West End Nightlife, London (Self Guided)

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
Author: Xena

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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Whether you are in London for a quick stopover or have a few days to see the city in more detail, exploring it on foot, at your own pace, is definitely the way to go. Here are some tips for you to save money, see the best London has to offer, take good care of your feet while walking, and keep your mobile device – your ultimate "work horse" on this trip - well fed and safe.

Saving Money with City Passes

To save yourself time and money visiting London's multiple sights, you may want to resort to the so-called city passes, such as the London Pass, London Explorer Pass, or iVenture Card.

A city pass combines all or multiple London's top highlights, tours and experiences in one prepaid attractions pass, using which you can save incredible amounts on general admission fees as compared to purchasing tickets separately. Often, a city pass also allows you to skip the lines at major attractions, thus saving you precious time.

Staying at Walk-Friendly Hotels

Since you're keen on exploring cities on foot (we assume that you are, and this is why you're here), it is important that you stay at a hotel close to the city's major attractions. It saves you time and energy. Here are a few of London hotels conveniently located for a comfortable stroll: The Trafalgar St. James London Curio collection by Hilton, Corinthia Hotel London, The Grand at Trafalgar Square.

Taking Care of Your Feet

To ensure ultimate satisfaction from a day of walking around the city as big as London, it is imperative to take good care of your feet so as to avoid unpleasant things like blisters, cold or overheated soles, itchy, irritated or otherwise damaged (cracked) skin, etc. Luckily, these days there is no shortage of remedies to address (and, ideally, to prevent) these and other potential problems with feet. Among them: Compression Socks, Rechargeable Battery-Powered Thermo Socks for Cold Weather, Foot Repair Cream, Deodorant Powder, Shoes UV Sterilizer, and many more that you may wish to find a place in your travel kit for.

Travel Gadgets for Your Mobile Device

Your mobile phone or tablet will be your work horse on a self-guided walk. They offer tour map, guide you from one attraction to another, and provide informative background for the sights you wish to visit. Therefore it is absolutely essential to plan against unexpected power outages in the wrong place at the wrong time, much as to ensure the safety of your device.

For these and other contingencies, here's the list of useful appliances: Portable Charger/External Battery Pack, Worldwide Travel Charger Adapter, Power Converter for International Travel Adapter, and Mobile Device Leash.

Exploring City on Guided Tours

We have a strong bias towards exploring a city on foot, at your own pace, because this is how you get to see things up close with a maximum freedom. You decide how much time you wish to spend at each attraction and don't have to worry about following a crowd. That said, however, we also understand that some of you may want to go with a guided tour. If that is your case, here are some guided tours to consider. Be ready to fork out a bit of money, though, as a guided tour of London typically costs somewhere between US$30 and US$130 or more per person:

- Board a hop-on hop-off double-decker to enjoy sightseeing of London from the open top of the bus listening in the headsets to the commentary provided in a variety of languages, and be able get on and off at any of the stops along the six interconnecting routes, plus get on board the Thames River Sightseeing Cruise. The tickets are valid for 24, 48, or 72 hours.

- Spend half a day pedaling your way around London Royal Parks on a guided bike tour to see the city's most spectacular highlights stopping at some for a bit of rest, watching the surroundings, and learning interesting facts about the attractions from a knowledgeable group leader.

- Commit yourself to a full-day of sightseeing to appreciate the English capital in its full splendor complete with its top (UNESCO-listed and other) attractions, plus to enjoy a sightseeing cruise down the River Thames, and more.

- Dive into Britain’s royal and political history on the Westminster Abbey & Houses of Parliament tour for an up-close view of the country's two most prominent landmarks that have been in place and duly served their purpose for almost a millennium.

- Explore the WWII chapter of the British history on a guided 2-hour walking tour of Churchill War Rooms & Westminster to see how they operated back in those days. Hear some little-known war tales and tidbits about London and the country's most celebrated leader, Winston Churchill.

- Satisfy your penchant for English tradition, glamour and food culture in style with an afternoon tea experience at the 5-star Grosvenor House Hotel in London complete with a full set of lovely cakes, sandwiches and tea!

- If you're into music, give yourself a treat, whilst in London, to the Musical Theater Show at Apollo Victoria Theatre presenting the alternate side of the famous Wizard of Oz story previously untold.

Day Trips

If you have a day to spare whilst in London, why not use it to explore some out-of-town destinations like the Warner Bros. Studio London, Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, and Bath, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle, Cotswolds, or Leeds Castle, Cliffs of Dover and Canterbury. For as little as circa US$100+ to US$120+ per person you will get a chance to explore the postcard-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage sights, get behind-the-scenes of the mystical world of Harry Potter, see what has been the home of the British Royals for the past 900 years, explore the ancient rock formations, Roman Baths and medieval castles, walk the streets of the charming hometown of William Shakespeare, check out one of the world’s most prestigious universities, get to see the picture-perfect region officially designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, otherwise known as “forever England,” renowned for its quaint villages and rolling hills, admire the symbolic White Cliffs of Dover, and more. For any of these tours you will be picked up straight from your hotel in London and transported by a comfortable air-conditioned coach or train (whichever is applicable) to the destination of your choice and back again.