There’s no place like London if you’re a traveller hungry for culture and want to enjoy a wide variety of entertainment options that are found literally side by side.
With its vibrant nightlife, London is the perfect city to spend a night out and in this article we take a look at the top five nights out you can enjoy while in London.
1 – Dance the night away at the Ministry of Sound
If you want to spend a night partying away with hundreds of fellow revellers, then Ministry of Sound should be at the top of your London itinerary.
The iconic club, probably one of the UK’s best known nightlife venues, is housed within an old bus depot and each section features different music genres to suit all tastes, including chillout areas to relax and unwind while sipping a drink at the bar, as well as wild dance floors where you can let loose.
The club has an impressive roster of DJs and attracts some of the hottest worldwide talent of trance, techno and house music.
After extensive renovations that came to an end in 2013, Ministry of Sound now offers an improved sound system, exclusive VIP suites with viewing galleries and two new balconies where you can observe the ecstatic crowd beneath you.
2 – Let go of your inhibitions at the cabaret
London’s edgy cabaret scene has gone from strength to strength over the past few years and there are now niches ranging from classy burlesque acts to glamorous drag queens, and from circus troupes to sophisticated satirists that bring the house down every evening.
There are always new clubs popping up on the radar, but one of the most prestigious places to visit in London is The Box. This outrageous members-only venue attracts only the most deep-pocket patrons searching for the most decadent and flamboyant entertainment at the heart of world’s culture capital.
Other popular cabaret shows include ‘La Rève’ at Cafe de Paris, the Wam Bam Club and ‘Bête Noire’ at Madame JoJos.
3 – Gamble at The Casino at The Empire
Located at the heart of London, in the middle of the vibrant Leicester square, the Casino at the Empire is one of the most elegant casinos in the city. No membership is required to enter the building and the sheer level of opulence and luxury of this casino means that you’ll soon become a regular at the tables.
If you’re a tourist on a tight schedule (and budget) The Casino and The Empire might just be the place to win your holiday money back. Or else continue your trip vagabond-style! No matter, you’re bound to feel good once you sink into one of the leather chairs in the casino and relax after a lengthy session of culture watch.
The games at the casino are aimed at players of every skill level and you can join in on any of the tournaments that are regularly hosted there.
Although you don’t need to sign up to play at the casino, there are many benefits to enjoy if you do become a member. Each time you play you win loyalty points which can then be redeemed on food and beverages at the bar or restaurant.
Feeling tired but still want to play some cards? Head back to your hotel, log on to one of the many top UK poker sites and win some money! OK it’s not as glamorous as playing in a casino but it’s a great way to practice.
4 – Catch a West End musical
London’s West End is where fantasy, magic and dreams come true. The street is full of theatres playing some of the world’s longest running classics such as ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Billy Elliot’ and ‘The Lion King’.
There are new additions every year and you can enjoy some of the latest musicals to hit the stage like ‘Shrek’, ‘Matilda’ and the side-splittingly funny ‘Book of Mormon’.
Entertainment is guaranteed from the moment the lights dim and the curtain goes up. Each production is finely crafted to move the audience to laughter, tears and screams as the stories you’ve seen on screen come to life in front of your very eyes.
5 – Check out some classic and arthouse cinema
London boasts some of Europe’s best places to watch indie flicks. Cinephiles everywhere will love the atmospheric, retro feel of places like the Rio in Dalston.
If you prefer more modern comforts then indulge in a unique movie experience at the Everyman cinema where each screen is equipped with sofas, waitress services and abundant legroom to stretch out and relax.
The Prince Charles Cinema located near Leicester Square is a gem that screens some of the most beloved cult classics, as well as lesser known films. The cinema is spread over two levels, one dedicated to classic movies and the other to premium modern films.
Have you booked your tickets yet? The entertainment options in this article are only a small slice of the incredible melting pot of cultural and artistic influences that can be found in the streets of London. Chuck the guidebooks away and check it out for yourself. Before long, you’ll be enjoying a night out in the city like a real Londoner.