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How The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Affect London Nightlife

How The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Affect London Nightlife

The year 2020 was an extremely tough year for everyone in the London nightclub business as well as for those who enjoy visiting nightclubs on a regular basis. From March 2020, all nightclubs were forced to close to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. They still haven’t reopened.

Financial support has been very limited and while the government’s furlough payments have helped to keep employees on the payroll, in many cases it could be for nothing as the venues they work for perhaps won’t reopen following the pandemic. Many nightclubs are trying to hold on but with no definitive end date known it is undoubtedly a difficult decision to make as to whether to remain in business or shut up shop for good.

So what is the likely scenario following the reopening of the nightlife industry in the future? Inevitably there will be less nightclubs in London once things return to normal. We saw in December the closure of Cafe De Paris - London's oldest nightclub having been open since 1924. However it is expected that the demand for nightlife will be greater than at any time in recent history. The result of this will be that nightlife entrepreneurs will be eager to capitalise on this and begin work as soon as possible on launching new clubs.

The emergence of a new breed of London nightclubs will mean innovative new themes concepts will appear in these new locations. Fresh refurbishments and new policies will occur meaning that the whole London nightclub scene will feel completely revitalised. It potentially could be that there is such high demand for nightlife that there are more night clubs established in a short period of time than ever before. This can only be good for the clubgoer.

Whatever happens once things return to pre-2020, everyone involved in the London nightclub scene from club owners to staff and to guests will be in for a very interesting time. The rejuvenation of the London nightclub scene is something we should all look forward to. There’s no better way to shake off the woes of recent times than by going to a club and dancing to great music with friends.

Velvet PR will be there to offer you access, as always, to London’s most exclusive nightclubs whether you are looking to book a guestlist or a VIP table. You’ll find updates on all the current clubs as well as information and news on newly opener clubs so you can find out what to expect when visiting the new London night clubs.

Impress Your Date With The Top 4 Romantic Restaurants and Bars in London

 

 

Everywhere you look, you'll see London on best-restaurants lists. It's been called the food capital of the world and it's been ranked in the top 50 food cities globally. It's safe to say the London food scene is a delicious one.

Luckily for you, it's more than a pint at the pub and fish and chips. There are countless romantic restaurants and bars spread throughout London, England, sure to impress your date.

Whether you've been married for years and need a romantic getaway, or you're pulling out all the stops for a new fling, the following restaurants are splendid, to say the least.

Check them out!

1. Jikoni 

Jikoni, which means 'kitchen' in Swahili, is located in Marylebone. It has not only a tasty food menu but a beautiful atmosphere to accompany it!  

Their cuisine features an array of options, spanning the cultures of Asia, East Africa, the Middle East, and Britain. 

Reserve a private table for two, or sit right at the counter downstairs and watch the chefs prepare meals before your eyes.

Located at 19-21 Blanford St., Marylebone.

2. Quo Vadis

Quo Vadis, which sits right in the historic Soho district of London, has a 'colourful past' and 'timeless allure' that's undeniable. 

Dress in your best clothes for a night out on the town and visit this romantic restaurant that offers seasonal British fare. Reserve a private room or sit and have a cocktail at one of their two bars. 

Fun fact: this used to be the home of renowned German philosopher Karl Marx.

Located at 26-29 Dean Street, Soho.

3. Clos Maggiore 

For contemporary, authentic French cuisine, visit Clos Maggiore, which has earned the actual title of "World's Most Romantic Restaurant"! You can't beat that.

Enter the front door beneath cascading, blooming flowers and sit beneath them, too. Flowers cover the ceiling inside their restaurant, giving patrons a gorgeous, comforting view as they dine.

Tables are decked with candles, and if it's a cold evening, ask to sit by their fireplace.

They feature a high-class wine menu to accompany their award-winning food, which is influenced by the country inns of Provence and Tuscany. Visit this restaurant to see what three AA-rosette awards taste like!

Located at 33 King Street, Covent Garden.

4. Nobu

You may have heard about Nobu, as it's well-known for having frequent celebrity appearances. But you don't have to be a celebrity to enjoy this unique atmosphere and world-class food and drink menu.

