London night life is hot, lively and varied. There are loads of pubs from traditional London pubs, to music pubs; clubs from trendy in places to more traditional clubs that have enjoyed a clientele for ages, and there are restaurants galore of every ethnic cuisine and every price range.
London Nightlife Travel Guide
The music spots cover every type of music from hip hop to retro, trance, garage, R’n’B, indie, techno, from rock to blues, from jazz to pop. It’s all here. In a sense it’s hard to grasp it all and a look at thurday’s Evening Standard supplement Hot Tickets gives you some of the listings – hundreds to choose from. Be warned venues also change quickly, often just their name!
1. The Garage
20-22 Highbury Corner Telephone 020 7607 1818 Tube: Highbury & Islington
One of the great gig venues in London with a tradition going to 1993 when it was opened by Mean Fiddler. Live music almost all nights. Entrance about £10-12. Great venue.
256-260 Old Street Telephone 020 7251 6136 Tube station: Old Street
Trendy nightclub in Old Street, with varied themes per night. Also live music and to keep it cool, this club has a jacuzzi and a swimming pool.
3. The Borderline
Orange Yard, Manette Street Telephone 020 7734 2095
Different days, different music types but mainly rock. On the door around £12-15. Off Charing Cross Road, Tottenham Court Tube station the nearest
4. The Soho Lounge
69 – 70 Dean Street Soho London W1D 3SE (Entrance in Meard Street) Telephone 0 207 734 1231
Right in Soho, this is a sophisticated lounge bar and nightclub with wow furnishings, private little niches and leather sofas. The VIP section if the Cave. Opens around 6pm till 3 am but closed Sunday. Admission about £5 from 9pm-10 and £15 after that at the door unless you’re on the guest list!
144 Charing Cross Road Telephone : 020 7836 7373
This is a glamour joint with five bars, six dance floors and cocktails galore. Opens from 10 pm to 4am from Friday to Sunday.
6. Pacha London
Terminus Place, Victoria Telephone : 020 7833 3139
Well known night club in a 1920’s building with wood walls and stained glass ceiling. Nice messanine where you can look down at the action on the floor. Cool and slightly weird atmosphere, all go. About £20 door charge, more for special nights.
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