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Food stands, pan bands, floats, horns, the pungent smell of Mama’s Jerk Station, serious sound systems - what do we not love about this epic weekend bender? There are some insane parties lined up, including... 1. Carnival Friday It all kicks off here, with four rooms of banging out vibrant tunes from Jamaica, Trinidad and the like. There's also an outdoor food bit to keep you going till 6am. Get your tickets now. 28 New Kent Road, Elephant And Castle, London, SE1 6TJ carnival.4 2. Good Times Goes East Funk and soul legend Norman Jay MBE has held many Good Times parties and Carnival bashes our West, but had to bring the party East after the usual spot got sucked up in a redevelopment. This year you'll find the man (and the good times) at Oval Space, Bethnal Green for a day-to-night session. Snap up those ticks. Saturday 27th August // 2pm-12am Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9DT 3. Paradise by Way of Kensal Green These guys are embracing their carnival proximity by throwing some wicked after parties and gigs. On Saturday evening head over for their Hip Hop and R&B Throwback Party. On Sunday, it's all about garage, with legend Mike Skinner on the decks, with you on the dancefloor till 3am - just 'cause it's late and it's a Sunday. And if a three night bender isn't enough, come back on the Monday eve for an epic Carnival After Party. Book your tickets here. 19 Kilburn Lane, London, W10 4AE 4. Hip Hop ‘n’ Bowl at Bloomsbury Lanes Bowling and hop hop, what a combo. Rock The Belles and their troop of DJ's take over the lanes at Bloomsbury, pumping out a hip hop and R’n’B soundtrack. Advance tickets are just £6/7 – pow! Message BarChick Concierge and we’ll book you in. Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, Tavistock Hotel (Basement), W1H 9EU 5. Faded - The Carnival Afterparty There's only one way to close down carnival weekend - it's big, it's loud, it's crazy, and it might get you in trouble when you stumble in on Tuesday after a 4am finish. Grab those tickets here. 28 New Kent Rd, London SE1 6TJ

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6. Boozy Bunga Bunga Supper Club It’s fair to say with all the nude aprons, dancing staff and the token gyrating Elvis on stage, these guys know how to party; so come and get involved this Sunday bank holiday at their legendary Bank Holiday Supper Club. Get stuck into a sh*t tonne of pizza and Prosecco. We say hit it hard, you’re going to need it when you hit the karaoke. 37 Battersea Bridge Road, London, SW11 3BA 7. Cahoots Get on your jazz pants, 'cos Cahoots is hosting a special session this weekend. Hang out in their vintage underground train carriage sip on boozy stuff from old mugs, hip flasks, vintage milk bottles and tins, and get ready for some sexy late-night jazz from 1940s NYC baby. Carnaby Street to Kingly Court, London cahoots (2) 8. The Blues Kitchen BarChick's fun-time staple. Get down for some bank holiday specials. On the Saturday it's Atlantic Soul Orchestra and DJs till 3am, so party on people. Sunday, it's the Boogaloo Boil. Sip on bottomless Bourbon punch, and learn how to eat Crawfish the 'proper' way, with a stack of paper towels and a bib (maybe leave that hot date for another time). Then there'll be live music from The Old Dirty Brasstards, and partying till late. Come Monday, if you're still moving, it's a rib-fest with more live music - it's gunna be good! Book tickets here. 111-113 Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JN 9. Afrobeach Bank Holiday Beach Party Half of London is frolicking off on a beach somewhere, so you should totally get involved too. Head to Beach East for summer drinks, sh*tloads of sand and a carnival soundtrack pumping out bank holiday bangers. E15 2DU

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10. Cider fest at The Water Poet What better way to spend the weekend than drinking a tonne of cider? You'll find kegs of the stuff in the Water Poet’s epic beer garden over the weekend, with a steel band and a hog roast in tow –it's a chill introduction to your bank hol partying. Saturday 27th-29th August from 12pm. 59 Newington Green Road, Islington, London, N1 4QU 11. SW4 Festival Rudimental on the Saturday = sold out, but it’s all good cause there’s Chemical Bro’s on the Sunday and that's gunna be mega. Just don’t rain yeah? Saturday 27th August: 11am-11pm // Sunday 28th August: 11am-10.30pm London SW4 9DE

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12. Taco Party at Sager + Wilde

To celebrate the extra long weekend, S+G are throwing a taco party at their Paradise Row place. There'll be blood clams, tuna, red snapper and shrimp - all served with fresh beetroot and corn tortillas, tostadas and tortas. Pair that up with some top cocktails and a huge sun terrace and you've got yourself a winner.

