The nightclub life of London’s neighbourhoods

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The big smoke is famous for many things and one of those happens to be the quality of its nightlife and the different neighbourhoods that house it.

Although London hasn’t quite captured the tag of the city that never sleeps like New York has, it’s still got a level of synonymity with places that are excellent for late night dancing and partying.

The city is so sprawling and there are several different neighbourhoods that have many types of clubs guaranteed to please even the most discerning of night owls, so all that’s left to do is read up on the area you’d most like to visit!

Soho

Although this is one of the most famous areas in the city for clubs, bars and cool little hangouts, it’s not often that London locals will be found going for a night out in Soho.

That’s not to say that you won’t have a good night there, rather the opposite, you’re sure to have a fantastic time in the likes of The Star At Night, one of London’s oldest gin bars. And, of course, Soho is known for its proximity to world-famous G.A.Y, which is particularly good if there’s a gig or concert on its stage.

However, if you’d like to try something that’s more in-line with what a seasoned Londoner would do then you might want to look in the direction of…

Shoreditch

Even if you haven’t been before, it’s highly likely that you’ll have heard of Shoreditch and to be honest, this area of London does tend to split opinion.

Many cast it aside as a place that’s filled to the brim with hipsters and won’t go anywhere near it for that reason. Despite this, there’s no denying that it is extremely popular and for good reason, as lots of different, quirky bars reside in this area.

One thing you need to remember about Shoreditch, is that most bars and clubs will have some kind of theme. For example, you’ll find comic book bars, circus-themed pubs and cabarets, there’s something for everyone and Shoreditch is proud to say that its niche and cutting edge bars are unlike any others that you’ll find in the city.

Hoxton Square Bar and Grill is great if you’re looking for something that has everything under one roof. You can get your dinner in here and you can also enjoy some live music played by an obscure band, or you can kick back with a gin and tonic – it’s got it all.

Some other highlights in the area for partying include Trapeze, Village Underground and The Princess of Shoreditch.Shoreditch.

Those who are on a budget may also appreciate that the bars in this area aren’t as expensive as Soho, which falls victim to right-in-the-city-centre drink pricing.

South Bank

South Bank London

South Bank is a serious favourite for Londoners and visitors alike – particularly in summer, as there’s nothing quite like sitting outside, by the river, with a perfectly made cocktail in your hand.

For this reason of course, this means it’s very popular, so unless you get there early you can expect to stand.

In the afternoon you might want to start on the other side of the river with a glass of sauvignon at Gordon’s Wine Bar, before you head to South Bank and to one of London’s most famous clubs.

The Ministry of Sound is arguably the jewel in the crown of the South Bank, with world-famous DJs clamouring to play their sets in its enclaves.

However, you shouldn’t forget that it isn’t the only place in the area, as there are so many other cocktail lounges and electro clubs that host wild parties that will last you until the daylight first disappears and then reappears.

For a variety of budgets try Skylon Bar and Grill, OXO Tower Bar and the Dandelyan Bar, all of which are right on the river and boast stunning views of the city.

Clapham

We’re heading of to the south-east of the city now and out towards where a lot of music industry bods like to live.

In fact, we have it on good authority that one of the members of Bastille used to live in Tooting Broadway, only a few stops away from Clapham, and was often seen frequenting the area’s bars.

Clapham itself is well-known for being home to trendy dance floors and beer gardens with DJs and club nights.

Overall, it’s a pleasant mish-mash of what most people would want from a night out in London, which has been created thanks to a large and lively surrounding population.

For a cheaper night out, you’ll want to stay around Clapham North and Clapham Junction, although if you’re not in the mood for a younger crowd this won’t be for you. Similarly, the area surrounding High Street is popular for young professionals, who pop in for a couple before heading home.

Tooting Broadway has more of the same young professionals, but there’s also a healthy mix of long-standing residents as there is a lot of terrace-house property in this area.

Try The Castle in Tooting Broadway for a nice beer alfresco, or go back to Clapham Common to visit Gigalum, The Rookery or Infernos Nightclub for more of a party scene.

Peckham

This is one of the more lesser-spotted areas of the city, as it’s only really starting to get itself on the map, which is great if you’re looking to go for drinks in a place with little to no tourists.

It has a laid-back bohemian vibe that makes it seem quite relaxed, but in reality, it was given the unofficial title of the new place to party in London back in 2013.

Those who have been to Dalston will feel at home in clubs and such in Peckham, as you’ll find a mixture of cocktail bars to low-key clubs.

Places that are particularly popular with locals are Rye Lane and the streets to which it adjoins – you’re guaranteed an authentic Peckham experience at any of the bars along there.

Some names that you might want to keep an eye out for are Canavan’s Peckham Pool Club and Frank’s Cafe, both great fun for just about anyone.

Dalston

Although Peckham might have been dubbed as the new version, Dalston is still a fun, vibrant and definitely an interesting place to go.

Most London guides would have you believe that it’s mostly populated by students on a night out, but you’ll find a swathe of people in their late twenties and early thirties in most of the bars there too.

Dalston Superstore is a highlight in this area, with friendly staff and dancers Voguing on the bar tops, it’s a place that’s extremely fun. It also won’t break the bank if you’re travelling on a budget.

Other places you might want to try include Railway Tavern, Dalston Jazz Bar and The Alibi.

Brixton

Busy and bustling, you have to prepare yourself for the fact that it’s highly unlikely that anywhere you go in Brixton will be quiet.

The upside of this is that everywhere you go will be full of laughter and extremely lively. It’s for this reason that Brixton is home to some of the most fun places to go for a night out and drinks in London.

We recommend that you go first for some wine in Gremio de Brixton, which is right in the middle of the borough and is in the under crypt of what used to be a church!

After this, make your way to Hootanannys, it’s very likely that you’re going to have to queue but once you’re in, it’s well worth the wait. The live music in there is fantastic and being part of the dancing crowd will make you forget all about your sore feet.