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: “Plan an epic Friday and Saturday night at Café de Paris. Resident DJs, cabaret and private bars available.”
This longstanding Leicester Square nightspot must be doing something right - bar a short time during the '40s it's been open for more than 90 years. During that time it's played host to some pretty big acts, from Sinatra and Tony Hancock to Grace Kelly, Noel Coward and Marlene Dietrich. Today it's more about cabaret and dining, with the nightclub side of things available for those partial to a party. Expect more than a little tassel twirling titillation with burlesque a big part of the output, but there's also music, magic, jazz and more. Drinks can be enjoyed up on the mezzanine, too.
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.
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.
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Prince of Wales
Brixton's multi-floored bar and club the Prince of Wales serves many functions, but its club space and terrace are the jewel in its musical crown. The terrace is arguably the best of any club in London, and summer months see parties (led by top crews like Slide and Get Diverted and Brixton Boogaloo) take place way up high. There's a loose funk, house, soul, disco and hip hop ethos to PoW's programming, and you'll find selectors like Gilles Peterson, Norman Jay and Joey Negro spinning party jams on any given weekend. Alongside that, various house and techno legends also make appearances, playing on both the terrace and the inside section of the club, making PoW a truly versatile venue.