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Nightlife in London

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London isn't as late-night a city as, say, New York or Barcelona. Traditional licensing laws, along with the lack of 24-hour public transportation, mean that culturally, an evening out tends to end by midnight so that everyone can catch the last tube (no one likes a night bus). But the nightlife is definitely worth experiencing. And if you know where to look, there are bars with late licenses—plenty to keep the party going all night.
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Greater London, UK
London has an abundance of unusual bars, for those looking for a special drinking experience. First on the menu—a rum bar with an entrance through a toilet. The Portside Parlour has the right amount of quirk for someone looking for a fun night...
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77A Charterhouse St, Clerkenwell, London EC1M 6HJ, UK
There are plenty of clubs in London, but few come as big as Fabric. For hard-core house fans, this is the ultimate destination, and even if you're a dance music dilettante like me, it's worth a visit, just the once, to experience the atmosphere....
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Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD, UK
There's something very special about the Royal Academy of Arts, hidden away off Piccadilly, and home to some of the greatest masters in history. The Keeper's House used to store some of the works that weren't on show, but in late 2013 it's been...
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58 Poland St, Soho, London W1F 7NR, UK
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Some of the most intriguing cocktails in London can be found at Jason Atherton's bars in Soho: Social Eating House, Pollen Street Social, and the newly opened Newman Street Tavern. That's thanks to Gareth Evans, officially crowned the best...
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West End, Woking GU24, UK
London's dazzling array of plays and musicals has been wowing audiences for years. Watching a musical at London's West End is the perfect way to spend some quality time with your loved one. Opt for the seductive dance moves of Dirty Dancing,...
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20 Sherwood St, Soho, London W1F 7ED, UK
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Looking for a late-night speakeasy? This one's a charmer. The Bar Americain's fairly hidden from the street, but when you get down there, it's like going back in time. You find a 1930s, art deco wonder, with white-jacketed cocktail waiters and an...
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Greater London, UK
The Thames is bound to be an integral part of your vacation experience in London. So there isn't a better way to commemorate your visit to the city than by taking a dinner cruise along the Thames. It provides the perfect combination of great food,...
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Dalston, London E8 2NU, UK
If you're in London, and you don't like the idea of heading home at midnight, then Dalston is one of the best areas to head to. It's the ultimate after-hours locale, with plenty of late night bars, restaurants, and music venues. It's full of...