashing lights, crowded dance floors, creative cocktails and mindless bliss highlight an evening at this club. Admission prices usually span from £10 to £15.
Club Aquarium has been around since the mid-1990’s and has gained fame in the London club scene. This club has a swimming pool. While it is not advised to go swimming, the fact that this club has one is still cool. Be prepared to dress business casual. This retro club suits the young professional.
The Herbal Club in London is best known for its’ ample selection of music, low priced drinks and unpretentious atmosphere. This is one of those clubs that budget travelers can truly indulge in. The dance floors get packed with people who can and cannot dance. And the terrace outside provides breaks from the sweaty crowds inside.
EGG in London combines psychedelic lighting, high quality DJ’s and a sound system worth noting. Here you can party well into the night. The place closes at six in the morning.
Choosing what to wear depends a lot upon where you are going. Higher priced places typically require collared shirts and dress shoes for men and dresses and nice shoes from women. At medium range pubs and clubs, a nice shirt and jeans is suitable. At cheaper places, there is usually no dress code. Feel out the place and research beforehand if you are unsure what to wear.