Sunday August 28th // Monday Aug 29th // 2pm kick off

13. Not At Carnival Party at Callooh Callay

These guys are fully aware they are no where near carnival action, but still wanting to celebrate, they're throwing a #NotAtCarnival party. Teaming up with legendary rum brand Wray and Nephew there'll be five killer rum cocktails - plus you won't have to miss out on the jerk chicken action either, cos you can get some of that good stuff here too. Message BarChick and we'll book you in.

Sunday August 28th

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14. Bonus recovery day = Bottomless Brunch action 

With a whole extra day to get over it, mid-morning boozy time never felt so good. We've got 26 ideas for you to pick from. Message BarChick and we'll book you in.

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15. Sunny forecast = Beer garden asap

We have high hopes for a sunny one, which means you're gunna want to be out topping up that fast- fading tan.

16. Check out the new Shoreditch's sexy new rooftop bar

Shoreditch just got a swanky new hotel, and naturally a rooftop bar to go with it, 'cos why the hell not. Message BarChick to get you in.But if it's too busy to breath up there, we have  tons more sky-high drinking ideas.

17. Drink vodka outta giant watermelons at Little Bat

What it says on the tin. Our mates at little Bat, Islington's hot neighbourhood cocktail bar, want you to stick your straw into a watermelon filled with booze. Make of that what you will. All we can say is we're excited. Wanna come play? Of course you do, message us through our new app for a booking or chat to us using the box in the bottom right.

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30 awesome summer date ideas

What's kicking off this August

6 hot new bars to try

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Nice. Get involved. Burgers are OLD NEWS we hear you cry. The surge of new burger joints might have slowed down but the demand is still damn high. McDonald's serve 68 million customers per day, and sure there's a time and a place (3am bender) for a Big Mac meal deal but we're not after rubber cheese and stale buns - bring on the real burgers. These meaty treats aren’t going anywhere and there’re a f*ck load to get through;  BarChick  carb-loaded her way around London, all in the name of research. So, in NO particular order (we know how you burger super fans can get): Big Fernand The Parisians have come to sex up our burgers and boy, are they doing it right.  Big Fernand is the newest member of Soho's patty possy and is bringing a whole mix n match burger menu to the table.  Take that artisan bun, choose your meat and get padding it out with confit onions, un-pasteurised French cheeses such as Raclette or Fourme d'Ambert and home-made sauces created by Chef Thomas Boutin. This joint is Parisienne personified: super sexy but probably takes itself a little too seriously. 19 Percy Street, London, W1T  Patty & Bun The messiest of them all If the queue doesn’t scream volumes then the amount of people leaving slightly fatter, with a sweaty grin on their face, will. This place is an in / out affair, no hanging about. Get in, stuff your face and get out. The burger will ooze, innards will fall out and you’ll probably make a right mess, but no one’s gonna judge you. Get the Smokey Robinson with mounds of caramelised onions and bacon – ‘nuff said. 54 James Street, London W1U 1HE / 22-23 Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 7PD Patty..Bun.Burger MEATliquor Group Bad-ass burgers, beats and boozy shakes The messy date night. The burger you eat when you don’t give a sh*t about getting food all around your mouth and meat juice dripping down your arm, that’s what the huge kitchen rolls are for. The food is served on one big tin tray and it’s up to you to dive in. All the variations are pretty banging but the one that caused the most salivation was the Dead Hippy made with two French mustard fried beef patties, dead hippie sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles and minced white onions. Wash them all down with bangin' boozy shakes and killer cocktails. Various Locations MEATLiquor.Burger Honest Burger Triple cooked rosemary fries, honest These burgers may look relatively small compared to the usual gourmet beasts we’re used to, but what they lack in size they make up for in flavour. Plus you want to save room for those exceptional triple-cooked rosemary fries, they are undeniable. The Special Burger is usually a show stopper, but you can’t go wrong with their awesome Honest Burger made with beef, red onion relish, smoked bacon, mature cheddar, pickled cucumber and lettuce. Various Locations Honest.Burgers Boom Burger  Jamacin me crazy Jamaica in a burger, baby! These guys ain't kidding when they say "a taste of Jamaica that's making London go boom!" - these burgers are explosive. We're talking spice, British bred meat, jerk chicken, red snapper and slow cooked pork belly. They even do a Veggie Boom for all you veg heads and a Brunch Boom if you wanna get on it early. Make sure you order up some plantain fries - they're sweet, succulent and mega. 272 Portobello Road, London, W10 5TY  Boom.Burger (1) Hawksmoor What wet dreams are made of This place is a meat lover’s wet dream. The finest cuts of meat, pimping side dishes and expertly made cocktails. People may think that steak’s the obvious choice here, but the burger puts up a damn good fight. Swing by any of those damn fine Hawksmoors to get your banging burger fix. Do it properly with a side of bone marrow and truffle macaroni cheese. All  Hawksmoors!  Hawksmoor.Burger Bar Boulud F*ck the budget and add foie gras If you want to pimp your burger and go all out, this is the place to do it in style. If it’s pay day and you don’t give a f*ck, then get the BB at Bar Boulud, for £23 you get a beef patty, foie gras, red wine braised short ribs, truffle, frisée, horseradish mayonnaise and confit tomatoes in a black onion seed bun. Humina, humina. 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA Bar.Boulud.Burger Bleecker Street Burger Meals on wheels This burger van has got it going on. With meat from farms across England inside a slightly sweet bun to compliment the meaty goodness, these really do tick all the boxes. Plus their fries are like a lucky dip with a few sweet potato ones thrown into the mix. Don’t expect any quirky variations, they keep their burgers basic; basic and buff. Various Locations - It Moves About... Bleecker.Street.Burger Soho Kitchen and Bar Plain and simple Sometimes simplicity really is the best. TWO beef patties (nice touch guys) and a bun that's soft but dense meaning it is able to handle the meaty juices without turning soggy and falling apart – that’s science for you! You can add a fried egg, half an avocado or some bacon if you’re wanting to pimp it. The bacon is almost as thick as the patty… they aren’t mucking about! 19-21 Old Compton Street, Soho, London. W1D 5JJ Soho.Kitchen..Bar.Burger Tommi’s The sauce of champions These guys have really upped the burger game with a menu of only 3 options: burger, veggie burger or steak burger. Plus with just a handful of extras available, it means you won’t be sitting waiting for hours for your mate to decide what to get. The steak burger served with béarnaise (the sauce of champions), really is the tits. There’s really nothing else to say on the matter other than trust us, go and enjoy. 30 Thayer Street, London, W1U 2QP // 342 Kings Road, London, SW3 5UR Tommi.s.Burger Stokey Bears Super sized and bear good Each of the burgers here are named after bears (no sh*t) and there's something to suit everyone; Grizzly, Greedy, Angry, Koala and a Triple Threat! Your guess is as good as ours.  They're all jam-packed with flavour and super sized innings, choose wisely and come hungry.  129 Stoke Newington High Street, N16 0PH Stokey.Bears.Burger Bull in a China Shop Get your Charcoal Fix  This single burger can up your health game in one fell swoop. The dough is laces with bamboo and charcoal that whilst being tasteless it's a massively health-aiding mineral that's been used in Asia for centuries and is currently poppin' off in Japan. 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Ditch the basic ice lollies (drink these booze spiked ones instead ), quit moaning about being sticky, and get to a pool/rooftop/terrace/garden pronto.

