Let’s face it the Big Smoke has plenty to offer when it comes to a night out! Sometimes you may feel a little spoilt for choice; with so much to do, you might not know where to start. Whether you’re visiting London for the weekend or your a local, let’s take a look at some fun night out ideas.
You won’t want to leave London without experiencing the theatre. With so many critically acclaimed shows being put on year after year, there really is something for everyone. First things first you’ll want to decide on what kind of show experience it is that you’re looking for. Do you want something that’s a real classic? Or a new show by an emerging writer? Is it a musical that tickles your fancy? Or would you prefer more of a traditional play format? Shows like The Book of Mormon have been popular this year as has the ever classic Wicked. If you’ve got children and it’s a family night out, you could try shows like The Lion King or Aladdin? Great shows stick in your memory forever and can be an excellent night out no matter how old you are. Many theatre tickets are really affordable these days so you won’t have to break the bank to go!
Take a ghost walk
Do you like getting scared by real ghost stories? Why not try something a bit different and go on a ghost walk through London? You could try the Paranormal Activity tour in Farringdon if this sounds like your kind of thing. Come hunt for ghosts and poltergeists through the streets and listen to tales that will chill you to the very bones. The tour takes you to the abandoned gaol cells, which were once home to infamous serial killers. Your tour guides will even help you along the way to make contact with ghosts (if you’re brave enough)!
Try the Ice Bar
Want to go out for a few drinks (but with a twist)? Why not try London’s famous Ice Bar. A bar made entirely of; you guessed it- ice! Sip on some gorgeous cocktails at -5ºC, an experience not to be missed. Ice Bar provides extra warm attire to put on over your clothes so you’ll be comfortable while you party in style. There are so many excellent bars in London to try, so it’s hard to pick one. For an utterly original experience- Ice Bar should be top of your list.
Thames Jazz Dinner Cruise
Want to experience the Thames in a luxurious and fun way? Then the Thames Jazz Dinner Cruise could be perfect for you. You’ll get a delicious three-course meal and bar, providing wonderful Champagnes, beers, and wines. The delightful ChiJazz band will keep you good and entertained with some excellent jazz classics and jazz covers of contemporary songs. For a jazz-tastic night of fun, this is your best bet! It’s hard to fit everything in when in London (you’ll need a few visits to do it all)!
London Big Ben and traffic on Westminster Bridge
London, another great city of the world. It seems that many of us love this city, every time I’m in London I see just as many tourists as I do Londoners. And why not? London is a beautiful city and Great Britain a gorgeous country! When asked what I love so much about the city my first answer is always that it’s clean, very clean. You don’t see streets littered with garbage nor do you see building scribbled with graffiti.
But that’s not all I love about London! There’s so much to see and do there no matter what your interests are, London has it all. From history to art, concerts to theater, shopping to dining; whatever you want I’m sure you’ll find it in London. But don’t spend your holiday rushing from landmark to landmark, of course you must see Big Ben and Buckingham Palace, but take some time to slow down and Experience London! Here are 6 great ways to Experience London. You don’t have to to it all in one trip, it’s a good incentive to go back!
Book a 30 minute rotation on the London Eye for a bird’s eye view of the city.
You can book a standard ticket for £21.20 per person or splurge on a private capsule, prices start at £380 for the Cupid’s Capsule and comes with champagne and chocolates. Save a few pounds and book online.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
I’m sure you’ve heard of the Hop On Hop Off buses, they’re those double decker buses you see in most tourist destinations. You’ll find them in London of course, but you’ll also find a Hop On Hop Off boat that sails the Thames all day long.
I love this alternative. There are several cruises to choose from including lunch and dinner cruises. I like the Hop On Hop Off cruise, only I refuse to Hop Off. I think it’s a great way to see the city and beyond, you’ll see all the iconic landmarks from the river and sail under the London Bridge. I hop on, find a great comfy seat, and relax. The boats have a counter that sells snacks and light lunches. Last time I did this it was on the Queen’s Official Birthday which is always in early June. We were fortunate enough to see the canon salute at the Tower of London, we saw it from the boat! No crowds!
A one day pass gives you unlimited rides for the day. You can buy tickets at the dock or online.
Spend an afternoon at the British Museum.
On my first trip to London we hired a private car and driver/guide, he pointed out statues that are scattered through out the city, and many of his descriptions began with him saying “we stole it from”. At the end of the day he jokingly told us that many of their “treasures” they stole during their rule around the world, he also told us that if we want to see more then we needed to go over to the British Museum. And right he was!
At this museum you will see works by many of the world’s great artists as well as artifacts from around the world including giant Moai, those heads from Easter Island, the Parthenon pediments and statues from the Acropolis is Athens aka the Elgin Collection, mummies from Egypt, the Rosetta Stone, and even one of the mysterious Crystal Skulls! (it’s right across from the giant Moai). You can spend hours gazing at the Monet or channeling the skull (yes last time I was there I watched this lady and her “guru” meditating next to the skull) and no one will bother you. Best of all it’s free!
Indulge yourself and spend the day at Harrod’s. Yes it will take a day just to navigate the department store much less shop. (I get a big kick out of the doormen who open the doors for you!)
You can gawk at the £25,000 silverware or the Roll Royce golf cart then wander over the the Harrod’s shop and pick up a tote bag, teddy bear, or other souvenir bearing the store’s logo, those are much more affordable! You can wander the Food Halls, that’s one of my favorite departments, then stop for lunch or dinner at one of the “fast food” counters down there, or sit down for tea or a gourmet meal at of the restaurants in the store. And don’t forget to ride the Egyptian Escalator, it’s pretty cool. For Diana fans have a look at the Diana and Dodi memorial in the store, it’s a small tribute and not really worth a special trip, but if you’re already there it’s worth a stop.
If you’re really lucky you might catch a sale, but be prepared for the crush. I’m not sure how often Harrod’s runs a big sale, but when they do the prices drop, I got an Alexander McQueen clutch for a very reasonable price at their late summer sale. For more reasonable shopping step out and head across the street to Topshop, it’s fun and inexpensive.
Date night – dinner and theater! Have dinner at one of the fine restaurants around Piccadilly Circus then walk over to see a West End production.
The West End is like NYC’s Times Square. There are many shows to choose from. Last time we were there we saw the Hitchcock classic 39 Steps at the Palladium. It was great! Or if you like you can go and see Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap, it’s been on for 60 years making it the longest running show in the world! It’s best to book your tickets online to get the date and time you want. Before or after the show you can wander Piccadilly Circus. Lots of shops and fun stuff going on there!
- Have a meal and a pint at the local pub. Pick one, they’re every where or ask the hotel concierge where he goes. Better yet do a pub crawl!
Whatever you decide to do have a great time!