The nighttime pleasures of London are varied and sensual.
“Things just happen in London that wouldn’t happen elsewhere,” says Josh Whitehouse. The artist, musician, and actor (see him soon in the musical remake of
Valley Girl) moved to the city eight years ago, building both home and a career “that I never even saw myself heading into.” For him, diversity is what gives the capital its unique appeal. “No matter who you are or what you do, you can find your circle in London,” he says. And at night, the contrast becomes even more apparent with varied pleasures for the taking. His ideal itinerary would be spent “with close friends on a summer evening, having early evening drinks in Islington or Soho, then off to somewhere nice for a bite to eat, followed by bowling or [watching] a comedy, a play, a film, or a band.” Here, more of the Londoner’s nighttime hangouts and secret spots.
Chaos and creation
“I find the energy of London to be almost frantic: crackling with the busy feet of the busy people running here, there, and everywhere. It is a place that is beaming with creativity and life from every corner.”
“London at night is like a new city: more romantic, full of fun and flair. It’s when people are out to dress up or relax and have a good time, but the hustle and bustle of all walks of life are still all around you. London never sleeps.”
“There’s nothing quite like the feeling of being excited for a night out, especially if you are anticipating spending it with someone special. The best part of looking forward to it is just that: When it’s nearly time to go, you are getting ready and walking out of the door. You know you have the whole night ahead of you to enjoy.”
A great night
“I really enjoy spending an evening around Islington. It’s a little more easygoing there and has lots of nice restaurants and bars. There is a cinema nearby, too, and it’s only about fifteen minutes from the city center if you are in the mood to stay out.”
A no-limits night
“I would have to skydive onto Dalston Roof Park with my band, eat a hearty steak, and drink some tasty wine. [We’ll] play a gig on its rooftop, then abseil halfway down, jump and land on one of those big squishy nets, and then head over to a Northern Soul night somewhere and dance.”
A secret view
“One of the best views I have seen in London at night was overlooking Piccadilly Circus from the rooftop of Hotel Café Royal, where we filmed the Mr. Burberry campaign. You can see all of the rooftops for miles, and all the madness of the streets below.”
A sexy spot
“Hyde Park in autumn is sensual. The sound of people walking and talking, eating and having fun... Sensuality is something that follows everyone around wherever they go.”