Get on a boat

Don’t ignore the giant river flowing through the city, people. If you close your eyes and ask them to turn the music up you’ll feel like you’re on a yacht in Ibiza and not bobbing along the Thames. Our favourite boozy boats are the Tattershall Castle, Vestal Voyages and Tamesis Dock. River crawl, anyone? Tattershell Castle, Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2HR Vestal Voyages, Granary Square Towpath, King's Cross, London, NC1 Tamesis Dock, Albert Embankment, London SE1 7TP vestalvoyage2

Get wet

So what if we don’t live near the sea? This city’s got tonnes of amazing outdoor pools you can go swim in. If you’re confident in your breast stroke and wildlife doesn’t sh*t you up, join the other hard nut swimmers at Hampstead Ponds. The new King’s Cross pond looks epic (and a little less fish infested) too.  Rather be in Miami? Brockwell Lido’s got deckchairs, cocktails and prosecco. Failing all that, have you ever stripped off and danced in the Appearing Rooms water fountain on Southbank? Us neither… Hampstead Ponds, Hampstead Heath, London, NW5 1QR King’s Cross Pond, 20 Canal Reach (entrance on Tapper walk), London, N1C 4BE Brockwell Lido, Dulwich Road, Brockwell Lido, London, SE24 0PA Appearing Rooms Water Fountain, The Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX fol.appearing.000.rooms

Hit the roof

Whether you finally wanna take advantage of your monthly direct debits to Shoreditch House, kick back with the hip kids at Frank’s or get your festival freak on at Queen of Hoxton, we’ve found the best rooftop bars in North, South, East and West of the city. Shoreditch House, Ebor Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 6AW Queen of Hoxton,1-1-5 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX5 Frank’s, 95A Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST

