London: Things You Should Know Before Going Out

London: Things You Should Know Before Going Out

Last year was the first year we actually lived in England and more precisely in London, and got to experience a semi-student life as we were there for an internship.

If at first you think that a club is a place where people go to dance, drink and meet people, you could be quite surprise sometimes.

Clubbing in London

So here are a few things we have noticed while clubbing in London, and that you might want to know about before clubbing in London yourself!

1. You are not alone

One of the first things that we noticed was different is that you can never go to the bathroom alone. Not that the whole dance floor will follow you to sheer you once you’ve done what you had to do, but because in clubs in London you have a “Bathroom Keeper” (we don’t know if there is an official name for that job so we’ll just call those ladies & men Bathroom Keepers). If their main task is to keep bathrooms clean, uncrowned and to avoid people passing out or doing god knows what in the bathroom, she can also sell you a squirt of Chanel perfume, deodorant, hand cream or even sell you sweets. If you are used to this and plan to go clubbing in Paris or somewhere other than London don’t expect a kind lady to put soap in your hands and pat your hands dry after you’ve washed them. It won’t happen.

2. Who turned the light on?

The saying “party all night long” doesn’t seem to make sense in London, or maybe they take the saying to literally and consider that after mid-night it’s no longer the “night” but “morning”…. Either way don’t think you’ll be able to practice your best moves on the dance floor until 6am before heading for a takeaway breakfast with your friends, because clubs close at 3am. Yes you read well… 3am. Why? We don’t know, but this is quite disturbing because when in France you will head to the clubs around mid-night or 1am and leave the club at 5 or 6am, in London you have to get there around 10 – 10:30 pm in order to get in. Which leads to massive schedule replanning for the first nights out before you get used to it.

3. ”She’s fresh, she’s so fresh”

Like the song says (Kool and the Gang – Fresh, if you were wondering) one of the best things, if not the number one thing, about the good clubs in London is that they have air conditioning. And yes this makes a huge difference! You can literally spend 3 or 4 hours dancing and your makeup will be the same as when you came in. The times where you spent 3 our making your makeup look perfect for it to be smudge after 1 hour on the dance floor is over. Magic.

4. ID please!

Law is strict in the United Kingdom. Underage people are not allowed to buy cigarettes or alcohol. As such, they are not allowed in night clubs. However, youth being youth, who is twenty-four may look like being seventeen so for anyone looking under 25 years old, and anyone in general, bouncers check IDs. Some just have a look at your picture and birth date. Others have a super sophisticated machine that will check passports and national identity cards to make sure they are not fake. Yeah, we never are too careful. If in France or Italy, mincing would have been enough to get in, it is absolutely not the case in the United Kingdom. You have to have something proving your age. And I am not even sure your driving licence will do the trick. So before leaving home, make sure your ID is in your adorable glittery clutch.

Now you know!

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Corinne & Kirsty

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29 Comments

  1. February 21, 2016 / 10:51 pm

    It is a interesting article. I have been looking
    for something like this for ages.Tank you

    • Profile photo of corinneandkirsty February 22, 2016 / 9:24 am

      Thanks Merri, we are glad you like it. More articles of that kind coming soon! 😉

  2. February 24, 2016 / 3:22 am

    Hi! Thanks for the read. I really enjoyed this post.

  3. May 13, 2016 / 10:26 pm

    Thanks for finally talking about >Things you should know before going out in London – Corinne & Kirsty <Liked it!

  4. June 13, 2017 / 10:49 am

    Simple, yet smart tips to remember before going out for the night. Number 1 is a bit strange, but number 4 definitely is a must!

  5. robin rue
    June 13, 2017 / 10:50 am

    I have always wanted to go to London. I do hope I make it there one of these days.

  6. June 13, 2017 / 11:40 am

    Fun article, you got me ready for the weekend. Wish I lived in London!

  7. June 13, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    I go to sleep at like 10pm – so I wouldn’t have to worry about this! 😉

  8. June 13, 2017 / 1:54 pm

    What an interesting article. I’ve been id a lot even though I’m 24 which makes me feel so good. I don’t go out too often but I enjoy it. Thanks for sharing this.

  9. June 13, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    I could’ve used this when I was younger. My best friend and I traveled through Europe, and it seemed like the parties all started at different times. But now I’m old and tired, are there any clubs that open in the afternoon and tell you to go home by eight? Lol.

  10. June 13, 2017 / 6:38 pm

    I have been dying to go to London since I was younger. I hope to visit it one day soon!

  11. June 13, 2017 / 7:45 pm

    Great to know! I don’t club, they’re way too noisy for me, but I do like to explore the historic sites of London.

  12. June 13, 2017 / 10:09 pm

    This is a great post! I live in London and clubbing in London has to be the best experience ever! But bring your ID, otherwise you may have to take the train back home!

  13. Christine
    June 14, 2017 / 12:05 am

    Great things to know!! Especially for people who have never gone out in London and want to make sure to have a great time!!!

  14. kristy
    June 14, 2017 / 3:42 am

    So ready for the weekend! London knows how to have fun!

  15. June 14, 2017 / 11:56 am

    I think that if I show up at a club they won’t let me in because I am either too old or don’t have any dance moves. I was not a clubbing fan anyway, even when I was in my twenties.

  16. June 14, 2017 / 12:00 pm

    What I learned when I was last in London is that you can take your glass of wine with you from one club to another and have lots of fun!

  17. June 14, 2017 / 3:00 pm

    I’m sure these tips will be very helpful for those looking to have some inside information before going out. I’d love to go to London in the next few years, just not sure I’ll take the kids clubbing yet! 😉

  18. Shannon Harris
    June 14, 2017 / 3:21 pm

    Drinks, Kool and the Gang, and clubbing! I love your style! Been dying to visit London some day and it sounds like the nightlife is a must

  19. June 14, 2017 / 5:23 pm

    Sounds like its a lot of fun with a lot of good places. And I think it’s good that they are strict about the age. Plus air conditioning in a room with a ton of people prone to sweating is an absolute must. Looks like it’s a great place to dance the night away, even if that is only til midnight.

  20. Megan
    June 15, 2017 / 1:16 am

    I’ve seen certain places here in the DC area that “bathroom keepers.” I think it’s wise they are strict on their rules about making people are old enough to party.

  21. June 15, 2017 / 9:16 am

    I’ve never been to clubs in London. I’m not sure if I’ll ever get the chance to since I travel with the kids all the time. I think it’s awesome that they have air conditioning, lol. It’s good to know that there’s always someone in the bathroom in case!

  22. June 15, 2017 / 1:51 pm

    I’ve never had to show my ID in London, ever. Maybe I just look old. Now that’s a sad thought! 😀
    Katja xxx
    http://www.katnapped.com

  23. Elizabeth O
    June 16, 2017 / 11:37 am

    Hahah, so true! We went clubbing when I was growing up in London, and then, we’d take the party to a friend’s home to continue dancing till the morning hours.

  24. June 17, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    That is some interesting things. It’s nice to know there’s always air conditioners in clubs.

  25. Rebecca Swenor
    June 19, 2017 / 9:07 pm

    These are all great tips for clubbing in London. I know here in U.S. they are strict on selling cigarettes and alcohol to minors. If you go out make sure not to go alone especially if you are a woman and don’t forget your ID. Thanks for sharing the tips.

  26. Jo Anna
    June 20, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    I grew up in Orlando, FL and we had the same rules. No one underage can buy cigarettes or alcohol, and the clubs are 18 and up. There were occasional nights or certain spots that were 14 and up but that was in the 90’s when I was growing up, I don’t think they do that anymore.

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