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London is full of top restaurants, exciting cocktail bars, fun events and the best attractions, shows, and activities. If you’re gathering all your gal pals together for an evening out on the town, and you’re in need of some girls night out ideas, consult this handy guide to the best nights for ladies who like to dance, drink and strut their stuff in that new party dress they bought on the high street.
Long Bar at Sanderson
Fitzrovia / Bar / Hotel / Cuisine: British
The ultimate destination for a stylish night out, start (and finish) your evening at Long Bar at Sanderson. When you're planning a girls night, there's no better place to let your hair down, especially with DJ nights on Fridays and Saturdays, and the Sanderson Enchanted Hanging Garden, Perrier-Jouët champagne by the glass that arrives on a champagne cocktail tray so you can choose to pimp your drink with homemade liqueurs and botanicals. One of the best bars in Fitzrovia, it will be all eyes on you as you take a seat and grab a drink at the legendary Long Bar.
Opium Cocktail & Dim Sum Parlour
West End / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Dim Sum
Wondering what a 19th-century opium den might be like? Sick of the cold weather in London or bored of yet another cocktail bar? Get the girls and head for a place that raises the temperature, literally. Prepare for a sensual overload; a combination of darkness, incense and warmth. Rooms range from a lofty train carriage to a Chinese Apothecary. Having a discreet entrance, this is a place for people in the know but is so popular a reservation is a must.
Dirty Martini Islington
Angel & Islington / Bar / Cuisine: Bar
There's always a reason for a cocktail or two with friends, and the newest Dirty Martini in Islington offers the perfect destination with glamorous interiors and London's top mixologists shaking up your favourite Martinis all night long. If there's one thing they know how to do at Dirty Martini, it's how to celebrate in style, expert in hosting unforgettable birthdays, intimate hen parties and those nights that just don't need an occasion!
West End / Bar / Hotel /
W Hotel Bar & Lounge, Leicester Square: women who lunch are missing a trick: women who brunch on Sundays at W Hotel. These lucky ladies are encouraged to drink bottomless bloody Mary's, wear a pair of specially designed slippers, read the Sunday papers, and bop about (femininely, mind) to music played by a house DJ. There's also a screening room showing sitcoms throughout the afternoon. We're sold.
Drink, Shop, Do
Kings Cross / Bar /
Drink, Shop & Do, Kings Cross: who said having your fingers in too many pies was a bad thing? Drink, Shop & Do is a café by day, bar by night and an activity hub for all the moments in between. If you like lunch, if you like afternoon tea, if you like cocktails, if you like pointless but endlessly fun crafting like 'Hip Hop Colouring In', if you like shopping for vintage furniture, clothes and homeware, if you like anything remotely girly, then you'll like Drink, Shop & Do.
Ham Yard Bar & Restaurant
Soho / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: British
We're pretty sure they've never served a bad cocktail in this super cool hotel bar, which takes over an enormous space, bang in the middle of Soho. The mixologists behind the superb menu are masters at work, concocting such delights as a black margarita with homemade blackberry puree. Prop yourself up at the bar, lie back on one of the comfy chairs, or if the weather's nice, gather for an intimate gossip in the sparkly lit courtyard.
The Rah Rah Rooms
Piccadilly / Club / Cuisine: Bar
A special birthday? A hen-do? The ultimate girly night out? Apply the red lippy and gather the girls. Now let's get the Prosecco flowing. The host of vibrant and varied acts, including magicians, drag queens and circus performers, won?t fail to dazzle. This glitzy, glamourous venue offers table service to ensure you're never missing the excitement whilst waiting for a drink. When the show ends, order another glass and stay for the popular Beat le Freak club night.
Bourne & Hollingsworth
Fitzrovia / Bar / Club /
Bourne & Hollingsworth, Fitzrovia: imagine your nan's living room has been transported to a small basement and you can start to picture this cocktail bar. Frilly lampshades, lacy tablecloths, parquet floor, floral wallpaper and shelves of books in the loos, even the word 'twee' doesn't quite portray the vibe strongly enough. Sit and take it all in with a group of girlfriends over cocktails supped from teacups and jam jars.
Proud Cabaret Camden
Camden / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: Eclectic
Make yourself gorgeous for, defo, this is the top contender for a sophisticated but fun girls night out -- and not just for the quality of the restaurant nosh. The cabaret is pure burlesque and guaranteed to make you laugh, feel good about life and want to dance the night away. Throw in the 1920s speakeasy ambience and all memories of being in Camden will be taken away with your empty cocktail glass.
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