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A Night On the Town.

Ah London London ! our delight Great flower that opens but at night .

The make -up of any major city seems to change at night as offices empty into pubs and trains drain the centre of workers and replace them with players . The west End , a shopping and office centre by day, is the heart of London at night. Soho is still the most fashionable area, and is still the sex centre of London , although smut is on the retreat . Some of the best food and the trendiest clubs are here , including Ronnie Scott 's Jazz Club in Frith Street.

Other gathering spots for swingers include kettners in Romilly Streetand the Soho Brasserie in Old compton Street. These are " gathering spots" because many of the champagne drinkers go on to a night club such as string fellow in upper St.Martin's Lane . london hippest clubs have all powerful doorpersons who act as arbiters of taste , letting in those faces and fashions that fir , and excluding those who don't , irrespective of their wallet's weight.

The most successful and biggest discos in town are The Hippodrome (Cranbourne Street) , The Limelight (Shaftesbury Avenue) the wag Club in Wardour Street and the famous gay disco Haven (Villiers Street).

Londoners get a buzz from being in the company of the countless nationalities that throng Leicester Square , Piccadilly , Trafalgar Square , covent Garden and the Trocadero Centre. These are the best know central areas for evening promenading and for an entrance fee of a few pounds , drinking can continue past the 11pm pub closing time at such places as Burlington Betie's in shaftesbury Avenue . although London may not seem to offer a conducive climate , 84 percent of all oversea visitors describe their evening activities as " Just walking around ".

Further afield, King's Road in Chelsea , Nothing hill and Westbourne Grove, Camden and Lslington can be lively in the evening . More off-beat places , such as around the former market at spitalfields and among trendy clubs in Hoxton square , come in and out of fashion . Others might look for the ethnic : Indian in Brick Lane , or the latest sushi gimmicks - yo ! Sushi in poland street has robot services and claims to have the longest conveyor food belt in the world . Or they might want to skip to another continent at the Rainforest café in the Trocadero centre , where a suitably steamy ambience has been created.

The Souht Bank complex (on the southern end of Waterloo Bridge ) may not be appealing to the eyes , but it does offer an impressive range of cultural choice from concerts through theatre to film , and some of the best views of central London can be had from the banks of the river . on the concrete promenade of the jubilee Walkway on a summer evening , busking jazz saxophonist make the place feel just a little like New York.

For a glamorously old - fashioned evening , head for Mayfair an St James . Here you 'll find discreet restaurants and exclusive night clubs such as Annabel's in Berkeley square , appealing to an older , sophisticated crowd who don't need to ask the price.

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