@ hanover grand

Had enough of house music? If you like your beatz phat and your bass deep then beat a path to Hanover Street this Wednesday. It may be the middle of the week but it's one of the most popular nights in town.

The club serves up a heady brew of R&B and hip hop with a dash of drum 'n' bass. The gig is very popular with the black community who make up around 70 per cent of the punters - always a good indication that the tunes are good. No dress code and no attitude, a steal at the price and a great night out. Arrive early; the queue can stretch down to Regent Street. Wednesdays, 6 Hanover St, W1 (0171-499 7977) 10pm-3am, pounds 5 before 11pm.


@ great newport street There's no entry tax here but even if you had a wad of tenners to flash at the doorman you'd still have problems getting in. On Friday and Saturday night it plays host to the bright and beautiful. Downstairs, the food in the restaurant is great (and pricey) but people come here for the social vibe.

If you're not wearing your best frock don't even bother queuing, and even if you are spruced to the chin you'd better arrive early (before 9pm) to have any hope of passing the ruthless fashion police on the door.

Once inside rub shoulders will soap stars and models alike - it's the perfect venue for stargazing.

8 Great Newport St London WC2 (0171-240 1551) entry free


@ bar rumba The location of Bar Rumba is pretty average and the club itself is not too impressive aesthetically, but the music here on Saturday nights compares favourably with anything else in the capital.

Bobby and Steve and the Zoo crew have been packing this venue out for many moons; eight out of 10 garage headz prefer it. This is what good garage is all about, deep and soulful with an uplifting flava.

All the top UK and US DJs (including the legendary Todd Terry) have graced the Technics. As you'd expect, the crowd doesn't need much encouragement to hit the dancefloor and stay there.

Saturdays, 36 Shaftesbury Ave, W1 (0171-287 2715) 9pm-6am pounds pounds 5 before 11pm/pounds 10 before midnight/pounds 12 after


@ legends If you haven't been to this venue in a couple of years then you're missing out. Their recent refurbishment has brought in a fresher bar/club vibe. Dirty lives up to its name by providing a healthy dose of debauchery for a stylish and decadent clientele. Vocal-led house, garage and club anthems take centre stage with resident Wayne O'Connell and guests never allowing the up beat tempo to drift away.Style it out upstairs in the bar area or go into the basement for some dancing action. The bars front area opens up into the street; if you don't make an effort in the clothes department you'll have a good view of what you're missing from the street outside.

Saturdays, 29 Old Burlington Street W1 (0171-437 9933) 10pm till very late pounds 15.