Great night out: Alexandra Palace
Ally Pally has become a magnet for big-name rock and DJ talent, so get yourself some tickets then start getting excited. You'll have to trek up quite a hill to get there (or share a crowded shuttle bus), but it's worth it; the venue's massive, the bars are efficient, and the atmosphere is big.
Great night out: Mahiki
If you're treating yourself to a shopping spree at Liberty then you definitely also deserve a glass of bubbly in the champagne bar. There are so many to choose from – starting with prosecco, right up to some extravagant vintages – that you may even need more than one. For the purposes of research, naturally.
Pollen Street Social fills an enormous space in Mayfair with all sorts of wonderfully extravagant features. Anyone fancy a tour of the meat-ageing room? There's an excellent a la carte menu, but you can just stop off in the bar for a few tapas dishes, or go straight for pudding in the dessert bar.
Venue says: “Come down and join us every Tuesday for Tiki Tuesday!”
Don't try to take this mock-Polynesian palace seriously. You can't. It's silly, it's tacky, it attracts monied airheads - and it's bags of fun. Get yourself a treasure chest full of cocktail and some very long straws, then dance the night away.
Great night out: Koko
This relative newcomer is all about the beer, but with its relaxed atmosphere and enthusiastic clientele it's a great joint to get your night going. Beer fiends take note; this is the only venue outside of Scotland where you can get your hands on this microbrewery's full range of beers.
This low-key but charming restaurant is something of a Camden favourite. The menu offers traditional British dishes (fish and chips, Sunday roasts) alongside more modern classics (pork belly with roast quince, sautéed kidneys on toast). And best of luck ignoring the sticky toffee pudding.
A live entertainment venue and late night bar at the Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square. Today it's somewhere that references the Hippodrome's long, often illustrious past, with performances taking in a varied selection of live music, magic, cabaret, comedy theatre and tribute acts. Expect, then, nights including Mlss Polly Rae's Soho Burlesque Club, Elvis in Vegas, male vocalists The 4Tunes and regular shows from Ratpack in Vegas - including their popular Christmas special. Many evenings are bookable with a pre-theatre meal, too. Keep an eye out for charity fundraising nights, sports screenings, musical theatre and performances from emerging artists and established stars, too.