Luckily for you and your date, Nobu also has two locations in London — one on Berkeley Street and one on Old Park Lane — both offering dishes such as Japanese Wagyu beef, Chilean sea bass, and black cod miso (to name a few).

Located at 15 Berkeley Street or 19 Old Park Lane.

Romantic Restaurants in London Are Everywhere

The hardest decision you'll have to make today is which of these London hot spots to attend. The options for romantic restaurants are endless — make a reservation at one today and one next week!

Our site is full of all the local-approved favourites London has to offer. Click here to see even more restaurant offerings — from swanky wine bars to street food pop-ups and more.

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The 4 Most Unique and Posh Clubs in London

   

The UK's nighttime economy is its fifth-biggest industry. It accounts for 8 per cent of the UK's employment and contributes an astounding £66bn!

So, how can you help stimulate your local economy?

You guessed it — by hitting up the posh clubs in London, by visiting grassroots live music venues, and by being out and about in the nighttime hours.

If you're a clubgoer, this list is for you. The next time you and your friends are planning to paint the town red, visit one of these four hotspots for an amazing, fun time.

1. Cirque Le Soir 

This circus-themed nightclub is where it's at. That's why it's earned the title of 'Best London Nightclub,' and even 'World's Finest Club' for both its London and Dubai locations. 

Cirque Le Soir is 'refined, distinct, and lauded' worldwide. And as their tagline says, If you don't know, don't worry. Just come by and check it out for yourself, and prepare for anything to happen.

Located at 15-21 Ganton Street, Soho.

2. Tape 

Music lovers must pay Tape a visit, as the club understands that 'everything begins with music.' 

Have a few drinks, enjoy notable live DJs, and if you do something silly, cite what everyone else says: Tape made me do it!

Every Tuesday is 100 per cent hip hop, every Friday is open-format, and every Saturday features unannounced artists and impromptu performances. If you want to be surprised, that's your night.

Located at 17 Hanover Square, Mayfair.

3. Tramp 

Tramp is a private club located in the heart of Mayfair.

You may have heard of it as it regularly makes the 'best of' lists when it comes to London's nightlife. It's even been hailed as one of the most exclusive members' clubs in the world — so if you can find yourself an in, seize the opportunity. 

Of all the posh clubs in London, this is sure to meet your needs. Enjoy a dimly-lit room that's surprisingly cosy for how large it is. You can also have a bite to eat until the wee hours of the night — even the chefs want to keep you dancing, so they'll offer their famous Tramp burger until dawn.

Located at 40 Jermyn Street, St. James's.

4. Dolce Kensington Club

This hidden gem located in prestigious South Kensington is equal parts non-pretentious and classy. The bar provides high-end cocktails during the earlier hours, and turns into an extravagant nighttime venue that runs until 3 am. 

Expect affable debauchery, indulgent fun, and all the snacks and well-balanced cocktails you can stand. 

Located at 17A Harrington Road, South Kensington.

Enjoy These Posh Clubs in London!

The UK has no lack of fun things to do, and the nightlife is included in that.

If you're looking for a way to spend your nighttime hours that's sure to be a blast, pay these posh clubs in London a visit. You won't regret it—you may even run into a celebrity or two.

If you're pregaming at home before you go out, check out this list of the top 10 club-ready songs about London. And subscribe to our newsletter for more great London advice like this, straight to your email inbox!

Adult Party Ideas

 

When one becomes an adult, one can seldom think of a great idea for a birthday party. But we assure you - birthday parties are a lot more enjoyable as an adult. 

And if you cannot think of any adult party ideas - follow our short guide to learn about the 5 elements of a great club party in the city of London!

Adult Party Ideas: All You Need To Know

Nothing could top a great club party in London for an adult's birthday party. But how does one go about planning the 'club party of the year?'

Here are the 5 elements needed for the perfect club party:

1. Choosing the Right Club

London is awash with exciting nightclubs. One may be tempted to randomly select any nightclub - perhaps the one closest to your home. But do your due diligence in choosing the right club.

