Whether you’re looking to cut costs, enjoy a night out with colleagues after leaving the meeting room in Paddington, or simply looking to avoid the atmosphere and environment of clubs, there is a growing popularity for experiences which enable you to step outside the box and try something a little different.
In this article, we’re inviting you to leave behind your hotel room at the Park Grand London Paddington, to step away from work and your meeting room in West London, and to immerse yourself in the late night activities which don’t involve clubbing in London.
But first, what do you need to know about night-time in London?
Essential information for night time attractions in London
The main thing you need to know about London at night is that most of the tube lines stop running at some point in the early hours, with a handful of lines running all night during the weekends and specific times as confirmed by TfL. What this means is that we recommend planning your route back to your Park Grand London Heathrow hotel or other accommodation in advance, so that you know if you’ll need to order an Uber, find a bus, or hop on a tube when you’re ready to head home.
The other thing to note about London at night is that many of the daytime venues completely transform themselves at night – with Soho one of the main areas where business premises become club nights as soon as the sun dips and evening arrives.
How to spend your evenings in London – without a club in sight
Catch a show in the West End
Soho might transform itself into a club district at night, but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in a little entertainment around the West End – by visiting one of the many musicals and plays that show every night of the week in London’s famous show district.
From Disney-inspired musicals to more serious plays, lively dance numbers and moving performances, the West End of London is the home of musical theatre and provides a really immersive and enjoyable night out for groups from all walks of life and of all ages. Consider pairing your show with a pre-dinner meal at one of the surrounding restaurants or eateries, and head to a bar after the show for another drink or take a walk along the river while you and your group dissect the performance and its many merits.
Try some comedy
With the West End taking centre stage, it can be easy to forget that musical numbers and moving plays aren’t the only things on offer in London. Comedy is big business in London, with venues large and small filling their spaces with comedy lovers several nights a week and giving the stage to both well known and lesser known performers seeking their big break.
Heaven night club in London is an excellent example of a venue which offers a multitude of experiences to different visitors – with its comedy nights well loved by those of all ages. It is worth noting however that many of the evening comedy shows are not suitable for children. In addition, for more mainstream performers, you will generally find that large stages such as the O2 and Wembley arena get booked out for such performances – while the smaller and more local stages are for up and coming comedians.
Enjoy a river cruise
One of the best things about London is that it is separated down the middle by the river Thames, which not only provides the city with a central marker around which to get your bearings while exploring, but which also becomes a form of entertainment in itself during both the day and at night.
Many of the boats which travel up and down the river Thames offer evening and dinner cruises, with some boats able to be hired exclusively for events while others simply offer a place to enjoy a drink and take in the views from yet another different perspective.
And while we’re on the subject of views and perspective…
Up at the O2
One of the most popular attractions over in East London, Up at the O2 sees visitors invited to literally walk over the top of the O2 arena’s exterior structure, with the sunset and evening walks marking the perfect place from which to enjoy the views and take in all London has to offer.
If walking isn’t your thing or you’d rather enjoy the views alongside a little more stability, the Sky Garden is a great place to go during the evening to look over the city, or you can book a pod on the London Eye at sun down.
Explore the culture, art, and history
The perfect experience for those who want to make the most of their time in the city, some of the top museums and galleries in London actually offer late night openings for those who want to enjoy some peace and quiet while looking at the exhibits and art pieces on display. A great time to visit such attractions when you can be sure that the crowds will be much smaller, this is a particularly popular night time option for those stuck in meeting rooms all day on business trips, or for those with little ones who can’t stop talking about the gallery or museum they visited earlier that day.
London at night – is it all drinks and clubs?
A diverse city where culture and history come together with exquisite foods and memorable views, there is something for everyone in London – whether what you want is drinks and dancing, or something a little more lowkey and outside the box.
Finally, why not consider putting your hotel to the test by using their facilities during the evening – making the most of room service, the inhouse hotel bar, or even the spa and other leisure facilities that may be open and on offer to guests. Speak to your hotel to find out more about these options.