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U.K. Tips Suggestions, comments? Send them to me at evan @ hipstertravel.com Find out about gigs from NME's website.  Also try MI5.  For info on UK comedy events, go to Chortle.com.  Someone has a cool uk photoblog that may inspire your trip.  Also try London View.
This is really cool.  The Vintage Guide to London has parties through the decades.

One of the hottest dance events right now are the Trash nights. 
Click here for more info.  Then there is the classic Death Disco, Wednesday Nights started by BP Fallon at The Notting Hill Arts Club.  Another indie pop night is every other Wednesday outside of London called Bitterscene.   At The Bassment located at: 16 Wells Street, Chelmsford, Essex, about an hour from London.

Great list of
UK and world record shops at this trance site.

Garage Parties-
The Corn Rocket Club @RYANS bar, 181 Church Street, London, N16
United Kingdom and other locations.  Garage rock party

Tate Gallery has locations throughout England and has really great  stuff.  It is one of those Suggested donation kinds of places.

Read up in
Time Out for all the up to date club listings, etc.  Clubs in London, like clubs everywhere have limited lifespans so putting them in print here is kind of pointless. You can pick up a copy of Time out when you arrive, though picking up a copy of NME before you go will inform you of all the bigger shows. 

Where to Stay: London is a pricey when it comes to lodging and almost everything else. And there is a hefty Value Added Tax (VAT).
Cheaper hotels include the Crescent Hotel at 49-50 Cartwright Gardens in Bloomsbury, the Abbey House at 11 Vicarage Gate
in Kensington and the Elizabeth at 37 Eccleston Square in Westminster.  Also try the
Willette.  It is just off Sloane Sq.

Where to Eat: 
One of the better examples of local fare is shepherd's pie. A
concoction of mashed potatoes, stewed minced lamb, vegetables and sometimes cheese. The place to get this is one of the pubs throughout the city such as The Cow on Westbourne Park Road in Notting Hill. If you want a quick bite for lunch or dinner and don't want American fast food, pubs are generally your safest bet.   
There are two local fast food chains.  One is Pret-a-manger, a sandwich place, and the other is
Wagamama, a noodle place.  Sticky Fingers is owned by the Rolling Stones Bill Wyman and has burgers and stones memorabilia on the walls, like Brian Jones Guitar.

Nightlife: in addition to the  neighborhood pub,the club scene is also alive and well, and there are plenty of choices. Some of the most popular are Arches in Southwark near London Bridge, Bar Rumba near Piccadilly Circus, and Dogstar and the Fridge, a short tube ride away in Brixton. Drum & bass, hip hop, techno and funk are the cool Brit sounds at present, and most clubs play a mixture.

Club nights-
Riot FEVER, Fan Club-monthly club night with live bands, How does it feel to be loved?
cargo-   The Pleasure Unit-Nambucca-
London's hottest bars and clubs are for members only so hitting the hottest spots can be a risky endeavor. There are still a number of good places to try without the hassle.
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After dinner in the West End, a good place for a drink is Mezzo, a relatively low-key bar and restaurant in Soho. Mezzo is a bit luxurious without a sense of arrogance. The expansive bar on the first floor has an eclectic mix, from 20-somethings in jeans to 60-year-olds in suits. Mezzo,  100 Wardour Street; (44-207) 314- 4000. Reservations required. Cover, $7.25 for music downstairs, at $1.45 to the pound.

The Purple Bar is inside Ian Schrager's London hotel, Sanderson. If you're not a hotel guest, get there really early — because the bar is normally for members only.  Everything
is expensive ($10 or more a drink). Sanderson,  50 Berners Street; (44-207) 300-1444. Free admission.

For some dancing while you drink, go to the Notting Hill Arts Club. For a younger crowd the club has D.J.'s spinning house and garage music to early morning, with a different theme each night. In the basement, the club seems a bit grungy, but attracts a very attractive clientele. And it's not impossible to get past the bouncer. The Notting Hill Arts Club,  19 Notting Hill Gate, (44-207) 460-4459. Admission, $4.35 before 8 p.m., $7.25 after.

