London Theatre / London Nightlife
As you might expect of such a vibrant and lively city, nightlife in London is second-to-none. After tourists have finished sightseeing and locals have finished work the streets of the city come to life as thousands come to revel in the varied and plentiful London nightlife.
Think of nightlife in London and you probably think of the West End Theatres. London’s West End Theatres offer an array of world-renowned productions, often featuring some of the most acclaimed actors from stage and screen.
The variety of shows on offer ensures that there is a production to suit to all tastes, whether you are looking for a night of unadulterated fun or have tastes that are slightly more "highbrow" there is sure to be a performance for you. From Lloyd-Webber classics such as The Phantom of the Opera and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat to the tongue-in-cheek humour of Avenue Q, from the mysterious and intriguing Agatha Christie’s the Mousetrap (the West End’s longest running play) to the timeless works of William Shakespeare.
London Theatre is constantly evolving to cater to its audiences. While some tried and tested shows such as Les Miserables and Blood Brothers have been running for over 20 years, the last 10 years has seen a range of new ideas. Musicals based on the works of a band or artist, most notably We Will Rock You (based on the songs of Queen) and Mama Mia (based on the songs of Abba) have shown great success, as has recreating well-loved movies for the stage such as Chicago, Grease and Hairspray.
While London Theatre is definitely an element of London nightlife not to be missed the after-dark attractions of this vibrant city extend far beyond the musicals, comedies and dramas showing in the West End.
London offers some of the finest restaurants in the world and every world cuisine imaginable is on offer. For fine dining head to one of London’s Michelin star restaurants which are mainly found around the exclusive areas of Chelsea and Mayfair. Different parts of London specialise in different cuisines, head to Edgware Road for delicious Middle Eastern restaurants, Brick Lane for a great curry or Chinatown for Chinese (surprisingly!).
Of course London Nightlife does not end here, after dinner you will have no problem finding a lively bar or club to while the rest of the night away. In the heart of London, Leicester Square and Piccadilly are the heart of nightlife in London and the traditional tourist spots. If you are looking for something a little different the East London nightlife offers a host of weird and wonderful nights out including Burlesque Shows and performing arts centres.
London has a thriving gay scene and the heart of gay nightlife in London is undoubtedly Soho where some of the most popular gay pubs in London such as the Admiral Duncan can be found. Once the pubs shut you will be pleased to know that there are a range of gay clubs in London such as the legendary G-A-Y and Heaven.
If you would rather avoid the hedonistic side of London nightlife and carry on with your sightseeing after dark London offers you a range of options. Take a Dinner Cruise on the River Thames, a night time "flight" on the London Eye or discover the sinister secrets of London on the ever-popular Jack the Ripper Tour.
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