This large cocktail bar in the heart of London's West End has reasonably priced cocktails and drinks and a great atmosphere. If your hanging out near London's Leicester square and looking for a place to spend the night I would definitely recommend Avenue bar. I had a LOT of fun there while visiting my sister in London.
It's also a good spot to grab a bite to eat before or after heading into the theatre; Mains were all under 8 pounds. mostly bar snacks, I recommend the BBQ Aberdeen Angus Gourmet Burgers. All I can say is NOM NOM NOM NOM!
Cocktails were 12 pounds for a pitcher, you cant wrong there, and overall service was prompt, crowd was nice, woman were hot as hell,and just wanted to recommend the place to everyone else on here!
Dress Code: Stylish but unpretentious. Beautiful people
Leicester Square is at the heart of cinema and theatre land and got its name from Lord Leicester who purchased the land in the early 17th century. In the 19th century it was a leisure area with theatre and other forms of entertainment such as curiosity shows. Nowadays there are four cinemas in the square plus five smaller auditoriums and nightclubs too. Many movies have their Premier show at the cinemas in Leicester Square when they roll out the red carpet for the stars and illustrious guests. Ticket prices can be as high as £14 + £3 for 3D
Should you want the opportunity to visit the theatre go to one of the many ticket outlets in Leicester Square that are selling tickets for half price I saw several of these ticket outlets, one of which informed me that they were the official outlet. Considering regular prices for the theatre are £40-50 it seems quite a bargain to catch a show.
Dress Code: I think that theatres would appreciate people wearing respectable clothes although i am not 100% sure on this.
Check out the posters at the underground stations when using the escalators as there are many adverts for theatres and other forms of entertainment. Who knows, maybe you will be discover something of interest.
We stayed at the Waterloo H10 Hotel and the Flower of the Forest pub is just around the corner. So at one evening we decided to pay a visit to the pub and it became a night never to forget! Flowers of the Forest is a traditional Irish pub serving traditional pub food and it also includes an evening of Irish music as well as a large TV featuring Sky Sports. It definitely is a local pub with the well known local atmosphere. We learned that it’s cheaper than most pubs in the area and has a wicked little beer garden out the back, food is simple and clean and the bar staff are friendly.
When we arrived we had a stack of cards with us, because we wanted to play some cards together. We were welcomed by some local people who already were half naked singing and dancing near the bar. Still the atmosphere was very friendly and we were able to play our cards, drink some cool beer and order some good food. We also played some billiards with the locals and had some nice conversations about the all day themes. It became quite late, saw some people latterly fell down because they drank way too much and even spoke some women that wanted to switch clothes with us. But anyway, it was a great and fascinating night and I would come back for sure, because this place rocks.
Dress Code: Doesn't matter what you wear ... just don't take it off :)
This is a great concert venue in the middle of London. It mainly deals for the classical music fan, but does occasionally put on other types of music. I went along recently to watch Blondie, with Debbie Harry.
It has a stalls area, for those who like to get up close and personal with their sweaty rock idols, but also it has a fabulous circle area, which because of the very nature of the circular building, surrounds the stage. Unlike the Wembley Arena or Wembley Pavilion there is no need to hire any binoculars for starring at the big screens in order for you to see the small dot on the stage that seems like a million miles away.
The bar prices inside the venue are a bit steep, but at least they serve decent beer, such as Spitfire and Bishops Finger.
A good place to meet up before the event is in the very decent pub around the corner called "The Queen's Arms"
Directions to the Queens Arms
Leave Gloucester Road tube and turn left. cross at the lights and continue on up until you get to Queens Gate Terrace. Turn right and carry on until you reach a smaller left hand turning before a large one. This is Queens Gate Mews and the pub should be visible once you turn into it. The pub is opposite a great car showroom. which has Rolls Royces and the like on show!
Dress Code: It depends what you are going to see and where the mood takes you.
