The Best Nights Out in London this Autumn

Whether you’re a first-time visitor, or a city-dweller looking for a new form of evening entertainment, there’s certainly no shortage of exciting things to do and see in London in the upcoming months. With such a vast array of events and activities to choose from, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to planning a fun-filled evening and exploring what the city’s night scene has to offer. To help you make the most of your time in the capital this Autumn, here’s a roundup of some of the best nights out.

London by Night

London by Night

Jazz Festival

If you’re already lamenting the end of 2014’s festival season, there’s no need to panic just yet.Taking place from the the 14th to the 23rd of November, London’s Jazz Festival is one of the capital’s most exciting annual events, bringing avid jazz-lovers and new audiences together for one big joyous celebration of improvised live music. The festival spreads across a variety of venues, from London’s most prestigious concert halls to backstreet bars, basements and intimate jazz clubs.

Showcasing an eclectic mix of talented musicians from around the world, the live music event is renowned for hosting world-class performers and up-and-coming artists alike, and has been described by the Guardian as ‘one of the best jazz festivals in the world’. Even if you’re not a die-hard jazz fan, the chance to experience some of the world’s most accomplished musicians together in one space is something that is not to be missed.


For an evening of pure entertainment and the chance to see some of the UK’s best emerging comedy acts, Piccadilly Comedy Club is the place to be. Located in the centre of London’s West End district, this iconic venue has been an enduring favourite among comedy-enthusiasts for over ten years. The intimate, 130 seat capacity venue presents a unique alternative to some of the more mainstream comedy performances, offering a truly special night out that the whole family can enjoy.

Regularly endorsed by the Guardian and Time Out as one of the best comedy shows in the city, the Piccadilly Comedy Club books some of the most highly-regarded acts to guarantee a great night of comedy. If you spend an evening at this well-loved hotspot, you can expect to be treated to a line-up of at least three fantastic comedians, not to mention a welcoming atmosphere, good quality pub beverages and most importantly, plenty of laughter.

Halloween festivals

If you’re in search of a thrilling new way to celebrate Halloween this year, London boasts a selection of unique, horror-themed festivals and parties. Taking place during Halloween weekend, the one-day Nightmare Festival showcases a selection of rock, indie, punk and metal bands performing in various venues across Camden Town. To truly honour this spooky holiday, gig-goers are encouraged to be as horrific as possible when it comes to fancy dress.

If you enjoy a good scare-fest, another Halloween weekend alternative is The Zombie Bop, held at Islington’s 02 Academy. This over 18s event kick-starts with a showing of the iconic Ghostbusters movie, followed by a pre bar, which then transforms into a club, playing classic Halloween-inspired pop and indie music until the early hours. As well as general admission, you can also treat yourself to a Very Important Phantom ticket, which includes priority entrance and a free drink.

To make sure you don’t miss out on this Autumn’s hottest London events, head to online ticket sites to guarantee your place. Reputable sites like Gigantic provide tickets for a range of gigs, festivals, parties and comedy events for the upcoming months.