Opened as a cinema shortly after World War I, the Scala was used briefly to show adult films in the '70s before becoming a live music venue where Iggy Pop and Hawkwind both strutted their stuff. Now one of London's best-loved gig venues, this multi-floored monolith is surprisingly spacious, spread out over four floors with three bars, two dance rooms and a stage for live performance with space for 1,145 people. Scala stages a laudably broad range of indie, electronica, avant hip hop and folk and is a relatively intimate space to catch fast rising acts such as Glasvegas as well as established stars (Stereophonics, Chemical Brothers). Make sure you don't miss the upstairs bar, with its glass windows and panoramic views of the dance floor: it's the perfect place for spotting lost mates in the seething mass below.
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Salsa Republic move into the main club for a mega monthly bash over four rooms. No guesses about the playlist, from merengue to bachata beats, as DJs spin around a number of live performances and there are warm-up dance classes from 9.45pm too.Friday February 24 2017 - Saturday February 25 2017
‘Sounding real raunchy and shit,’ say The Orwells of themselves, and they’re not wrong. These Illinois boys may be young and fresh-faced but fans of early Black Lips and general lo-fi garage rock will approve of their racket, though there's also an indie...Rock and indie Tuesday March 7 2017
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An iconic venue in the heart of the city. I’ve been there on several different occasions; an acoustic gig, muay thai fight night, back to 95 garage rave & salsa night etc and had a great time every time… Lots of different rooms to choose from – so good if you like variety / get easily bored… Not so good if you get easily lost. The drinks are a little pricey, but no different to other central London venues.