Your guide to the UK’s hottest party cities

That's it, you've found the perfect outfit, shoes, purse and coat to turn heads this festive period, so what's next? Locating the ideal destination to party with friends, family or colleagues is a must – but fear not, simply read on for our take on the best places to go.

London

Famed the world over for its diverse and eclectic culture, London has no shortage of in-demand party venues, regardless of what your taste in music, food or activity may be. Shoreditch is among the capital's trendiest party locations; east-end hub offers something for everyone, from the inimitable super-club Cargo to alternative nights at The Book Club.

If you're looking for something a bit more swanky, DSTRKT near Piccadilly Circus is a hotspot for celebrities and clubbers alike.

Manchester

The nightlife in this buzzing northern city is as diverse and edgy as its musical heritage. Head to one of many indie clubs such as Dry Bar or Day & Night to hear favourites from The Smiths, Joy Division, Happy Mondays and New Order if you want to dance the night away; or opt for something a little classier on the popular Deansgate.

Manchester's Christmas markets are also a must-see, attracting over a million visitors every year. Currently celebrating their 15th year in the city, the stalls and bars take over nine different spaces around the city, each with its own unique atmosphere and character.

Leeds

Leeds is certainly no stranger to a good party, so a night out in this city is sure not to disappoint. Sample some of the best music at the long-running dub night SubDub or some deep house at Stinky’s Peep House.

Sophisticated partygoers should head down to Oracle, which includes an outdoor Moet terrace overlooking the canal.

Dublin

A popular tourist spot all year round, Dublin is even more magical over the festive period. Sample a pint of Guinness in one of the city's world-famous pubs, or make your way around the hotspots in Temple Bar – one of the most popular parts of the city for tourists.

The blocks south of Temple Bar, which lie between Grafton Street and South Great Georges Street, contain a large number of bars, restaurants and clubs serving up something special for festive revellers.

Bristol

This trendy city, home to Skins and Banksy, is a popular choice among young people who are looking for something a little bit different from their nights out. Harbourside in the centre boasts bars to suit all tastes, while the Watershed and Arnolfini are for the more laid-back and arty partygoers.

Belfast

This charming city boasts a wide variety of pubs and clubs that are visited by individuals of all ages at any time of year. Its scene has been booming in recent years, thanks to the opening of several new clubs and trendy bars throughout the city.

Between the months of October and May is the best time to head to Belfast, as students occupy many of the nightspots, clubs and bistros every night. If you're looking for an ultra-chic night out to show off some of your edgiest looks this Christmas, head to the Cathedral Quarter.