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Let’s Do London: top things to do late in London

Explore the best of London after dark with these unmissable night-time activities.

The capital is home to an incredible nightlife scene. Discover all the things to do late in London, from world-famous clubs and buzzy bars to late-night museum openings and West End shows. 

For more fun night-time ideas, check out our Let's Do London guide. Make sure to share your adventures on social media using the #LetsDoLondon hashtag!

Top night-time and evening events 

  • Sample old favourites and new tipples during one of the world's largest cocktail festivals with the month-long London Cocktail Week. Oct
  • Hear letters from throughout history read aloud by a star-studded lineup of performers with Letters Live at the Royal Albert Hall. 30 Oct
  • Catch a magical midnight performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream at Shakespeare's Globe. Until 30 Oct
  • Join Pitchfork Festival for live performances in iconic locations across the capital, including Village Underground, Southbank Centre and Roundhouse. 10-14 Nov
  • Join a celebration of queer culture with the dance and music-filled Royal Opera House Lates14 Nov
  • Take in the festive sparkles and lights shows as the botanical oasis is transformed into a merry wonderland at Christmas at Kew17 Nov-9 Jan
  • Marvel in the food, drinks, rides and all-around festive cheer at Winter Wonderland. 19 Nov-3 Jan
  • Be wowed by Fabric Presents: One Night at the Opera as DJs and English National Opera singers perform together at the London Coliseum. 2 Dec
  • Witness the Yeoman Warders lock up the Tower of London for the night during the ancient Ceremony of the KeysVarious dates
  • Sway to the rhythm as Late Night Jazz returns to the Royal Albert Hall including plenty of the genre's biggest names. Various dates
  • Venture beneath the stunning St Martin-in-the-Fields church for late night jazz during Crypt LatesVarious dates

Cool late-night museum openings

  •  Enjoy the return of Science Museum Lates with fun talks, workshops, demos and a silent disco in the Space gallery. 24 Nov
  • Delve into the history that lies beneath the city with The Postal Museum's underground tunnel walks. Various dates 
  • Boogie to the beat during a silent disco in the incredible surroundings of the Natural History Museum's Hintze Hall. Various dates
  • Head to the London Transport Museum's themed After Dark events to enjoy talks, activities and quizzes with friends. Various dates

Discover more late museum openings across the capital.

Best things to do after dark

  • Grab your seats for one of the West End's top 10 musicals, from The Lion King and Jersey Boys to Wicked.
  • See the city sparkle as darkness falls across the capital on a London by night open-top bus tour.
  • Explore the capital after dark on one of these London night tours, from ghost hunting to fine-dining experiences. 
  • See darkness fall over the capital from the sky deck on level 72 of The View from The Shard.
  • Treat yourself to a spot of late-night shopping without the crowds, including Oxford Street, Regent Street, Covent Garden and Carnaby.
  • Grab a bucket of popcorn and join an all-night movie marathon at the Prince Charles Cinema
  • See the river Thames glow after dark as the Illuminated River installation lights up nine bridges across the capital. 
  • Watch a movie under the stars at an open-air cinema in cool and iconic locations.
  • Stay overnight in the ZSL London Zoo Lodges for a sleepover you'll never forget with exclusive after-hours tours and private animal viewings.

Find more great things to do at night in London.

Fun things to do in the evening with kids

  • Step into a real-life video game and race the kids around the virtual track at Chaos Karts.
  • Enjoy a night at the museum like no other with a Dino Snores for Kids sleepover at the Natural History Museum. Various dates
  • Get ready to play an 80-minute immersive version of the much-loved family board game with Monopoly Lifesized
  • Spend an evening exploring the games and escape rooms on offer at one of DNA VR's virtual reality arcades. 

Discover more family experiences in London. 

Unforgettable nights out

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Hotels and accommodation

There are so many incredible places to stay in London, from family-friendly hotels and quirkier spots to cheap accommodation. Make the most of your trip to London and turn your night out into an overnight stay, weekend break or longer staycation.

For more nightlife inspiration, take a look at our Let's Do London guide and tick off some of these 101 things to do at night.