London is a spectacular place to enjoy by day, but have you ever considered the range of possibilities open to you in the capital at night?
We’ve brought together the best evening experiences, so you can be sure that once the sun sets, a new side of London is waiting…
London is a 24-hour city, which means its retail scene is just as vibrant in the evening as it is in the middle of the day. If you’re busy with booked excursions during daylight hours, save your shopping for later.
Saunter along the cobbled square of Covent Garden until 7pm where you’ll find independent vendors selling everything from handmade soap to unique jewellery. Westfield in West London has over 300 stores and is open for business until 10pm, while Oxford Street is packed with hundreds of popular retailers and is yours to browse until 10pm on Thursdays (9pm on other nights).
You can even buy quirky arts and crafts from stalls in Brixton Night Market until 11pm on certain dates during summer, too.
Head to the bright lights
Places like Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square are eye-catching places to see while the sun shines, but wait until darkness falls for truly spectacular scenes.
Rivalling New York’s Times Square, these sites are illuminated with huge billboards. Plus, the hustle and bustle of night owls, theatregoers and people enjoying the city’s amazing nightlife gives these places a real buzz you won’t forget.
How about an evening tour to mix things up? London By Night is a tour company that boards you on a double-decker bus to experience the city ‘after hours’.
See all the famous landmarks like Big Ben, the Tower of London and St Paul’s Cathedral under the stars. It’ll offer you a completely different experience from sightseeing during daytime!
For another way to see the city by night, how about booking a pod on the London Eye? Get an aerial view of London and see how many wonderfully illuminated landmarks you can see or head to The Shard (the tallest building in London) for a 360-degree vista.
See a show
The West End is buzzing every evening with excited theatre buffs, and catching a show is a great way to finish off a busy day of sightseeing and pounding the pavements.
If you’re looking for late-night viewing, see what’s on at Soho Theatre. This venue often puts on shows later than many other places and you can usually pick from different genres like comedy, modern theatre and even cabaret.
Enjoy live music
London is jammed with incredible music venues that truly come alive at night. From candle-lit concerts in a 17th-century church at St Martin-in-the-Field to Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, there’s a performance for everyone’s musical persuasion in London at night.
Up for a party? Experience London’s vibrant club scene by dropping in at one of the most famous venues like Fabric, XOYO or Ministry of Sound. If you fancy experiencing the wonders of London after the sun goes down, check out high-quality accommodation that helps you start and end the day perfectly at https://www.londonservicedapartments.co.uk/luxury-apartments/