Going out and about in the evenings? As a lively, modern city with plenty of bars, restaurants, theatres and cinemas, there's no shortage of things to do in London at night. With so much choice it can be hard to decide, so check out our ideas if you're looking for inspiration.

London West End shows

Catching a show in the West End is a must. London is world-renowned for its theatre, and you're spoiled for choice with musicals, plays, pantomimes and kids' theatre. Book tickets online in advance, or head to the ticket booth in Leicester Square if you'll happily watch anything. There are some great deals to be had on the day - favourites include WickedThe Lion King and War Horse.

Location: Big Bus stop# 8. Tube stops Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square, Covent Garden

Shakespeare's Globe

If you're a fan of the Bard, consider a visit to Shakespeare's Globe. As well as taking a guided tour, you can enjoy productions of Shakespeare plays in the Globe Theatre, which also hosts performances of contemporary classics. The Sam Wanamaker Playhouse is a beautiful indoor theatre within the Globe grounds, where you can enjoy plays as well as the Concerts by Candlelight series, featuring jazz, classical and contemporary music.

Location: Big Bus stop #16. Tube stop Blackfriars

Late night at the Science Museum

On the last Wednesday of every month, the Science Museum hosts Lates, free adults-only science entertainment. Topics are wide-ranging, from silent discos to celebrations of code breaking. Not just for science geeks, these events are a whole load of fun – and there's a bar, so you can explore the museum with a drink in hand.

Location: Big Bus stop #34. Tube stop South Kensington

Cocktails in London

Prefer a more traditional setting for enjoying your drinks? There's no shortage of places to go in London. Wherever you’re based, you’ll be spoiled for choice for a good pint, delicious cocktail or glass of wine. Head to the OXO Tower bar and restaurant, for breath-taking views of the city below. The bar is on the eighth floor, and lit up with blue neon lights for an ambient experience. Or, if old school glamour is more your style, head to the Nightjar in Hoxton, a speakeasy-inspired bar with one of the most extensive cocktail menus in the city.