Gaining its name not from the Red Hot Chili Peppers song about heroin dealing but rather the club's location literally underneath Chelsea FC's Stamford Bridge ground, Under The Bridge is an upmarket nightclub specialising in both live music and DJ-led events.
From the sizeable stage and its shimmering silvery backdrop, to the beautiful black and white prints of numerous rock and roll stars taken by luminary rock snappers dotted about the place, Under The Bridge is very smart indeed. Like any nightclub worth its salt it's based around a big dancefloor, which is overlooked on all sides by a slightly elevated area, and there more secluded booths. They've clearly heaped loads of money on the lights, too.
It's all about the music - but while it may be loud, it's not overwhelming, and thanks to the truly excellent sound system it's not harsh on the ears either. So be prepared to raise your voice a little - but not too much - to have a conversation, and get on the dancefloor to strut your stuff at the first opportunity. With a capacity of 600, it's still small enough to provide a relatively intimate gig experience, while being big (and illustrious) enough to pull in some big acts.
A huge variety of styles, with different promoters taking up various slots throughout the month. Legendary NME writer Mark Beaumont's night Crosstown Static has a residency here, staging the cream of hotly tipped indie bands playing live plus the considerable DJ skills of Beaumont himself and a plethora of guests. At the other end of the scale, Bruno Mars and chart topping singer-songwriter James Morrison have graced its stage recently, and the London International Ska Festival also held its annual knees up there.
A reasonable if not immense range, with bottles of Sol for the beer drinkers, a choice of red and white house wines and the main spirit bases covered too. Prices are certainly at nightclub rates, but you don't have to be on a footballer's salary to get the drinks in - a round two bottles of Sol, a Jack Daniel's with coke, a soft drink and a glass of red is just a few pennies over the £20 mark.
The Last Word
Under The Bridge offers the chance to enjoy a little of the glitz and glamour of the Premier League/WAG lifestyle without battering your pocket too heavily, with the added attraction of a great, diverse music policy.