It’s a little off the beaten path, but if you find yourself anywhere near Vauxhall Bridge in the early evening, I can recommend two good places to drink – the Riverside and Aqua. They sit side by side on the south bank of the river, with large open areas overlooking the water for great views as you drink. If the weather is a bit chilly they both have warmers above some of the tables, though these are in great demand and you need to get here early to secure one. So if driven inside, you’ll be pleased to find there is plenty of room in there too! The Riverside is the livelier of the two and has a good menu if you want to eat (I enjoyed some fishcakes there recently), while the Aqua is quieter and better if you want to chat – it also has a good value 2 for 1 deal on pizza and pasta on weekday evenings, though otherwise the food is a little pricy.
Dress Code: Most people come here after work so dress tends to be quite smart, but there no “rules” as such.
When relatives from Newcastle visited recently I booked up this treat for us all – a two hour sunset cruise on the Thames, operated by City Cruises. We’ve done numerous boat trips on the river in the past, but always during the day, so this was something different for us as well as for our visitors – or rather for me. Our boiler packed up that morning, and at the last minute Chris had to stay home for the gas engineer, and in so doing, he missed a treat!
The boat sailed from Westminster Pier at 18.30 (I imagine that the timings vary according to the time of year, to catch the sunset) and headed east. We were welcomed on board with a glass of prosecco, which was included in the cost. There’s a bar on board so you can buy any other drinks you want during the cruise – prices were comparable to smart bars elsewhere in London. Also included are some canapés (waiters came round with these from time to time).
Most people seemed to make a bee-line for the open upper deck as soon as we boarded but we felt that would be chilly so decided to go inside. This meant we had our pick of the tables and could choose one at the front by the large picture windows. As the evening drew on many people who’d gone upstairs came down, but at first there were only about ten tables occupied inside. A couple of musicians played and the atmosphere was very pleasant,, especially as we soon got chatting to our neighbours, a couple of guys from South Africa, about our experiences of the Olympic Games just a couple of months ago.
Our ride took us through the City of London, past Docklands and Greenwich, and as far as the O2 Arena, before turning and heading back to Westminster. I was a little surprised that there was no commentary on board, as with the usual tourist trips, but soon came to appreciate its absence. This evening is about relaxing and enjoying the sights, sunset and early evening lights over a drink or two, not about ticking monuments off your “to see” list. And as we were blessed with a clear evening and great sunset, both and I and my guests had a wonderful time!
The tour normally costs £20 per person, but I’d found an online deal that secured it for half of that price – a bargain! Even at full price, however, I think it’s very fair for what you get, although buying several additional drinks at the bar will push the cost up. You need to book online on the website below to be sure of a place, but I think you can get tickets on the spot at the booth by the pier, if available.
Dress Code: Bring a jacket or warm top if you want to sit on the exposed upper deck
Wondering what to pack for your next vacation? Yes, we always have some stress related to this issue. As an experienced traveler I always combine some days to relax with some days to explore the surroundings, beautiful historical cities or hiking the amazing National Parks. So I can easily say that whenever I am on vacation, I often want to relax, escape and unwind. There is nothing quite like a good book to accomplish these things.
Being away for many days on a vacation break will of course give you a great chance of getting your head into a good book or two, but which books should you choose to take with you? I do take along some ‘beach books’: a good beach book is engaging and a quick enough read that you can finish most of it on the beach before my sunscreen wears off. A beach book isn't necessarily literature, but a beach book that will entertain. With these beach books in my hand, all I need to remember is my towel and sunscreen.
But some literature is also coming along, because having a vacation, whatever the time of year, usually makes me turn my thoughts to which good book should we take with me? Sitting in my comfortable chair after a beautiful day with long walk, reading a good book in the evening makes it complete.
Dress Code: Doesn't matter ... wear whatever you want.
Cheers, London was inspired by the popular U.S. comedy series, and incorporates bar, restaurant and merchandise store. It is the only officially licensed Cheers bar and restaurant in Europe. It's a celebration of the show's humour and vitality. It's Sam Malones place in London and the bar Where Everybody Knows Your Name.........
