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Where to Party in London ? Best Pubs, Bars, Clubs in the City

After having talked about the places to visit in London and after having given you some tips about the city, it’s now time to talk about parties! As a terrific city, London is of course a place to party. But be careful, it’s also very expensive to enjoy the night life of the British capital, so you have to know the places you shouldn’t miss. I split it in two parts, the bars and pubs on one hand, the clubs on the other hand.

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Best Bars and Pubs in London

England is very famous for its pubs, which you can find on every corner of the streets. Londoners like to have a beer in pubs, usually crowed and noisy, after work or before going to a club. It’s a part of a Londoner’s life, you should be aware of it!

I have some pubs to advice you, because of different reasons.

  • Princess Louise, a nice traditional pub: Located in Holborn, this is an awesome place to have a beer in traditional scenery. All is here to remind you old centuries, in a very intimate background. Take a seat and glance at the ceilings.
  • The Brewdog, perfect for exotic beers and tasty burgers: One of my favorite pubs was the Brewdog of Camden Town. Often crowed, it features beers you can’t find anywhere else and above all offers tasty burgers and pizzas. It was my preferred place to brunch on Sundays.
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  • The Blues Kitchen, blues and burger: Again in Camden, the Blues Kitchen is the place to be if you like jazzy ambiance. Live music is played every night, and you also should try the delicious burgers
  • The O’Neills, live music and dance floor in Leicester Square: A good place to see live music is this pub/club in the Chinese area of Leicester Square. It becomes a club on three floors during the Week end.
  • Walkabout, many TV’s to enjoy sports events: Located in Temple, it’s a big place to enjoy sports events with many TV’s. Beer is at a good price, and on Mondays, you have the Brazilian parties!
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Best Clubs in London

London is a city where everyone can enjoy the kind of music he likes. African music in the south, Rock music in Camden, Electro music in Brick Lane or Commercial music in the center, you have the choice! Here are my 3 favorite clubs in London.

  • Koko, good music in an amazing scenery: This is my favorite club in London! Based in Mornington Crescent, it’s an old theater renew into a club. You will dance on 5 floors with a scene in front of you. Moreover, the price is low, especially for the entrance. During the first part of the night you usually have live music, and then this is electro music. You have to go there!
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  • Le Cirque du Soir, entertainment and fun: A classiest club, but also terrific, located in Oxford Circus. You will take part during the night in a circus, with all its characters. Don’t forget your camera. But it’s mainly a great club because of the sound. Very open and close to electro music, I had never been disappointed!
  • Fabric, the place to go after clubs closing: Open until 7am, the Fabric is a worldwide known club. Place of electro-techno-dubstep, I advise you to drink before if you want to stay awake for all night long!

You have many clubs to party, among those I didn’t talk about, here is a list of nice places to enjoy the nightlife in London: Movida, Chinawhite, Jalouse, Lock 17, Ministry of Sound, King’s Club, The Egg, XOYO, Café de Paris and Maddox. I’ve tried all these clubs, and it’s worth it.

Visit London – London Sightseeing for Tourists

Here we are, this is the second article about London, and more specifically about the things to visit there. London is a big city, very diversified concerning art and culture which allows you to visit there some of the most interesting places in Europe. I won’t talk again about my time there but I will just expose to you the places you shouldn’t miss. Let’s talk about the beauty spots of the British Capital

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The touristic places of London to visit

As a big city, London has many touristic places full of foreigners, ready to discover the capital. The Tower of London, St Paul’s Cathedral, Buckingham Palace, does this ring you a bell? Of course it does! As a genuine tourist, you have to visit these places. It will cost you between 15 and 20£ for each of them, but it’s part of the British history.

The Tower of London is full of history: stronghold, prison, execution site, royal palace, treasury, menagerie, etc. The Tower has a really interesting past, and there are a lot of turrets and cells to discover.

St Paul’s Cathedral is the spiritual heart of the city.  You will be able to explore a crypt full of well known people (Wren, Nelson and Wellington, etc.), but also the whispering gallery.

Finally, Buckingham Palace opens during summer, is the official London residence and office for the Queen.

Also I advise you to visit the V&A museum, a huge and very interesting museum with amazing items, as well as the National Gallery or the British Museum, which gather the most interesting pieces of art in London (All free).

Relax in one of London’s parks

London is very famous for its parks, huge and beautiful.

In the North, you have the well known Regent’s Park or the huge and natural Hampstead Heath (with Parliament Hill where you can spot all London, a magnificent view to take pictures from the hills).

If you want to visit Buckingham Palace, I advise you to make a break in St James’s Park, home of pelicans, and of the Horse Guards Parade (Apart from this, it’s not the most interesting park).

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A little far from the center but really astounding, you have to take a look at Greenwich Park. It’s the oldest of the Royal Parks and it offers spectacular views over the river Thames.

At last if you come to London, you can’t miss Hyde Park. Huge and centrally located, Hyde Park is one of London’s best-loved parks with more than 4,000 trees, a lake, a meadow and rose gardens.

