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Posted: Thursday the 28th July 2005 at 21:16

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Whether it is a nightclub, bar, resturant or theatre

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Posted: Thursday the 28th July 2005 at 21:21


Sporting fantastically opulent decor with Chinese day beds, deep red tapestries and Sumatran carvings lining the walls, Chinawhite has a history of being at the forefront of London’s more exclusive club scene allowing it to build up more mystique than any other of its kind, it would seem Chinawhite has become an urban legend in it’s own right as only a select few may walk the hallowed halls of this haunt of the rich and famous.

London simply can’t be compared to any other city in the world, not even New York has such a high rate of club and bar openings per month. From the bars and clubs in London none stands out like the reputable old school, high class, VIP hangout that is to many Chinawhite.

Found on a small side street near Piccadilly Circus, Chinawhite is the place to see and be seen. An oasis for the city’s socialites and fashionists, this is an institution which maintains its status and differentiates itself from other clubs and bars, which seem to be victims of a temporary fame syndrome.

As soon as you’re in, relax and forget about the world outside because you have arrived in a very different environment where every piece of this club seems to radiate a feeling of a higher class of being. Descend the stairs and make your way in to one of the two rooms inside Chinawhite. Take a right at the bottom of the stairs and walk down the corridor to arrive in the chill-out area. There are many couches, dim lighting, relaxing low-key music, a small bar and staff waiting to take your order and help you reach well being.

If you chose to turn left at the bottom of the entrance staircase you will find yourself in the main room. Which is fairly large and features two bars, a big dance floor, VIP tables and sitting areas around the side of the room. Tables cannot be booked at the club, even when dinner is served in the evenings, unless you’re a member or one of the A-list celebrities who frequent this luxurious nightspot. The music varies depending on the night; nevertheless, you’re sure to hear some mainstream House or R’n’B (played out by a bill of world renowned DJ’s) regardless of the evening.

The theme in the club reflects its name, and everything is inspired and based around the oriental culture creating a stylish fusion, which is known around the world. Even the bathrooms are particularly unique and feature a Chinese minimalist theme, with taps pouring water over a basin of coloured stones.

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Posted: Thursday the 28th July 2005 at 21:25

Cafe De ParisLeicster Sq/Coventry St

Established in 1924, Cafe De Paris is an upmarket French restaurant and nightclub that can cater for private parties of up to 715 people upon request. They hold a cabaret night on Thursdays. Sundays to Tuesdays are reserved for promotional events. For an evening of total and utter decadence, when you desire to experience a higher level of dining and dancing, or to make someone else feel truly special, Café de Paris is the perfect place. You will experience not just a meal but one of the best nights out you will ever have.

An immaculately dressed doorman ushers you into a hallway with a sweeping staircase leading down to a plush red-carpeted ballroom, complete with towering chandelier in the centre of an intricately decorated ceiling. Tinkling piano music accompanies you as you elegantly make your way down the staircase and are shown to your table by a smiling host, all part of the grandeur, which makes this the illustrious establishment that it is. The dress code is “Dress to impress”, but is not restricted to black ties. This essentially results in immaculately dressed clientele and even more immaculate staff, yet Café de Paris manages not to intimidates even its newest clients, possibly because aside from the brief sashay down the staircase whilst dining you are afforded a reasonable level of privacy thanks to a well planned table arrangement. You feel almost as if you and your party are within your own private world.

The ambience changes throughout the night. Early in the evening, it’s all very quiet and genteel; just the unobtrusive piano music in the background, dim lighting and relaxed atmosphere as people begin their meals and settle in, anticipating the enjoyable evening ahead. Then as the wine continues to flow and the excellent food keeps on coming, it then becomes gradually more exciting as the buzz begins to fill the air. At about 7.45pm, a jazz band begins to set up on stage, and you become rapidly aware of the anticipation and excitement in the air. When the band starts to play, you realise why.

By the time the food arrives, you expect it to be fabulous (given everything that’s gone before) and you most definitely will not be disappointed. From the lobster risotto (which will be all a risotto should be, as each morsel crosses your lips creamy, rich and indulgent) to the scallops in a rich butter sauce with samphire and asparagus (again, delicious) it will seem like your plate has been coloured with a fanfare of elegance.

Normally there will be something to criticise food wise in a restaurant but here you will find perfection, especially the cornucopia of fine which will be available you. The staff are both discreet and attentive, everything your waiter/waitress should be ensuring your glasses never go empty, with food arriving in good time in perfect condition, there will be nothing more you shall want from your evening.

To finish off the night why not stick around for one of the many club nights which Café de Paris hosts from its regular event “Chic” through to the trendy MTV Base lounge standards remain as high as ever and be lost in opulence and self-indulgence.

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Posted: Thursday the 28th July 2005 at 21:32

Ministry of Sound Gaunt Street, Elephant & Castle

Ministry Of Sound is one of London's most raved about clubs. With its House, Garage and funky beats, it is understandable why it is always packed out. The venue has 4 bars, 5 rooms, 3 dance floors and 3 DJ boxes. It goes without saying that Ministry of Sound is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, club (and club brand) in the world. Back in the 90s it became London’s best known dance venue and from there seemed to slowly extend its tentacles right round the globe – spawning its club religion in the form of Ministries on foreign soils, selling everything from branded club wear to immensely popular compilations.

While it seemed that the superclub market was beginning to deflate and large venues began closing or cutting back (Cream and Gatecrasher to name but two high-profile victims) the future didn’t look quite so rosy for this club giant. Regardless, Ministry has barely stuttered. In fact, so confident have they been about the future that they’ve even undergone a massive refit…so, how’s it all looking now?

Well, the refit has been designed to attract the more “mature” clubber – in other words, Ministry has grown up a bit and is consolidating on its position, knowing full well that over the last decade a lot of legs have got tired and need somewhere to sit down – cue lovely new bar for cocktails and bookable tables for those of us old enough to remember the Second Summer of Love way back in 1988 (as well as the obvious total venue overhaul). Consequently Ministry has become a venue more conducive to a night out than a mental night out (although, obviously, should the fancy take you, an “all out” night out is still eminently possible) – a smart move and one that is working beautifully. Now you have the choice of getting down to some serious shape-throwing in what is aptly named The Box (central, box like space with enormous, terrifying sound system), relaxing in the bar or retreating to the upstairs (small and intimate) Baby Box. Nice.

However, dedicated followers of the ministry will be ecstatic to know nothing else has changed about the Ministry – it still attracts the biggest names in the industry (with double sided flyers going to print to deal with the bill far to large for the standard A5) to nights like Smoove (cutting edge urban grooves) on a Friday and an ever changing roster of superb house events (like Defected and Saturday Sessions) on a Saturday.

The sound system is still something to shout about, it’s still a sell out night any time you care to mention and, strangely, it still retains a bit of the atmosphere that the ancient Ministry Mark I had in “the beginning”.

In short, Ministry has not been troubled by the massive crash in clubland. It has instead rethought its core aims as a club and come up with a formula that should guarantee it fame for years to come. Lets face it, this is definitely one London institution that is here to stay.

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