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All Things Queenie

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012


The Queen’s Jubilee, to mark 60 years of the Queen’s Reign, will soon be upon us and we’ll all be waving our union jack flags, toasting corgis and enjoying the bonus day off work. Hardly a spare moment to think about dating!

If you’re not neck deep in bunting or queuing up for the egg and spoon race at your local street party, get out and about but remember Queen and country and try to keep it topical…

Old Queen’s Head

A famous Islington haunt, notorious for live music in the upstairs bar and for crowds streaming out onto Essex Road until the wee hours. They have an action packed line-up for Jubilee weekend, including their all day Jubilee party on Tuesday 5th June which kicks off at midday.


Food, cocktails, impeccable service and beautiful people, located on the hazy line between the City and Shoreditch. Stylish front room décor in the upstairs bar, a beautiful restaurant annexed and a club downstairs. This Sunday, 3rd June, they are hosting the Paravana Project from 2pm till late. A night notorious for its feel good atmosphere and spot on dance music will be a great way to while away Sunday afternoon.

Queen of Hoxton

One of the East End’s most popular venues, famous for big name DJs, art and its park size roof terrace – to name a few. For her majesty’s pleasure they are hosting their JUBILEE JAMBOREEE! on Sunday 3rd June. BBQ and mojito anyone?

Queen’s Musical

We Will Rock You” running for its 11th year in the Dominion Theatre in Soho, the musical dedicated to Queen in all their glory is a must see. There’s not much of a story line, but it’s pure entertainment start to finish. Cheers Freddy!

Drag Queens

If you want to mingle with guests including ‘boys girls and inbetweenies of every age, race, culture, sexuality and gender’ then head to the ‘The Way Out Club’ in the City (off the Minories) for London’s biggest transgender parties. For something more low key, Saturday nights in Beach Blanket Babylon in Shoreditch play host to some glam drag queens who float around amongst the crowds.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

To be renamed in 2013 after the Olympics, this 500-acre landscaped park in Stratford includes the showpiece Olympic Stadium, plus about four miles of waterways, extensive parkland and facilities that will be left from the Games, including the velodrome and the new landmark of the Anish Kapoor’s Orbit viewing platform and sculpture. Come on London, not long to get it all finished!

Queen Elizabeth II (better known as the QE2)

The QE2 was the flagship of the Cunard Line for nearly 40 years making her maiden voyage in 1969. At 70,327 tons and 963 feet long she is arguably the most famous liner in the world. Now permanently docked in Dubai, how about an elaborate bank holiday treat?

However you decide to spend that free day, enjoy and have a jolly Queen’s Jubilee!

Opulence And A Taste Of The Exotic at Gilgamesh

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Oh Camden, you are such a strange and surreal place. A real mixture of bars, pubs and restaurants call this lockside area home and the nightlife is so so active. You might even find a few late night revellers crowding around Amy Winehouse’s doorstep. Venture into the Stables Market and you discover live music venues, some quirky watering holes and you might even locate Gilgamesh.

Gilgamesh Camden, Date IdeasYou could be forgiven for thinking you had been transported to the West End – red carpet, ropes, tall intimidating girl with clipboard and angry looking bouncer. Though this is very un-Camden like and might not be totally in sync with the local vibe, up the escalator (yes the escalator) and you’ll soon forgive the unnecessary door antics. Inside, it’s huge. Gilgamesh is glamourous and is a taste of uber luxury in the heart of Camden.

Restaurant/bar/club combos are so rarely enjoyable. They often play host to a strange crowd dynamic when no one really feels like they are getting the full experience. Gilgamesh has been smart to separate its drinkers and diners from its party goers.

Set menus are awful. I hate them. A selection of things you don’t really want to eat and make your choice based on “what is the thing I can deal with eating”. The set menu at Gilgamesh is brilliant. I was stubborn enough to stick to a la carte and was left with a serious case of food envy when my date’s food arrived. I did manage to steal some of their Scallop Sui Mai and Hobo Miso Chilean Seabass. The food is not the cheapest but the value for money for the £60 set menu is very good. If you decide to stick to a la carte however, you won’t go wrong. The restaurant is headed up by maestro Head Chef Ian Pengelley.

If dinner has gone well, head upstairs to the 9000 sq ft club where you’ll find VIP booths and plenty of dark corners. Gilgamesh is extravagant, sultry and sexy. A great date venue if you’re willing to splash the $$$$. You won’t fail to impress and if the date doesn’t go as well as you might have hoped, at least the venue wouldn’t be to blame!

Tickets! Tickets! Tickets! We have them. You want them. Our F**K Valentine – Just Party event at Kanaloa is getting closer.

It’s Bank Holiday Weekend! What Are You Doing?

Friday, August 26th, 2011

This is the best weekend of the Summer. Though traditionally thought of as the unofficial goodbye to our favourite not so sunny season, there’s no reason to be down about it. Here’s some places you should be going to!

Barts "somewhere on Sloane Avenue"

It’s a secret not many know about but it holds the key to your Friday night. No one really knows where Barts is, and they don’t like to give too much away. There’s just one clue…it’s somewhere on Sloane Avenue in a 1930’s apartment block. Its style is appropriately “speakeasy”, giving you a taste of prohibition times gone by. Eclectic interior, tea cocktails and a fancy dress box, you shall not be bored here. Small yet intimate and devilishly exclusive. You wouldn’t want to miss out on the place that got London’s cool kids buzzing.

