192, 192 Kensington Park Road, London W11 (0171-229 0482). "We originally planned calling it Dur Bar," says co-proprietor Tchaik Chassey, "but someone told us there was an Indian restaurant of the same name." Seventeen years on, this restaurant and bar is a local institution and a popular hang-out for media, fashion and film types.
100 Club, 100 Oxford Street, London W1 (0171-636 0933). A landmark London music venue, first established in the Thirties by the Feldman family. It became the 100 Club when it was bought by the Horton family in the late Fifties. The Sex Pistols were among the punk bands who performed here in the mid-Seventies, but it has also hosted The Kinks, the Rolling Stones and, more recently, Oasis, Kula Shaker and Cornershop.
190 Queensgate, 190 Queensgate, London SW7 (0171-581 5666). This restaurant was originally opened 10 years ago as a private dining club, with Antony Worrall Thompson as the first head chef. The traditional wood- panelled bar attracts thirsty music lovers from the nearby Albert Hall.
11 Cadogan Gardens, 11 Cadogan Gardens, London SW3 (0171-730 7000). This small luxury hotel opened in 1949 and was originally members-only. It now occupies four adjacent Victorian terraced houses and is open to all - at a price. The name was chosen for its discretion, which is what the hotel prides itself on.
57 Jermyn Street, 57 Jermyn Street, London SW1 (0171-495 5570). This slick new members' club is on the site of the famous Sixties nightclub The Pink Elephant, a nocturnal haunt of the infamous Kray twins. The new owners, Matthew du Cann and Ian Alexander, have set about re-creating something of that era, providing a fashionable little enclave in which to sit, chat and relax. Although the club has only been open for business for a couple of months, it has already been patronised by the likes of Noel Gallagher and top fashion photographer Mario Testino, but the owners insist there is definitely no special treatment for VIPs.
1 Lombard Street, 1 Lombard Street, London EC3 (0171-929 6611). This fashionable new restaurant is in the very heart of the City. Created out of a Grade II-listed banking hall, it boasts 20ft-high ceilings and domed skylights designed by Pietro Agostini. On offer is contemporary European cuisine, served up to the besuited money types by waiters clad in uniforms designed by hip Savile Row tailor Ozwald Boateng.
333, 333 Old Street, London EC2 (0171-739 1800). In the heart of suddenly trendy Hoxton, this club was created two years ago by Pablo Flack and Vicki Pengilley, owners of the nearby Bricklayers Arms pub. They wanted a name that wouldn't tie it in to one scene - the venue was formerly a famous gay club, The London Apprentice.
291, 291 Hackney Road, London E2 (0171-613 5675). A newly opened bar-cum-restaurant-cum-gallery housed in a refurbished 18th-century church. The source of the name is of course the address, but it also pays homage to the US photographer Alfred Steiglitz's 291 Gallery on Fifth Avenue, New York.
12 Bar, 22 Denmark Place, London WC2 (0171-916 6989). Many a star, from Billy Bragg to the late Jeff Buckley, has graced the stage of this central music venue. Sets are mainly acoustic, while the name is a pun on 12-bar blues. The building was originally a stables and forge, dating back to 1635.Reuse content