When it comes to unforgettable nights out, there is no place quite like London. Whether you are looking to catch up with friends over a bottle of wine, or simply dance until dawn, the spectacular capital will cater to your every party need. In no particular order, here are some of our favourite haunts across the city.
1. Piccadilly Institute
With not one, not two, but seven themed rooms, Piccadilly Institute in central London is a must-do for any party animal. From the neon-drenched ‘Decadia’, to tranquil indoor garden ‘Fruitbox’, no two trips are the same at this incredible venue. Just as well, really — with student night every Thursday, you’re sure to become a regular visitor! The aptly-named ‘Bad Decisions’ includes drinks for as little as £2.50, and with Happy Hour from 5 PM to 9 PM every evening, you’ll have plenty of time to sample their signature cocktails. With Piccadilly Circus tube station just round the corner, the location couldn’t be any better!
2. The Roxy
Situated on Tottenham Court Road, Fitzrovia, this cosy basement bar offers both laid-back and lively experiences in an urban setting. Stop by for a relaxing evening drink and a bite to eat against a backdrop of exposed brickwork, then get your groove on as The Roxy transforms into a late-night club. A selection of delicious drinks are available, including ‘The Drunken Puppy’ for just £5 – an alcoholic take on the beloved slush puppy. To top it off, there’s a reduced entry fee for students!
3. Camden Assembly
Serving up cheap drinks, amazing food, and some incredible live music, Camden Assembly has something for everyone. The bar and restaurant occupy the ground floor, where you’ll find what have been dubbed London’s best burgers, while the upstairs area is reserved for gigs and club events. Having previously hosted bands like Coldplay, Franz Ferdinand, and Bombay Bicycle Club, you can expect to witness some of the best up-and-coming musical talent! Throw in a games room and £5 cocktails every Tuesday, and you’ve got the perfect venue for when you fancy something slightly different.
4. The Shoreditch
Perfectly blending art deco with a distinctive Tiki style, The Shoreditch is wonderfully unique. Found on Shoreditch High Street just a short walk from the Overground station, this quirky bar is known for its 50’s-inspired decor, 70’s disco music, and downright show-stopping cocktails — you’ll be glad they’re 2 for £10 until 8 PM! Get some friends together to share one of their colourful punch bowls, or, if you’re feeling fancy, order the Tea for Ten — your choice of cocktail served in a china teapot and cups! With a basement bar downstairs for live music and club nights, it’s got everything you need for a truly memorable night out.
With these fantastic venues and more at your disposal, London promises some amazing experiences through your uni years and beyond. Just make sure you have those hangover cures at the ready!
Written by Rachel Holmes