London - Bars & Nightlife
Londoners are not just into music, the truth is they’re mad about it, and their sheer love and enthusiasm for music has played no small part in creating what is undoubtedly one of the most vibrant club scenes in the world, with venues ranging from mega big, ultra-sleek designed clubs to small DJ bars.
There are trendy and classical bars everywhere in London. But if you want to do a hip barhop, Soho, Hoxton/Shoreditch, and Clerkenwell are the areas to visit. Here are a few selected bars and pubs, both classic and modern:
Chinese inspired bar mixing classic details with a futuristic aesthetic. The food here is very good, especially the dim sum dishes.
Ye Olde Mitre Tavern
The history of this pub can be traced all the way back to 1546. It is mentioned in William Shakespeare’s Richard II, and Queen Elizabeth is said to have danced here. Small rooms with beautifully aged wood panelled walls and worn oriental rugs.
The Argyll Arms
One of the best pubs in the Oxford Circus area. Stylish Victorian bar, beautiful windows and a good crowd around lunch and after work.
The Prince Alfred
Opened in 1862 and considered to be the best preserved bar from the Victorian era, The Prince Alfred hasn’t changed a bit.
Ministry of Sound
Ministry of Sound is much more than a club. It’s a brand, producing dance compilations, tours and T-shirts, etc. Snobby clubbers tend to sneer at the very mention of it, but this is one of the few clubs with enough financial muscle to consistently be able to hire the best DJs, and it boasts the best sound system in London, which is why MoS is always packed.
Fabric is loved and known throughout the world as something truly special. Housed in a former meat market, and divided into three spaces, it has a rough look but intimate ambience. But it’s Fabric’s music that really sets this place apart: underground and left-field dance music.
Absolut Icebar London
Made of crystal clear ice from the Torne river in Sweden and maintained at a constant minus-five degrees year-round, Absolut Icebar London is literally the coolest bar in the UK. The bar is re-designed every six months with a completely new theme. Everything in the bar is made from ice including the walls, tables, chairs and even the glass that the cocktails are served in to ensure a completely cool experience.
Gordon’s is reported to be London’s oldest wine bar. Duck into the darkened cellar, lit only by candles in old wine bottles, and step back to Victorian times. The bar sells a wide selection of wines from around the world. It also offers port and sherry decanted from barrels above the bar.
The nightclub is located in the heart of Piccadilly and is quite unique due to the atmosphere and interior design. Piccadilly Institute offers six different themed rooms and here you can dance and enjoy music everything from cult classics, soul to party and chill out.
This chic club has been named at the “London Club and Bar Awards” as the “Best New London Restaurant and Club 2012”. The venue has become the place where rich and famous show up. Here you can enjoy fabulous cocktails like cosmopolitan, strawberry daiquiri, margarita and much more.
The Hippodrome Casino
The Hippodrome Casino is located in Leicester Square and opened July 2012. This 5 floor casino offers a stylish and vibrant atmosphere and will give you an unforgettable hospitality experience. If you are feeling hungry or thirsty the casino provides a restaurant, bar and lounge.
The Atlas Pub
The Altas Pub is a warm and relaxing place with wood paneling, fresh flowers and a brick fireplace. This is an ideal place to hung out with friends and enjoy a cold beer or a glass of wine. On the drink menu you will find local and regional ales and 40 international wines.
This basement bar has a fun and flirty atmosphere and is popular among the students. The Roxy is the place where you can dance to popular, electronic and alternative music and enjoy happy hours.
Club Bond is a glamorous and exclusive venue where you will experience a luxurious night out. It has a unique design and installed with the latest state of the art lighting and bar technology which gives an impressive feeling.
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