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.
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.