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The pace with which London bars and clubs go in and out of fashion is mind-boggling. New trends, likewise, emerge all time. In one somewhat recent development, the dreaded velvet rope has been usurped by the doorbell-ringing mystique of members-only drinking clubs. Some of the city's most talked-about nightlife spots these days are those attached to some of the best restaurants and hotels—no wonder, when you consider the increased popularity of London cuisine in international circles. Moreover, the gay scene in London is still going strong. One constant of the nightlife here is variety. The understated glamour of north London's Primrose Hill, which makes movie stars feel so at ease, might be considered dull by the übertrendy club goers of London's East End. Likewise, the price of a pint in Chelsea would be considered blasphemous by the musicians and poets of multicultural Peckham.

Whatever your pleasure, however your whim turns come evening, chances are you'll find what you're looking for in London's ever-changing arena of activity and invention.

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  • 1. Amused Moose Comedy

    Soho

    This roving West End comedy-night group is often considered the best way to see new talent as well as established household names doing "secret" shows....Read More

  • 2. Bar Américain

    Soho

    The beaux-arts interior of this popular subterranean bar just north of Piccadilly Circus is so opulent that you'd be forgiven for thinking it had been...Read More

  • 3. Experimental Cocktail Club

    Chinatown

    It's easy to miss the unmarked shabby-chic black door with a scuffed wash of red paint on Chinatown's hectic Gerrard Street, but once you find...Read More

  • 4. Pizza Express Jazz Club

    Soho

    One of the United Kingdom's most ubiquitous pizza chains also runs a leading jazz venue in Soho. Established in 1976, the dimly lit basement restaurant...Read More

  • 5. Ronnie Scott's

    Soho

    Britain's most famous jazz club has attracted the biggest names—from Stan Getz to Ella Fitzgerald and Jimi Hendrix—since opening nearby on Gerrard Street in 1959...Read More

  • 6. The 100 Club

    Soho

    Since this legendary live music venue opened on Oxford Street in 1942, many of the greats have played here, from swing and jazz stars Glenn...Read More

  • 7. The Blind Pig

    Soho

    Chances are you won't have heard of half the ingredients on the cocktail menu at this dark and sultry bar above Social Eating House, famed...Read More

  • 8. The Coach & Horses

    Soho

    On the corner of Greek Street, Soho's most famous pub is as authentic as they come, complete with light oak screens and fittings, spittoon troughs,...Read More

  • 9. The Comedy Store

    Soho

    Before heading off to prime time, some of the United Kingdom's funniest stand-ups cut their teeth here, at what's considered the birthplace of alternative comedy...Read More

  • 10. The Phoenix Arts Club

    Soho

    Thankfully, by booking online, nonmembers can gain entry to this legendary West End open mic, musical theater, cabaret, and late-night private members' club. Frequented by...Read More

  • 11. Ain't Nothin' But ...

    Soho

    This sweaty and fun venue off Carnaby Street does exactly what its name suggests. Local blues musicians, as well as some notable names, squeeze onto...Read More

  • 12. Ku Bar

    Soho

    A deliciously camp vibe, toned bar staff, and a friendly atmosphere make this one of Soho's most popular LGBTQ+ bars. The crowd is mostly male,...Read More

  • 13. Ku Bar

    Soho | Bars/Pubs

    A deliciously camp vibe, toned bar staff, and a friendly atmosphere make this one of Soho's most popular gay bars. The crowd is mostly male...Read More

  • 14. She

    Soho

    This female-focused basement club, part of the popular Ku group of LGBTQ+ venues, is a standout on the Soho scene. It welcomes a mostly lesbian...Read More

  • 15. The Dog and Duck

    Soho

    A beautiful example of a High Victorian pub, The Dog and Duck has a majestic interior overflowing with thousands of ornate glazed tiles, etched mirrors,...Read More

  • 16. The Friendly Society

    Soho

    An unremarkable-looking door in a Soho alleyway leads down some dingy steps into one of the most fun LGBTQ+ joints in the neighborhood. Hopping with...Read More

  • 17. 12 Bar Club

    Soho | Live Music

    This small and rough-and-ready acoustic club hosts notable singer-songwriters. Four different acts of new folk, contemporary country, blues...Read More

  • 18. Disco

    Soho | Dance Clubs

    At the end of an unlikely looking alley in the Newburgh Quarter is the entrance to Disco, a fun club playing, yep, you've guessed it, disco...Read More

  • 19. Mark's Bar

    Soho

    At bon vivant Mark Hix's relaxed basement Soho haunt, you can knock back decidedly British cocktails (from age-old recipes) like the Britz Spritz or a...Read More

  • 20. The Shadow Lounge

    Soho

    This fabulous little lounge and dance club glitters with twinkling fiber-optics after an extensive makeover. It has a serious A-list celebrity factor, with the glamorous...Read More

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