Hey everyone. How have your weekends all been? I’ve had a busy one with one of my best friends birthday parties and next week I have my own housewarming party to host which I am super excited about. It got me thinking about party planning in London and all of the best places to go when you’ve got guests that aren’t familiar with London life.
For days out London is super easy to have a good time, there are lots of restaurants in London, amazing shopping (especially on the side streets of Carnaby St and Oxford Circus) and so many tourist attractions in London that it’s impossible to get them all done in one weekend. But, nights out can be a bit more difficult to orchestrate. In smaller cities (like my hometown, Manchester) nights out are a lot easier to organise because you can walk from place to place easily. But in London, things take a little more planning so you avoid having to wait outside for clubs or heading to places that are too expensive.
I love heading out to a pub called the Shakespeare’s Head for the first drink. It’s on Carnaby Street, so it is definitely not a hidden gem. However, most of the time you can get to the bar without waiting longer than five minutes and it makes for a really good meeting spot as it’s pretty central and easy to spot.
One of the bars I really love (and you can also get food there) is Salvador & Amanda. The food there is really good as you can eat there if you’re just a little peckish or if you’re absolutely starving as the plates are small but very filling. There is always great music playing and a lot of people dancing, but I’ve never seen it too busy in there. The cocktails are amazing, I’d highly recommend having a mojito there. They also host flamenco shows and dance lessons so it really is quite a community.
Another really hidden bar I’d recommend is hidden on a side street near Tottenham Court Road. It’s the next bar along from Bradley’s Spanish bar but I cannot for the life of me remember the name! It’s underground and has super cheap drinks especially considering the location of the bar. I would say that the bar is really small so you’ll have to be careful if you’re in a huge group as you may fill half of the place out!
If you’re into the pub scene as opposed to a bar scene Balls Brothers pub near Victoria’s Secret on Bond St is always quiet. They offer some really nice gin and tonic mixes and some great mocktails too. My Dry January went really well and has crept into February and I’m quite liking the different mocktail combo’s I’ve tried lately!
Over near Victoria is a nice and sleek bar called Tozi’s that is a great bar for after-work drinks or even dinner. The drinks are regular London prices but you’re also paying for a really nice modern setting and a fantastic range of drinks. My boyfriend frequently goes there for drinks with his colleagues after work and I can vouch that it’s a nice spot that will always have enough space for you inside!
Organising something like a bar crawl or even a party bus in London is a fun and different idea. There are a bunch of different party bus companies in London and I can vouch that they are amazing fun even if they do appear a bit Hen-nighty (my mom really enjoyed a party bus we ordered in Las Vegas which came with a stripper pole that she showed her moves off on!).
Organising a bar crawl is also a lot of fun, especially if you’re introducing new people to the city as they’ll get to see a bunch of different bars in London whilst also having a fab time. I’ve been debating organising a bit of a bar crawl after pre’s at mine and Jay’s apartment are done next weekend so I’ll have to get researching the best (and cheapest) places to hit! But first we have to decide on an area we want to stick to, and I’m hoping to do something different from our usual Soho crawls.
What are your favourite places to go out for drinks in London? Let me know if there are any gems that I’ve missed, I would love to give them a go this weekend!