Sadly now this bar has closed but I will keep this tip as a fond memory of one the places I use to pop into every now and then.
Dress Code: Smart, Casual
Jeans and Trainers / Sneakers are allowed.
I've been to the O2 Arena, in London's East End, for a few concerts, and my overall feeling is that it's good concert venue. The only proviso I would give though is to make sure you get tickets on the lower levels.
Some great bands come to this venue, and sometimes they're on for a couple of nights.
My first visit was for Bon Jovi and we were up in the gods. The sound was great and even though you were quite far from the stage we still had a good time.
I then managed to get some Guns N' Roses tickets with lower level seats and with some alcohol thrown into the mix. This made all the difference and we had a great night. We were warned beforehand about the concert times being a bit late and that Axel was being a bit tardy about comming on stage. GNR came on stage at about 21:45 and ripped through a great 22 song set. The gig finished about 00:45, meaning I missed my last train home. We had decided, before-hand, that we woulfd stay to the end no matter what, and so we took our punishment on the journey home. A crowded bus back to Euston and then the walk to Kings Cross. McDonalds at 04:00 in the morning is an interesting place to wait, over a coffee, for the station to re-open for the first train back home. Then it was off to work ... that's Rock Nn'Roll for you.
Nowadays I drive to the venue and park in the station car park next door.
More recently I was introduced to Rush, by a good friend, and they really kicked up a storm of a concert.
There are plenty of bars and restaurants at the venue, which makes it a great night out.
I don't remember much about my visit to The Church. It was a rainy Sunday, we travelled on a quiet train to somewhere in Islington (they move around a bit), and when we found The Church we discovered bedlam. There was booze everywhere (I think they were selling Fosters from buckets), lots of nakedness and debauchery, dancing, fancy dress, shouting, singing and lots and lots of aussies and kiwis getting riotously drunk on a Sunday afternoon.
It was a ton of fun, but I probably wouldn't do it again for the sake of my liver and my sanity.
Dress Code: The crazier the better.
This club is members only*, and its members are media stars, so don't expect to walk in off the street. Soho is London's media capital and theatre district, and Groucho Club sits at its heart on Dean Street. The club's membership includes Young British Artists like Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, and pop stars like Lily Allen and Liam Gallagher, comedians like Stephen Fry and Hugh Dennis.
I was lucky enough one day to get invited in for a beer or two by one of the members. Being ignorant I didn't realize quite how lucky I was until much later, when someone told me what kind of club it is. I don't remember meeting anyone famous, but there were some familiar looking faces around.
Dress Code: Relaxed.
The Museum Tavern is a pleasant place to wet your whistle after you tired yourself out wandering through the treasures at the British Museum (hence the name). It serves a distinction of being the only pub I visited in London during my first trip to London (well I really fell for it) and my second trip to London. In fact during my last trip, I visited it a couple of times thanks to it handy location.
The staff here are very friendly and fed me lots of tidbits of information about the pub. It is very old and probably dates from the mid-18th century when it would have been known by another name for sure, the Dog & Duck(no museum back then). It is a designated Heritage Pub hence it is not allowed any modern electrical equipment visible such as televisions. (ok they did have smoke detectors and burglar alarms!). Among the many famed Londoners who used to frequent this pub was Karl Marx. This is one of the must see pubs in London and should be visited by anyone looking for historical pub experience.
Dress Code: Casual
We went along to see WarHorse, as we were given the tickets as a present.
A spectacular show, based on a children's book by Michael Morpurgo, which I would really recommend for all of the family. Set at the start of World War One, when horses and men were sent to war.
The theatre is in Covent Garden, and is quite modern and therefore comfortable.
Dress Code: Going to the theatre is not as formal as it used to be and so don't worry about buying anew dress or getting your suit cleaned. Smart casual always seems to be more relaxing. Maybe shorts would be a little of a stretch, although maybe okay for a matinee.
Well, what do you want in the way of nightlife? Whatever it is, I can guarantee you will be able to find it in London. From internationally acclaimed West End shows to intimate music...