Bright lights, big city! But if you're not a London girl, just where should you go to enjoy the best night out? Here's our quick rundown.
Perhaps best known for its market, Camden has always been a major player in giving a stage to some of the biggest talent. Madness, The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, The Verve all played Camden venues when starting out. Just like its taste in fashion and music, the area's venues are quirky, artistic and a little bit rough around the edges in a laid back, cool way.
Camden has a real energy and buzz about it, live music, happy hours, cocktails, craft beers, kings and cockneys, you'll find it all in Camden Town.
Underground Station - Camden Town - Zone 2 - Easy to find? 4/5
Covent Garden has always been home to the artistic set. It has the opera house, theatres, even the famous Pineapple Studios can be found here. By day the area is all buskers and tourists, by night it's one of the most exciting areas of one of the most exciting cities in the world.
It's still a great place to find cabaret and something just a little bit more sophisticated. Burlesque bars, secret cocktail joints, live immersive drinking experiences and some incredible restaurants.
Underground Station - Covent Garden - Zone 1 - Easy to find 5/5
Birthplace of the Hoxton Fin (mohawk hairdo made famous by David Beckham), Hoxton has had to elbow its way to get noticed but the locals like to pretend they don't really care (they do) that it has become increasingly trendy.
Hoxton isn't trying to entice tourists, slightly off the beaten track it likes it that way. Late bars, hip hop, checked shirts, beers, trendy coffee and open mic nights.
Underground Station - Liverpool Street - Zone 1 - Easy to find 3/5
Gastro pubs, funky wine bars, trendy restaurants and close to many top theatres, Islington is considered a great hangout for celeb watching. It's popular with many famous faces dropping by as it's just far enough away from the tourists but still close to the heart of the city.
Easy to get to by tube, Islington is full of hidden gems that have their own unique flavour and style.
Underground Station - Angel - Zone 1 - Easy to find 4/5
Shoreditch probably isn't going to talk to you. She's a bit aloof, avant-garde, cutting edge, things here are experimental, from bars and restaurants to the latest drinks or weirdest bands. It's a night out where quite literally anything can and will happen.
If you're ever likely to get a tattoo of two turtles arm wrestling a unicorn while dodging space monkeys, it'll be in Shoreditch.
Underground Station - Shoreditch (limited stops) - Zone 2 - Easy to find 3/5
Soho carries her own dirty laundry and has gathered a bit of a name for herself. Rubbing shoulder with Leicester Square and within dancing distance of Covent Garden, Soho is home to London's China Town. There are some great bars and restaurants to start your evening as well as the big clubs all within dancing distance.
Forget the past, Soho is a nice place to enjoy a meal, definitely a start to the evening, never the end.
Underground Station - Leicester Square - Zone 1 - Easy to find 4/5
Perhaps the most famous club in London/the world can be found in South Bank, The Ministry of Sound. Other clubs have all plugged into the Ministry vibe but be careful of imitations. There is also a thriving art scene and it's also home to the National Theatre and Southbank Centre.
In contrast to Soho, unless you're heading to the theatre or viewing art, this is where you'll end your evenings.
Underground Station - Waterloo - Zone 1 - Easy to find 4/5
This is really a generic term and covers a number of areas including Piccadilly, Soho, Covent Garden, and if it's your first time in London, then this is somewhere you'll want to be at night as it's all surprisingly compact. You can walk from Covent Garden to Piccadilly in just a few minutes.
If you're going to 'do London' then it has to be dinner, show, bar, club. All of which the West End has in abundance.
Underground Station - Leicester Square/Piccadilly/Covent Garden - Zone 1 - Easy to find 5/5
If you've got a passion for fashion, then London is one of the greatest places on earth to find the best design.
Yes, it is popular with tourists (it's London, everywhere is popular with tourists) but there is still some great stuff to be found if you're wanting a more alternative look.
Underground Station - Camden Town - Zone 2 - Easy to find? 4/5
Arguably the most famous shopping address in the UK Nike, Top Shop, Ted Baker, Next, Adidas and many more all have their flagship stores here. Not to mention the world-famous Selfridges.
Underground Station - Oxford Circus - Zone 1 - Easy to find? 5/5
Within walking distance of Oxford Street and Regent Street, Carnaby is one of the most famous addresses in the history of fashion. Not the powerhouse it once was but it's still well-worth a visit.
Underground Station - Oxford Circus - Zone 1 - Easy to find? 4/5
Europe's largest shopping centre, if it can't be bought here it simply can't be bought. Every conceivable brand, designer and boutique all under one roof. Wear comfy shoes, it's huge!
Underground Station - Shepherd's Bush - Zone 1 - Easy to find? 5/5
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London has some fantastic restaurants, perfect for a memorable hen dinner. But you need to be prepared.
There's nothing worse than heading out in a large group and having to try and find a table for 15 girls on the spot. "Yes of course, it's Saturday night, our busiest night of the week, why wouldn't we have a table big enough for a very large group?"
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- A reserved table
- Pre-paid dining
- All the hens can pay individually
- And you can all pre-order your meals
It's a totally stress-free way to plan your special dinner. Nom-nom!
London is a big city to navigate, but once you get the hang of it, it really is easy.
The simplest thing is to get a prepaid travelcard (Oyster). This will allow you to hop on and off all modes of London transport across the city, up to the value you have prepaid. If it should run out, you can simply top it up some more.
If you're not familiar with London's travel zone system don't worry, there are maps available everywhere. You can keep one on your phone.
- Zone 1 - London City, West End, most major intercity train stations, you'll also find most of the most famous landmarks (Big Ben, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, etc in Zone 1).
- Zone 2 - Canary Wharf, Westfield, Clapham Junction, Shepherd's Bush, Wood Lane
- Zone 3 - Wimbledon, London City Airport, Excel, Ealing Broadway
- Zone 4 - Barking, Woolwich, Kew Gardens, Richmond, Grange Hill
- Zone 5 - Edgeware, Stanmore, Cockfosters
- Zone 6 - Heathrow, Epping, Upminster