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Activities to Do in London at Night

Ride the London Eye, Walk Across Tower Bridge, Visit the Sky Garden, Experience nightlife in Shoreditch, Eat Meal at Night Food Market, View from the Shard, Gamble at Hippodrome Casino, Enjoy Dinner at Thames, Attend the Ceremony of the Keys, See ZSL London Zoo and many more.

Known as a city that never sleeps, London at night has a charm of its own. Illuminated by twinkling lights all around and boasting of a lot of different nightlife experiences, London is best explored after sunset. It is probably one of the only cities in the world that has museums which are open late at night, such as The Natural History Museum, The British Museum, Tate Modern, and so on! From riding the London Eye, to experiencing the Shoreditch nightlife, there are a lot of Fun things to do in London at night.

Exploring the city at night is something you must do at least once in your lifetime. You can also hang out at the Piccadilly Circus and enjoy the crazy yet exciting nightlife here with your friends till late at night. Alternatively, if you are a comedy buff, you can also visit one of the many Comedy Clubs which are open till the wee hours of the morning in London. For a more romantic night out, you can enjoy a dinner cruise on the Thames River, while also getting a chance to see some of the major attractions of the city. Additionally, it also has the tube service, which remains in operation for the entire day during the weekends as well, making it easy to travel around the city once the sun sets.

Here are the list of best things to do in London at night:

01

Ride the London Eye

Ride the London Eye
Riding the London Eye is the best way to see the entire city of London at night. Known all around the world, the London Eye is a giant Ferris wheel which offers some of the most scintillating views of the city.

Over 400 feet tall and with a diameter of 394 feet, the London Eye is also the best way to see the city all lit up with vivid coloured lights. Moreover, this 30-minute ride is a fresh break from the bustling city down below.

Location:
Lambeth, London SE1 7PB, United Kingdom

Entry Fee:
£22 to 24, per child; £27 to 30 per adult

Timings:
10:00 a.m. to 08:30 p.m. 
02

Walk Across Tower Bridge

Walk Across Tower Bridge
The Tower Bridge is one of the most romantic places in London at night. With the many lights twinkling against the night sky, the bridge looks even more beautiful with the statue of the girl with a dolphin acting as the backdrop.

Located on the Thames river, this iconic bridge also has two huge towers on its either sides. A walk on this bridge with your loved one at night is the perfect thing you can do in the city, while enjoying each other’s loving company. 

Location:
Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP, United Kingdom

Entry Fee:
£9.80 per adult, £4.20 per child between 5 to 15 years of age

Timings:
09:30 a.m. to 05:00 p.m. daily
03

Take a hop On and hop OFF Bus Tour

Take a hop On and hop OFF Bus Tour
One of the most Fun things to do in London at night is to take a hop on and hop off bus tour of the city. What makes this tour fun is that you get to marvel on the attractions of the city under the moonlight, a time when these attractions exude a different level of beauty and grace.

On a hop on and hop off bus tour, you get to visit places such as the Big Ben, London Eye, Trafalgar Square, St. Paul’s Cathedral, Harrods and others in a bus. 

Location: 150 Piccadilly London, United Kingdom W1J 9BR, UK
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04

Experience Nightlife in Shoreditch

Experience Nightlife in Shoreditch
The Shoreditch Pub Crawl or a nightlife in Shoreditch is one of the most Fun things to do in London at night. Offering tourists a chance to experience the London nightlife like a local, a pub crawl in Shoreditch takes you through some of the best bars and pubs in the area.

In one night, you get to visit 4 or 5 of the best bars, and experience fun and amusement, while making lifelong memories.  

Location:
2 Paul St, London EC2A 4JH, United Kingdom

Entry Fee
: £15 to 25 per person

Timings:
08:00 p.m. to 01:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays 
05

Watch the View from the Shard

Watch the View from the Shard
When you don’t know where to go in London at night, the Shard is your best bet. Being the tallest skyscraper in London, the view from here is unlike anything you have ever seen. While climbing to the top is an experience in itself, it is during the night that this experience becomes indescribable.

The view from the Shard allows visitors to catch glimpses of the entire city of London from 72 floors above, on an open-air sky deck, away from the hustling city down below. You can also catch sights of the Tower Bridge, London Tower, the Gherkin as well as the London Eye. 

