A Night On the Town.
Ah London London ! our delight Great
flower that opens but at night .
Other gathering spots for swingers include kettners in Romilly
Streetand the Soho Brasserie in Old compton Street. These are
" gathering spots" because many of the champagne drinkers go
on to a night club such as string fellow in upper St.Martin's
Lane . london hippest clubs have all powerful doorpersons who
act as arbiters of taste , letting in those faces and fashions
that fir , and excluding those who don't , irrespective of their
The make -up of any major city seems to change at night
as offices empty into pubs and trains drain the centre
of workers and replace them with players . The west
End , a shopping and office centre by day, is the heart
of London at night. Soho is still the most fashionable
area, and is still the sex centre of London , although
smut is on the retreat . Some of the best food and the
trendiest clubs are here , including Ronnie Scott 's
Jazz Club in Frith Street.
The most successful and biggest discos in
town are The Hippodrome (Cranbourne Street) , The Limelight
(Shaftesbury Avenue) the wag Club in Wardour Street and the
famous gay disco Haven (Villiers Street).
Londoners get a buzz from being in the company
of the countless nationalities that throng Leicester Square
, Piccadilly , Trafalgar Square , covent Garden and the Trocadero
Centre. These are the best know central areas for evening
promenading and for an entrance fee of a few pounds , drinking
can continue past the 11pm pub closing time at such places
as Burlington Betie's in shaftesbury Avenue . although London
may not seem to offer a conducive climate , 84 percent of
all oversea visitors describe their evening activities as
" Just walking around ".
Further afield, King's Road in Chelsea ,
Nothing hill and Westbourne Grove, Camden and Lslington can
be lively in the evening . More off-beat places , such as
around the former market at spitalfields and among trendy
clubs in Hoxton square , come in and out of fashion . Others
might look for the ethnic : Indian in Brick Lane , or the
latest sushi gimmicks - yo ! Sushi in poland street has robot
services and claims to have the longest conveyor food belt
in the world . Or they might want to skip to another continent
at the Rainforest café in the Trocadero centre , where a
suitably steamy ambience has been created.
The Souht Bank complex (on the southern
end of Waterloo Bridge ) may not be appealing to the eyes
, but it does offer an impressive range of cultural choice
from concerts through theatre to film , and some of the best
views of central London can be had from the banks of the river
. on the concrete promenade of the jubilee Walkway on a summer
evening , busking jazz saxophonist make the place feel just
a little like New York.
For a glamorously old - fashioned evening
, head for Mayfair an St James . Here you 'll find discreet
restaurants and exclusive night clubs such as Annabel's in
Berkeley square , appealing to an older , sophisticated crowd
who don't need to ask the price.