London nightlife is only second to none. It is so full of life it is unbeatable. You will find everything you want here, near to your hotel or hostel. From top pubs, bars, and night clubs with all types of trendy music to theater to high culture (orchestra, ballet, opera) worthy of the royals, London is the best place to experience the nightlife.
Trendy pubs and bars
London has got the best when the sun goes down in the city. It is teeming with age-old nocturnal tradition with a touch of ultimate trendiness. More than 5,000 London bars and pubs, from public hangouts to exclusive celebrity ones, dot the city. Traditional British pubs also await on almost every corner, including one of London’s oldest, the Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese.
Two major hubs for serious pub and bar hopping are Shoreditch and Hoxton. Greek Street also has some great bars. Entry to pubs and bars is free, although you may be charged for nights when live acts perform.
Vibrant club scene
The London club scene is unparalleled. With over 200 venues, it has reached peak levels. Even Sunday nights will provide you with a wide variety of dance and music. The city houses some of the globally famed night clubs, including the School Disco and the Ministry of Sound. For centuries, Soho has been the heart of nightlife in London. It is filled with an aura of glamour as well as a thriving gay scene.
The London theatrical life has been buzzing long before the time of Shakespeare. At present, London has over a dozen musicals playing in the West End, many with discounted tickets. The National Theatre stages musicals, classics, and new plays within three auditoriums: Cottesloe, and Olivier. Shakespeare’s Globe located on Southbank encourages audience participation.
Entertainment fit for royals
If you crave for high culture London nightlife, the city also has something in store for you. The city is home to 4 of the largest orchestras in the world – the Philharmonia, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Theatreland is home to ballet, opera, musicals, and theater. The Royal Opera House, located in Covent Garden, is home to the Royal Ballet.
Along with New York and Paris, London offers one of the best shopping activities of any world city. Indeed, foreign visitors are often wowed by the sheer variety of available goods, giving them a truly memorable London shopping experience. Read on to know what’s on offer in the city’s major shopping areas.
Independent shops and boutiques
Smaller shops and boutiques in London are concentrated on the streets surrounding Covent Garden. An ever growing number of independent fashion shops are also in the rise in London’s very popular Carnaby Street. This area has become a trendy fashion district over the past few years. You can also go outside Central London and visit areas such Richmond and Greenwich to browse smaller boutiques owned and managed by locals.
Camden Market is the mother of all London markets. Here you will find the most unique selection of collectibles and gifts at a very low price. If you are the ultimate bargain person, there is no better place that Camden Market. You will find here London memorabilia as well as lots of foods and snacks made by local vendors. Visit the market very early in the morning. For higher-end souvenirs and gifts, head to Knightsbridge.
Shopping in London will be fun if you are after major British and international brands. The city’s major shopping areas center around Regent Street and Oxford Street. In addition, Knightsbridge is home to shops that stock even higher-end products. If you are looking for specialist goods, we suggest you visit Covent Garden.
London shopping may cost you a fortune. But if you have serious money to shell out, head to London stores found in New Bond Street, which is home to some of the city’s most exclusive and expensive shops. If you are craving for designer goods, head to Sloane Street, an area heavily populated with designer shops.
For very expensive items such as jewelry, head towards New Bond Street. But for the widest choice, we suggest you travel further to Hatton Garden close to Farringdon. This area is highly populated with long established jewelers offering an overwhelming array of jewelry pieces.
While major bookshops like Borders and Waterstone’s are well represented all over the city, you can find other good large and small bookstores around Covent Garden and on the Charing Cross Road. Here you will find rare books you will not find in other bookstores.
Central London houses most of the city’s megastores. But if you are after rare cuts, 12” and vinyl, then perhaps Soho is the best place to go to. Here you will find numerous independent and smaller London shopping centers that cover almost all music genres.
London is host to numerous great sporting events such as the World Cup, the coming 2012 London Olympics, and the Wimbledon Tennis Open. It is also home to
the best professional football teams such as Arsenal and Chelsea Football Clubs. This is not to mention the ginormous stadiums that hold important sporting events for cricket, football, and many more. Here are some of the top London sports venues, events, and sports clubs that make the city a great destination for sports fans:
The 2012 London Olympics
London will host the 2012 Summer Olympic Games from July 27 to August 12 2012. It will be followed by the Paralympic Games from August 29 to September 9. The city will be the first to host the modern Olympics three times. London hosted the event in 1908 and 1948. London promises to surpass the great achievements of Beijing in hosting the Games.
The Wimbledon Tennis Open
The Wimbledon Tennis Open is the world’s oldest and most esteemed tennis tournament. The event is held annually, lasting two weeks from June to July, and is played at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. It is the third Grand Slam event, following the Australian Open and the French Open. The US Open follows the Wimbledon. It is the only Grand Slam tournament played on a grass surface.
Arsenal Football Club
Football is one of the most popular sports in London. The London-based Arsenal or The Gunners is considered as one of the most successful English professional football clubs. Its winning record includes 13 First Division and Premier League titles, 10 FA Cups and the first London club to make it to the UEFA Champions League final in 2005-2006. The team plays in the FA Premier League.
Chelsea Football Club
Chelsea Football Club is a professional football club that is based in west London. The club was founded in 1905 and also plays in the FA Premier League. It has spent most of its history in the top tier in English football. The club has won 3 league titles, 3 FA Cups, 4 League Cups and 2 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups.
Chelsea FC Stadium
True blue football fans should not miss this 42,000-capacity football stadium. It has regular tours, which will show you behind-the-scene look around the home of the Chelsea Football Club. The tour will give you an informative, fun, exciting, and interactive experience specifically tailored for sports aficionados of all ages.
The Wembley is the world’s largest roof-covered football stadium. Perhaps the previous stadium was the most famous football stadium in the world, being the national football stadium of England.
Lords Cricket Grounds
Cricket is also one of the most popular London sports. Lord’s Ground is the top cricket ground in England. The Marylebone Cricket Club owns the grounds, which is home to the England and Wales Cricket Board, the European Cricket Council, and the Middlesex County Cricket Club. Lord’s usually hosts two Tests every summer and hosts the finals of the Friends Provident Trophy, the National Village Cricket Competition, and the MCC Universities Challenge tournament.