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Dine al fresco

Our rule is; drink in the sun, eat in the shade. Some of the best food pop ups in the city have got shady places to get stuffed and keep your stomach lined this weekend. Hit up Forza Win for pizza parties, Street Feast for weekend grub and a hot new kid Night Tales where you can wash it all down with pink Pina Coladas. In. Want a guaranteed table? These are London’s best dining terraces, so book in baby. Forza Win, 133 Copeland Road, SE15 3SN  

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Ice that cocktail

Boozy slushies are where it’s at this summer and we’ve found the absolute best. Catch some shade underneath The Big Easy and sip the ultimate summer slushy: the Miami Vice; half Pina Colada, half Daiquiri. Yeah. Or keep cool in a car park at Peckham Springs where they squeeze ‘em out of an old school Slush Puppie machine. Way more refreshing than a cold beer. The Big Easy, 12 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7NA Peckham Springs, 22A Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QN 

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Follow everyone to a park

A park crammed with half naked people secretly sippin’ and getting merry in the sun? Yes. Please. Hit Hyde Park to embrace London summer and do the city proud: take a towel and sunbathe, check out the free entertainment in Speaker’s Corner and fall off a swan pedalo on The Serpentine. Spending a sunny day in Hyde Park is a Londoner rite of passage and now’s your chance.  Victoria Park is gonna be rammed so if bum cheeks hanging out of shorts and tattooed torsos are your thing, get to it.  When your cans of cider go warm and your mate is burnt, no biggie: hit the best bars by parks.

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Watch a film al fresco

Screw the sofa, there are so many places to catch a movie outside this summer, and they’ve all got a bar.  Go eat Rockadolla dogs and watch the sun set behind the screen at one of Rooftop Film Club’s four open air cinema’s. Afraid of heights? Pop Up screens are showing films in London’s parks this summer, and Luna Cinema’s got all the romantic settings (like Kew Gardens and Regent’s Park Open air Theatre) sorted. Bring a hot date. Rooftop Film Club, 133 Rye Lane, SE15 4ST Luna Cinema, Kew Palace, TW9 3AB

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Pretend you have a garden

Regular gardens don’t have bars, but The Culpeper roof garden does so go get that fresh air feeling without leaving the city. Wanna take it a step further? Email Jack or Janelle and they’ll let you rattle around in the flower beds with a shovel in one hand and a cocktail in the other during the week. Now that’s what we call a garden club. The Culpeper, 40 Commercial St, London, E1 6LP Email [email protected] to join the garden team.

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 Chill in a pub garden

No brainer. A pub garden’s got everything you need all weekend - food, drink, music and like minded booze loving people. Here are London’s best.

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There's a slick new discovery section You can see, and get booked into, all the hottest new openings We'll tell you about all the best secret bars We only features the BEST places; our content is expertly curated and everywhere we’ll recommend is epic in its own way Wanna get personal? We search around to find you an epic bar you probably didn't even know existed Chat with BarChick anytime. Even when it's 1am, you've had too many and need us to find you a late night bar with an Espresso Martini to perk you up We’ll book you in, you just have to ask There might even be surprises waiting for you. Like free Prosecco on a beautiful new terrace? Ask us, baby. Best of all - it's FREE. Yup, we're giving it away. You can thank us later

