What are the Party Hostels in London like?
- Best Party Hostels in London: The Dictionary Hostel; St Christopher's Inn Village
- Party hostel style: proper party hostels
- Craziness level: fairly crazy
- Parties on-site: Bar and parties onsite
- Pub Crawls: Yes
The party hostel scene in London is quite good, with plenty of offer and fairly crazy atmospheres. We have selected the best two. One for its unique and vibrant vibe, The Dictionary, and the other one for its concept of being a capsule party hostel, meaning that you can party your way, and then head to your bed and have a nice sleep. Plenty of social activities in their on-site bars will make it really easy to mingle and interact with fellow travellers and meet new friends.
Best Area to Stay in London for Nightlife
London has a lot of areas, that are good for nightlife lovers. But we would hightlight Soho and Shoreditch. Soho is known for Iconic places, neon lights, nightclubs, bars with a mix of culture, which makes it the liveliest district of London. Moreover, it is a perfect area for LGBT community. A nice advantage is the prices are not too high there. Shoreditch will introduce you to creative, artistic and quirky part of London, which is perfect for younger generation. Besides all of the amazing clubs and bars, it has a cool secret underground bar.
- 📍Best Party Hostel in Soho: - SoHo Hostel London
- 📍Best Party Hostel in Shoreditch: - The Dictionary Hostel
Nightlife in London
London’s nightlife is incredibly diverse and can satisfy the most demanding of tastes. There are plenty of different clubs, bars, pubs and music venues to choose from, and the party scene is spread across many different neighbourhoods. Shoreditch, Soho, Piccadilly Circus, Camden y Brixton are the areas with more life at night, but not the only ones.
Basic information about nightlife in London:
- Pubs and clubs closing times:
- Bars and pubs: Monday to Thursday until 01:00am – Weekends at 03:00am
- Clubs: Monday to Thursday until 01:00am – Weekends at 08:00am
- Average cover charge for clubs: from 14€ to 25€ (not incl. drink)
- Average price of pint of beer: 6€
- Famous neighbourhoods for partying: Shoreditch; Camden Town; Soho; Brixton
- Famous events or parties: Nothing Hill carnival - last weekend of August.
Best Party Areas in London
London party is disseminated around the city, and you can find very different atmosphere based on the neighbourhood you go. The most famous party areas are Shoreditch, Camden Town, Soho and Brixton.
Party in Shoreditch
Shoreditch has become, over the past years, the alternative epicentre of London. Located on East End, the area is known for hosting many cultural events, the Brick Lane Market and for the hipster atmosphere.
A good option in the area is Queen of Hoxton , a four-storey bar with a huge rooftop terrace, located in the centre of Shoreditch, and with affordable prices.
Not too far from there, Happiness Forgets it's one of the top 10 cocktail bars in the world. Later in the evening, a good option to dance your night off is Cargo , where there are regular events with live music and top-level DJs. It's the ideal place to party until the early hours of the morning.
Party in Camden Town
Camden Town is one of the most famous areas of London to visit, both during the day and night. With eccentric shops, street performers, live music or alternative street art almost every day, the streets of Camden are always bustling with life.
Very concentrated and small (for London standards, of course), the are invites to pub-crawl your night, hopping from bar to bar and enjoying the diverse range of music and nightlife that it has to offer. Roam around Parkway, Chalk Farm Road, Kentish Town Rd and Camden High St and you will find the trendiest clubs and live concert venues.
A must visit hotspot in the are is The World's End, Europe’s biggest pub and offers a wide selection of local beers. They also host regular live music shows, and it even saw Radiohead playing before they became world-famous.
To end your evening, we recommend KOKO club. Beautiful and unique décor, an interesting variety of music on offer and tickets at a reasonable price.
Party in Soho
Soho is one of the historic hubs of London’s entertainment scene. Offering a rich nightlife, it is home for world famous bars and pubs where not that long ago all celebrities and wannabes of the metropolis would let themselves be seen.
A bit more touristic now, Soho is probably one of the best known party destinations in London. You can find anything from high-class clubs with guest lists, to chill cocktail bars and late night lounges. It is also known for the LGTB scene, with plenty of gay bars and clubs around.
There are a ton of popular bars around Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and Covent Garden. Some good suggestions would be Soho Bar, 100 Club, Purple Bar or Lab Bar.
Party in Brixton
Brixton is an even more diverse neighbourhood. It is an area with more multicultural atmosphere, with a big presence of people from Jamaica. You can find very different bars and pubs, from traditional English pubs, to reggae venues with live music every night. It is also a very good option if you want to find cheap drinks.
A great venue in the area is Jamm . Offering a club with late night events and live music, a bar for a more relaxed atmosphere and a great terrace where they host street food on Sundays. Head to Prince of Wales for House and Hip Hop, or pay a visit to the Brixton 02 Academy, one of the most famous clubs in London.
Dress codes & age restrictions
Londoners are famous for leading fashion trends in Europe, and that can be seen in the pubs and clubs. While a casual look might be ok for most bars, some cocktail bars and pubs expect you to wear Casual Chic or Smart Casual. This means that jeans are ok, but button-down shirts and stylish sneakers or shoes are encouraged. If you look stylish, a bit more edgy clothes might work.
Be careful if you are planning on hitting some clubs though. Clubs in London like to be seen as exclusive establishments, and they try that the crowd matches the image of a high-end venue. Therefore, London’s dress code for clubs is rather strict. Some famous clubs like Fabric or Ministry of Sound, catering to a wider audience, might be a bit more relaxed at the door.
Also, be aware that most clubs have a policy of restricting entry to those over 21 years old.
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