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What to do in London at night
You arrive in London after sundown for a short city break or maybe you are on a workation? Either way you want to make the most of your time or you have been working all day, now is time to let your hair down, there are lots of London evening activities, and places to visit at night. Whether you are looking for a fun date night, a fun evening activity with friends or solo activity our guide will point you in the right direction.
Visit Evening markets in London
Walk to Old Spitalfields Market for some late-night market vibes where you can shop antiques and meet the craftsman behind London’s coolest independent brands. Or head to Southbank if you are a book worm and look for the Book Market under Waterloo Bridge where you can find some of the most unusual second-hand books and you might just stumble across a rare edition of your favourite author.
Go Late night shopping
We get it, you are not leaving London without that cute dress you have your eyes on or those trainers you have been saving up for months. Then you better get yourself to one of London’s top shopping centres such as Selfridges, Harrods and Westfield Stratford City which are open for late night shopping and entertainment.
Visit a late night London Museum
London has some of the best museums and galleries in the world and although most of them are open until 5pm you can look out for special events or after-hours exhibitions. Check out British Museum, Museum of London and Tate Modern.
Go Sightseeing after dark
Enjoy a different view of your favourite London attractions at night. Whether you decide to hop on a night tour bus or explore the city’s lights on foot don’t forget to bring your camera. London’s landmarks shine so beautifully at night you wouldn’t want to miss a perfect snap. You don’t even have to go too far from the hotel for spectacular views. Walk to Leadenhall Market, Tower Bridge and Millennium Bridge for spectacular night time sightseeing.
Tower of London night ceremony
World-famous landmark, Tower of London is an all-day attraction which hosts the 600 years old Ceremony of the Keys event every night. See up close the Chief Yeoman Warder in his red coat and Tudor bonnet securing the gates of the Tower with the Queens Keys then cross the river and look back at the beautifully lit and mysterious tower.
Late night entertainment
London’s entertainment scene transforms at night bringing together artists from across the globe to perform on different stages. From comedy shows, speak easy bars, theatres, cinemas and open-air performances there are so many things to see and activities to do at night you will find it hard to choose. Meet your friends for dinner and drinks at Grill Restaurant before a movie at Rich Mix London or a fun night out in Shoreditch.
During the day Shoreditch is full of opportunities to enjoy street art, and is full of coffee shops, vintage shops, and of course is home to the Columbia Flower Market and Brick Lane Market. At night Shoreditch is full of vibrant night life and clubs as well as wine bars, cocktails and Tapas.
London at Christmas
The city is magical at Christmas, there are many things to do for everyone whether you are here on a couple’s getaway or a family break. Vibrant Christmas markets, great cocktail bars and food spots, At night there’s ice skating rinks in central London, Christmas at Kew Gardens and Winter Wonderland are just some of the must do and see Christmas activities while in London during the festive season, and don’t forget the festive lights all around the city
Book your London Break
No matter what the season London has endless activities to enjoy at night, the hard part is trying to fit them all in. Planning a trip to London? Clayton Hotel City of London is ideal for business or pleasure, the hotel is located within walking distance of London’s financial district, and Shoreditch and is located near excellent public transport links. Sign up to Click on Clayton to receive 10% off your stay, this can be used with any of our London Hotel Special Offers.