Things to See in London at Night

Updated July 19, 2017

London comes alive at night with entertainment, lights, shows and music. From one end of London to the other, there are things to see that cannot be appreciated during the day time. At least one evening taking in London after dark should be on every visitor's list.

The London Eye

The biggest Ferris wheel in the world, the London Eye (formerly the Millennium Wheel), was designed for the 1999-2000 New Year's celebration. It soars high above London with 32 separate cars, each weighing more than 10 tons. As the wheel slowly rotates, visitors can take in much of London, and the views are all the more breathtaking at night. After dark, as London lights up, you can experience a singular picture of the city from suspended above it on the London Eye.

The London Eye County Hall Riverside Bldg Westminster Bridge Rd London, SE1 011 44 (0) 870 500 0600

Buckingham Palace

One of the most famous sights in London by day, Buckingham Palace, one of England's many royal residences, glows after nightfall. The lighting showcases the expansive grounds and classical architecture, as well as illuminating various statues and monuments around the Palace.

Buckingham Palace Buckingham Palace Road London, SW1V 011 44 (0) 20 7930 4832

Piccadilly Circus

Piccadilly Circus is most vibrant after dark, as the large neon signs sparkle and glow. One of the most vibrant centres in London, this shopping mecca also features theatres, bars, clubs and restaurants. The city's youth congregate here during the day, but at night Piccadilly is full of crowds waiting to see and be seen. Enjoy a drink, some jazz or a show as you wander one of London's most exciting districts.

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Beau Prichard has been a freelance writer and editor since 1999. He specializes in fiction, travel and writing coaching. He has traveled in the United Kingdom, Europe, Mexico and Australia. Prichard grew up in New Zealand and holds a Bachelor of Arts in writing from George Fox University.