They say East London is ‘up and coming’ for nightlife, with the crowds moving to the new-ish stomping ground, so I HAD to see if all the fuss was worth it last Friday with a few friends by visiting a couple of bars.
Heading up to Shoreditch, our first stop was a club called McQueens. No, not the late Alexander Mcqueen (I thought the same) but based loosely on Steve McQueen. With a great decor and reasonably priced bar, and the latest chooonesss being pumped out, it was bay far a great venue to be in. The only downside was that if you are not a member or had a table booked it would cost you £10 to get in.
Our table was downstairs in the club, which was useful as once the evening got later the crowd shifted downstairs. Again, the service was fantastic and the music was brilliant with one of the staff playing the drums for the majority of the night, mixing it into the DJ’s set.
A bottle of wine will set you back around £20, and they also have a resturant in another part of the bar. Food lovers, it looked amazing! As much as I wanted to, I didn’t eat but will most definately be heading back there again soon! If the service was as warm and friendly as the bar service, then you are sure to have a meal not to be forgotton! The menu can be found here.
From there we headed up to another club called Aquariam. The fun thing about this club? It has a swimming pool, yes, a full size swimming pool and jucuzzi. Again, entrance is £10 if you haven’t got guestlist (we organised our entry by contacting them), but it’s the experience that counts!
You can imagine the smell of chlorine that hits you as you walk in, almost instantly sobering you up and reminding you not to jump in. As tempting as it was, it is not a country house pool party, this is a nightclub. The music was great, the drinks were good value, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I just didn’t fancy leaving the club needing to seek medical attention the next day so the pool was ignored.
The dancefloor was completly full, but the bar was quick service so there was never a long wait like some clubs- not mentioning any names but Oceana was always a chore in my uni days! By about 3am though, the smell of chlorine got too much so it was home time and some fresh air!
For me, East London can’t be summed up in one night, but from what I have already experienced, it is worth the visit if you don’t go much! There are so many clubs like Fabric, Dalston Superstore and LOADS more, it is a sure-fire win for a great night out!
Just steer clear of any swimming pools!