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London nightlife

London's vibrant and varied nightlife will satisfy both the cultured drinker and hardened partygoer (and most other types of night owl in between). While pub culture and drinking to excess sometime seem a national pastime, there are alternatives: Opt for a glamorous night at the opera or a world-class concert at the Royal Festival Hall (Southbank Centre), followed by a faultlessly mixed cocktail in a stylish bar like Colebrooke Row. Head east to Shoreditch and Spitalfields for a postindustrial backdrop to the capital's coolest bars and clubs, or north from Shoreditch up the Kingsland Road to Dalston for gritty, artsy, alternative venues. Pubs in London used to close at 11 pm, but thanks to a 2005 update to the archaic licensing laws, many of the city's drinking establishments now stay open well into the wee small hours.

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Anda de Bridge, London

This unpretentious Caribbean bar is a stress- and attitude-free way to hit the Hoxton  scene. Neither fashionable nor unhip, the crowd's...more

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Annex 3, London

Less is more? Not at this kitsch-tastic cocktail bar (pronounced "Annex 'trois'") with gold banquettes, mismatched strips of floral wallpaper, retro tables and...more

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Artesian Bar, London

Named for the 360-foot-deep well beneath the floor, this glam bar opened in January 2007. Interiors star David Collins (who perfected his art on the Blue Bar...more

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Bar at the Dorchester, London

The Dorchester's frumpy old bar is unrecognizable in its fabulous new plumage—all lacquered mahogany and mirrors, with purple velvet banquettes backed by...more

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The Bathhouse, London

Interred beneath a Moorish cupola next to a churchyard, The Bathhouse is one of London's more esoteric venues, with original decorative tiling, candle lighting,...more

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Boundary Rooftop, London

Shoreditch society can get stifling. The alfresco Boundary Rooftop offers valuable thinking space, as well as 360-degree views over the city. Crowning Terence...more

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Callooh Callay, London

A bar named and decorated after Lewis Carroll's poem Jabberwocky might sound a tad gimmicky, but this Shoreditch venue is delightfully eccentric. Step inside...more

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The Cow, London

Owned by Tom Conran, son of Terence, the Cow is actually a gastropub with a dining room upstairs, but you can have a good night here on alcohol alone. The Cow...more

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Electric Brasserie, London

For a taste of members-only Soho House plus the Notting Hill scene simultaneously, come to SH owner Nick Jones's slightly less impenetrable westerly outpost for...more

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Fabric, London

Still one of the biggest, and definitely one of the best, club venues in London, you'll find established resident DJs (Craig Richards, Terry Francis) and...more

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