Because there is always so much going on in London, it's easy to have a good time. You can go out on a whim any day of the week, feeling spontaneous, and you'll probably stumble upon something you enjoy. However, if you're determined to have a perfect night out, a little bit of planning can ensure that everything runs smoothly. By arranging a time and a place to meet your friends, booking a London minicab to take you there and checking any venue policies before you leave, you can avoid unnecessary disappointments.
If you're going to a bar or a nightclub in the city, there are two things that are important for you to successfully gain entry: dress code and identification. Most bars and clubs (or places that serve alcohol and have a late licence) operate a strict over 18s policy; if you're lucky enough to look younger, you'll need to take some photographic ID with you. This could be your passport or driver's licence. Each venue has different dress code rules, so check on the website. Some allow no trainers, ripped jeans or sports t-shirts, others are smart/casual, and some allow you to go wearing whatever you like. The staff on the door are usually quite strict about these rules, so don't chance it.
Minicabs are one of the best ways to get home at the end of the night; if you've been drinking, it's not safe (or legal) to drive, nor is it sensible to cycle. London Underground trains stop running shortly after midnight, though there are certain buses that run services throughout the night. As many bars and clubs don't close until after 2am, you won't be able to rely on the tube for your return journey. If you have a smart phone, you can book a London minicab using an online booking application; it will even recognise your pick up location if you're not sure of the address. If you already know what time you'll be going home, you and your friends can book affordable minicabs before you go out for later that evening. There are plenty of websites where you can check quotes, making sure you have the best deal. That will leave you more money to spend on having a fun night!
To complete your perfect night out, either start your night with dinner in town or eat before you leave; drinking on an empty stomach never ends well. It's a great way to catch up with your friends before you head somewhere with loud music, and is one of the most popular social activities in London. There are hundreds of restaurants to choose from with different cuisines and varying budgets; find your ideal choice to fit into your perfect night.
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