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London on a Friday night?

My husband and I will be arriving in London next Friday (first time in London). We arrive around 4pm with no plans for that evening. We'd like to go to a pub, eat and drink. Then we aren't sure what else there is to do in London on a Friday night. Any suggestions for a cool pub and any other ideas for a Friday night would be greatly appreciated.


Posted by
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Well you could go to the theatre and see if there are any tickets available for a play. Or walk along the Thames and people watch. Or go on the London Eye (book tickets online). Or take a doubledecker bus tour. The fresh air on the open top deck will keep you awake.

Are you staying at a hotel? If so, you might check their website to see which pubs are within walking distance.

Posted by
5549 posts

Have a few pints and dinner at the Blackfriars pub. 174 Queen Victoria Street, London. Can be crowded but worth the effort. One of the most beautiful pubs in London. An Art Deco gem across the street from the modern Blackfriars tube station. Food is excellent. Chicken and mushroom pie, very tasty!!! Then stroll along the embankment of the Thames.

Posted by
976 posts

So many things to do in London in the evening! I wouldnt recommend going to a show because i guarantee that sitting in a warm room will lull you to sleep no matter how noisy it is. Have a nice dinner at a restaurant or a pub then walk! Make your way to Westminster Bridge, look at Big Ben and Parliament then walk across the bridge to the London Eye. You can then keep walking on the South Bank as long as you want. You can make it your goal to walk all the way to Millenium Bridge, check out Shakespeare's Globe then cross that bridge to St Pauls on the other side. You can see Tower Bridge in the distance. From that point, hail a cab back to your hotel since you will be ready for bed by then.

Posted by
14241 posts

Laura has the same idea I had. I would definitely not go to the theatre on arrival evening, for fear of sleeping through half the performance. Wait until you've had a good night's sleep (or 2) first. Many of the classic buildings and other famous sights are floodlit at night. If you have the strength, take a nice long walk . . . after the pub crawl.