They say that New York is the city that never sleeps – but London can’t be too far behind in terms of evening entertainment options. Every day at nightfall, the city comes alive, and for the tourist or short-term visitor, there’s always something to see or do. Whether it’s catching a show in the West End or heading to a top-secret club night that requires a password to get in, here are some of the most exciting things you can get up to in the Bayswater area of London in the evening.
Lates at the Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD
Just a short stroll away from the Hotel Grand Royale Hyde Park lies the Natural History Museum. You may think that visiting the museum is very much a daytime, family-oriented activity – but you’d be mistaken. On the last Friday of every month, the museum is open until 10pm. You can enjoy a drink as you wander through the galleries and explore the exhibitions – you may even get a chance to meet one of the in-house scientists. Snacks are available, and there are a variety of demos and talks you can attend, perfect for those who want to enjoy a sophisticated evening.
The West End
The famous theatre district of the capital is just a few Tube stops away from our Hyde Park hotels London – and every night of the week, there’s something for you to enjoy. From traditional plays and Shakespeare, to toe-tapping musicals and experimental theatre, you’ll be spoilt for choice as you wander down Shaftesbury Avenue. If you want to see a crowd-pleasing spectacle, the long-running Les Miserables comes highly recommended. Perhaps you want to be present for the world premiere of a new production, in which case, Angry by Philip Ridley would be a perfect choice. After the show, simply hop on the Tube at Tottenham Court Road and you’ll be back at the Hotel Grand Royale Hyde Park in minutes.
17 Queensway, Bayswater, London W2 4QP
If you’re looking for evening entertainment for the whole family, look no further than QUEENS Skate. Situated just around the corner from the Hotel Grand Royale London, this venue is home a bowling alley and an outpost of the trendy MEATliquor restaurant. Have food and drinks delivered to your own dedicated bowling lane, and while you wait your turn to tackle the ten pins, why not take a trip down memory lane with some of the retro and classic arcade games on offer?
After bowling, try your hand at ice skating at London’s only year-round ice rink. Skating, curling and ice karting are all available – you may even catch the venue’s resident ice hockey team having a practice.
The Vaults London
Launcelot St, Lambeth, London SE1 7AD
The Vaults London is an arts venue located on the other side of the Thames. There’s an amazing diversity in the events taking place here – you’ll find quirky pub quizzes, life drawing sessions, contemporary theatre (including a live production of Trainspotting) and six-course fine dining events (with a rotating menu to satisfy vegetarians and meat-eaters alike). With so many ground-breaking events taking place, you could visit this nightspot dozen times and still experience something totally new.