Location:
32 London Bridge St, London SE1 9SG, United Kingdom

Timings:
10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
06

Enjoy a Dinner Cruise at River Thames

Enjoy a Dinner Cruise at River Thames
The Thames river is one of the most romantic places in London at night. A dinner cruise on the Thames is a great way to spend the night with your loved one, while enjoying the city’s scenic beauty and skyline.

With a four-course meal, live music and the sight of many London attractions offering you company, this dinner cruise will also help you to learn about the history and culture of the city, along with its rich heritage. 

Location:
Westminster Pier/ London Eye Pier/ Tower Pier/ Greenwich Pier, River Thames, London, United Kingdom 

Entry Fee:
Starts from £16 per person

Timings
: 10:00 a.m. to 06:15 p.m. 
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07

Sunset Safari at the ZSL London Zoo

Sunset Safari at the ZSL London Zoo
For a different experience of London at night with your family, you should enjoy a sunset safari at the ZSL London Zoo. You can enjoy a different experience of the London Zoo, while watching the animals being fed, or taken care of by the zoo staff.

It is during these after hours, when the charm of the zoo is completely different and awe-inspiring.  With the unique and tranquil atmosphere setting the tone for the safari, you can watch the animals being fed, while also enjoying soothing music and street artists acting as the perfect backdrop. 

Location:
Outer Cir, London NW1 4RY, United Kingdom

Entry Fee:
£60 onwards

Timings:
05:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. 
08

Go for a Pub Crawl

Go for a Pub Crawl
One of the time-honoured traditions in the city of London, especially at night, is the Pub Crawl. Moreover, pub crawling is something that even solo travellers will enjoy, since this gives them the chance to meet new people, make new friends and enjoy the city in a different light.

London is home to a lot of pubs, of different kinds and themes. The city boasts of a wide range of pubs with different themes, such as historic pubs, pubs with a Harry Potter theme and so much more. There are also pubs which only offer special craft beer.

Location:
London, United Kingdom
09

Visit the Sky Garden

Visit the Sky Garden
If you are confused about where to go in London at night, the Sky Garden is your best bet. It is one of the best free attractions in the city, and offers stunning views of London from 34 storeys high. Shaped like a walkie-talkie, the Sky Garden is located on Leadenhall Street, and overlooks the Thames River.

From the garden, you can also see the illuminated London Eye and other famous London attractions situated along the river Thames. 

Location:
20 Fenchurch St, Bridge, London EC3M 8AF, United Kingdom

Entry Fee:
Free 

Timings:
07:00 a.m. to 01:00 a.m. 
10

Visit London Night Food Market

Visit London Night Food Market
Are you a foodie? Do you like exploring the different cuisines of a place? If so, then you need to visit one of the many late-night food markets in London. Exploring and tasting the lip-smacking delicacies in these food markets is one of the most Fun things to do in London at night.

And out of all, the Southbank Centre Food Bank is an absolute treat. From authentic English cuisine, to European, African, Asian or even American meals, this place offers a lot to everyone visiting. They also offer homemade beer and wines, along with sweet treats, biscuits, English tea and much more. 

Location: Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX, United Kingdom

Timings: 12:00 p.m. to 09:00 p.m. on Fridays
                 11:00 a.m. to 09:00 p.m. on Saturdays
                 12:00 p.m. to 06:00 p.m. on Sundays 
11

Listen to Live Music in Soho

Listen to Live Music in Soho
When it comes to the nightlife in London, Soho is an ultimate place to be. Home to many bars, nightclubs, restaurants and more, this is one place that comes to life at night. Soho is also the hub of various different places which offer live music performances and a unique experience to visitors.

And one of the best places to listen to live music in Soho is at The Blue Posts. You can enjoy classic jazz performances with the rare blues music at this classic Soho pub and cocktail bar for a great night out in the city. 

Location:
28, Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D 6DJ, United Kingdom 

Entry Fee:
£35 to 55 per person

Timings:
 04:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. 
12

Gamble at Hippodrome Casino London

Gamble at Hippodrome Casino London
Amongst the most Fun things to do in London at night is go for gambling at Hippodrome Casino. Those wanting a taste of Las Vegas in London, can go to this casino, which is not just popular, but also amongst the biggest casinos in the entire city.

Boasting four floors of gaming areas like roulette, blackjack and poker along with drinks and food, the Hippodrome Casino is a one-of-a-kind entertainment place in London. 

