7 WAYS TO SPEND A NIGHT OUT IN LONDON
A trip to London is excuse enough for a romantic evening, just the two of you, but there’s another reason to hit the town. Its time to change out of that luxurious robe and head into the city. There are so many wonderful things to do in the capital that allow you to go much further than a few cocktails and dinner. Read on to find out the best ways to spend a night out in London.
SILENT SOUNDS BOAT PARTY
If you and your loved one are music fans, then hopping aboard the Silent Sounds Boat Party at Tower Millennium Pier could be just the ticket. It’s a great way to see some of London’s most iconic landmarks all lit up at night, while dancing away to your favourite tunes. The River Thames lies at the heart of the city and will transport you past the likes of Tower Bridge, The London Eye and Big Ben. It doesn’t matter if you and your partner have different tastes in music, as you will each have your own set of headphones.
THE COMEDY STORE
They say that laughter is the best medicine and Brits certainly have a unique sense of humour, so London is the ideal spot to have your funny bone tickled. Make your way to the Comedy Store, which is a specially designed space for stand-up shows, putting each of the 400 seats close to the action. The programme varies, but there is comedy here six or seven nights a week.
TROPICANA BEACH CLUB
Bringing the carnival to Covent Garden, you will find everything from luxury beach cabanas to a lagoon pool at the Tropicana Beach Club. It’s undoubtedly the most exotic place in London and the holiday atmosphere is underlined by its extensive cocktail menu and food cooked on a beach-style grill. You are likely to forget you’re in a city, let alone London, if you spend an evening of dancing and dining at this fun spot.
THE GRAND PRESENTS
The sumptuous surroundings of The Grand in Clapham are the perfect backdrop for watching a classic movie hand-in-hand. As well as unlimited popcorn and themed cocktails, the refurbished Victorian music hall is decked out with a photo booth, so you can capture your loved-up moments. All you need to do is decide whether you would prefer to watch Notting Hill or High School Musical on the huge screen, then get ready for the after party.
SEA LIFE AFTER DARK
You may usually think of a visit to the aquarium as something to do with children, but it can also be a fantastic date night activity. Pick an evening when Sea Life London is hosting one of its After Dark events for a more adult take on this childhood pastime. Expect to be greeted with a glass of prosecco, cross a glass walkway as sharks swim beneath your feet and enjoy a drink from the pop-up bar in the ship wreck area. The brand new sensory jellyfish display is another highlight, which will ensure you won’t forget this experience in a hurry.
An establishment with a difference, The Escapologist is modelled on a Victorian gentlemen’s club with a dash of local mythology at its core. According to legend, famed scoundrel Baron Von Took asked for one final drink at a brewhouse in Covent Garden before meeting his end at the hands of the law. Such a ruse is said to have allowed him to evade his punishment and give him the nickname of The Escapologist. Follow in his footsteps behind a secret door to an opulent setting where the cocktails are served strong and you will be able to party like it’s 1899.
If you and your other half love the theatre, and Shakespeare in particular, you must not miss the opportunity to see a production performed as the bard envisioned it. Shakespeare’s Globesits not far from the original site of the theatre where many of the playwright’s works were staged in the Elizabethan period. It is a faithful reconstruction of its predecessor, which was open to the elements and includes standing room, as well as seats for the richer patrons. This summer’s schedule includes Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing and King Lear. For an even more atmospheric experience, select one of the midnight matinee performances to see your favourite play enacted under the stars.
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