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Nightlife in London for those under 19

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Image Credit: Jordan Crow

London’s nightlife extends beyond just the Richmond Row bar scene. There are plenty of alternatives for students not quite old enough to drink, or even those who are but simply want a change of pace. Here’s a list of destinations that will satisfy all your late-night whims.

Laser Quest

149 Carling St.

Open until 11 p.m. on Saturdays, this venue offers a great way to relieve some tension after a long week. Marketed as a family-friendly venue, this is the perfect way to exercise with sophisticated technology. Shoot lasers at friends or strangers all night long. Want it to be a private affair? Book a private party with your closest friends and take advantage of their pizza deals.

London Music Hall

185 Queens Ave.

Home to some of London’s best bands and other well-known acts across the world, London Music Hall frequently hosts all-ages events, allowing children and grannies alike to celebrate the bustling music scene. Texas King, The Arkells, and Skrillex have all played at this venue. Hang out by the couches and have a chill evening listening to music, or get crazy on the dance floor.


777 Adelaide St. N. and 141 Pine Valley Blvd.

Bookending the north and south end of the city, Palasad is an energetic date plan. Get a little competitive with friends or your date at this neon playground. Play a game of ping pong or laser tag, shoot pool, sing karaoke, or get in some “retro” bowling with a beer and a burger. They also have wood ovens, if you’re into a smoky crusted pizza. Pick your poison and run with it.

Prince Albert’s Diner

565 Richmond St.

Open until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, this is the ideal little space to indulge in late-night milkshakes and burgers. Frequented by bar kings and queens, this diner is perfect for catching snippets of drunken conversations if you’re looking for a cheap laugh. If you’re interested in people-watching, Prince Al’s is the ultimate destination. Try their Wally burger, which is a regular burger smothered in peanut butter and bacon. Warning: you might not be able to move after this meal. Check it out right on Richmond Row.

The Rec Room

1680 Richmond St.

All ages until 10 p.m. daily, the party then goes on for the over 19 crowd until 2 a.m. (Fridays and Saturdays). Armed with amazing pub food, a dance floor, axe throwing, arcade games, a billiards table and VR (virtual reality), there isn’t a dull moment in this “entertainment destination”. There are plenty of places to eat at this venue; try some smash-fried potatoes at Three10 after a long night playing games, or run over to The Shed for a satisfying poutine or doughnut.