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Tips to make the most of London’s varied nightlife.

by Rajul on September 30, 2009

London is a great city to simply pound the pavement at night (even when it rains!) as this wonderful image of the Royal Albert Hall shows

London is a great city to simply pound the pavement at night (even when it rains!) as this wonderful image of the Royal Albert Hall shows

Two centuries ago, Samuel Johnson wrote that “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.”  This is even truer of today’s modern metropolis.

In London you need only hop on the nearest tube line to find some new exhilarating experience.  Whatever your tastes – clubbing, stand-up comedy, opera, rock gigs, exhibitions or musical theatre – London boasts some of the most dynamic and diverse entertainment in the world.

One of the best things about London is the depth of nightlife for niche interests.  For example, if you like salsa you can dance 7 days a week.  Or for comedy, you can find constant listings at the London is funny website.

The most vibrant of capitals, London has a wonderful range of renowned venues covering the whole cultural spectrum.

From the Apollo Theatre and Royal Albert Hall to the London Astoria, there’s always something going on.  But with so much choice, it can be hard to keep abreast of the latest upcoming events and happenings.

Make sure you catch at least one show during your trip to London

Make sure you catch at least one show during your trip to London

Help is thankfully only a mouse-click away for London residents and overseas visitors keen to sample the city’s nightlife.

Comprehensive venue information and event listings can be found at the Skiddle London “what’s on” directory, a one-stop shop for all your entertainment needs (London Hotels Insight has no affiliation with Skiddle and you use the site at your own risk).

Skiddle has easy-to-browse categories like clubbing, pub events, theatre and arts events, and more.  The site offers detailed descriptions and previews of the latest events and provides handy links to ticket sellers.

Skiddle also has a user-friendly, customisable search feature.  For example, if you’re looking for a funky clubbing event within one mile of central London on a Saturday night, your task has just become easier.

When you are in London and looking for ideas and listings on where to go at night, a copy of Time Out magazine is another essential companion.  It is well-written and packed with useful information.

London has incredibly diverse nightlife options and the challenge is knowing how to wade through all the options

London has incredibly diverse nightlife and the challenge is knowing how to wade through all the options

London’s nightlife is an eclectic cornucopia just waiting to be discovered, and you’re sure never to tire of the capital’s bustling streets.

But what if you just want to chill out in your own hotel’s bar?

The bar at the May Fair Hotel is often described as “the best in London”, as voted for by readers of the Guardian newspaper among others.

It has over 40 signature drinks and is a favourite haunt of celebs (Nobu is in the same neighbourhood), as well as the after-work crowd on weekdays.

The May Fair Bar is one of London's best night-time haunts and is especially good for people watching!

The May Fair Hotel Bar is one of London's best night-time haunts and especially good for people watching!

As for the hotel itself, its location is superbly central and rooms are very original and tasteful in design.  By all accounts the service is friendly and attentive, as you’d expect from a hotel that is certainly not cheap.

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Although the May Fair Hotel is currently just outside the top 100 on TripAdvisor, recent guest reviews – and particularly the diligent way in which management responds to them – suggest that the hotel is on the up.

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Photo credits: The May Fair Hotel.

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