Things to Do in London on a Friday Night

Updated July 19, 2017

In London, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, the problem is not what to do, but what not to do. No matter what your taste or budget, there's always something exciting to do on a Friday night.

Pub Culture

Treat yourself to one pint (or several) at one of London's many historic pubs. For example, literary types should enjoy the history of The Dove, a pub in Hammersmith that boasts Graham Greene and Ernest Hemingway as former clientele.

Once the pubs close, head to one of London's many nightclubs. The clubs around Leicester Square tend to be touristy and overpriced, so check the nightlife listings of Time Out magazine to see what's on where.

Music and Museums

Sip wine and listen to music at a jazz bar in London's historic Covent Garden neighbourhood, or take a leisurely walk along the neighbourhood's cobblestone streets , stopping to watch the street performers who entertain crowds throughout the year.

If you prefer listening to music in a more unique setting, the National Portrait Gallery, the first of its kind in the world, often hosts live events on Friday nights.

The Victoria and Albert Museum, which has the world's largest display of design and decorative arts, hosts "Friday Late" the last Friday of the month. With a different theme every month, Friday Late features performances, guest deejays and a bar.


See a play in the London's West End theatre district. Some of the largest theatres in the West End include the Victoria Palace Theatre, the London Palladium and the Apollo Victoria Theater.

Culinary Adventure

Splurge on a nice meal. London boasts some of the top (and most expensive) restaurants in the world. Check out one of the restaurants of London's top chefs, such as Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver.

If you want good food in a more laid-back atmosphere, visit one of London's gastropubs, which serve excellent cuisine in a pub setting.

London Under the Stars

Go for a romantic evening stroll along the south bank of the Thames River. Enjoy the reflection of the moon on the water and the historic and modern contrasts of the skyline, such as Westminster Abbey and the bright lights of the London Eye, Europe's largest Ferris wheel.

Friday Night Skate

Friday Night Skate is a weekly rollerblade event in which hundreds of skaters hit the streets of London accompanied by music. The rollerbladers move fast, so participating in this event is not recommended for slow or novice skaters. Check the Friday Night Skate website for meeting times and weekly routes.

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Saira Ahmed is a freelance writer. After living in several different countries, she chose to settle down in vibrant New York City. Her interests include reading, writing, cooking, alternative health, bargain hunting, and film. She remains an avid traveler and enjoys sharing her travel tips with readers.