Soho is an illicit district of secret dens, characterful bars and unbelievable clubs. It’s a chaotic carnival, and it’s shamelessly sexy. Soho is the most famous of all ‘nightlife’ areas in the capital – and rightly so. Cirque le Soir is Soho personified. Winners of the Best London Club Night in 2015, this place is unparalleled. It’s as if you’ve stepped into a whole other world – a world of fire eaters, aerial, burlesque and sex acts, attracting world-famous superstars, including Leonardo DiCaprio and David Guetta. Just a four minute walk from this circus-themed bar sits Barrio Soho. This Latin, beach-like bar is a nocturnal playground – they have display cases for comics, along with other eclectic knick-knacks lining the walls. The drinks menu is even written in Spanglish. For those in the group looking for exclusivity in Central London – DSTRKT is the name of the game. This bar is synonymous with A-list celebs; Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow are just some of the previous guests.
Piccadilly, Soho’s legendary neighbour, is just a few minutes’ walk from the area, and boasts that same ethos to rowdy nights out. Piccadilly Institute is a labyrinth in the heart of Soho. There are six huge, uniquely themed rooms, with one even based on A Clockwork Orange – it’s basically Alice in Wonderland, but boozed up. And, we mean seriously tanked up, serving drinks called Padded Cell and Liquid Therapy. Originally opened in 1924, Café de Paris is another London landmark. It’s all about opulence and dazzling decadence, with cabaret, burlesque and circus acts, showgirls, live performances and even celebrity hosted nights. It is even used regularly as a film location. Bar Rumba, set in the heart of Piccadilly, is one of the area’s longest running parties. The music at this 465 capacity venue is the catalyst for the epic club nights, along with seriously fantastic happy hours and an extensive range of drinks.
The West End
London’s legendary West End, mere seconds away from Piccadilly, may be packed full of tourists, but that’s only because it is so full of life – and it’s unashamedly unapologetic for that. The West End is seriously lavish – this is for the high-flyers, and that new Ralph Lauren shirt you bought specially. Spread across three lavish floors, The Loop is everything you could imagine from the West End. There’s a restaurant, two bars and a ‘Groovy Wonderland’, complete with a light-up dance floor.
Covent Garden, on the fringes of the notorious West End, is one of the most sought after and famous areas of the capital, not least for their bars. They are cool, quirky, hip, swanky, sophisticated – you name it, they’ve got it. Roadhouse, right in the thick of the action, is an American-style retro diner and late night bar. It’s proper Rock ‘n’ Roll, with fire-breathing cabaret dancers and club nights that draw in punters in their droves – including Monday ‘Industry Nights’ and Wednesday Rockaoke. As far as classic Covent Garden venues go, Foundation is exactly what you would expect. It’s all haunting projections, mind-blowing wall art and a seriously eclectic mix of music playing. Adventure Bar is another haze of fun and booze in Covent Garden. It’s set in a basement, with exposed brick archways and classic tunes – along with a whole load of decadent booze.
Central London is fizzling with a seriously electric undercurrent of energy – a night out here will take your stag do to a whole other level. The world is your oyster in London - and you can find out even more about your options in the capital on our stag weekends page.