West London may be better known for swankiness than trendiness, which many may have long presumed to be East London’s domain. To show that this isn’t the case, here are just a few of the most popular nightspots in this unashamedly sophisticated area of the capital.
Under The Bridge
This stylish venue’s location below the Stamford Bridge home of Chelsea FC shouldn’t lead you to expect a Footballers’ Wives crowd. It appeals to all-comers, in fact, with its diverse roster of music events encompassing all genres, from rock and pop to jazz and blues, combined with an intimate atmosphere and close proximity to the stage.
You can find this intimate hideaway underneath Holland Park’s Russell Gardens, and it offers no shortage of West London sophistication with its leather booths and lounge beds. The Kensington venue has a guest list only policy, which you can find out more about on the blagclub website. But of course, that’s very much to your benefit, helping to ensure a genuinely exclusive and refined atmosphere, complete with a succession of party and club classics to which to gently dance the night away.
W Lounge bar is the resident nightspot of the W London Leicester Square hotel, and it’s every bit as sophisticated as it sounds, serving up a difficult-to-beat blend of intense music and irresistible cocktails. The Wardour Street venue is also the place to come for unexpected entertainments, mixology masterclasses and fashion showcases. Reserve your table at W Lounge through the Blu Nightlife online booking portal.
Paradise by Way of Kensal Green
The seemingly pretentious name may lead you to dismiss this unconventional hybrid of a restaurant, boozer and dance space before you have even investigated it, but it really shouldn’t, not least as the phrase is taken from a GK Chesterton poem opposing the prohibition of alcohol. In any case, it’s a suitably decadent and compelling place ‘in the flesh’, with its velvet drapes, chandeliers and peeling paint giving it a somewhat Gothic feel.
There’s a great relaxed party vibe to be found at this Polynesian inspired, Hawaiian themed cocktail bar and club on the border of Chelsea and Fulham. It attracts no shortage of pleasure-seeking young professionals who fall in love with its distinctive combination of hand carved doors, primitive art on the walls and lovely rum cocktails. If you reckon you’d appreciate a South Pacific tropical island feel in your choice of nightspot, there’s no better place to head in South West London.
The Roof Gardens
Rooftop cocktail bars really don’t come much more glamorous or stylish than this opulent venue located 100 feet above Kensington High Street. The Roof Gardens are every bit as exclusive as they sound, forming part of the Virgin Limited Edition collection of unique and luxurious venues. Open on Friday and Saturday nights from 10pm, ‘The Club’ definitely isn’t somewhere to expect to gain entry in a pair of trainers, so make sure you ‘glam up’ appropriately.
As you can see, trendiness in West London nightspots doesn’t have to come at the expense of the area’s much-loved refinement! Have you tried any of these clubs for yourself, or are there any others that you have discovered?