ABOUT: Along the backstreets and side streets of London's busiest daytime shopping thoroughfare, lie a miriad of clubs, bars, restaurants and cafes which spring into action at dusk.
The Loop Bar and Havana at the top end near Bond Street are perfect for dancing the night away. The Loop offers this in cheesy contemporary style, whilst Havana takes you back to your latin roots with some fun salsa dancing. Be warned, both can get pretty busy, so get there before 9.30 to avoid having to queue. If you're after somewhere to eat beforehand, try the wonderful Rocket restaurant in the equally wonderful Lancashire Court; a quaint, cobbled courtyard off New Bond Street. This serves a great mixture of modern european foods and is very reasonably priced. With a great bar downstairs you could almost spend the whole evening here!
How about a night at the casino? Barracuda casino at 1 Baker Street could be your ticket to earn your fortune! Well, maybe not but it's good for a fun and different night out. Remember though that you will have to phone in advance to become a member, though this is normally a very simple process.
Towards Oxford Circus, you could try Market Place bar just off Oxford Circus at 11 Market Place. This is a great and relatively new bar with good quality 'nibbles' and a nice wooden, relaxing interior. It combines trendiness with genuinely friendly staff – what a great find!
Further down Milk and Honey on Poland Street has been getting some pretty good reviews of late. It's a members only club so you will have to call in advance, however once you do get in it has a unique atmosphere and very strict rules concerning behaviour, which means that everyone is courteous and polite. It's famous for its delicious cocktails made out of fresh ingredients which you sip whilst listening to jazz and swing music. Hidden away behind a black emergency exit, this is a little oasis of calm and civilisation away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
100 Club predictibly, is located at number 100 Oxford Street half way between Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Circus tubes stations. An established venue for live music, this club has something new to offer most nights of the week. Acts as diverse as the Sex Pistols, Sinead O'Conner, Travis and The White Stripes have performed there.