Location:
Cranbourne Street Leicester Square, London WC2H 7JH, United Kingdom

Entry Fee:
Free

Timings:
Open 24 hours 
13

See the Lights at Piccadilly Circus

See the Lights at Piccadilly Circus
The Piccadilly Circus is a place that you must definitely visit in London at night. If you love the bright lights and wish to enjoy an evening stroll, then this area should definitely be on the top of your list. Piccadilly Circus, which is essentially a large traffic junction right in the middle of London, links the areas of Haymarket, Piccadilly, Shaftesbury Avenue and Regent’s Street.

It was over 100 years ago when this area held its first display of electric lighting, and now, years later, still attracts millions of visitors from all over the world. 

Location:
Piccadilly Circus, London, United Kingdom 

Entry Fee:
Free

Timings:
Open 24 hours 
14

See a Show in the West End

See a Show in the West End
If you love musicals, then you should definitely go to see a show in the West End when exploring London at night. Famous for its amazing theatre performances, West End has made a mark in the entire world.

Some of these performances include The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Mary Poppins and even The Lion King. The shows at West End are quite popular not just amongst the locals, but also amongst tourists as well. Further, It also caters to all kinds of tourists, little children and adults alike. 

Location:
West End, London, United Kingdom
15

Have a Drink at Sketch

Have a Drink at Sketch
One of the most extravagant cocktail bars in London, Sketch offers a unique drinking experience to its guests. Filled with art and class everywhere you look, Sketch successfully transports people to a different world altogether, with its fusion menu, detailed interiors and friendly service. On a night out in London, having a drink with friends and loved ones at Sketch should be a must on your list. 

Location:
9 Conduit St, Mayfair, London W1S 2XG, United Kingdom

Entry Fee:
Starts from £50 per person 

Timings:
07:00 a.m. to 02:00 a.m. 
16

Enjoy the Cabaret

Enjoy the Cabaret
When exploring the city of London at night, you should definitely go to the Cabaret at least once. With good food, a wide range of drinks and award-winning dance performances and shows, the cabarets in London are a one-of-a-kind experience all interwoven into one! One of the finest cabarets in London is The Black Cat Cabaret, which boasts of amazing cabaret and circus performances, live music, and more.

Location: 20 Sherwood St, Soho, London W1F 7ED, United Kingdom

Entry Fee: Between £19.50 and £75 per person

Timings: 07:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Saturdays 
17

Visit a Comedy Club

One of the best things to do in London at night is to visit a Comedy Club. Home to many comedy clubs, London is a great place if you are someone who just wants to have a fun night laughing away with friends and family.

One of the best comedy clubs here is Angel Comedy, which runs comedy shows every single night of the week. Moreover, every single show is absolutely free of charge. From popular comedy acts, to shows by award-winning comedians, you can catch a lot of variety at this comedy club. 

Location: 2 Camden Passage, The Angel, London N1 8DY, United Kingdom

Entry Fee: Free

Timings: 07:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 
18

Enjoy a London Showboat Dinner Cruise

The London Showboat Dinner Cruise takes you some of the most famous places to go in London at night. Offering stunning views of Central London, this cruise also offers guests with a four course British dinner that is freshly cooked on board.

You get to enjoy a great evening whilst capturing the stunning sights of London and enjoying a live band performance. Some of the views you get on this dinner cruise are of the Houses of Parliament, London Bridge, Tower Bridge, the Millennium Dome as well as the Thames Flood Barrier. 

Location:
Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London, SW1A 2JH, United Kingdom

Entry Fee:
£86.00 per person

Timings:
07:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. 
19

Go to a Late Opening Museum

Museums are the best places to go in London at night, especially if you are a history buff. Most museums in London are open till late at nights on some days of the week. This includes the British Museum, Science Museum, Tate Modern, National Gallery as well as the London Transport Museum.

While these museums are busy and crowded during the daytime, exploring them after sunset is not only a quieter affair, but also quite relaxing. Additionally, some of these museums even organise special exhibitions and expert discussions on a regular basis. 

Location:
London, United Kingdom
20

Attend the Ceremony of the Keys

A traditionally British ritual that takes place every night at the Tower of London, the Ceremony of the Keys is something you should definitely attend when you are exploring London at night. This is an ancient ceremony, wherein the London Tower is locked to keep the valuables inside safe and secure.

The whole thing is completed with a large ring of keys, military music, secret passwords and even Beefeaters. 

