London is famous for its nightlife and is undoubtedly one of the best cities in the world for a hen night. From 24 hour clubs to swanky bars, traditional London boozers to live music venues, you'll be spoiled for choice. There are over 200 nightlife districts in London, so to help you decide where to go out during your hen do, we've compiled a list of the best nightspot areas.
If you’re only here for the weekend then Piccadilly Circus is the area to go. Packed with bright lights and a buzzing atmosphere, this vibrant nightlife area is a real crowd pleaser and perfect for large groups. No matter what everybody’s tastes are, clubs and bars in this area were made for unforgettable nights out.
Nearest station: Piccadilly Circus
Soho is at the heart of London’s nightlife scene and is well-known for its 24-hour party scene. This eccentric destination is bustling every night of the week and is famous for its sex shops, burlesque shows and gay bars. Its perfect for the hens wanting to party until the early hours of the morning.
Nearest stations: Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road and Leicester Square
London's South Bank is a bustling hub of pop-up bars and events - there are hundreds put on all year round. Stroll along the river and experience the Christmas markets in the winter and the tropical themed bars in the summer. It is also home to some old English pubs, so there’s plenty of riverside watering holes to enjoy.
Nearest station: Waterloo
Camden celebrates the quirky side of London. Expect alternative music venues, bohemian bars and lively pubs. It's a picturesque area with colourful buildings, quaint bridges and barges along the canal, so it's the perfect spot for those wanting something a little different.
Nearest station: Camden Town
Shoreditch and Spitalfields
Shoreditch nightlife is large and diverse - expect bustling bars, popular clubs and rooftop hangouts. With a variety of venues, food stalls and cocktail bars, it's no surprise it’s one of the city’s main nightlife districts. A short walk away is Spitalfields, a place famous for its late night market, street art and trendy bars. If you're into Indian food- Brick Lane is a must, it's home to some of the best curry houses in town.
Nearest stations: Shoreditch High Street and Liverpool Street
Dalston and Hackney
If you’re after the underground music scene – head East. The districts of Dalston and Hackney are packed full of character. Expect warehouse clubs, alternative music and edgy bars. We wouldn’t recommend wearing heels to these clubs, it’s more of a trainers vibe in these East End neighbourhoods.
Nearest stations: Dalston or Hackney Central
Peckham and New Cross
Head south of the river to Peckham or New Cross for a unique night out. With far fewer tourists heading this way, you'll be hanging out with fun-loving locals instead. With bars underneath railway tracks and on top of car parks, you'll be sure to find something out of the ordinary.
Nearest stations: Peckham Rye or New Cross Gate
Explore the vibrant streets of Brixton, a hub of multiculturalism set to the south of the city centre. It's an area filled with live music venues and food markets, perfect if you're wanting to watch famous musicians or try some of the world's most delicious cuisines.
Nearest station: Brixton
Clapham is an area full of pop culture. Traditional clubs and bars can be found along Clapham High Street, so it's the perfect spot for a bar crawl. You’ll most likely hear djs playing all time club favourites and old school classics but one thing's for sure, you'll be dancing until the early hours.
Nearest station: Clapham Common
Chelsea and Kensington
Home to many of London's rich and famous, the boroughs of Kensington and Chelsea offer stylish cocktail bars and exclusive club venues. Head here for a night out full of class, sophistication and glamour.
Nearest station: Fulham Broadway or High Street Kensington
Whether you're looking for glamorous cocktail bars, traditional boozers or clubs open until the early hours, London's eclectic nightlife is definitely something to get excited about. Have a look at our latest hen party ideas in London, we’ve tried and tested all of our nightlife experiences so that you can focus on having fun on the night.