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SWING, SOUL & JAZZ

NightJar This awesome speakeasy not only does seriously killer cocktails, but along with the whole 1920’s vibe, there’s live jazz and blues too. Oh every night too. Plus it's one of the best bars in the world. it just KEEPS ON GIVING. Music: Every night - check out what’s on at NightJar here 129 City Rd, London EC1V 1JB Kansas Smitty's It's not everyday that a kick ass band open a basement bar that knocks out killer juleps, good times and showcases some of the best musical talent around. Kansas Smitty's house Band have done it, and it rocks. Kinda like a jazz cave come down here for anything from live swing to chilled blues and even a casual poker night in the mix.  Just hawk eyes their events listings. Or message free BarChick and we'll see what's gwanin' and get you booked in. 07481341284. 63-65 Broadway Market, London E8 4PH Trader Vic’s Head here once a month for 'Lei'd Back Sessions' with a different vibe and band kicking off each time (we’re talking Soul, Jazz, Blues). You’ll find BarChick in the corner with our mates, just soaking it all in with a Mai Tai or ten. Music: First Thursday of every month. Starts from 8.30pm. Check out the exact event info here. 22 Park Lane, London W1K 1BE Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club It would kinda be rude not to mention this classic jazz hangout. Great place to take the parents when they’re in town. Music: Every night, doors open 6pm - 'til LATE. (on Sundays there’s a lunchtime show with doors opening at 12pm and then 6.30pm) Find out exactly what's goin' down at Ronnie's here  47 Frith St, London W1D 4HT The Savoy's Thames Foyer Feelin' classy? Go for Jazz Fridays at The Savoy. Head back to the 1920's in the hotel's snazzy foyer with an awesome glass dome. (It's where Oscar Wilde used to come hang pre-jazz age). Indulge in dinner and cocktails while you listen to live renditions of jazz greats. Epic. Music: Fridays. Three sets beginning at 8pm on 'til 11pm. Strand, WC2R 0EU Four Thieves Live jazz, big fat roast - hello awesome Sunday. Oh and come early to nab yourself a seat, or get BarChick Concierge for free on 07481341284 to reserve you a spot. When: Sundays. 2pm-4pm 51 Lavender Gardens, SW11, 1DJ    RIVER.dandelyan Dandelyan Perk yourself up on a Tuesday at Dandelyan’s ‘Tunesdays’ where you can sip seriously delicious botanical themed cocktails while you listen to blues and soul, with bands alternating each week. Make the most of £8 cocktails from 6-9pm (an absolute steal for these bad boy tipples). Then come back for more awesome cocktails and live DJ sets at Sunday Lyan, with old school hip-hop on vinyl. Winner. Music: Tuesdays: 7-9pm and Sundays 7pm-12am. 20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD Ruby’s Bar and Lounge The music experience is well intimate in this cosy lil’ venue (think less club, more lounge bar). From hip-hop, jazz, soul, funk and boogie DJs, to soul and basement lounge.
Sit tight for a new weekly Thursday of rock 'n roll, Motown, blues.
Music: 9pm-2am, Fridays and Saturdays. Thursdays launching 21st April! 8pm-1am. 72-76 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 7XB

ACOUSTIC

Oriole Nightjar’s awesome sister bar is also all about the speakeasy vibe and totally wicked cocktails. Plus, it's uber serious about its music, with acoustic sets from around the world: it could be New Orleans' jazz, Deep South Blues, or even Trinidadian Calypso. FYI, Tuesday, Sunday & Monday, all the music's free, but the other nights there’s a lil’ cover charge for the music. Wednesday & Thursday: £5 per person, Friday & Saturday: £8 per person. Music: Monday-Sunday. From 9pm. East Poultry Avenue, Smithfield Markets, London EC1A 9LH Loves Company London bar Loves Company There's all sorts going on at this top rated BarChick bar. We're heading there on Mondays for Sessions58, an acoustic night hosted by cool music dude Nate James. It's also an open mic night if you're up for that (email canisingatsessions@gmail.com to get involved). Then every other week there's Jump the Gun Thursdays with soulful and jazzy style music. Music: Mondays: 8pm, £5 entry. Thursdays: 7pm. Fridays & Saturdays: DJs from 9pm. 104 City Rd, London EC1V 2NR The Star by Hackney Downs It's hello date night at this cosy candlelit upstairs venue which plays host to a range of acoustic acts. Oh and it’s free. Winner. Music: Every Wednesday from 7.30pm 35 Queensdown Road, London E5 8NN Powder Keg Diplomacy This Battersea bar is not only about the top cocktails and hot staff in Victorian style garb, it’s got live music on a Sunday with different artists each week. Yeah! When: Sundays, 5pm - 7pm. 147 St John's Hill, London SW11 1TQ Roof East Hell yeah, the sun’s shining and BarChick needs a cocktail and some music. We’ll be heading to Roof East to soak up the rays alongside live acoustic music baby. When: Rooftop opens 3rd May 2016. Floors 7 & 8, Stratford multi storey car park, Great Eastern Way, London E15 1XE Bussey Bar Peckham’s rooftop hangout also has awesome acoustic music goin’ on throughout the summer. Eyes peeled. When: Music dates and times TBC. Roof B, Bussey Building, 133 Rye Lane, London SE15 4ST Joe Public There's a new kid at Clapham Common Joe Public (and it’s actually quite cool for Clapham High Street). It only does mega take-away pizza and fizz on tap in a revamped toilet (yes), but there’s also live music in their outside square throughout summer. When: Music will start in the summer months. Watch this space you. 4 The Pavement, London SW4 0HY

REGGAE

Cottons Rhum Shack Pretending like we’re on some kind of tropical island is probably our fave way to spend a Sunday. You'll find us working our way through Cotton’s epic rum collection while we listen to epic steel drums or soul/reggae. When: Sundays baby 55 Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AN LIVE BAND The Troubadour All sorts of live stuff goin’ on at this renowned music venue - five to seven days a week. You'll find us moshing at the front. When: Check out the latest bands here 263-267 Old Brompton Rd, London SW5 9JA Sky Pod When BarChick has a hot date we head to the Sky-High Sessions where there’s a live band and DJ - show off your moves, and while you’re all heady on the sunset, booze and tunes, maybe move in for a cheeky snog. Music: Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, music form 6.30pm-10.30pm Sky Garden Walk, 20 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 8AF