Location: Tower of London, St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB, United Kingdom

Entry Fee:
Free 

Timings:
 09:53 p.m. to 10:05 p.m. 
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In these days we every bit of London as soon as possible we could. Never thought we could go through many places in some days! It was nicely planned and smoothly executed.
I booked this tour as a solo trip to Europe,and being a person with a lot of interest in history, It was the perfect opportunity for me to take this package. As we visited many monuments and cities and as we visited it became more and more exciting!Will visit again, it is a complete package one could ask for.
11 February 2020
Excellent
The cruise was really grand and no matter where you are sitting you will have a wonderful view of the outside. The journey lasts for around 40 minutes and you get to explore a number of sightseeing spots around London. The best time to enjoy the ride is around sunset but it is also the time when a lot of tourists visit. I recommend you reach the place a little in advance if you want to capture a good seat for yourself. All in all, you should definitely give it a try.
14 December 2019
Excellent
I got to see some of the most amazing animals that I didn't expect I would have ever seen. I am not a big wildlife fan but my 9-year-old is a fanatic. I was very pleased by the entire decorum of the place. We took a lot of photos and not just my boy but I too had a great time. Getting so close to the animals was fun.
14 November 2019
Excellent
It was a great experience touring around the iconic Stonehenge. I always wanted to visit there and although I knew a bit about the place the guide gave me some great insight about the place and the grand mysteries that surround it. I suggest everyone who is visiting London to make a visit to the Stonehenge & Windsor Castle.
09 November 2019
Excellent
If you love to explore and are a fan of the arts like me, I would definitely recommend you to go the Buckingham Palace Queen's Gallery.The entire tour will not take more than 2 hours to explore and I assume you that it will be worth it. The gallery is one of the best places to learn a lot of London and it's past.
06 December 2019
Excellent
What a magical experience it was, I mean from the structures to the ambiance everything gives a very ancient vibe that I really loved. Upon reaching I just had to show my ticket and I got an entry just like that. Pretty cool. I would like to recommend it to everyone visiting London.
04 January 2020
Excellent
Transportation in London can be really expensive. I was looking for a cheaper option and I found that there was a Gatwick airport transfers in shared coach. I was traveling solo and believe me this was the best option. The rates were very reasonable. Upon arrival, finding the coach was easy and the ride was overall very comfortable.
13 January 2020
Excellent
One of the best ways to tour around the city and enjoy a number of destinations would be to take the London Pass Hop On Hop Off London. The ride is very comfortable, and we get to explore a ton of tourist spots. I would recommend that you visit the meeting spot well in advance so that you can grab the best seats for yourself.
10 December 2019
Excellent
The best place to enjoy a night in London. Me and my friend got direct access to the pubs and had a fun time throughout the night. The music was really good and we enjoyed a lot of local drinks there. Cheers.

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People Also Ask About London

  1. Is it safe in London at night?

    Yes, it is very safe in London at night. In fact, London is one of the few cities in the world that boasts of a great, and safe nightlife. However, being a tourist it is recommended to remain vigilant about your surroundings while being aware of your belongings and the places you go to after nightfall.
  2. What can you do in London for free at night?

    London offers tourists a lot of things that they can do for free at night. Some of these are:

    1. Enjoy a walk near Big Ben
    2. Take a stroll from the Tower Bridge to the end of the Westminster Bridge
    3. Capture the illuminated city in your camera
    4. Visit the South London Gallery
    5. Pay a visit to the British Library
    6. Spend some time at the various museums in the city, such as The British Museum, Science Museum, Victoria & Albert Hall, etc
    7. Attend a free walking tour of the city
    8. Take pictures in Notting Hill
    9. Go for a free food tasting tour at Borough Market
    10. Explore Camden Town
    11. Visit the famous Platform 9 ¾ at the King’s Cross Station
  3. What attractions are open late in London?

    Although there are a lot of attractions in London that are open till late at night, some of the most famous ones are:

    1. Tate Modern
    2. Victoria & Albert Museum
    3. Sketch Bar
    4. The British Museum
    5. Barbican Art Gallery
    6. Leicester Square
    7.The Russian Bar
    8. Soho
    9. Trafalgar Square
    10. The London Eye
    11. The Shard
    12. Shoreditch
    13. Tinseltown
    14. Harrods
    15. St. Paul’s Cathedral
    16. British Library
    17. Tower Bridge
  4. What time does the tube stop running at night?

    The Tube, which are underground trains that run in London, generally stop running at midnight from Monday to Saturday. However, they operate the entire day on Sundays.