London by day can provide wonderful experiences and is always worth visiting, but like many cities, the capital of the UK tends to arguably be at its best during the night time. Here are six suggestions for things to do in London during the night-time hours… 

1. Take a ghost tour 

London is a city with a rich, storied history, which has resulted in a long tradition for ghostly goings on. Even if you’re not a believer, ghost tours provide an insight into the culture and history of London that is always fascinating, and with several different tours available, you’re sure to be able to find one that suits your idea of a great evening’s entertainment. 

2. Watch the Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London 

The gates to the Tower of London are locked each night with a simple, but incredibly interesting, ceremonial tradition: the Ceremony of the Keys. You’ll see the Yeoman Warders go through the familiar ritual - which is thought to date back to the 19th century in its current form, but has roots that stretch back even further - and have the chance to experience the strange beauty of England’s most famous fortress at night.

3. Go to the theatre

Of all the entertainment options available to anyone who chooses to spend an evening in the capital, a night at the theatre is perhaps the best of them all. When it comes to the London theatre tickets that are available, every preference and interest can be catered to; with options including old favourites such as The Mousetrap to theatre productions based on familiar movies such as Big and Pretty Woman, the choice to visit the West End is one you will always be glad you made. 

4. Enjoy a “night flight” on the London eye

The London Eye always offers breathtaking views, but the night time panorama is a particular highlight. The lights of the city are glittering in their beauty, and you’ll have a full 30 minutes to enjoy the spectacular views 

5. Visit a Michelin-starred restaurant 

If fine dining and haute cuisine are your thing, then London’s array of incredible restaurants are definitely worth exploring. There are a total of 70 different Michelin-starred restaurants to choose from, offering a variety of different cuisines - foodies can sample the exquisite French cuisine at Michel Roux Jr’s Le Gavroche, try kaiseki at Umu, or take a trip to Fitzrovia to visit Hakkasan Hanway Place for a modern Cantonese feast.

6. Visit a museum 

Visiting a museum may seem like the kind of activity that is only available during the daytime, but many of London’s most famous museums stay open well into the evening - the National Portrait Gallery [open until 9pm on Fridays] and the National History Museum [open until 10pm last Friday of each month]. Even museums that do not offer regular late opening often host evening events around occasions such as Halloween or Christmas, so it’s always worth checking official websites for notifications of any forthcoming specials.

London by night is always a treat, and especially if you decide to give one of the ideas above a try!
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