Best Hotspots for an Alternative Night Out
London has something for everything. Unfortunately, lots of students do not venture much further than the bars with the best drinks offers for a night out. If you are curious as to what else the capital has to offer, here are a few alternative nights out which don’t involve deals on triple spirits and the feeling you get the day after such events.
For the culture vultures: Opera
The most famous opera house in London can be found in Covent Garden. The Royal Opera House is a fantastic building with a rich history. Home to the Royal Opera and the Royal Ballet, the venue has a packed programme of events with classic performances of the highest calibre gracing its stage.
Ssshhhh… Secret Gigs
As if there wasn’t enough in London’s advertised cultural offer, there is a lot that goes on under the radar of the average punter. Keep your eyes on websites such as Time Out London and follow accounts such as The Londonist to get tipped off on secret goings on. There is also the rather marvellous Secret Cinema which pitches up in unusual locations to give an audience a thoroughly immersive experience of a film.
You’re having a laugh: Comedy
Comedy is a thriving art form in London. From the more mainstream clubs such as the Comedy Store to the more cutting edge gigs which go on in places such as the Hen and Chickens theatre in Islington, there is something to tickle everyone’s funny bone. Sometimes it is worth trying Lastminute.com to see if there are any cheap tickets going for shows in central London.
Fancy a flutter? Casinos
Approach these places with caution. Casinos can be a good night out as a one-off but, for the weaker willed, they can be very dangerous. Certain casinos have members-only policies so enquire by visiting their website before trying to get into one of the more prestigious venues.
Go West (End)
London’s West End is home to some of the best theatre productions in the world. Whether you are into seriously highbrow performances, big-production extravaganzas or anything in between you will find something to suit your taste in theatres near to Leicester Square. For a very different experience you can have the immersive joys of the award-winning Faulty Towers Dining Experience.
Meals with a difference
Dan le Noir in Clerkenwell offers another alternative dining experience. The concept of enjoying a meal in pitch darkness has really captured Londoners’ imaginations with the restaurant a hit on the culinary scene. For those who want a more tongue-in-cheek meal experience, the Bunga Bunga restaurant in Battersea pays tribute to the disgraced Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi. The theme gives you a clue to the general ambience of the restaurant.
Try out these alternative nights out and enjoy waking up the next day without a hangover.