What determines the ideal nightclub is based on your own criteria. Consider if you prefer an overcrowded venue or an intimate one. What type of music does the club play? Is there a private area - if you even want one? Are there activities besides dancing (such as a snooker table)?

2. Visit the Club

Of course, internet research is not enough to choose the right club. Make sure you visit the clubs you have shortlisted to decide which one is best.

If you have planned activities, see if there is an area where these activities can be enjoyed. Look around at the other patrons or ask the club owners about the dress code. We suggest creating a dress code for your guests to make the night even more special and exclusive.

3. Activities

While letting everyone talk and dance amongst themselves is a great idea - having planned activities makes the night more memorable.

Activities can range from drinking games to card games. A game of charades could also be in order. 

Activities are a fun way to bring all your guests together and to bond with each other. We strongly recommend having activities at your party.

4. Food and Drinks

What would a great party be without delicious food and drinks? Make sure that the venue you choose has a great menu - or allows for catering. You also want to research drinks. You want a venue with a variety of drinks, perhaps great rates on buying bottles. And for those friends who don't like hard drinks, you want to make sure there is a variety of fizzy drinks as well.

5. Guest List

Finally, a great adult party is made great by its guests. While you may be tempted to invite all 1000 of your Facebook friends, this is probably not the best idea.

Keep your guest list exclusive. Choose your closest friends and family to enjoy this experience with you. A great adult birthday party is full of memories with your loved ones - not a loud experience with people who would not remember your date of birth offhand!

See You at the Party!

Now that you know the best adult party ideas, it is time to start planning! We'll see you at the party!

And if you need some help in planning your party, we are just a phone call away!

Club Wear 101: How to Dress for a Night Out in London

 

In England, around 6.3% of the population enjoys dancing. Dancing your heart out at a London club starts with wearing the right club wear.

There are at least 300 clubs in London. Each of them has a dress code everyone must follow. All it takes is one fashion code violation to get denied entry.

Clubs use dress codes as a way of creating an image for branding. The more well-dressed you are, the more the club will welcome you.

Here's what you need to know about London club fashion.

Dress Codes 101

How you should dress depends on the club you're going to. The most exclusive clubs in London have more strict dress codes than less exclusive ones. West End clubs tend to have more strict dress codes than others.

If celebrities go to a certain club, the dress code there will be more strict.

Most likely, the club you're going to has a smart dress code. Smart casual dress codes (like the Ministry of Sound dress code) permit T-shirts, jeans, and branded trainers.

Clubs with smart sexy dress codes encourage sexy dress-up and more classy looks. Your best little black dress or button-up shirts are safe bets here. So are high heels and smart leather shoes.

Follow The Dress Code

Life tip: always follow the dress code. Even the best Soho bars have dress codes. If you don't follow the dress code, you can't get into the club.

For example, if the dress code explicitly tells you to wear high heels, don't wear flats. You won't make it past the door.

Feel free to show skin. Some of the hottest clubbing outfits are revealing. However, if a dress code warns against showing too much skin, dress accordingly.

(Note: Over-the-knee skirts are usually fine.)

Don't forget to follow other aspects of the dress code. If a dress code calls for styled hair and makeup, have both ready when you appear at the door.

Fashion Tips

More formal dress codes call for trousers (not jeans), stylish shoes, and a collared shirt. Suits, blazers, and loafers create a classic look.

Women who aren't sure what to wear as a night-out outfit can wear cocktail dresses to more upscale clubs. Feeling daring? Then wear a sultry red dress.

If you're not used to wearing high heels, ditch the stilettos and opt for thicker heels. The thicker your high heels are, the more they'll support your feet and ankles. 

If a dress code includes the word "elegant", wear semi-formal attire like suits and pencil skirts. Dresses should be no shorter than 2 inches above the knee.

Rock Your Club Wear Like a Boss

Coco Chanel played a role in popularizing the little black dress. Good club wear makes you feel as almost as confident as her.

Stick to colours that flatter you. Solid neutral tones are always safe. If you're not sure how something looks, ask for someone else's opinion.

