Whether it’s the late sunset, the azure blue waters, anytime rain, or the green lands, London is a fascinating destination to explore during the day. But that’s not all London boasts of. There are plenty of things to see, explore and enjoy in London at night. Especially for visitors looking for something different in this well-known capital city.
London legitimately became a city that never sleeps after the introduction of the Night Tube. This all-day tube runs on Friday and Saturday nights on the Jubilee, Victoria, most of the Northern, Central, and Piccadilly lines. Not many tour guides will offer a London at night tour, but it is one you must see for yourself.
From exploring London’s quiet streets or museums after hours to participating in an immersive theatre show, enjoy live music and eat out, here are Skyscanner’s top places to explore and things to do in London at night.
London at night -Top Places to Explore
Explore London’s Interesting Pubs and Bars:
One of the most talked about restaurant and bar in London is the Sketch. It is known for its contemporary restaurant, unusual décor, unconventional staff and unique atmosphere you can enjoy. From cotton candy shots, sweet pepper juice and more, you can choose to eat at any of the four restaurants that offer food that suits every palate and desire.
Open hours: Mon – Fri 8 am – 2 am, Saturday 10 am – 2 am, Sunday 10 am to 12 pm
Don’t forget the Ice Bar on Regents street. There are many bars like this one. This frozen bar and its contents like the walls, tables, seats and the shot glasses too are made from Swedish ice. Considering the temperature is -5° C you can stay inside for 45 minutes only if you would like to avoid the risk of hypothermia. Make the most of its fantastic meals, eclectic cocktails, and fascinating ice carvings you will find at the Ice Bar. The other places to explore on your pub crawl in London at night are Prince George, Long Bar, The Russian, Big Chill House and Mother Bar.
Open Hours: Mon -Thu 3.30 pm –10.15 pm, Friday 2.45 pm – 11.45 pm, Saturday 11.45 am – 12.30 am, Sunday 2 pm-11.30 pm
Districts that look the best at night in London
Of course, you cannot see everything London has to offer during the day. However, there are a few interesting areas that look the best at night. Visiting Piccadilly Circus during the day really doesn’t impress much as it is at its most striking after dark. Visit the area at night to experience and appreciate the effect of the billboards and lights, that will remind you of New York’s Times Square.
Its energetic atmosphere is unmatched by any other place in the UK. Shops, Bars, and restaurants that are open late into the night, and explore several city landmarks after dark, make this place a must see if you are visiting London. Other areas worth visiting include Soho and the Leicester Square.
Open hours: Piccadilly Circus – 9 am – 12 am
Leicester Square – Shops 10 am – 12 am, Bars 10 am – 2 am
Soho – Shops 10 am – 7 pm, Bars 12 pm – 3 am
Enjoy the Night Views at London
London lights up at night and enjoying a night view of renowned landmarks, like the Big Ben, Tower Bridge, the Parliament Houses, the Greenwich Observatory, the London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral or the Trafalgar Square. Check the London By Night tour, which lets you experience the view from their open-top Double Decker.
If you’d like a unique aerial view, then hop on the London Eye and enjoy the panoramic view of London from high up in the air. It is a one-of-a-kind experience compared to activities during the day. And it’s the London Eye after all!
If an aerial view is not enough then The Shard -the tallest skyscraper in London and Western Europe offers a breathtaking 360-degree view of London and beyond. Of course, you can eat and drink here, but most people flock to the building for The View from The Shard, which, fortunately, is also offered at night, up to 10 pm. To get the best views you can pick from floor 68 to floor 72, which feature hi-tech technology for the optimum viewing experience.
Trafalgar Square – Throughout the day
London Eye – October – March 10am – 8.30pm, April -June10am – 9pm, July – September 10am -9.30pm
Greenwich Observatory -10am – 5pm
The Shard – April– October 10 am – 10 pm, November – March Sunday-Wednesday 10 am – 7 pm, Thursday-Saturday10am-10 pm.
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Must-see Places in London at Night
Attend the traditional Ceremony of Keys at the Tower of London. It takes place every day at exactly 9.53 pm. This 700-year-old ceremony of locking the Tower of London is open to the public for free. However, you must send in an application to attend the ceremony at least 60 days in advance. For photography enthusiasts remember to get a nice shot the Big Ben and Tower Bridge lit up at night. Other places to visit are Chinatown,the Sea Life Aquarium at London.
Boogie along to ska,roots, reggae, and folk music at Hootananny Brixton that offers plenty of free gigs you can enjoy. If comedy is your idea of fun, then the free Angel Comedy Club at Camden Head in Islington is where you head to. It is open through the week.Find flights to London
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