London after dark: A spellbinding night in the city

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London is one of the most eclectic and exciting cities on the planet, with all manner of outstanding sights to see and experiences to enjoy for those who in the know.

However, not everyone who plans a trip to this vibrant urban centre comes fully prepared with an itinerary of great things to do, so we’re hoping to offer some great advice for anyone interested in enjoying a fantastic night on the town in this great city.

With everything from theatre to socialising, sightseeing to culture, London offers something for everyone to enjoy after dark. So, sit back, relax and find some inspiration for a fantastic night out by reading on:

Take a ride on the London Eye

The London Eye on the South Bank of the River Thames at night in London, England

One of the most breathtaking ways to capture the true beauty of the city is to view it from above and on a warm summer’s night or a crisp winter evening, one of the best places to do this the London Eye.

With panoramic views across central London, visitors are able to enjoy a relaxing turn on one of the world’s largest inner-city ferris wheels by heading to the London Eye.

Built at the turn of the new millennium as part of London’s fanfare celebrations, the viewing wheel has over the years seen millions of visitors, all of whom have been treated to the breathtaking views across the English capital that can be found from its location opposite the iconic Palace of Westminster in the heart of the city.

It adjoins the western end of Jubilee Gardens with the famous South Bank and on a clear night, guests can see for miles around when they reach the top of the wheel’s rotation.

With a height of 443 ft, the London Eye offers 32 enclosed and air-conditioned capsules that hold up to 25 guests in each. It is a perfect spot for groups of friends and family to see the English capital from a new perspective, as well as being a fantastic destination for couples on a romantic night on the town.

Hop on a London by Night Sightseeing Tour

Meanwhile, the views from above continue when visitors to the city head to one of the most popular means of exploring London after dark – a London by Night Sightseeing Tour.

Travellers can head out into the beautiful evening to hop on a tour bus and continue their adventure around the many fantastic and unique attractions that the English capital has to offer.

Picking up and dropping off at selected points throughout the centre of the city – head to official websites for exact details of individual tour groups – an after dark tour of London can be a great experience for all that make the time to do so.

Passing by such iconic landmarks as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, Tower Bridge and many more, a nighttime tour is all the more impressive than taking the same route during the day.

With all of the sights illuminated to show them off in all of their glory, and with a knowledgeable guide to offer insight and history into each of the areas as the bus passes through, there really is no experience like it.

Just remember to wrap up warm, as open-top buses and the British weather aren’t always a marriage made in heaven.

Catch a West End show

For all those with a taste for the bright lights of the stage and the excitement of live performance, London’s West End is surely the place to go.

Some of the most renowned actors and actresses on the planet have worked in London’s exciting West End, while many of the most popular productions to have ever been produced have been put on here.

Combining the bustling London boroughs of Camden and Westminster, the West End is the place to head to for theatre, musicals and much, much more.

Long favoured among the rich and influential throughout London’s long and varied history, this area of the city has been a well-known place to find the very best in London entertainment since the 17th century.

Jam-packed with not only theatres and great stage shows, the location is also a hotbed of culture in all its forms, with a myriad of galleries and museums, great places to eat and socialise, and some of the city’s most famous attractions, including Nelson’s Column and Marble Arch.

Performances on the stage and screen really do lie at the heart of the West End experience though, and some of the most acclaimed theatres of the area include the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, the Lyceum Theatre, the Queen’s Theatre, the Shaftesbury Theatre, the Prince Edward Theatre, and many more.

Party ’til the sun comes up in Shoreditch

shoreditch

Visitors to the English capital who also crave some late night partying and one of the best areas to head to in order to satisfy these urges is the happening and lively district of Shoreditch.

Located in the east of the city in the London Borough of Hackney, Shoreditch is fast becoming one of the trendiest spots for a night out in the whole of London.

A hub for fashion, culture and entertainment, the many bars, restaurants and pubs of the area attract a more youthful crowd, making this the perfect destination for visitors keen to party the night away.

Formerly a predominantly working class area of the city, recent years have seen a considerable transformation of Shoreditch, with the gentrification of the locale something that has not always gone down so well with local inhabitants.

However, that said, visitors to the area can always be assured a very warm welcome, with plenty of places to head to on a bangin’ night out.

Indeed, some of the top choices for anyone hoping to sample some lively London nightlife in the area include The Macbeth, The Shoreditch Butchery and the Princess of Shoreditch, but there are many more fantastic destinations to head to besides.

Laugh all night at the Comedy Store

Finally, for all London travellers who enjoy having their funny bone tickled during a night on the town, the Comedy Store remains one of the best venues in the whole of the UK to find the latest and best live comedians.

Visitors can be assured they will have a fantastic evening of side-splitting guffaws when planning a trip here, with the comedy coming thick and fast for revellers to enjoy. The venue also offers a well-stocked bar and guests can grab a bit to eat between acts, making this a perfect way to spend a night out in London.

A range of different shows take place throughout the week for Comedy Store guests to enjoy, ranging from open mic nights to showcases of the best new up-and-comedic talent, through to evenings of improvisation and established acts that are sure to deliver on the laughs.

Full details of upcoming events and gigs at the venue can be found by heading to the official website of the Comedy Store – be sure to click on the link for London though, as this popular venue has branches right across the UK.

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