Social networking might be the hot phrase right now and yet there’s still a lot to be said for good old fashioned real life networking. Londoners can at times seem like a prickly bunch and yet when the lights go down and the tipples begin to flow it’s easy to make new acquaintances. Some places make it even easier than others and so all in the name of research Marie Teather searches for her top five.
Expect some of London’s poshest partygoers, even Prince Harry and other young royals have been spotted here. While you may feel more at home if there is a title to your name, grab yourself a Champagne Treasure Chest (more commonly known as 'buckets' in less connected places), sup on the shared bowls of bubbly and watch some of Britain’s wealthiest party the night away. You’re very likely to meet some on trend celebs too – the cast of Glee was seen here recently when they were in town, as was Leona Lewis and everyone’s favorite socialite, Paris Hilton.
5-7 Dover Street, London W1S 4LD
020 7493 9529
An exclusive members club and competitor to Mahiki on the celeb spotting stakes, Boujis is where London’s glamorous and visiting stars from the states drop by when they want to party. A good place for younger crowds and celebs to mix—Lindsay Lohan, Avril Lavigne, and Paris Hilton have been seen mixing with a some of England’s young royals, including Princess Eugenie, Prince Harry, and Prince William.
43 Thurloe Street, London SW7 2LQ
020 7584 6678
3 China White
Expect to share the dance floor with models, trendsetters, footballers wives and B-list celebrities and that’s once you’ve got past the strict members only entrance policy. The waiting staff are most likely to be models too and the bar staff being knowledgeable mixologists, you’re know you’re in for night of fantastic cocktails and rubbing shoulders with London’s most beautiful as well as good dose of wannabees.
5-7 Dover Street, London, W1S 4LD
020 7493 9529
Heaven is London’s most famous gay club but expect a mix of hedonistic gay and straight clubbers to be dancing and flirting the night away. The club has been attracting the crowds since the December 1979 and has seen hundreds of chart-topping performances from the Eurythmics, Billie Ray, Aqua, most recently Lady Gaga. With a series of interconnecting rooms you will lose your friends inside but with plenty of place to chill out as well as hit the dance floor, chances are you’ll make some new ones along the way too.
Under The Arches, Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NG
5 Gordon’s Wine Bar
Perhaps a surprise entry to the list yet you cannot fail to make new friends and acquaintainces at Gordon’s Wine Bar. Despite being in the touristy central Charring Cross, this tiny underground cellar has had a long-standing following of regulars. Long standing being the operative phrase considering that this bar opened in 1890 making it London’s oldest wine bar. So popular it’s very rare that you’ll find a seat and there’s even a three-drink limit to keep clientele moving.
47 Villiers St, Westminster, London, WC2N 6NE
020 7930 1408