Late Night Activities in London

Updated February 21, 2017

London, England is the capital city of the United Kingdom and the most visited city in world according to Euromonitor International. London contains four World Heritage sites: the Tower of London; the Royal Botanic Gardens; the site comprising the Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and St. Margaret's Church; and Greenwich. London offers late night activities for every taste -- 24-hour restaurants; museums with late night openings until around 11pm; theatres and shows running until around midnight; and special tours of London available only at night.

Late Night Dining

Many restaurants, cafes and other eating-places are open 24 hours in London, especially on weekends. Bar Italia in trendy Soho is open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday; with a variety of food and drink, it is a very popular place for London's late night crowd. Tinseltown is an American-style diner; Posh and Becks have been spotted here eating double cheeseburgers and milkshakes. Edgeware Road, just off Marble Arch, is the place to go for Middle Eastern food; Ranoush Juice is known for its kebabs, as well as its healthy juices and smoothies.

Bar Italia

22 Frith St., Soho

London W1D 4, UK



44-46 St. John St.

London EC1M 4DF, UK


Ranoush Juice

43 Edgeware Rd.

London W2 2JR, UK


Late Night Openings

Many museums and galleries in London have late night openings with talks, music, workshops, food and drink. The British Museum is open late every Thursday and Friday, with debates, performances and late opening in the Court Restaurant. Camden Arts Centre is open late every Wednesday, with free talks, film screenings and late hours in the cafe and bookshop. Tate Britain is open late on the first Friday of every month, offering talks, performances and late hours in the cafe and Rex Whistler Restaurant. On the first Thursday of every month, more than 100 museums and galleries stay open late in East London, as listed by Curators, writers, academics and artists host a guided bus tour around the participating venues.

The British Museum

Great Russell Street

London WC1B 3DG, UK


Camden Arts Centre

Arkwright Rd

London NW3 6DG, UK


Tate Britain


London SW1P 4, UK


Time Out First Thursdays

London by Night Sightseeing Tour

At night, London lights up. The London by Night Sightseeing Tour takes tourists on double-decker buses to see some of the city's most famous sights. The London Eye, the London Dungeon, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, the Tower of London, Westminster Abbey and Oxford Circus are just a few of the sights the tour passes, all looking much different at night than by day.

London by Night Sightseeing Tour

18 Merton High St.

London SW19 1DN, UK


Jack the Ripper Tours

In the autumn of 1888, London was a city in fear as a mysterious killer walked the streets by night. Known as the Whitechapel Murderer at the time, he later became known as Jack the Ripper. The fascinating Jack the Ripper Tour takes you through London's back alleyways to all the spots where the Whitechapel Murders took place. Examining original documents and police photographic evidence of the murders, you will be able to make your own conclusions as to who the murderer really was. The infamous case is also covered in-depth during one of the many walking tours offered by London Horror Tours.

Jack the Ripper Tour

Discovery Tours and Events Ltd.

PO Box 53131

London E18 1UW, UK


London Horror Tours

PO Box 42031

London E5 9XT, UK


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Based in England, Tami Mason writes for and various other websites. Mason has worked as a proofreader and copy editor since 2007 and is a trained interior designer who also specializes in art history, art and crafts.