London is world-famous for its non-stop party life and late night bars and clubs. This page will focus on late night bars and nightclubs. However, there is something for everyone in London and if you prefer something different use the links below:

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The minimum age to get into any club is 18, however, some clubs have an 'over 21' policy. It is a good idea to carry ID (identification) with you that proves your age, particularly if you look younger than 21 years old.

Late night bars

Traditionally pubs and bars in England close at 11.30pm. However, it is now possible for them to stay open later if they have a special license. Many pubs, in particular, still close at 11.30pm, but you will probably find a few that stay open until midnight or 1am.  If you want to stay out later but you don't want to go to a nightclub you need to go to one of the many bars that stay open later than most pubs. A lot bars that stay open late will charge for entry, particularly if you arrive late in the evening, but normally if you arrive before 9pm you won't need to pay to get in. Some late night bars have small dancefloors and some will have a dress code.

Below are some of the late night bars that our students have enjoyed in the past. Email us if there are any others you think should be listed here.

The Lonsdale - great place for a cocktail in Notting Hill, also with a restaurant.

Beach Blanket Babylon - chic and sophisticated bar and restaurant in Notting Hill.

The Collection - fashionable celebrity hang out in South Kensington.

The Book Club - a cultural bar and restaurant bringing diversity to the East End' s social scene.

Nightclubs

The clubbing scene in London is probably the most exciting it has ever been. Each night (even Sundays) you will find a fantastic variety of music to dance the night away to, from funky 70s beats and cheesy 80s pop to thumping drum n bass and jazzy Latin sounds. World famous club nights are resident in London including the mighty Ministry of Sound and the pure nostalgia of School Disco.

Nightclubs located around Leicester Square tend to be over-priced and for tourists - we would suggest you avoid them! If you would like the experience of a large nightclub, the Ministry of Sound and Fabric are worth trying.

Details of club nights can be found in the weekly listings magazine, 'Time Out', available from most newsagents (there is also a copy at Reception). It is worth checking this out as venues and nights sometimes change. It is also a good idea to contact the club directly to check out the best time to arrive as many of the clubs, particularly at weekends, have long queues. Some clubs operate a dress code so this is also worth confirming before you get there.

London has a nightbus service, which operates when the regular transport services don't (midnight to 6am approx.). Buses travel to and from Trafalgar Square to all parts of London. One day travelcards are valid on these buses for any journey started before 0430h of the following day.

The following are a few nightclubs that are quite close to our schools and popular with students.

Notting Hill Arts Club - the artsclub (as it is known) has a cool party vibe and music sessions most evenings during the week and weekend afternoons, as well as their bigger Friday and Saturday nights.  Visit the website to find out what's on this week.

Amika - Amika is an exclusive and fashionable club on Kensington High Street.

 

The following are popular club nights in London.  We recommend you check them before you go as they can change periodically.

 

70s/80s/Classics/Pop

Infernos, 146 Clapham High Street, London, SW47UH
+44(0)2077207633
Tube: Clapham common, Clapham North
Who would have thought that a stroll down Clapham High Street would see you walking straight into the heart of London's boogie-wonderland...

The Roxy, Big Night Out, 3-4 Rathbone Place, W1 Tel: +44 (0)20 7636 1098
Tube: Tottenham Court Road.
Unwind on a Friday night with a cocktail and the sounds of 70s pop through to classic Indie.

Aquarium, Carwash, 256-260 Old Street, EC1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7251 6136
Tube: Old Street
Dig out those flares and medallions and make your way down to Carwash, the legendary 1970s retro heaven night. Dance the night away to funk, disco and early hip hop. Of course this club wouldn't be complete without water; Aquarium even has its own swimming pool.

The Garage, Don't Stop Me Now, 20-22 Highbury Corner, N5
Tel: +44 (0)20 7607 1818
Tube: Highbury and Islington
DJ Black Knight plays all the best hits from the 70s 80s and 90s while his girls dance to audience request.

Indie/Jazz

KOKO/Camden Palace, Feet First, 1a Camden High Street, NW1
Tel: +44 (0)9062 100 200
Tube: Camden Town
Tuesday night at Camden Palace attracts a varied studenty crowd, all enjoying a mixture of live bands and rocking Indie tunes.

The Garage, Satellite, 20-22 Highbury Corner, N5
Tel: +44 (0)20 7607 1818
Tube/Rail: Highbury & Islington
DJ Shuff presents the best of Indie music on a Friday night.