If you want to dance all night, go to a club like China White, near Soho, or Heaven, north of Piccadilly Circus. It will be helpful to get on the guest list for either place. You can try calling ahead. A concierge at a trendy hotel can help, too. Both are multifloor clubs that go all night.
China White,  6 Air Street, (44-207) 343- 0040. Closed Sunday.
Admission, $21.75.
Heaven,  Under the Arches off Villiard Street, near Charing Cross Station; (44-207) 930-2020. Closed Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Admission, $1.50 to $17.50.

Live Music-
The Electric Ballroom-Camden town.184 Camden high Street, London TELEPHONE- 0207 4859006
London Astoria-157 Charing Cross Road
The Metro-19-23 oxford st, london-indie rock bands
The 100 club, 100 oxford Street, London
The New Cross Inn-Art house rock’n’roll boozer hangout, popular with friendly people. A breeding ground for cool talent.
Open 12pm to 2am (to midnight on Sundays)
Free Entry or arrive early and stay in for free! Below a backpackers hostel.

The subway stops running at midnight. Your only choices after that, until about 5:30 a.m, when it resumes service, are a bus or taxi. Both are hard to come by in the early morning hours, and gypsy cabs are not a good idea. The easiest way to ensure a ride home is to take the telephone number of an authorized radio taxi company with you.

Record Stores-

Around the corner of Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street - on Hanway Street there are a number of
used record stores. At no.22 there's On the Beat, at no.36 Division One. In Soho you will find Selectadisc (no.34) and Sister Ray (no.94) which are particularly strong on indie, Reckless Records (no.30) is good for quality mainstream, there's Jamaican music at Daddy Kool (no.12) and discount CDs at Mr CD (no.80).

Black Market
25 D'Arblay Street, W1 (020 7437 0478)
Oxford Circus tube. Open noon-7pm Mon; 11am-7pm Tue-Sat. house tunes, 12in promo singles and drum 'n' bass records

Cheapo Cheapo Records

53 Rupert Street, W1 (020 7437 8272)
Piccadilly Circus tube. Open 11am-10pm Mon-Sat. 

Harold Moores Records & Video
2 Great Marlborough Street, W1 (020 7437 1576)
Oxford Circus tube. Open 10am-6.30pm Mon-Sat; noon-6.30pm rare classical records and CDs.

Honest Jon's

276 & 278 Portobello Road, W10 (020 8969 9822)
Ladbroke Grove tube. Open 10am-6pm Mon-Sat; 11am-5pm jazz, soul, Latin, reggae and dance.

231 Portobello Road, W11 (020 7229 8010)  Open 10.30am-6.30pm Mon-Fri; 10am-6.30pm Sat; noon-5pm Sun.
Rare Vinyl; psychedelia, exotica and jazz .

Rare Discs

18 Bloomsbury Street, WC1 (020 7580 3516)
Holborn or Tottenham Court Road tube. Open 10am-6.30pm Mon-Sat. Film soundtracks, shows and musicals, mainly on vinyl.

Rhythm Records

281 Camden High Street, NW1 (020 7267 0123)
Camden Town tube. Open 10.30am-6.30pm Mon-Wed; 10.30am-7pm Thur, Fri; 10.30am-7.30pm Sat, Sun. Another great shopping street. indie music: hardcore punk, 1960s psychedelia, electronic.

Rough Trade
130 Talbot Road, W11 (020 7229 8541)
Notting Hill Gate tube. Open 10am-6.30pm Mon-Sat; 1-5pm Sun. Also at 16 Neal's Yard, WC2 (020 7240 0105). Simply the best of everything indie and great mail order too.  Order up a copy of their exclusive
Ursula 1000 7 inch.

Sarah Cracknell is the lead singer of Saint Etienne and a hipster travel icon.  Here are her picks for her favorite restaurants in London from a magazine article:
Sarah Cracknell's five favourite restaurants-From 2000 so call to check if they are still open

Julie's, 137 Portland Road W11 Tel 020 7727 7985
Tube: Holland Park This is my favourite. It's been there since the Seventies, and the decor is really eclectic. The staff are friendly but not over familiar, so you feel relaxed but never intimidated. The food's always good - they change the menu quite often, and they have a great wine list.