BLUES, BABY

Ain’t nothing but… Soho Slip inside this cluttered lil’ cabin and feel like you’re plonked straight into an American blues bar. It’s well intimate - we love it. Music: Monday - Sunday. That's all week - waay! 20 Kingly St, London W1B 5PZ NOLA This secret Shoreditch bar stands for everything New Orleans. Come here for the real deal Blues, folk and jazz. Plus we can get you booked in through BarChick Concierge so text us for free on 07481341284. Nice. Music: Days and times vary, so check here for all the deets from NOLA  Hidden away above Bedrooms Bars, First Floor, 66-68 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3AY Live band at Trader Vic's

CEILIDH

The Bedford and Fusilier House pubs Head to this South End boozer to show off your best Ceilidh-style moves. Or, if you're more on the beginner side, like BarChick, have LOLs fumbling your way through the steps along to the nu-folk band, Fiddle Paradiddle bashes out the tunes. When: Once a month. From 8pm. Check out the website for the next Ceilidh dates Fusilier House: 213 Balham High Rd, London SW17 7BQ The Bedford: 77 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9HD big.chill

PIANO VIBE

cellar.door Cellar Door Come on Sundays for a chilled Piano lounge session - led by ledge Pete Saunders (he's the former Dexy's Midnight Runners keys man) and he's playing all sorts, from Nirvana to Nat King Cole - hollar at him and he might just play what you ask for - he might. When: Free entry from from 7pm. Open til 12am In an old loo at Aldwych, London WC2E 7DN The Piano Works This Victorian-listed warehouse is just like an old school Jazz bar, just without the smoke. There’s two pianists with a gang of musicians - but you’re the boss. They only play songs requested by the crowd. We’re asking for Bieber - of course we're JOKING. (Not joking). Music: 7pm-1pm every day. Epic. 113 Corner of, Farringdon Road, Farringdon EC1R 3BX

OPEN MIC

Apples & Pears Got a voice on ya? Give it a whirl at Apples & Pears where there’s open mic slots and a featured artist at each time. Then there’s DJ’s spinning Motown, Soul, Funk, Old School Hip Hop and Beats at the weekends. Music: Open Mic: Every Tuesday, 7pm-11pm 26 Osborn St, London E1 6TD The Roof Gardens Head up for top notch music at one of London’s classiest rooftops. All sorts of different music sh*t going on here - from Proms-style classical stuff to REVERB in the Summer - London's only Rooftop Festival innit. Just try not to knock over all the pink flamingoes in your excitement. When: Check here to see the next awesome event at The Roof Gardens 99 Kensington High St, London W8 5SA The Haggerston This late night venue has an open mic night every Tuesday, so come do your thang! Then live jazz on Sundays - when the place is open 'til 3am. Watch out! 438 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AA

