No matter what time of year it is, you can count on our lovely London to be full to the brim with things to do, but oh, those summer nights in London are simply amazing.
Among the vibrancy and the madness, there are a few things that are an absolute must during summertime and luckily, a Late Night London bar is never too far away.
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1. Midnight Matinee at the Shakespeare Globe
The Shakespeare Globe Theatre are running midnight matinees for two of their most iconic plays over the next couple of months. Catch dark and moody Macbeth on July 22nd or lighten up with A Midsummer Night’s Dream on August 26th. For a delectable pre-show dinner, stop by Hay’s Galleria on Hay’s Lane for an exquisite treat.
2. Boat Trip on the Thames
If you’ve ever wanted to go frolicking across the River Thames on a lush speedboat, your time has come. Thames Lates are offering flamboyant party-goers to go for a little boat trip on the river, starting at the London Eye Millennium Pier. Take a break from the inevitable hollering and wooping to enjoy a collection of top cocktails along the way, before returning back to dry land and continuing the party at Opal Bar on Embankment.
3. Luna Cinema Screenings
As you probably already know, Luna Cinema is a unique cinema experience hosting showings of your favourite movies in a wide variety of locations across London. If you’re up for seeing a classic in a whole new way, gather up some friends, pack a picnic and see what movies and locations take your fancy.
Showing at One New Change is The Big Short, The Princess Bride, Zoolander and Die Hard, and you can even grab a bite to eat at the contemporary-chic Core Bar just five minutes away.
Alternatively, if Anchorman, 10 Things I Hate About You or The Breakfast Club are more your thing, book a showing at Victoria Embankment Gardens, where you can enjoy a pre-movie dinner at Mabel’s Bar & Kitchen.
4. Somerset Series at Somerset House
Both established and upcoming acts alike take to the stage in this long-running tradition of Somerset House. On from the 4th to the 17th July, the event lends one night of the spotlight to each band or artist, giving the performances a much more intimate, exclusive feel.
Tickets are still available – just head to Somerset House to book. Before attending the show of your choice, you may have time to enjoy dinner and drinks beforehand at Scarlet’s Covent Garden.
5. All-night Film Marathon at Prince Charles Cinema
The Prince Charles Cinema on Leicester Place is renowned for its incredible all-night film marathons – the perfect excuse to stay up all night. Whether you plan to use the movie as the beginning or the end of your night, be sure to step into the plush boudoir cubes of Ruby Blue Bar, where you can rev up or settle down in total comfort.
6. Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London
Sadly with this one you need to apply by letter two months in advance to get tickets (sorry!), but it’s totally worth it if you want to be part of one of most historic traditions of London. Starting precisely at 21:53pm, the Ceremony of the Keys is an awesome way to experience the Tower at night. You can even enjoy a stunning dining experience beforehand at Mark Lane, where the 1960s style decor will already have you transporting back in time.