Contract workers in London may have moved to the capital city for the work, but it also affords them the opportunity to explore one of the greatest cities in the world.
Spending a large part of the year there can bring with it a degree of glamour and excitement. Renting a serviced apartment means that you won’t just be staying in London, you’ll be really living there.
So why not take advantage of your sojourn in London and discover what it has to offer once the phone has stopped ringing and the tie has been loosened?
In the second of our Best Places To Hang Out series we take a look at some of the finest places worth spending time at after work in West London.
Whether you want to eat at a fancy restaurant, drink at a fun bar or tap your foot to some live music, there is almost certainly an establishment to suit your needs.
The East End may have the reputation for cool and trendy bars, but as you’ll soon discover there are a variety of great sophisticated venues on offer in West London that easily rival it for a fun night out.
Here are some of our favourites:
Upon entry to this small, funky venue at Russell Gardens, just off Holland Road in Kensington, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the first rule of Blagclub is that you’re not allowed to talk about it.
This intimate basement venue which is only open to the public on Fridays and Saturdays has been described by some as ‘akin to attending a house party in a Notting Hill Gate apartment’.
Despite the hip atmosphere the venue is no stranger to hosting corporate events, so you needn’t ever feel too uncool to be there.
Paradise By Way of Kensal Green
With a vintage opulence to its décor, stylish pub / restaurant Paradise by way of Kensal Green on Kilburn Lane is sure to appeal to your bohemian side.
Don’t go jumping to any conclusions about pretentiousness regarding the name and furnishings though; it is not the exclusive domain of hipsters that you might imagine. Paradise is as warm and welcoming of everyone on a night out as it is on Sundays when they serve a belt-opening roast.
It really is a place that has to be seen to be believed.
Buenas noches mis amigos, step into Cuba for the evening! Join the nightlife revolution by treating your senses to the Latin sights, sounds and even smells of the Caribbean at one of the few clubs in West London offering such relaxed yet fun décor, a unique house DJ, a glitzy gold bar and even a cigar humidor.
he Embargo Republica Cuban themed club on King’s Road, Chelsea, is easily the greatest fiesta in London. Unbelievably, on Thursdays they even host a 90s themed night.
L’etranger Piano Lounge
One of the most sophisticated venues you’ll find in West London, the L’etranger Piano Lounge is a French / Japanese restaurant boasting an illuminated glass baby grand piano as its centrepiece.
Attracting some of the finest musical talent around, you’ll find your exquisite meal accompanied by an equally magnificent sound. Located on Gloucester Road, it is open from 6PM until late but is closed on Sundays.