SW4, Clapham Common

If you missed Glastonbury, V Festival and Lovebox, there’s one more celebration of music that the whole city is heading to. If the camping always put you off, fear not SW4 is a day festival. Electronic music is the name of the game on Clapham Common this weekend where Pete Tong, Ibiza favourite James Zabiela and Pendulum will headline on Sunday with their final live appearance until 2013.

Notting Hill Carnival

Europe’s biggest carnival is here again at Notting Hill, the place made famous by Hugh Grant. Steel drum bands, hundreds of Caribbean food stalls, 40 sound systems, colourful carnival performers – this is one lively day. You will forget the grey skies of London and be instantly transported to the hot Caribbean. This is helped by the fact that it promises to be the only sunny day of the weekend!

The Draper's Arms, a neighbourhood pub

Bank Holiday Monday is best spent recovering…in a pub. The Draper’s Arms in Islington will soothe that hangover with their delightful gastropub style menu. With all the comfort of a neighbourhood bar, The Draper’s Arms attracts from all over the city. The menu changes daily and according to what’s in season but if you’re lucky enough to see the Langoustines, aioli & salad and Braised Ox Cheek on the menu, you are in for a feast. If Sunday’s weather lasts, drink the rest of the day away in their cosy garden.

Happy weekend all!

Want to know what else is on offer this weekend? Visit our Places Page and check out our members’ favourites!

Need A New Local?

Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Have you exhausted the fun out of your local haunts? Or do you just want to mix up your routine a little bit? Stray from your beaten path and check out our ideas and Click member favourites.

East is East
Following its recent acknowledgement as the UK’s coolest postcode, London’s east end is your first go to for all things edgy, different and more importantly, varied. Try Dalston Superstore for something wildly new – New York inspired and quirky. Just down the road is Shoreditch hotspot for the cool crowd, Dreambagsjaguarshoes. It looks like a shop front and has the feel of a common room.

Hoxton Pony

Hoxton Pony is a Click member hotspot

A lot has to be said for the Hoxton Pony on Curtain Road. A cocktail bar and nightclub it is lively every night of the week. If you want to do the whole East end thing but love your West end trappings, this is the bar for you. It’s a hot favourite with our members!

The Great Outdoors
It is getting warmer, I swear it. Though the afternoons look miserable, the temperatures are on the rise and that means when you’re planning you’re next booze up, think alfresco. Luxury roof garden bar, Coq d’Argent above Bank & Cheapside is perfect if champagne-laced cocktails get you excited. Dizzying heights and stunning city views from the top of former department store Dickins & Jones at Aqua Spirit. A wrap around terrace and a Spanish garden – great! Be wary of the smart-casual dress code though.

Pretty Pubs
Cocktail bars, bars/restaurants, sometimes all you want is the pub. Forget old world and try some of these gorgeous locals. The Red Lion in St. James is stunning – classy mahogany interiors and a deep drinks menu that beats the West end price tag, this place has a massive following and is know for great pub food. Built on the site of a former Dominican Monastery is the Black Friar. Marble, mosaic & stained glass make up its interior and there is outdoor seating space. The lamb chops come highly recommended.

Have you been keeping some of the city’s best secrets to yourself? Share them on our Places page and add your reviews and recommendations.

Your Favourite Places

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Where are the best places to go out in London? Are you looking for a new restaurant to take a date to or the trendiest new cocktail bar? Hitting the club with your mates, or even just looking for a new watering hole? We often source out for you our favourite places we think you should know about, but for once we are leaving it up to our members to tell you about where they like to go…

The Restaurant

Beach Blanket Babylon
Beach Blanket Babylon, Shoreditch

Decorated in the style of “Boho Chic and Grand French Country Chateau”, this 150 seater restaurant is the place to go if you are looking to impress and be impressed. An opulent setting, there’s a marble bar serving Oysters and the bubbly stuff. If you’re dining from the dinner menu, opt for the grill option and go all out with Lobster and chips!

The Bar

The Jewel Covent Garden
The Jewel Covent Garden

Around the back cobble streets of Covent Garden, you will find The Jewel. Perfect for if you’re looking for some drinks in Central London and it’s very accommodating if it’s just some after work drinks, post dinner night cap or even if you’re looking for somewhere a bit lively. It’s a deceptively large venue with four separate bars, each with its own personality and atmosphere.

The Pub

The Lansdowne
The Lansdowne, Primrose Hill

Not only is this a hot favourite with Click members, it’s also one of my personal favourites. Situated in the heart of trendy location Primrose Hill, The Lansdowne is something of an institution. Easygoing and relaxed, it’s the ideal venue for a boozy Sunday lunch and a rendezvous with friends. The food is great (get the pizza!) and when the weather takes a turn for the better, have some beers outside on the benches – ideal for people watching!

The Club

funky buddha
Funky Buddha, Mayfair

There was no second guessing when it came to your favourite club. Having spent many a Click party in Mayfair’s smoothest location, it currently holds the top spot on the clubber’s list. Not ones to disappoint, we will definitely have some things planned for you in the not too distant future.

Where are your favourite places? Share them with us, post photos, write a review and tell us where you’ve been.