Mash, 19-21 Great Portland Street W1 Tel 020 7637 5555
Tube: Oxford Street  I really like the food - I don't eat meat but I eat fish, and they have a great assortment of fish dishes. The only problem with the place is the acoustics - if a lot of people are talking it can get a bit chaotic.

The Belvedere, Holland House, off Abbotsbury Road W8 Tel 020 7602 1238
Tube: High Street Kensington / Holland Park
Holland Park's beautiful anyway, so this is a really nice place for sunday lunch. It's got high ceilings and lot's of greenery, and they've recently changed the menu - Modern European with a bit of Pacific Rim.

North Pole, 13-15 North Pole Road W10 Tel 020 8964 9384
Tube: Ladbroke Grove  This is my local gastro pub. It can get a bit loud, as there are decks in one of the rooms, but the surroundings are really nice. I take my mum here when she comes to visit, and it's good if someone drops in unannounced, as it's actually on the street where I live.

Star of Bombay, 157 Westbourne Grove W11 Tel 020 7229 6096
Tube: Notting Hill  This is my regular Indian, but the quality of cooking is better than your average flock-wallpapered joint - they do a very good taka dahl.

Amusement Parks-
Legoland Windsor-Park located just outside of London.

Alton, England
Amusement Park-
Alton Towers-The most popular theme park in Enland, two hours from London.

Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

Bekonscot is the oldest model village in the world, or so it claims.  Very close to alton towers and london.

Blackpool, England

Virtual Blackpool.

Amusement Park-
Blackpool Pleasure Beach-Ocean Boulevard, Blackpool, Lancashire, Tel: 01253 341033

Carlisle, England
Local Tourist Site.
The Carlisle Sands Centre featuring all kinds of Live music and DJ events. 

Live Music-
Jacksons says it is Carlisles only live music club, though there is also a club called the Mercury Lounge.

Chesington, England (ten miles from London)
Amusement Park-
Chesington World of Adventure-smaller kiddie park.

Derbyshire, England

Amusement Park-
The American Adventure-Park with lots of coasters.

East Sussex, England

Brighton Pagoda Chinese Restaurant, Brighton Marina, West Quay, East Sussex, BN2 5UF  Tel: 01273 819053-a floating chinese restaurant

Ingoldmills, England (near Skegness, I'm sure that helps)

Amusement Park-
Magical World of Fantasy Island-Sea Lane, Ingoldmills-Park with a few mega coasters

Leeds, England

Live Music-
The Cockpit-gets major touring acts

Leicester, England

Live Music-
Princess Charlotte, 8 Oxford Road, Leicester Tel: 0116 255 3956

Manchester, UK
Manchester 24/7 lists places open late!

Oxford, England

Live Music-
The Zodiac-190 COWLEY ROAD OXFORD 01865 420042

Portsmouth, England

Live Music-
Wedgewood Rooms-1478 Alberta Road-Portsmouth

Ripon, Enland
Amusement Park-
Lightwater Valley-home of one of the more unusual coasters, the Ultimate.

Sheffield, England

Live Music-
The Leadmill-6-7 Leadmill Road, Sheffield

Somerset, England
Amusement Park-
Brean Leisure Park-Coast Road, Brean Sands, Somerset-small family park

Tamworth,  Staffordshire
Amusement Park
Drayton Manor Amusement Park-Another Mega park worth a visit.

Visit the hotel complex made famous in the tv series "The Prisoner".  The
Portmeirion Hotel, home to an annual Prisoner convention.

Local tourist site with info on goings on around town, including events at the Whitehaven Civic hall, where touring bands play.  Going out in Whitehaven.  Bands play at the Rosehill Theater.

Cadbury World, in Bournville, near Birmingham, England, has exhibits on the history and production of chocolate, and allows visitors to tour a section of the packaging plant. Admission is about $20, at $1.92 to the pound. Reservations are required: (44-121) 451 4159 or


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