Notting Hill Arts Club

21 Notting Hill Gate, Notting Hill, London

Notting Hill Arts Club
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7/10 from 2 user reviews

Charming club – aside from the bouncer

Notting Hill Arts Club, exterior picture

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Address:21 Notting Hill Gate
Notting Hill
London
W11 3JQ
Map:Map & nearby
Venue Type:Night Clubs
Region:Notting Hill
Nearest Station:Notting Hill Gate
Telephone:
Opening Hours:

Mon:18:00 - 01:00
Tue:18:00 - 01:00
Wed:18:00 - 01:00
Thu:18:00 - 02:00
Fri:18:00 - 02:00
Sat:16:00 - 02:00
Sun:16:00 - 01:00
About: Notting Hill Arts Club accommodate a wide range of events, from the Bemshal Jam session and Alan McGee to Patrick Forge's Inspiration Information on Fridays. They also host a series of monthly gigs on Thursdays and Saturdays. This venue works equally well as bar or club. On Sundays, most of the clubbers arrive before 6pm, get in free, read the papers, have a drink and warm up for the Lazy Dog or Feelin' sessions.

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It’s my spiritual home, where I played my first gig and I feel like I owe it to them for supporting me so much

Lily Allen

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The creative endeavours of the Notting Hill Arts Club are still attracting the odd famous faces there to support label mates and industry pals. The weekly hip-hop night YoYo is still going strong after over a decade and at the least you’ll find Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts at the Thursday night soirees.




"Charming club – aside from the bouncer"

Review Rating: 7 / 10
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The eclectic music programme at Notting Hill Arts Club has been attracting London’s music fans, W11 residents and savvy A&R bods for over a decade. The bill is as likely to fit hip hop and dubstep as it is indie and electro, and that’s all in one night. Regular events include Alan McGee’s Death Disco indie grooves on Wednesdays, while Sunday’s Disco Geisha features geishas swinging their hips to house and electro.

Thursday night is YoYo, when an assorted, hip hop-friendly selection of bands take over. The bouncer on the door chats incessantly on his mobile phone while barking at the rapidly mounting queue for ID, in keeping with the club’s policy to scan on entry.

Those who are on the guestlist (which seems to be the majority) explain they weren’t informed of the requirement, but the bouncer is adamant, even picking up a sign with “ID required” on it and waving it around to further make his point. He’s too busy having a natter over the phone to speak anyway, unless it’s to ask the waiting punters for cigarettes or tease the ladies about the photo on their driving licence.

After much to-ing and fro-ing the doors finally open and we’re let in “this time only”. Hopefully this silly episode is a one-off, however it’s a shame and an unnecessary annoyance - who wants to start their night in a grump?

Once we finally get down the stairs, the club itself is deeply inviting. There are two areas, divided by the circular bar; one has alcoves containing leather couches and tables, on the other side sits the small, raised stage and a space to dance.

It’s intimate and cosy, thanks to dim lighting and the cavernous feel the exposed concrete walls and graffiti create. The drinks veer away from the usual with Asahi and Lapin Kulta bottled beers (£3.50) and a cocktail list that includes chilli and cinnamon martinis (£6.90). Daily happy hours offer glasses of house wine and beer for £2.30.

Door niggles aside, this charming club has much to offer music lovers, just remember your ID.


Leila reviewed Notting Hill Arts Club on Mon 11 Oct 2010


The Latest User Reviews of Notting Hill Arts Club


User Rating: 8 / 10
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Nina, London
Added: Jul 2014
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Had a good time at the club recently. I have heard about through friends for a while so I thought i would try it out for myself.

It was a good experience! Friendly staff and good music, would like to come back again sometime

User Rating: 5 / 10
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Nottinghill Arts club is a good club however the door staff are not great at all and you may have difficulties getting in. I went on Saturday but they wouldn't let in my friend saying she was drunk, which she wasn't as we'd both just had a huge mexican meal. The door staff were very odd, did not explain themselves and that was it, but someone who had been inside said it was very empty anyway so myabe it was a blessing. Another time I went there and was meant to be on the gueslist as secured, then wasn't and then someone couldn't get in as she sisn't ahev ID although is 28 years old - very disappoitning!

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