West End Nightlife (Self Guided), London

Be prepared for the exciting, throbbing sensation of London's nightlife, one of the best in the world. You will find everything you are looking for: trendy clubs, hot atmosphere and exclusive drinks. Follow this London West End nightlife tour to get the party started!
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West End Nightlife Map

Guide Name: West End Nightlife
Guide Location: England » London (See other walking tours in London)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: Xena
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Heaven
  • Cirque Le Soir
  • Mahiki
  • Funky Buddha
  • Whisky Mist

1) Heaven

Internationally famous on the club scene in London since 1979, Heaven is responsible for bringing gay-oriented nightclubs into the mainstream. Flamboyant and glamorous to the highest degree, guests to this glitzy club can enjoy several great parties throughout the week here, including the popular favorite Popcorn! on Tuesday nights, as well as Thursday’s Porn Idol night.

Entertainment at Heaven includes a hot mix top 40, dance, electro, and house, and also occasionally hosts live performances from some of the music industry’s top performers, including Madonna, Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding, and more. Although serving a mostly gay crowd, Heaven offers a diverse enough selection of entertainment to attract a fair amount of straight guests as well.

Operation Hours: Monday: 10.30 pm – 3 am; Wednesday: 10.30 pm – 3 am; Friday – Saturday: 10.30 pm – 5 am
Sight description based on wikipedia
Cirque Le Soir

2) Cirque Le Soir

Through a non-descript black door on Ganton Street, Cirque Le Soir offers a thrilling night of some of the most unique entertainment to be found in the city of London, or anywhere else in the world. In order to enjoy the evening at this posh ultra-hip and posh establishment, potential guests need to register with the club in advance. Once inside, guests to Cirque Le Soir are treated to an unforgettable evening of alternative entertainment which includes snake charmers, sword swallowers, contortionists, magicians, fire-eaters, and all sorts of other oddities. In addition to its original brand of performance art, this nightclub hosts international DJs, has some of the most highly-skilled mixologists in the city, and fully embodies the circus theme with its dazzling décor.

Operation Hours: Monday: 11 pm – 3 am; Wednesday – Saturday: 11 pm – 3 am

3) Mahiki

Mahiki is a Polynesian style joint, run by Piers Adam and Nick House, and is renowned for its Tahiti themed tropical drinks, Pina Coladas delivered in frozen pineapples, and the Coconut Bomb shelled in a true coconut. Avid party animals with a taste for tropical will find this place absolutely superb. Known to be visited by royal offspring (Princes Harry and William, as well as Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have all showed up here) Mahiki has no shortage of attending celebrities. Scarlett Johansson and Paris Hilton are among the prime guests who have blessed it with their presence, whilst in London.

Surprisingly enough, despite its publicity, the place has a rather relaxed door policy without any guest lists. Booking a table however is a bit painful, £800, but if you turn up early there's a fairly good chance of finding a spot without booking.
Funky Buddha

4) Funky Buddha

Set amidst the Victorian splendour of Berkeley Square, the multi-million pound work-over of Funky Buddha has definitely served its purpose, creating a modern, trendy, open-plan night den with central square-shaped bar and seating zones illuminated by neon blue and red zigzag lighting. The spiral staircase to the right leads down to the chill out area, complete with a bar and white leather sofas. On the left is the main bar and dance floor marked with an abstract Buddha fountain. The commodious club abounds in seating for VIP guests, filling all the nooks and corners, offering ample visibility for talent spotting. The music, although varied in styles, is dominated by funky house and electro sounds with a touch of soul and R&B.
Whisky Mist

5) Whisky Mist

Scores of guests can be seen standing out front the Whisky Mist, found in the Hilton Hotel, on any given night waiting behind velvet ropes to gain entrance into one of the poshest nightclubs in London. Attracting an affluent crowd into its sleek, modern interior space, guests can choose to party in the Main Room with its spacious dance floor surrounded by tables and long bar overseeing all the action, or saunter over to the Luxe Room which is set aside for members of the club and VIPs.

Entertainment is provided by some of London’s best DJs spinning an assortment of popular hits from the past to the present. The great mix of mainstream sounds pulls in a variety of local and international guests from their twenties into their forties each night.

Operation Hours: Tuesday: 10.30 pm – 3 am; Thursday – Sunday: 10.30 pm – 3 am

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