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.
The world famous Ministry of Sound is one of London's hippest nightspots. It suffered a bit of a slump in popularity in the late 1990s, but has returned with a vengeance. The fame of this luxury venue is now so widespread and truly international that MoS (as it is commonly referred to) even offers numerous compilation CD remixes of Ministry club anthems. The venue itself has four dance floors and several bars, and draws famous DJs from around the globe.
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.
The Egg is one of the most hardcore drum and bass, dub-step/techno clubs in London. If you are an electronic music aficionado, then Egg is where you need to be. With a 24-hour license, Egg also provides VIP sections that can be booked via email. With several party rooms, Egg plays different music in each space, has a smoking permit in one and live performances in the other. Choose to lounge in the room which suits your mood for the night and unwind over great beats with friends.
Plush-that's the word that comes to mind when describing the Dirty Martini. Deep reds and browns dominate the dimly-lit interior, which boasts of plush (there it is again!) sofas and candle-lit coffee tables. The fully-stocked bar is impressive, and the expertly mixed cocktails live up to the bar's name. On the food front, the bar serves up tons of pub grub that will leave you so satisfied, you could easily do without dinner. You can arrange for private gatherings at the Dirty Martini too, and it is open conveniently late. As for the location, it doesn't get any better than Covent Garden.
If you're the one who avoids hippie and loud bars and prefers a quaint and quiet place to enjoy good ales then head to Southhampton Arms. The imposing 'Ale Cider Meat' on the wall outside the taproom will give you fair idea that this pub means business when it comes to sourcing some of the finest brews from in and around London. The ambiance is very British with barrels and taps alongside retro portraits, a coal fire and a brick-floor garden. Ascot, Brew Dog, Mighty Oak, William Bros and Windsor & Eaton are some of the regulars brews you can enjoy here.
Belinda Carlisle knew what she was on about when she sang "Heaven is a place on earth" - it's right next to Charing Cross tube, and it's probably London's best-known gay club. As with most popular gay venues, large crowds of straight tourists abound. Heaven has tried to curb this by designating different nights as straight, gay or mixed, but it hasn't really worked. Not that it matters at all, because Heaven is still a blissful venue which puts on a huge variety of club nights. The lounge upstairs provides a bit of friendly chill-out to a golden oldies atmosphere and you can actually talk in here without shouting. It all makes for an interesting and entertaining clubbing experience.
G-A-Y is the brainchild of top promoter, Jeremy Joseph. His strict door policy ensures that the club stays a gay and lesbian majority venue despite attracting top acts such as Kylie Minogue, The Spice Girls, Westlife and Steps. This has paid off and G-A-Y's excellent reputation makes this one of the most popular club nights in the city. If you love camp chart pop, a night here will not disappoint. Equally, if you take your music a bit more seriously then this might be one to avoid.
Great stills of celluloid stars, a Hollywood Hills landscape and magical movie memorabilia provide the backdrop for Planet Hollywood, a famous burger establishment in London. Formerly located at the London Trocadero complex, the restaurant has now moved to Haymarket. However the service is still chirpy and the ambiance lovable. This centrally located diner is perennially packed out with awe-struck tourists, families and London teens, hungry for a bit of Hollywood glam and celebrity seduction. The venue is also receptive to theme parties, breakfast meetings, school outings and birthday celebrations.
This fantastic establishment overlooks Leicester Square, and offers you the chance to wine, dine, or groove the night away, depending upon your mood! The bar, Le Royale, serves up heady cocktails and pub grub, while the stylish restaurant boasts of a contemporary menu that includes such dishes as pan-fried turbot, medallion of pork and black pudding, and pot roast chicken. Three themed booths the Bedouin, the Savannah, and the Leather, are ideal for private occasions, and the nightclub offers you the chance to dance the night away.
Ku Bar is a popular gay bar and club which is up-market, located on 30 Lisle Street, London. The decor, like the clientele, is hip, stylish and welcoming. The red walls are adorned with romantic candelabra and photographs of 1980s pop stars, and the jukebox indiscriminately belts out anything, as long as it belongs to an artist of cult status in the gay community. It can get extremely packed here, but there is additional seating upstairs. Staff are super friendly and efficient and a variety of beers and cocktails to choose from.