James Style on clubs

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With a myriad of office dos and assorted festive shindigs; the streets of London are awash with wobbling workers. It's a wonder anyone has the liver capacity for more nightclubbing. But should you be strong of constitution there are plenty of late-night hostelries, only too keen for your custom. A fave of 1995, Rotation has a funky special at Zelda's, 74 Charlotte St on Saturday 23 from 10pm.

Mood music specialist Count Indigo has moved his motley crew to the faded grandeur of L'Equipe Anglaise, 21 Duke St (0171-486 8281) for a tables and chairs conversation piece tonight from 9pm.

The Aquarium, 256 Old St, EC1 is finally finished, the pool is a toasty temperature, so why not take a dip, particularly on Saturday at Movimento, the cognescentis' fave garage club of the moment.

1995 saw the Blue Note at the venue, 1, Hoxton Square (0171-729 8440), owned by Acid Jazz Records, establish itself as the premier club for jungle, trip-hop and all funky sounds in-between. The club is open right up to Christmas and in the boring bit before New Year; almost all the nights there are recommended.

The Cross, Kings Cross Goods Yard, York Way, N1, has established itself as the best garage club, and is open tonight and Boxing day. Tonight's Glitteratti is highly recommended.

Meanwhile, Flipside is open both Saturdays at Iceni, 10 Whitehorse St, W1 (0171-495 5333), while Fresh'n'Funky celebrates five years on the 27 December, though not always at the Hanover Grand, Hanover St, W1 (0171- 499 9799). Both venues have other great nights and are worth a ring.

SW1, 191 Victoria St, SW1 (0171-630 8980) has just had a spanking refit and given AWOL a much-deserved permanent home; the junglist massive will be heading there on Saturday 23 Dec.

Finally the club to end all clubs, called appropriately The End, West Central St, WC1 (0171-379 4770) is open tonight and 29 December.

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