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THE MAYOR OF SCAREDY CAT TOWN

No, really, it is called this. And that's not the most unusual thing about this genius late-night drinking den. You enter via a secret entry (we won't spoil the surprise) in another venue (the Breakfast Club).

Details

12-16 Artillery Lane, London E1 7LS

+44 (0)20 7078 9639

www.themayorofscaredycattown.com

SHOREDITCH HOUSE

Before you head down, note that Shoreditch House is a members-only institution so you'll only be allowed in if you're a member or if you've been invited by one. But, if that opportunity arises, grab it as there is no better example of East London nightlife.

Details

Ebor Street, London E1 6AW

+44 (0)20 7739 5040

www.shoreditchhouse.com

PARLOUR

An all day bar and kitchen, the Parlour offers innovative food and contemporary cocktails with a stylish backdrop. The emphasis is on provenance and seasonality, and the wine list is excellent -which explains why it can get seriously busy in the evenings, when the city slickers head down after work.

Details

The Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square Park, London E14 5FW

+44 (0)845 468 0100

www.theparlourbar.co.uk

PROSPECT OF WHITBY

Built in 1520 this quaint pub has been frequented by a host of well-known Londoners throughout its life, including Charles Dickens and the artists Whistler and Turner. Located on the banks of the Thames, it is a fine example of a classic, old London public house that is full of character and charm.

SEARCYS CHAMPAGNE BAR

This luxurious Champagne bar offers a welcome respite from the shops in a unique and stylish setting.

Details

8A Ground Floor, The Arcade, Westfield Stratford City, London E20 1EH

+44 (0)20 7871 1469

www.searcyschampagnebars.co.uk/westfield-stratford-city-home.php

THE GUN

This award winning riverside pub and restaurant is located on a peaceful bend of the Thames near the O2 arena. It takes its name from the cannon fired to celebrate the opening of the West India import docks in 1802.

Details

27 Coldharbour, London E14 9NS

+44 (0)207 515 5222

www.thegundocklands.com