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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. Gordon's Wine Bar

    Westminster

    Nab a rickety candlelit table in the atmospheric, 1890s, low-slung, brick-vaulted cellar interior of what claims to be the oldest wine bar in London, or...Read More

  • 2. Prospect of Whitby

    East End

    Named after a collier ship, this is one of London's oldest riverside pubs, dating to around 1520. Although a regular for Dickens, Pepys, Samuel Johnson,...Read More

  • 3. Scarfes Bar

    Holborn

    Named after renowned London-born artist and caricaturist Gerald Scarfe (whose work adorns the walls), the Rosewood’s seductively glamorous bar is one part Edwardian gentleman's club...Read More

  • 4. 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

  • 5. The Dove

    Hammersmith

    Read the list of famous ex-regulars, from Charles II and Nell Gwyn to Ernest Hemingway and Dylan Thomas, as you wait for a beer at...Read More

  • 6. The Holy Tavern

    Clerkenwell

    Loved by Londoners and owned by the well-respected St. Peter's Brewery in Suffolk, The Holy Tavern is one-of-a-kind: small, historic, atmospheric, and endearingly eccentric. Antique...Read More

  • 7. The Anglesea Arms

    Chelsea

    The front patio and wood-paneled bar of this traditional pub next door to Charles Dickens's former residence is invariably crowded, especially after work, but the...Read More

  • 8. The Bull and Last

    Highgate | Bars/Pubs

    A luxurious menu featuring dishes like roast venison and handmade ricotta and black cabbage ravioli makes this large corner pub a must for visitors...Read More

  • 9. 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

  • 10. The Harp

    Covent Garden

    This is the sort of friendly flower-decked locale you might find on some out-of-the-way backstreet, except that it's right in the middle of town, between...Read More

  • 11. The Roebuck

    Richmond

    Perched on top of Richmond Hill, The Roebuck has perhaps the best view of any pub in London. The most sought-after seats are the benches...Read More

  • 12. The Spaniards Inn

    Hampstead

    Ideal as a refueling point when you're hiking over Hampstead Heath, this atmospheric oak-beamed pub has been serving customers since 1585 and comes with a...Read More

  • 13. The Ten Bells

    Spitalfields

    Although the number of bells in its name has varied between 8 and 12, depending on how many bells were used by neighboring Christ Church...Read More

  • 14. Ye Olde Mitre

    City of London

    Hidden off the side of 8 Hatton Gardens (and notoriously hard to find), this cozy pub's roots go back to 1546, though it was rebuilt...Read More

  • 15. Ye Olde Watling

    City of London

    This busy corner pub has been rebuilt at least three times since 1666. One of its incarnations was as the drawing office for Sir Christopher...Read More

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