With pubs shut circa 11pm, the capital’s nightclubs become one of London’s biggest draws. Whether you take your music seriously or just like to fling yourself around to a bit of Beyonce on a Friday night, you can rest safe in the knowledge that London is a clubber’s paradise. Here are five of the best in town…
The likes of Lady Gaga, Kate Moss, Prince Charles, Diana Ross and Ray Charles have all left doodles in Annabel’s guest book. Founded by zoo-owner John Aspinall in 1963 and named after his first wife, Annabel's has been the Mayfair private members club (annunal membership hovers around the £750 mark) to be seen at for many a year now and it’s an accolade that doesn’t look likely to change in a hurry. Head here for a night of posing, dancing and drinking until daybreak. Formal dress is required.
Bacanal – the brainchild of former financial institutions banker Diego Lijtmaer – pioneered the boozy brunch scene back in 2010. For the past four years, Diego’s decadent daytime parties have taken place in some of London’s best venues – take a bow The Box, Nozomi and Kensington Roof Gardens. But Bacanal isn’t only about daytime debauchery: discerning Londoners can also also party with Bacanal after dark at one of their evening events. Check the website (www.bacanal.co.uk) for details of forthcoming ‘Bacanal by night’ parties.
Run by Jake Parkinson-Smith, this swish South Kensington club is where Prince Harry heads when he wants a break from royal duties. Tuesday nights at Boujis are a favourite – not just with the royals, but with the stars of Made in Chelsea and the glam society crowd who party with them. Inspired DJs fire up the dance floor with a canny choice of singles. Thirsty? Order the FaBoujis egg: a large egg-shaped ice sculpture filled with 30 Crackbaby (vodka, Chambord, passion fruit, champagne and a secret ingredient) shots and topped with champagne (£350-£550).
Disco is the latest venue from Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling - the dynamic duo behind Bunga Bunga, Maggie's and Mr Fogg's. As the name suggests, this Soho hotspot specialises in disco vibes inspired by mid 1970s Manhattan. Expect to be greeted by Pan Am inspired air stewardesses who will hand out boarding passes (From: London, UK. To: Disco, Manhattan) and check in personal items via an automated conveyor belt. You'll need to be a member to enter - via aeroplane doors - this basement club, but it's worth it for a night of disco dancing and drinking cocktails served from oversized glitter balls.
5 Kitsch Lounge Riot at Café de Paris
Kitsch Lounge Riot (KLR) at Café de Paris deserves to do well. It’s a drop dead gorgeous venue (descend down a sweeping, gilt staircase), the cocktails are competent and the live acts excellent. The likes of Jamie Cullum and co have all taken to the stage in the past, to perform Rat Pack-tastic classics to the capital’s classiest party animals. Come 2am, DJs to dictate the snazzy beats for the survivors. The music is always top notch – as is the crowd.