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Things to do in London this Friday

Ready to clock off, relax and get your weekend on? Well, here are all the best things to do in London on a Friday

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Time Out London Things To Do
Paula Akpan

Not one, but two work-free days lie ahead of you - that's right, Friday has swung around once more and where better spend it in our fun-filled city of London?

Just a few of the things you can get up to include cinemas, bowling alleys and historic pubs to restaurants, clubs and world-renowned theatres - spoilt for choice much? If you have a Friday yawning ahead of you and you're after something to fill your time, here are a bunch of great ideas for making the most of Friday in London.

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Things to do on Friday in London

Settle in for a boozy pub sesh
Photograph: Andy Parsons

1. Settle in for a boozy pub sesh

Heading to your local for a pint is a standard after-work ritual so, whether you're after a luscious beer garden or a cosy gastro, you'll find a watering hole worthy of an evening drink up. Turn Friday into Fry-day with a trip to Haggerston’s The Virgin Queen for a filling portion of fish and chips. Pride of Spitalfields boasts a charming selection of British ales for a top-tier sesh. Find our round up of favourite pubs here.

Reckon it'll turn into a late one? Here’s our pick of the best late-night bars in London.

Have a totally unique night out
Andy Parsons

2. Have a totally unique night out

London's nightlife has returned, bringing back that real Friday feeling. From clubbing to craftivism, and kayaking to karaoke, London’s after-dark activities are becoming more diverse than you could ever imagine - all in line with government guidelines. Feeling arty? Head over to a Tate Modern Late on the last Friday of every for an eclectic free party. For the more laid-back weekender, local staple Rowans is perfect for a spot of bowling with boozy slushies, karaoke booths and pizza in tow until 1:30am.

For more ideas, scroll through our guide to the 50 best nights out in London right now.

Kick off a movie marathon
Photograph: Rob Greig

3. Kick off a movie marathon

It's fair to say that we've spent the last year glued to Netflix but simply nothing matches Friday night spent at the cinema. From the indie neighbourhood spot ArtHouse in Crouch End to Everyman’s sleek King's Cross spot, London has some amazing cinemas, all with your favourite popcorn on hand. Looking for more than a film? Check out independent venues like Shoreditch’s Rich Mix, they host a number of talks, events and exhibitions every week.

Looking for your next film fix? Look out for the Prince Charles Cinema’s movie marathon nights. 

Grab a late bite to eat
© Paul Winch-Furness

4. Grab a late bite to eat

Your evening activities have wound down and your rumbling stomach is making itself known but rest assured, dinner is still very much on the table - whether it's a quick bite or a blowout couple of courses. If you find yourself hankering for a tasty cheap steak at 10pm, make your way over to Flat Iron - you'll find eight across London. On the hunt for a kebab to soak up the evidence of your Friday night shenanigans? Pop into Gökyüzü in Haringey, Walthamstow, Finchley or Chingford before 12am for all the lamb shish, lahmacun and meze your heart desires.

Still peckish? How about one of these superb late night spots in London. 

Watch a world-class, West End show
Photo: Matthew Murphy

5. Watch a world-class, West End show

There’s nowhere quite like London’s West End on a Friday night, with some of the best productions in the world to choose from. What’s it going to be – The Lion King, SIX, Hamilton? Revisit a childhood classic with the Royal Shakespeare Company’s take on Matilda The Musical or get swept away with Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’s tale of warmth and dealing with prejudice. Head for TKTS in Leicester Square for discounted, same-day show tickets. 

Seen all the classics? Check out the best new plays on in London right now. 

Dance into the weekend
Michelle Grant

6. Dance into the weekend

Friday nights don’t get much better than ones spent in a sweaty rave or a cheesy ‘80s disco and we've certainly been missing those. FabricLive, the legendary Friday night at Fabric, are known for pulsing bass and electrifying dubstep. If you’re looking for some queer nightlife in London, Friday nights at Dalston Superstore always have something on, including bi soiree ‘Fast and Bi-Furious’ and strip galore 'Harpies. 

If a quiet drink at the pub turns into plans for an all-nighter, check out our round-up of the best clubs in London.

Embrace those wholesome vibes

7. Embrace those wholesome vibes

Craving some good, clean (albeit competitive) fun this Friday night? Well, you’re in the right place. When you’re done showing off your bowling prowess at Bloomsbury Lanes, take over a karaoke room - it's only around a fiver per person at peak times. If you want to turn things up a notch (or five), Queens offers bowling with a side of ice skating. That’s right, after you’ve gotten your strike streak, you can chop it up on a slick indoor ice-skating rink. Bowling has had a glam makeover in the last decade, and London’s now home to a strike-ing number of alleys.

Not a fan of the shoes? Check out London’s best crazy golf and bingo nights too.

Listen to some live music
© Ronnie Scott's

8. Listen to some live music

From intimate folk gigs to sticky-floored rock clubs, there’s certainly no shortage of places for music buffs to hang out on a Friday night. Head to legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott’s in Soho – all the greats have graced this stage, and the place emanates history. If you’re in the mood for something more edgy, Friday nights at Shoreditch’s XOYO promise pumping residencies, with upcoming DJs easing you into the weekend.

Discover the best music in London right now. 

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