GENERAL GOOD TIMES

The Blues Kitchen (Camden, Shoreditch, Brixton) Here's where BarChick loves to get all slurry sweaty on the dance floor - but hey! Don’t come on too strong you, we’re just here to bust some moves. Everyone’s always in a good mood and the music is rockin’, from New Orleans' Beats to sassy Soul. Oh Yeah! When: Monday - Sunday. Live music starts from 9.45pm. Party’s over from 12pm, Monday-Wednesday, 1pm Thursdays, and 2.30pm Fridays and Saturdays, 10pm Sundays. Camden: 111-113 Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JN Shoreditch: 134-146 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3AR Brixton: 40 Acre Lane, London SW2 5SP Find out what's on at Blues Kitchen here Boho Camden Boho Camden When BarChick wants to mosh to some epic bands or mega DJs, we head to Camden, the home of the London gigging scene. If you're well up for a par-tay then head to live music jaunt Boho this Saturday, 23rd April when 80's DJ ledge Norman Jay MBE  is doing his thang on the decks. And entry is only a fiver. Waaayo. Buy tickets to Norman Jay at Boho here Scarfes Bar  A top way to spend a Sunday – this place has epic decor and a top atmosphere, it’s so much more than just a hotel bar. BarChick loves the sexy live music, which properly kicks off on a Sunday, with immersive cabaret performances ‘Mayhem in Midtown’ headed up by cabaret superstar Dusty Limits.  Music: 3rd, 17th April. 1st May. Music kicks off at 7.30-10pm. Tickets from £20: Buy cabaret tickets here Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN   Lovin' this little lot? You might like: Best London bars for a Sunday session London's best pop ups The ultimate London weekend" ["post_title"]=> string(25) "Live Music Bars in London" ["post_excerpt"]=> string(0) "" ["post_status"]=> string(7) "publish" ["comment_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["ping_status"]=> string(6) "closed" ["post_password"]=> string(0) "" ["post_name"]=> string(37) "awesome-bars-for-live-music-in-london" ["to_ping"]=> string(0) "" ["pinged"]=> string(0) "" ["post_modified"]=> string(19) "2016-08-16 15:32:27" ["post_modified_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-08-16 14:32:27" ["post_content_filtered"]=> string(0) "" ["post_parent"]=> int(0) ["guid"]=> string(32) "http://www.barchick.com/?p=58715" ["menu_order"]=> int(0) ["post_type"]=> string(4) "post" ["post_mime_type"]=> string(0) "" ["comment_count"]=> string(1) "0" ["filter"]=> string(3) "raw" } } ["post_count"]=> int(5) ["current_post"]=> int(-1) ["in_the_loop"]=> bool(false) ["post"]=> object(WP_Post)#408 (24) { ["ID"]=> int(34267) ["post_author"]=> string(1) "4" ["post_date"]=> string(19) "2016-08-25 10:04:28" ["post_date_gmt"]=> string(19) "2016-08-25 09:04:28" ["post_content"]=> string(11006) "Christmas aside, this is the last god damn bank holiday of the year people! So this means you’ve gotta take it seriously. Lucky for you we’ve hunted out the best that London has to offer, even if you’re not hitting Notting Hill. Make plans, break plans, ditch plans for better plans, just party hard and get the carbs and Berocca in on Tuesday, cos it’s gonna hurt! Not enough? Message BarChick Concierge in the bottom right 'cos we've got more ideas where this all came from..

NOTTING HILL CARNIVAL

Food stands, pan bands, floats, horns, the pungent smell of Mama’s Jerk Station, serious sound systems - what do we not love about this epic weekend bender? There are some insane parties lined up, including... 1. Carnival Friday It all kicks off here, with four rooms of banging out vibrant tunes from Jamaica, Trinidad and the like. There's also an outdoor food bit to keep you going till 6am. Get your tickets now. 28 New Kent Road, Elephant And Castle, London, SE1 6TJ carnival.4 2. Good Times Goes East Funk and soul legend Norman Jay MBE has held many Good Times parties and Carnival bashes our West, but had to bring the party East after the usual spot got sucked up in a redevelopment. This year you'll find the man (and the good times) at Oval Space, Bethnal Green for a day-to-night session. Snap up those ticks. Saturday 27th August // 2pm-12am Oval Space, 29-32 The Oval, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9DT 3. Paradise by Way of Kensal Green These guys are embracing their carnival proximity by throwing some wicked after parties and gigs. On Saturday evening head over for their Hip Hop and R&B Throwback Party. On Sunday, it's all about garage, with legend Mike Skinner on the decks, with you on the dancefloor till 3am - just 'cause it's late and it's a Sunday. And if a three night bender isn't enough, come back on the Monday eve for an epic Carnival After Party. Book your tickets here. 19 Kilburn Lane, London, W10 4AE 4. Hip Hop ‘n’ Bowl at Bloomsbury Lanes Bowling and hop hop, what a combo. Rock The Belles and their troop of DJ's take over the lanes at Bloomsbury, pumping out a hip hop and R’n’B soundtrack. Advance tickets are just £6/7 – pow! Message BarChick Concierge and we’ll book you in. Bloomsbury Bowling Lanes, Tavistock Hotel (Basement), W1H 9EU 5. Faded - The Carnival Afterparty There's only one way to close down carnival weekend - it's big, it's loud, it's crazy, and it might get you in trouble when you stumble in on Tuesday after a 4am finish. Grab those tickets here. 28 New Kent Rd, London SE1 6TJ

