Notting Hill Arts Club
One of the best clubs in London because it’s for everyone. To say that the NHAC’s line-up is eclectic is understatement akin to ‘the Queen has savings’. All-encompassing might be more accurate, where ‘arts’ means anything from photography exhibitions to fanzine showcases to craft sessions to, yes, music. That’s not to say that clubbers are required to come equipped with a crochet hook (that’s provided) – music is its prime concern, and is yet more diverse – classical, country, flamenco, ska, gypsy, rock, and all in the least obvious take. Long-running nights include DJ Seb Chew’s Yoyo every Thursday (no tickets on the door, sign up via the website) and Rough Trade’s free showcase afternoons every Saturday. In fact the only things the NHAC doesn’t do are open-mic nights (‘we have standards’, they say) or anything that is cliched or boring. With the emphasis on its cultural programme, the NHAC is a small, no-frills basement club that’s mostly standing room only, and it can get hot and cramped. Organic bar snacks, champagne and ‘fishbowl’ sharing cocktails afford welcome comfort to a loyal crowd, all enlightened in the NHAC’s philosophy that ‘a world created by artists is better than a world created by politicians’. Pseuds welcome.