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Enjoy the best street markets of London

London is also very famous for all the street markets of the city. You will find everything you like, from food of the world to antiques, via clothes or souvenirs. I visited the 5 most famous markets of London when I was there: Camden Market, Portobello Market, Borough Market, Covent Garden and Brick Lane.

Camden Market is the biggest market of London, where you can find arts and crafts, jewellery, vintage clothing and food stalls. It opens every day but it’s really crowed during the week-end. You will need few hours to visit everything of the most underground market of London.

Portobello Road Market (close to Notting Hill) is a world-famous market selling antiques, jewellery, second-hand clothes and bric-a-brac. It’s also a street with colorful and catchy architecture. It’s open from Monday to Saturday from 8am to 7pm.

Borough Market, located close to London Bridge is the food market to visit. You will be able to taste food from all over the world, usually handmade and very unique. This market is open from Thursday to Saturday.

Covent Garden, the most central market of London, is famous for souvenirs, clothes, antiques and knick-knacks.

Finally, Brick Lane is probably the market which represents the most the London’s spirit. Open just on Sundays, it gathers hundreds of stallholders and individuals selling everything and anything in the hippie spirit.

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The places far from the touristic crowd in London

Of course you have many other places to visit far from the crowd.  Among them, if you like history you shouldn’t miss the HMS Belfast, the Imperial War Museum and the National Army Museum.

If fashion or arts are one of your hobbies, I advise you to visit the Shakespeare’s Globe Theater, and also The Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising, or the Fashion and Textile Museum.

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Sports fan have to visit one of the museum of the numerous football clubs in London (Arsenal and Chelsea for example). You can also visit the mythic Wembley, the official stadium of the England Team.

Last but not least, nature lovers will be pleased with the huge and unique Kew Gardens, and with the wildest park in London: Richmond Park

If you want to have some tips about London, click here to see my previous article about the Transports, Accomodations and Life in the British Capital, and here to find out more about Where to Party in London ? Best Pubs, Bars, Clubs in the City

My Tips to Visit London – Transports, Accomodations and Life in the British Capital

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First article in English on this blog, and not the least interesting! I used to write in the Shakespeare’s language during my time at myMzone but it’s the first time since I came back to Paris. I would like to talk about travelling today and especially about the city where I spent 10 amazing months, London!

My experience there, was clearly unique as a personal and a professional side. I accomplished the dream of many French people who see London as a heaven place. During 10 months, I made the best of my trip there and it’s now time for me to give you some tips.

The first part will be dedicated to the tips you need to know before coming, and during the first days of your time in London. I will then talk about what to visit and finally, about where to go out.

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How to go to London – Train or Plane to London

So, is everything ready for your trip? You should be aware that there are many ways to come to London. The simplest for people who are living in Paris, Brussels or Amsterdam is to take the Eurostar. After a little more than 2 hours you will arrive in Saint Pancras, in the center of London for a reasonable price (it depends on when you buy your tickets, but it starts from 88€ if you take it 3 months before). Otherwise, you can take the plane, which is a little cheaper but less convenient especially because you have to go from the airport to London (Only Heathrow is linked with the tube, otherwise you have to take a shuttle)

The transports in London – Tubes and buses of London

London is a city well deserved and where it’s easy to go from a point to another. You have more than 10 tube lines, usually going from zone 4-5 to the center, and I personally think that it’s well organized. Of course some of them are really crowed during rush hours, but I didn’t experience a lot of problems and it’s quite fast and very clean. Otherwise you can take one of the numerous buses you have, day and night (around 50% of the buses are 24/7). It’s a very nice experience and the buses are very comfortable. You will enjoy a pleasant way, seeing the street from your seat. I used a lot the buses because there are regulars and very useful when you come back from parties.

Where to live in London – Accommodations in London

London is a dynamic city so you won’t face any problems to find a place to live. When I went to London, I started my first week in a hostel (you have many hostels, it’s definitely a good deal for small budget, I recommend Piccadilly Backpakers Hostel where I stayed, located in Piccadilly Circus), and I found a flat which I shared with 3 others guys. It’s very easy to find a flat in London (3 days is enough), because everyone is moving. To find your flat I recommend site websites:  gumtree, moveflat, easyroomate, flatshare or spareroom. I advise you to take 1 week and to visit everything before making a decision. I came across thieves, and I finally found my room in Camden Town (very nice area) just 2 days before the end of my time in the hostel. Be also careful with the contract, don’t sign too long contract and the deposit shouldn’t be more than 1 month rent.

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The life in London

The life in London is very attractive, everyone is up to do something and usually Londoners are very welcoming. You will see a lot of nationalities, and I was surprised by the open-mindedness of everyone. In one word, I guess you will love London. Just be careful of your budget, London is a very expensive city, for the transport, the rent and almost everything. Small budgets will have to tighten their belt! Last tip, the weather is very moving and very wet, be ready to face grey sky and rainy days!

To find out more about London, visit one of these two articles :

Where to Party in London ? Best Pubs, Bars, Clubs in the City

Visit London – London Sightseeing for Tourists