MORE PARTIES

6. Boozy Bunga Bunga Supper Club It’s fair to say with all the nude aprons, dancing staff and the token gyrating Elvis on stage, these guys know how to party; so come and get involved this Sunday bank holiday at their legendary Bank Holiday Supper Club. Get stuck into a sh*t tonne of pizza and Prosecco. We say hit it hard, you’re going to need it when you hit the karaoke. 37 Battersea Bridge Road, London, SW11 3BA 7. Cahoots Get on your jazz pants, 'cos Cahoots is hosting a special session this weekend. Hang out in their vintage underground train carriage sip on boozy stuff from old mugs, hip flasks, vintage milk bottles and tins, and get ready for some sexy late-night jazz from 1940s NYC baby. Carnaby Street to Kingly Court, London cahoots (2) 8. The Blues Kitchen BarChick's fun-time staple. Get down for some bank holiday specials. On the Saturday it's Atlantic Soul Orchestra and DJs till 3am, so party on people. Sunday, it's the Boogaloo Boil. Sip on bottomless Bourbon punch, and learn how to eat Crawfish the 'proper' way, with a stack of paper towels and a bib (maybe leave that hot date for another time). Then there'll be live music from The Old Dirty Brasstards, and partying till late. Come Monday, if you're still moving, it's a rib-fest with more live music - it's gunna be good! Book tickets here. 111-113 Camden High Street, London, NW1 7JN 9. Afrobeach Bank Holiday Beach Party Half of London is frolicking off on a beach somewhere, so you should totally get involved too. Head to Beach East for summer drinks, sh*tloads of sand and a carnival soundtrack pumping out bank holiday bangers. E15 2DU

MORE FESTIVALS

10. Cider fest at The Water Poet What better way to spend the weekend than drinking a tonne of cider? You'll find kegs of the stuff in the Water Poet’s epic beer garden over the weekend, with a steel band and a hog roast in tow –it's a chill introduction to your bank hol partying. Saturday 27th-29th August from 12pm. 59 Newington Green Road, Islington, London, N1 4QU 11. SW4 Festival Rudimental on the Saturday = sold out, but it’s all good cause there’s Chemical Bro’s on the Sunday and that's gunna be mega. Just don’t rain yeah? Saturday 27th August: 11am-11pm // Sunday 28th August: 11am-10.30pm London SW4 9DE

OTHER FUN STUFF

12. Taco Party at Sager + Wilde

To celebrate the extra long weekend, S+G are throwing a taco party at their Paradise Row place. There'll be blood clams, tuna, red snapper and shrimp - all served with fresh beetroot and corn tortillas, tostadas and tortas. Pair that up with some top cocktails and a huge sun terrace and you've got yourself a winner.

Sunday August 28th // Monday Aug 29th // 2pm kick off

13. Not At Carnival Party at Callooh Callay

These guys are fully aware they are no where near carnival action, but still wanting to celebrate, they're throwing a #NotAtCarnival party. Teaming up with legendary rum brand Wray and Nephew there'll be five killer rum cocktails - plus you won't have to miss out on the jerk chicken action either, cos you can get some of that good stuff here too. Message BarChick and we'll book you in.

Sunday August 28th

65 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3AY

14. Bonus recovery day = Bottomless Brunch action 

With a whole extra day to get over it, mid-morning boozy time never felt so good. We've got 26 ideas for you to pick from. Message BarChick and we'll book you in.

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15. Sunny forecast = Beer garden asap

We have high hopes for a sunny one, which means you're gunna want to be out topping up that fast- fading tan.

16. Check out the new Shoreditch's sexy new rooftop bar

Shoreditch just got a swanky new hotel, and naturally a rooftop bar to go with it, 'cos why the hell not. Message BarChick to get you in.But if it's too busy to breath up there, we have  tons more sky-high drinking ideas.

17. Drink vodka outta giant watermelons at Little Bat

What it says on the tin. Our mates at little Bat, Islington's hot neighbourhood cocktail bar, want you to stick your straw into a watermelon filled with booze. Make of that what you will. All we can say is we're excited. Wanna come play? Of course you do, message us through our new app for a booking or chat to us using the box in the bottom right.

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30 awesome summer date ideas

What's kicking off this August

6 hot new bars to try

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Shutterbug

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1 Rivington Place, London EC2A 3BA

Tel: +44 20 3222 0518

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Opening hours

Sun - Weds: 8am - 6pm,
Thurs - Fri: 8am - 12pm,
Sat: 10am - 12pm

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Barchick Says

Date Updated: 21/02/2013

At last something a little more inventive (and slimming). We’ve busted out of our trousers over-doing it on the hot dogs and burgers in this town. Shutterbug brings crepes and cocktails to a well hidden spot just off Rivington Street. The décor is café style, laid back and you’ll more often than not find a glasses wearing, map tapping, freelancer scoffing on a smoke salmon, egg and asparagus crepe.

Their crepes are flippin’ good (savoury and sweet) and served up all day long whilst their cocktail list has had a helping hand from one of the boys around the corner in Callooh Callay- so you know they’re gonna be good. They’ve got Micheladas in the mix and a Mardi Gras Bourbon punch but it was early morning so we went for the Climpson’s Espresso Martini.

They’re open to holding private parties and come sunshine time they have a terrace out the back for smoking and sunning yourself. We also love the definition of a “Shutterbug”- an enthusiastic amateur photographer… we’re not by any chance in Shoreditch are we?


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