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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 suggestions, moms night out ideas, ladies night out themes, 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!
Drink, Shop, Do
Kings Cross / Bar /
When thinking about ladies night ideas for bars, Drink, Shop & Do in Kings Cross is the place. 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.
City of London / Bar / Cuisine: Bar
Crazy golf you can play in high heels, with cocktails, what's not to love? Brought to London by the aptly named Institute of Competitive Socialising, who believe every evening out is improved by an element of competition, the furious success of Swingers proves how right they are. With a selection of the best of the local street food stalls on hand to soak up the range of great cocktails on offer, everything you need for a great girls night out is all under one roof - and it's strictly adults only.
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.
BYOC (Bring Your Own Cocktails)
West End / Bar /
BYOC is the ultimate drinking destination, whether having a quiet drinks or celebrating a birthday party with some delicious cocktails. The concept is simple: bring a bottle of your favourite alcohol, pay the entry fee, and for the 2 hours allocated to your table, the in-the-know bartenders will supply you with endless cocktails. These aren't just any cocktails, these are tailor-made to your likes and dislikes, and the bartenders' theatrical presentation will mean that you'll stay entertained whilst waiting for your next drink.
Steam and Rye
City of London / Bar / Restaurant / Cuisine: American
Steam & Rye can happily say that it is unlike anywhere else in London. The Americana-themed bar and restaurant is buzzing most days of the week and will provide you with an evening full of exotic cocktails and extraordinary things to see. If you're looking to book for a larger party, grab your girls and head to the bar's 1st Class Cocktail Carriage, where you'll be provided with an opulent drinking den for the evening. It may be loud and it may be a little bit different, but Steam & Rye is a sure bet for a rambunctious night out.
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