Get exclusive access to clubs and apply for our guest list. You deserve to have a good time.

Top 5 London Highlights for Club Goers and Party Animals

 

 

 

With its pretty architecture, rich history, and multicultural citizens, its no wonder that London is the most popular tourist destination in the world. How popular exactly? The city gets around 30 million visitors a year! It makes sense why there are so many visitors. There is so much to do! For people who love the wilder side of things, we've got amazing London highlights for you to check out!

Drama

Want to party with the likes of Leonardo Di Caprio, Rhianna, and Drake? Then this club is just for you. Street artists are commissioned every two months to come up with new art to paint on the walls. As a high-end boutique club, you'll have to make sure you dress to impress upon entry. You'll also have to spend a pretty penny as well. Standard tables cost 500 pounds, with the most pricey going up to 4,200 pounds for the Cleopatra Package.

Borderline

If you love live music and a more casual vibe, then Borderline is where you need to go. Artists such as Oasis, Blur, Amy Winehouse, and Muse have all played in this much-loved venue. With new artists playing every week, there's always something new to discover. Head to their Tilted nights for indie and alternative music, or hang out in their cocktail lounge sipping on margaritas. After a long-awaited refurbishment, Borderline has come back better than ever.

Cafe de Paris

Opening in 1924, Cafe de Paris remains today to be one of the most exclusive and well-known clubs. Stars like Grace Kelly and Frank Sinatra have graced the venue back in the day, with the likes of P.Diddy being spotted today. Not only does Cafe de Paris have a club, but it also puts on cabaret shows with burlesque dancers. For special occasions, the club also hosts private events.

The Box

This exclusive and expensive club is not for the faint of heart. With inside photography banned and an air of elusiveness outside of the club, you will have to see it to believe it. Nicknamed "Britain's Seediest VIP Nightclub," you can just imagine the types of shows you can see here. But don't be fooled, even though the shows are erotic and kinky, the place is beautiful and the tables are expensive. Located in a restored old theatre, tables run a minimum of 2,500 pounds for a small group. Larger groups will have to shell out a minimum of 5,000 pounds for a table.

Toy Room

This club is perfect for the adult who just wants to be a kid again. As an artsy, boutique club, they use children's toys in a contemporary and adult context. Think Toy Story gone grunge mixed in with a bit of Bansky. Table prices start at 1,500 pounds with VIP tables starting at 3,000 pounds.

London Highlights for People Who Want to Have Fun

As you can see, these London highlights are perfect for those who love the nightlife! Other top clubs include Mahiki, Tape and Raffles. There's something out there for everyone, no matter what vibe you are going for. Need some good tunes to play while getting ready? Check out our article on the best London songs to play to get pumped before your big night out.

Top 10 Club-Ready Songs About London


Are you heading to London soon and are looking for a way to get pumped up? Or, are you just looking to bring the spirit of London to your hometown? While there are a lot of ways to conjure up the spirit and ambience of London, one of the best things to do is to listen to music. That's right. There are some pretty awesome songs about London out there that will make you feel like you're in the heart of SoHo or Chelsea, bumping to club music without a care in the world. So, what are the best songs about London out there? Check out this guide to find out.

1. London Calling - The Clash

If you want to channel the Clash and vent all of your furies about the state of the world, then the song London Calling is your answer. In this song, the Clash touches on their concerns about the River Thames flooding, police brutality, and whether punk was at the beginning of the end. This is a great song that helps rev up the spirit of rebellion, as well as nostalgia for problems of the past.

2. Hometown Glory - Adele

Who doesn't love Adele, right? Well, if you're a fan of Adele and London, then Hometown Glory is the perfect song for you. This song was inspired by Adele's discussions with her mother regarding what university she should attend. Adele had a desire to remain close to London, and this song is a reflection of her experiences as well as people who influenced her desire to stay.

3. LDN - Lilly Allen

If you're looking for a more upbeat melody, then LDN (short for London) by Lilly Allen is your song. This whimsical melody describes a bike ride through London, with the rider describing situations that aren't quite as they seem.

4. Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty

Gerry Rafferty came out with this song three years after his band, the Stealers Wheel, broke up. This song is an ode to one of London's most famous streets- Baker Street. During the time between his band's breakup and his solo album, Gerry spent a lot of time crashing at a friend's flat on Baker Street.

5. Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks

Waterloo Sunset is considered one of the best songs ever written about London. This is a bittersweet hit that manages to capture the melancholic heart of the city. It tells of the story of two lovers, Terry and Julie, who meet at Waterloo Station every Friday night.

6. Electric Avenue - Eddy Grant

If you want to listen to a song about London with a reggae vibe, then Electric Avenue is your beat. This song is named after a street in Brixton, which actually got its name because it was the first street to be lit up by electricity. During the time in which Eddy grant wrote the song, the street had a heavy population of Carribean and African immigrants. Eddy Grant's motivation to write the song stemmed from the Brixton Riots, which occurred due to concerns over unemployment, poverty, and racism. However, despite the heaviness of the lyrics, this song is surprisingly upbeat.

Songs About London: Are You Ready to Rock?

As you can see, there are some pretty great songs about London out there. What's your favourite song about London? Let us know in the comments below. And, be sure to check out this guide to the most exclusive clubs in London if you're headed there soon!

Best Soho bars

Do you want to hanging out with your friends in one of the best district of London? Soho is such an incredible place to party and there are always very good vibes there. You will find all kind of bars, restaurants and clubs! We have selected for you some of the best soho bars.

 

 

 

  The first one is called the 68 and Boston and this is a wine and cocktail bar in the heart of Soho, that's the best wine bar of the district! This place was conceptualized by Eric Yum Martin Malley and Luca Cordiglieriwho who are among the most experienced in the wine and cocktails field. The bar contains so much of the best wine of the entire world and prices are very reasonable. The place is divided into two parts, downstairs there is the wine bar with a selection of the best wines which are all at the same price (£5.50 for the glass, £14 for the carafe and £20 for the bottle). At the first floor there is the cocktails bar in a wonderful subdued room. Cocktails are so original, you will find cuttlefish ink Martini for exemple! The Staff is so nice and there is always a good atmosphere… We let you the surprise to discovering the decoration which is just perfectly adapted to the place!

 

Location: 5 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4DD  

 

 

 

    The second of the best soho bars is the very cute and atypical Termini Bar which is specialized in coffee and cocktails. Cocktails are managed by Tony Conigliaro an alco-alchemist and coffee is managed by Marco Arrigo, the quality responsible for Illy. These guys are really passionate about their work and we can feel it, that's their because of their investment that the Termini is one of the best Soho bar today! The place can host 25 people approximately and they have some good food (baked products during the day and meats or cheese during the night like burrata and beef carpaccio). This bar is reputed to be a cosy, authentic and characterful place with a great service and a relaxed atmosphere.

 

Location: 7 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 5JE

 

     

 

The third place that we have selected for the best bars in soho is called the Opium bar and it is a secret place…! It is not easy to found but that's so funny to discover the best secret place of Soho! This is a chic place in the heart of Chinatown, all the staff are professional and friendly, the atmosphere is cosy, fun and interesting! Lights are low and the decoration theme is oriental but with a touch of modernity. You will find 3 floors with amazing dim sum, Chinese cocktails and the bar is so impressive and beautiful! Food are adapted to the season, always fresh and delicious! This is the perfect place for a dinner with your friends or even for a date night! Location: 15-16, Gerrard St, London W1D 6JE  

 

   

 

  The last one of the best soho bars is called the Basement Sate and it is one of the finest bar located in Soho with its intimate and cosy atmosphere, exposed brick and dark wood… You are going to love this great place where there is the Paris charm, it is so appealing and lively, seats are so comfortable and the staff are always friendly and knowledgeable so they will give you the best advices for your cocktails and food choices. You will eat some delicious pies and amazing pastries, drink whatever you want (they have a great gin selection) and dancing during the night! Do not hesitate to go there with your date because this is a very romantic place. They have also pastry and cocktails classes where you can learn make the best french’s cakes!

