Symbolic of the turn of the century’s cash-rich, common sense-poor mentality, the Millennium Dome was a national embarrassment which took years to sell off. Even once it was off the public’s hands, doubts remained about the building’s viability as a venue, given the drawbacks of its relatively remote location and the fact it used to be the Millennium Dome. But the plucky 20,000-seater has proved the critics wrong and established itself as the capital’s de facto home of the megagig.
This was where Prince chose to hold his famous 21-night freeform residency, still spoken of in awed tones by those who were there. It is also, of course, where Michael Jackson fatally decided to base his own 50-night run, with equally memorable results.
The Blues Kitchen Shoreditch
This Curtain Road venue is close in style and sentiment to its big sister, The Blues Kitchen over in Camden. Expect, then, a restaurant, bar and music venue with a hefty Stateside influence - from its bourbon and its barbecues all the way to its blues. Music does have a big part to play here. There's live artists pretty much every night of the week, with everything from rock 'n' roll to swing, motown, roots and even gospel complementing all that smokey blues. Keep an eye out for nights where food and music combine in happy harmony - think bargain ribs gnawed to a soundtrack of soul. An in-house barbecue, with meats smoked over fruit woods in their own fire pit, is kept busy - orders of beef brisket, smoked chicken, short beef ribs and burnt ends glazed with a beer and hickory barbecue sauce prove popular. Burgers, chilli, lobster, gumbo and a catfish jambalaya also feature.
Venue says: “'Free wing Fridays' between 5-7pm at the Blues Kitchen Shoreditch. Come down and get your wing on!”