Corsica Studios consistently holds some of the city's most extreme underground music parties. There are different spaces within the Studios that can be hired for hosting private or public functions. The hi-tech DJ equipment, sound amplifiers, screens, projectors and a stage completely take care of music and entertainment at the venue. There is a well-stocked bar for thirsty visitors, and the regularly held live performances make entrance into Corsica a highly sought after ticket.
Promoting a different take on food and wine, this bar and restaurant showcases artisan products from Britain, France, Italy and Spain. There’s a strong emphasis on natural and organic wines created from the best grapes planted in rich soils, with no additions or fertilizers used during the process. The extensive wine list is organized by region - from Alsace to the Alps, Périgord to the Pyrenees, Nantes to Nevers - with staff offering recommendations if you’re feeling spoiled for choice. Food is top-notch and spans the Continental and Mediterranean palate. Feast on delectable scallops and charcuterie. With furniture, paintings and pictures all brought over from the country, it’s no surprise the décor and feel is distinctly French. Bon appétit!
Koko is one of London's largest club venues and very popular with the student and the local crowd. A wide variety of music is featured here, from disco and funk to handbag and house, depending on the night. The acoustics of this grand building lend themselves perfectly to live music and Koko has a policy of regularly showcasing live and upcoming talents. There really is something for everyone and this attracts a great mixed crowd. The dress code is smart casual - with no trainers, caps or football shirts allowed at weekends.
Encompassing all the glory of the English countryside, The Rising Sun Inn with its Inglenooks Restaurant is a wonderful place to cozy in for a meal or a weekend. The 16th century Inn forms a traditional B&B with warm rooms overlooking green fields and English breakfast served at 7a each day. The Inglenooks Pub and Restaurant presents a familiar sight with locals sipping favorite brews and families sharing treats by the fireplace. You'd think it'd be easy to save yourself a room here, but being close to the ever buzzing Brands Hatch Racing Circuit, advance booking is definitely a must. Check out the website for more on offerings and room rates.
Welcome to the Circus! It is a madhouse of fun, with tasty food, drinks, and live acts for your enjoyment. The Circus, situated in Covent Garden, known as the theater area of London, brings to you live cabaret performances each night, ensuring that your evening is memorable. It also has a cocktail bar with a variety of drinks, selected just for you. During the day, the venue is a bar where people hangout for drinks, and slowly by evening, it transforms into a live-wire venue of dancing and cabaret performances, that you can enjoy with cocktails. Sink into the choicest of Pan Asian cuisine cooked with finesse by renowned chef Andrew Lassetter. Allow the Circus to transport you into a world of pleasure and contentment and an evening well-lived.
The Electric Ballroom features both live acts and DJ performances. The dance floor is spacious and the club tends to get packed. The clientele consists of a lot of students as well as others looking for an unpretentious night out. With the likes of Paul McCartney, Hard-Fi and The Raconteurs having performed here already, you won't want to miss out on an event here.
Tucked down a quaint cobblestone side street just off busy Whitehall, the Walkers of Whitehall is a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of London life. When you walk in you can be forgiven for wondering whether this plush and comfortable venue is a pub or a restaurant. Thankfully it turns out to be both. The menu is predominantly British, but there is a smattering of flashy continental numbers. The atmosphere is relaxed, though when the local office workers invade around 6p, the bar becomes a little more lively.
Situated just a few steps away from the famous Trafalgar Square, Silver Cross entices your taste buds with local flavors. Devour the classic British delicacies like the battered cod or Sausage and Mash or try from the other dishes available, you are in for a treat. This delicious menu is accompanied with a list of beverages consisting of an array of cocktails, wines, beers and other spirits to choose from. Occupying a structure from 17th Century, the interiors of this restaurant are cozy and adorned with elegant wooden furnishings and have an old-world charm. Don't be surprised if you are joined by any invisible guests as rumor has it that this place is haunted.
Right in the heart of things, a short stroll away from the Houses of Parliament, this pub and ale-house radiates history. The Clarence is popular with visitors to the capital for its impressive collection of ales. The Clarence is named after William IV, who was once the Duke of Clarence and later became the King of England. In case you feel hungry you can enjoy some scrumptious British delicacies. Besides, you can also hire this venue to celebrate your special events.
If you like venues to be a little more unusual than the norm, and don't mind traipsing over gravestones to get your dinner, then Crypt Café is for you. Situated underneath St. Martins-in-the-Field just off Trafalgar Square, this spacious and unique café was a former crypt and burial ground of some famous people such as Nell Gwynn, the mistress of Charles II and also notorious highwayman, Jack Shepherd, captured and executed at the age of 22. The cafe is self service and is mostly filled with pensioners, but the food is good and reasonably priced.
Usually referred to as the ICA, the Institute Of Contemporary Arts hosts everything from talks and art exhibitions to films and theatrical productions. Lesser known though, is the fact, that the bar & cafe that the institute houses, is one of the grooviest places to hangout in town. From wine and coffee, to snacks and lunch, ICA Cafe Bar boasts an impressive menu, designed to suit its patrons' mood. Chat with your friends on art and culture over a steaming cup of coffee, or enjoy a draught after a film at the Institute.
A short walking distance from Trafalgar Square, Notes is a great addition to the area. Opened in late 2010, it is a real crowd-pleaser, at least for the alternative crowd. As the name suggests, Notes has musical connotations, and has an amazing collection of jazz, classical and world music CDs in addition to great tea and coffee. Film fans won't be disappointed either, as the shop also has a fine selection of films from world cinema. Sandwiches, seasonal salads and home-baked sweets are also worth a try.