 

Location: 8 Broadwick St, Soho, London W1F 8HN
April 4, 2018 Posted by Mathilde in Blog

The Best Cure For A Hangover

best cure for a hangover

 

Who wouldn’t want party all night long, drink delicious cocktails and wake up in great shape…? Well, okay, it will be difficult to be in a completely good after a big alcoholic party but did you know that some remedies can help you to decrease the bad aspects of the hungover and be really helpful!? It can help your body to feel better and to remove the alcohol faster! Let's speak about the cure for a hangover!

 

Firstly, what is a hungover exactly? This name is non-medical and describes the negative aspects following the consumption of alcohol (nausea, fatigue, vomiting, headache, concentration difficulties, general feeling of unease, irritability, sensibility to light, anxiety…). The real term is “Veisalgia” and it comes from Norwegian and mean “a discomfort succeeding the debauchery”.

 

It is due to hormonal modifications, liberation of inflammatory molecules, dehydration, imbalance of the sugar rate in blood, stomach irritation and bad quality of sleep.

 

If you want to avoid a terrible hangover, during your party you can try to drink slowly and drink water to decrease the dehydration all night long between two alcohol glasses and drink 2 big glasses of water before sleeping. In the morning following your crazy dancing night, you have several solutions:

 

Firstly you can drink a ginger infusion, it is proven that is can decrease the nausea and the vomiting. You can incorporate honey into your infusion for the sugar which will increase the rate of glycemia as well as lemon, known for its benefits on digestion. For our best cure for a hangover, it is also recommended to eat eggs and asparagus which contain glutathione and alcohol dehydrogenase, useful to the elimination of the alcohol. To prevent nausea and avoid the aches you can drink coco water and energy drinks in order to increase your electrolytes rates. The alcohol lowers the blood sugar, it can provoke the sensation to be weak. An efficient remedy is the consumption of bread, rice, pasta or cereals. Another negative effect is the the decrease of the reserves of vitamins B which provokes anxiety, so you can take a multi-vitamins food complement. Mineral salts contained in tomato juice are also beneficial to get better. The next best cure for a hangover is the essential oil of peppermint which can also be very useful if you have a migraine, apply in 1 or 2 drops to the temples and rub slowly.

 

Contrary to some popular beliefs, drinking coffee is not a good idea. It is a diuretic product which dehydrates and worsens the hangover.

 

The best cure for a hangover which are the most efficient can vary from person to person, so you can try some of these and you will find the best adapted to yourself. Then, the best remedy is time so you should just take a break, sleep and time will help you to back on track!

SPOTTED: MARNIE SIMPSON, NIALL HORAN AND MORE!

 

 

We all know that celebrities love a good party… London is a great place when you’re after a fun night out and celebrity sightings with all the exclusive clubs around! Below are the recent celebrity appearances in London nightclubs!

 

Marnie Simpson was spotted at DSTRKT having a quite friendly chat with footballer Jamie O’Hara. She was rocking a tight tan jumpsuit, and looked absolutely amazing!

 

Cirque le Soir is one of the most popular celebrity hang-outs. Niall Horan was seen leaving the swanky night club around 2.30 am...accompanied with three mysterious girls. He was more than happy to get a few snaps in the taxi while lovely ladies were getting in!

 

Paris Hilton and Sophia Richie were enjoying London’s nightlife with a Tape table booking. Two girls were photographed walking into the nightclub holding hands. Paris always makes sure she looks super stylish…Even though it was night time she was still wearing her designer sunglasses when entering the club with Sophia.

 

Nicole Scherzinger was spotted leaving Paper. She she looked fabulous with her hair tied in a fancy top knot. Oversized white blazer jacket and black flared trousers made a good combo! But it wouldn’t be like Nicole not to add a little bit of spice to the outfit with a sexy crop top...

 

Another celebrity seen out clubbing was Kate Moss. Supermodel was seen enjoying a night out at China Tang in Mayfair. She was wearing a very classy all-black outfit. I can tell, wide trousers are clearly becoming a hit with celebrities lately!

 

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