Smack-bang in the middle of the West End, the great selection of Soho clubs gives the area a bustling nightlife scene and attracts a massive influx of revellers. Tourists, bar crawlers, club kids, glamour kittens and gay-scene posers can all find clubs in Soho to accommodate them in this diverse scene. Whether you fancy the scandalous cabaret vibe of The Box or the raucous hoedown of Gaz's Rockin' Blues club, Time Out's guide to clubs in Soho has you covered.
Clubs in Soho
Located on Greek Street, Club 49 proves a popular choice with the Soho crowd. Upstairs is a main bar with a VIP area, while downstairs hosts the dance floor with its regular live music and DJ nights. It's mostly about the entertainment here, with cocktail orders keeping the party crowd well-oiled - think classics like mojitos, moscow mules, mai tais and manhattans and you won't go far wrong. There's a varied selection of martinis on offer too, as well as beers by the bottle and a short wine list visiting the old world and new. Those looking to soak up the booze with some food can tuck into bar bites with a Lebanese bent. If you're booking a party then you can pre-order canapés and platters for the group.
Venue says: “Comedy Carnival hosts London's funniest Christmas parties throughout December: three courses, half-bottle of wine, comedy and nightclub.”
Smack bang in the middle of the West End on Shaftesbury Avenue, Bar Rumba is one of the capital’s best-loved basement venues. As its slogan of 'if you can't sing it, we won't play it' suggests, commercial pop, dance, rock and R&B are the order of the day tunes-wise. Regular weekly nights like the student-friendly W.A.Y, Traffic Light Party, and School's Out also give central Londoners a chance to dress-up and dance.
Ku’s owner, Gary Henshaw, took over the venue formerly known as West Central in 2007 and transformed a mediocre space into a popular bar and club that offers everything from film nights to comedy. The sheer variety of club nights at this Leicester Square bar is enough to impress and, with a sister branch opened on Frith Street in Soho in 2009, Henshaw must be doing something right. Check out puerile kitsch-fest Shinky Shonky on Wednesday nights or the poptastic O-Zone hosted by drag DJ Dusty O on Fridays.
For those who enjoy crooning into a hairbrush, but are too shy to take to the stage, Lucky Voice might be the solution. Nine private ‘pods’ allow groups of four to 12 people to belt out a classic without any fear of embarrassment. Pizza and nibbles are basic, but the drinks menu is more extravagant; choose a snifter off the list to chase away any lingering inhibitions. With almost a million songs on the play-list, there will certainly be a tune you know – so no excuses.