Best Things to Do in London

February 10, 2023
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There’s no shortage of things to do when in London.

From trying your luck at a casino to doing the infamous pub crawl, these are the must-try nightlife activities you have to experience.

Here’s your essential guide to the best things to do when the sun goes down in London.

Watch a stand-up show at The Comedy Store

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In all honesty, no cocktail or champagne glass can equal a good, old-school comedy show. You’ll laugh until you cry by booking your seat at The Comedy Store’s humor-filled, free-wheeling chats.

If you’re looking for fun things to do during the night, you should catch the club’s midnight shows from London’s upcoming talents. Comedy enthusiasts have praised the MC’s energetic vibe and fantastic improvisation from veteran comedians like Josie Lawrence.

Go karaoking at Lucky Voice Soho

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For the ultimate – and intimate – karaoke experience, head down to Lucky Voice Soho, a private karaoke bar six minutes from the Oxford Circus Underground Station.

Also known as UK’s No. 1 Karaoke Brand, Lucky Voice Soho features private rooms (perfect for introverted singers) and a generous list of songs you can choose from.

If you’re feeling a little parched from all the singing, head to the bar and quench your thirst with a fresh cocktail. Lucky Voice Soho is usually open until the wee hours of the night, so don’t forget to add karaoke to your list of things to do in London.

Give Circle Line Pub Crawl a try

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Do you call yourself the ultimate heavy drinker? Test your drinking skills – and alcohol tolerance – by giving the Circle Line Pub Crawl a shot (no pun intended). 

Pub crawls are uber-popular in London, but the Circle Line Pub Crawl is the ultimate challenge. The rules are simple – a boozy drink in the nearest pub to each of the *gulp* 35 stops of the Circle Underground Line

Select the first pub of your choice from the Circle Line Pub Crawl Map and start early – visiting 35 pubs might take a while. Many have attempted this challenge, but we don’t know if anyone has fulfilled the drinking mission.

Hop on an open bus tour with See London By Night

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If you’re looking for the ultimate touristy thing to do in London, now’s your chance to hop on the open bus tour. See London by Night added a twist to the traditional concept by scheduling all bus tours after the sun goes down. 

True to its name, the bus tour takes you to London’s iconic landmarks – from the Tower of London and Big Ben to St. Paul’s Cathedral. 

Since the tour takes place at night, you get to see the city in its shining glory. Led by knowledgeable and funny tour guides, the trip feels less like a boring study session and more like a fun learning experience.

Try your luck at the Hippodrome Casino

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Fancy yourself a game of poker? Head down to the Hippodrome Casino, located a stone’s throw away from Leicester Square station.

The 24/7 casino is home to London’s largest poker deck, as well as a wide range of table games and slot machines. Besides the wide array of gambling options, Hippodrome Casino offers some of the best nightlife experiences with its exquisite bars.

Home to London’s Magic Mike Live show, there’s so much you can do at this entertainment spot. No membership is required, so wear your best smart-casual clothes and visit the casino.

Expect businessmen and entrepreneurs who gamble as a part-time hobby to fill the space.

Grab a bite at Mercato Metropolitano

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A late-night snack never hurt anybody, especially when you get it from Mercato Metropolitano.

Recognized as the city’s first sustainable community market, Mercato Metropolitano takes food adulation to a whole new level. Southwark’s street food stall only uses ethically-sourced ingredients, bringing the freshest and most delish bites and keeping our planet safe. 

Mercato Metropolitano is trying to be everything for everyone – step inside and you’ll find a range of food stalls belonging to a wide array of countries. 

With the DJs filling the good vibes and high-quality bites, the market is one of the best nightlife activities you can think of. It is usually visited by Londoners looking for a savory bite and a good pint.

Wine and dine by the river at Thames Dinner Cruise

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Is feeling fancy a staple on your fun things to do in London checklist? Look no further than the Thames Dinner Cruise.

Ditch the dry land and book your spot for an evening of fine dining while sailing along the River Thames. You will catch glimpses of historical landmarks like London Bridge by the time the dessert arrives. 

From basic dinner cruises to murder mystery dinner cruises, Thames Dinner Cruise brings together delicious dining and fantastic views – this is what we call a memorable treat. 

This is both a touristy attraction and a lavish experience for locals – so expect both of them to book tables.

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