20 August 2014

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JUJU (tel: 020 7351 5998)
WHERE: Chelsea
WHEN: Mon and Tues 8pm-1.30am; Wed and Thur 6pm-1.30am; Fri and Sat 5pm-2.30am
WHY: enjoy a classic cocktail made by the mixologists from London Club and Bar Awards’ Best Bar 2011
WHAT TO ORDER: a watermelon martini, made with JuJu’s homemade chilli-infused tequila
WHO: the stars of Made in Chelsea, think shiny hair, long legs and tans
TOP TIPS: the VIP room accommodates up to 30 guests and food is served until 12am at the weekend for late-night munchies
TOP ALTERNATIVES: Vanilla (tel: 020 3008 7763); Kitts (tel: 020 7881 5990); Society (tel: 020 7248 1323)

Roof Gardens (tel: 020 7368 3971)
WHERE: Kensington
WHEN: Fri and Sat 10pm-3am
WHY: the closest you’ll get to Necker Island in Blighty. Dance off your festive feast in the nightclub or mingle with flamingos in the Tudor Gardens
WHAT TO ORDER: try one of its signature cocktails such as Moroccan Kasbah (Wyborowa apple vodka shaken with pureed pears, cinnamon syrup, fresh lime and apple juice)
WHO: you might find yourself dancing with royalty, this is one of Prince Harry’s favourite haunts
TOP TIPS: arrange a guest list in advance to avoid disappointment on the door
TOP ALTERNATIVES: Kanaloa (tel: 020 7842 0620); Sketch (tel: 0207 659 4500)

Cafe Boheme (tel: 020 7734 0623)
WHEN: Mon-Fri 8am-3am; Sat 9am-3am; Sun 9am-12am
WHY: for French bistro-style food in relaxed surroundings, brought to you by the guys at Soho House Group
WHAT TO ORDER: a selection of small plates to share, such as white-bait and duck rillette. Sandwiches, burgers and steaks are also available
WHO: media types
TOP TIPS: the restaurant is licensed until 3am so order a bottle of red to accompany your croque monsieur
TOP ALTERNATIVES: Balans (tel: 020 7439 2183); Brick Lane Beigel Bake (tel: 020 7729 0616); Tinseltown (tel: 020 7689 2424); Vingt Quatre (tel: 020 7376 7224)

Café de Paris (tel: 020 7395 5807)
WHEN: Fri and Sat 7pm-3am
WHY: crushed velvet, chandeliers & a grand staircase- a touch of 1920s glamour in London’s West End. And, there’s burlesque every Friday until 3am
WHAT TO ORDER: sup on prestige cuvées while munching grilled steak sandwiches (served until 1am)
WHO: the bright young things of the noughties
TOP TIPS: a strict smart dress code applies
TOP ALTERNATIVES: bowling at All Stars Lanes (tel: 020 7426 9205); Burlesque at Volupté (tel: 020 7831 1622); Gigs at The Garage (tel: 020 7688 2677)

Sway (tel: 020 7404 6114)
WHERE: Holborn
WHEN: Mon to Fri 12pm-3am; Sat 5pm-3am 
WHY: a cluster of four bars each quirkier than the next. Disco divas will love Groovy Wonderland, a 70s themed room with retro interiors and a soundtrack to match
WHAT TO ORDER: a seasonal cocktail such as spiced rasberry daiquiri
WHO: young, fun and ready to party
TOP TIPS: book a booth and order pre-paid drinks vouchers so guests don’t have to carry cash
top alternatives: The Loop (tel: 020 7493 1003); Grace (tel: 020 7851 0800); Amber (tel: 020 7382 1690)

Proud 2 
(tel: 020 8463 2149)
WHERE: Greenwich 
WHEN: Fri and Sat 7pm-6am 
WHY: inspired by Vegas Clubs, Proud2 is about quality and quantity. Dance all night to music from world-renowned DJs
WHAT TO ORDER: Red Bull (you’ll need it)
WHO: keen clubbers from across the UK
TOP TIPS: hire a couple of booths (each can hold 50 guests). Save cash and take the Proud shuttle bus, which runs from King’s Cross, Liverpool Street and London Bridge to Greenwich every five minutes for £2 per person. Or charter a boat with Thames Clipper and arrive in style
TOP ALTERNATIVES: Fabric (020 7549 4844) Heaven & The Stage Bar (tel: 020 7688 2677) Tiger Tiger Haymarket (tel: 020 7930 1885)

This article was first published in Square Meal Venues & Events Autumn 2011