The Blues Kitchen, 111-113 Camden High Street, NW1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7387 5277
Tube: Camden Town, Mornington Crescent
The home of Rhythm & Blues in London, live music every night and DJs picking tunes from the best record collections in town.

Ronnie Scott's, 47 Frith Street, Soho, W1D
Tel: +44 (0)20 7439 0747 
Tube: Tottenham Court Road, Piccadilly Circus
One of the most respected Jazz Clubs in the world and some of the greatest names in music have performed on the historic stage. The atmosphere inside the club remains truly unique, with its famous ‘red lights’ on the tables to the cocktail bar upstairs.

Gothic

Gossips, Malice Underground, 69 Dean Street, W1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7434 4480
Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Gossips has been a leader in the alternative music club scene for over 20 years. This gothic extravaganza on a Tuesday night is courtesy of DJs Ben, Dave Exile and DJ Bat.

The Intrepid Fox , 15 St. Giles High Street, Bloomsbury,WC2H
Tel: +44 (0)87 2148 2281 
Tube: Tottenham Court Road 
A bar for those in the pursuit of Rock and Metal and a good drink.

Techno/Drum 'n Bass

Fabric, Fabric Live, 77a Charterhouse St, EC1M
Tel: +44 (0)20 7336 8898
Tube/Rail: Farringdon
Currently one of the most happening clubs in London. Friday nights include monthly specials with some of the biggest names around as well as sets by resident DJs spread throughout three rooms. The unisex toilets are very handy to cut down on queues.

Plastic People, 149 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, EC2A 3QE
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7739 6471
Tube: Old Street
Plastic People is a tiny nightclub in Shoreditch and has gained a reputation as the heartbeat of the underground club scene in London. It has regular guest DJs featuring the best Drum and Bass, Dubstep, House and Progressive DJS in the world. 

EGG, 200 York Way, N7 9AX
+44 (0) 20 7871 7111
Tube: King's Cross
Some of the worlds best DJs have played here. Their stylish venue has spaces outside and inside and the club has a 24 hour licence. 

R&B/House/Club

The Scala, Cookies & Cream at The Scala, 275 Pentonville Road, N1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7833 2022
Tube/Rail: King's Cross
A huge venue on five levels. On a Saturday night there are cool Garage sounds from resident DJs Andy Lewis and MCs Kie & Delero. If Garage isn't your thing, Steve Sutherland and DJ Wylie spin some funky R&B classics.

Ministry of Sound, Smoove, 103 Gaunt St, SE1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7378 6528
Tube/Rail: Elephant & Castle
This world-famous clubbing institution hosts Smoove on a Friday night. Plenty of UK Garage with smooth R&B sounds in the bar.

Tiger Tiger, 29 Haymarket, SW1Y
Tel: +44 (0)20 7930 1885
Tube: Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square
The ultimate venue where you can eat, drink and party all under one roof!

Movida, 8 Argyll Street, W1F
Tel: +44 (0)20 7734 5776
Tube: Oxford Circus
An exclusive club presenting house, 'non stop' dance music with a Latin twist.

Zoo Bar & Club, 13-17 Bear St, Leicester Square, WC2H 7AQ
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7839 4188
Tube: Leicester Square
Regular DJs play commercial dance, house anthems and the best classic pop and R&B.

Rock

Gossips, Point Blank, 69 Dean Street, W1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7434 4480
Tube: Tottenham Court Road
Head bang to your hearts content on a Wednesday night with old and Nu-Metal. Something for all rock lovers from Metallica to Faith No More.

KOKO, Camden High Street<//span>, NW1 
Tel: +44 (0)87 0432 5527
Tube: Mornington Crescent
Several stages with great rock performances every weekend.

World Music

Notting Hill Arts Club, Spectranova, 21 Notting Hill Gate, W11
Tel: +44 (0)20 7460 4459
Tube: Notting Hill Gate
A blend of live percussion, singers, DJs and a brass section at this Tuesday night Latin fest.

Jazz Café, Strange Games and Things, 5 Parkway, NW1
Tel: +44 (0)20 7916 6060
Tube: Camden Town
Friday sees a concoction of Afro-Latin, Brazilian Samba, Jazz and Disco rhythms through live acts and DJs.

Karaoke Box, 18 Frith Street, W1D
Tel: +44 (0)20 7494 3878
Tube: Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square 
Singing your favourite songs as loud as you like in this karaoke bar.

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