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Nightlife Features 2011/2012/2013/2014

THE SOUND OF MUSIC

London has long been a hotbed for live music. But the hangouts of yesteryear (Hammersmith Apollo, HMV forum, Brixton Academy…) have some hot competition from a new breed of venues. It's no longer a case of watching a gig with a plastic cup of cider in hand. Now, it's about fine dining and drinking alongside live line-ups. Listen up for our picks of the newbies.

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The Name Game

It can be hard to stay afloat in the cutthroat club industry, fickle partygoers as we are. But some of the top clubs in NY and LDN have got a few tricks up their proverbial sleeves: reincarnating, relocating, rebranding… re-anything to stay ahead of the clubbing game.

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Patrón XO Cafe Noir Party Photos

It was with bittersweet regret that we said goodbye to the three days of fun we had at the Patrón XO Cafe Noir pop-up speakeasy with Jonny Woo and Boca de Luz...

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What’s Up, W1?

Whichever way you swing, so to speak, London’s W1 now has two new haunts to draw you in on a cold, winter’s night. Namely Nick House's The Rose Club and the new vintage-styled speakeasy, The Lucky Pig.

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The Littlest Hobo

Little guys like Luna & Curious, LTD and The Fourth Wall help out the big boys

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CAZADORES / UJ DIA DE LOS MUERTOS FIESTA

Guess what? For the third and most fabulous year yet: it’s Dia de Los Muertos season! In collaboration with Cazadores Tequila, loved by the people that know tequila best, we’re bringing this vibrant month-long celebration of the dearly departed to life with the most vibrant of fiestas. We’re talking Cazadores cocktails, glittering skulls, altars, botanas and glamorous fancy dress. And yes, we’ll be expecting you in all your finery...

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UJ party at The Jameson Apartment

When Soho’s packed and we want a quiet drink, we generally head to Kettner's. You can’t go wrong with luxe 1930s décor, low-lighting, great cocktail list, and location just around the corner from Soho House. So when we heard that whiskey purveyors Jameson were setting up a cinematic speakeasy – The Jameson Apartment in Kettner’s upstairs private room, with its own hidden entrance and password for entry, for the duration of the London Film Festival, an exclusive UJ party at The Jameson Apartment was born...

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Infused with Imagination

When we've been working hard all day, we don't just want to throw together a drink with whatever's at hand, we want a premium well earned treat. And Bombay Sapphire, with its tantalising, smooth and complex taste, definitely qualifies. That's why we're teaming up with Bombay Sapphire to bring you your very own curated series of super-imaginative events for the Bombay Sapphire Imagination Series in addition to a number of exciting collaborations. Some of the most creative trailblazers around will be adding their magical touch to the events and partnerships: we predict something extraordinary.

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All Grown Up

The last time I drank absinthe was in Malta with my brother's friends from university. There, sat huddled over a spoon with fire and a sugar cube, we shot it the green heat. Oh the glamour. 

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Booze By The Tub

There’s something going on with drunken bathtub misappropriation. Mark our words. We’ve all done it at college house-parties, right? Filled the tub with ice and tins and bottles of plonk… But these are pros – doing it with style.

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Slumber Party

We love sleepovers, so we're all over the new trend for pop-up luxury slumber spots appearing everywhere from theatres to bars, which we first clocked back in February at the Elle Style Awards afterparty.

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Experience Is The Best Teacher

There’s an old Chinese proverb, that “to know the road ahead, ask the man with the well-thumbed A-Z.” So sidestepping any moral issues with bunny-clad girls and gambling, we’re feeling something akin to – is that relief? – about the new Playboy Club.

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Cabaret: No Longer A Four Letter Word

Now we’re going to say this only once, so please listen up. Cabaret is getting exciting again – and to be honest we’re as surprised as you are. But two very good reasons have presented themselves to make us hold our tongues on the ol’ cabaret-bashing. Le Crazy Horse at Supperclub, and Lio in Ibiza.

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The Molecular Trinity

With two specialist watering holes already hiding out in Shoreditch, a new addition from the West end's Purl bar makes a magical molecular triumvirate. We dare you to try and escape.

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The Total Package

Good things, they say, come in small packages. They also say that size isn’t that big of a deal. (We’re talking about venues, here, so minds out of the gutter!) Over in Clerkenwell, something promisingly tight is emerging in the Zetter’s new sister hotel, the Zetter Townhouse…

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Bigger Is Better

Proud 2 and The Playboy Club lead a push back to proper-sized clubs.

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So-Ho. So Now

With your locals thoroughly inundated by the hordes, perhaps it’s high time for a West End renaissance… And with QV, Polpo Ciccheti, the W’s Wyld Bar and The Box all in town, it seems the Gods of Booze have heard our pleas.

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