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Wow! I finally made it to The End and it was definitely worth it. My mission started at 2pm, Sunday afternoon. I had already been to two clubs and this was definitely the end when I found it but you can imagine the state I was in. My boyfriend and I managed to get lost around Tottenham Court Road area and ended up walking for about an hour trying to find the club. As it goes with London, everyone was foreign so no one knew where the club was. We asked about ten people for directions but all were wrong and we found ourselves walking around in circles. So here’s the directions now, in case you need them; Tottenham Court Road tube. Walk down New Oxford street past a huge ugly grey building called Centre Point. (Which should be on your right.) It is very tall and not hard to miss. If you are going in the right direction you should come to WEST CENTRAL STREET on the right and The End is down there. It’s about a 5 – 10 min walk if you are sober. Security were friendly enough. Stricter outside than inside which is fair. They are not hard to miss in their bright blue bomber jackets but trust, they look scarier than they are. The End is quite a new club, which was reflected inside. It is actually owned by Mr C from the Shamen who has done a better job to the club than his singing career. It’s built in the style of the viaduct arches. But is too nice to resemble just a tunnel. There are two rooms of music. I went to Riot! Which was bangin Hard house of course. I was very impressed. The club looked so clean, it was very luxurious (I mean compared to my usual holes) and full of an up for it crowd with no attitude at all. I noticed that the lighting was different to most clubs as it liked to stay dark with a constant strobe. There was UV also which would come on and off at certain points. This created a sort of dark squat party feel but in a club atmosphere. It was brilliant. The End hosts a variety of nights including
Drum and Bass, Techno, House and Hard house. It has seen the faces of Roni Size, Andy C, Grooverider and Pete Tong. I would say it was a very respectable club as it even let go of it’s garage night (Twice as Nice) because of the violence. Toilets were VERY clean. Drinks were expensive, cheapest being £3.50. Door prices are average, around a tenner and it normally stays open until 6am. There is no dress code and sound system was bangin! I would advise to check out what music is playing when you want to go because it changes and varies all the time. The End is celebrating it’s 6th birthday next year. Definitely recommend The End.
Well, there's no doubting that The End has a fantastic reputation. Whenever you mention that you're going there, people tell you how great it is. Living as far away from London as I do, most of these people haven't actually been there, but they're certain you'll have a funky night out. I admit my first visit had a few perks - the people I went with got us on the guestlist (no queue, no cost) and we had unlimited access to the VIP room (with its own bar). So... I can't really describe the average clubber's experience. But hey, I listened to the same music as everyone else. I went on a Saturday night, Easter weekend, and I think it was Digital Disco. Derrick May was the main DJ, with some Japanese guy in the other room (sorry for my lack of specifics). Both rocked the club pretty well - by 11 it was full and everyone was dancing with (drug-induced?) energy. As mentioned by others, yes, drugs are around in the club. But you can avoid them if you want to, and the bouncers (to be fair) are strict on the door - they even confiscated a friend's packet of chewing gum! Anyway, the music's good and loud enough to get you high without any help. The atmosphere throughout the night was always friendly, and the people were all pretty cool (no 40-year old lecherous men, or very few). Dress was in general casual - for girls, think loose trousers and a funky top. Do not, I repeat, do not come in a tiny skirt with heels and a boob tube. You will not fit in (and your feet will hurt by 6am). Gossip from the VIP room included a sighting of a Buffy star (gasp!). I couldn't actually see who it was, because they had their own section of the room (heavily guarded), but I tell people it was David Boreanez. It sounds impressive. Derrick May also dropped in after his set. The End have their own website - not sure exactly what it is, but you can easily find it through a search engine - which is informative. It
has a map, etc. You should have a funky time whatever, but my advice (for the funkiest time) is to find someone with contacts. It'll save you £15 and the time you would spend jostling at the bar. You might even get a star chucked in for free...
'The End' is owned by Mr. C of the Shamen, but don't let that put you off, he has put his techno-rap days behind him and started a truly magnificent club near London's Tottenham Court Road. The club puts on a variety of classy night, Twice as Nice (now moved), Uk garage's premier night, Trash indie, and anything else goes and also hosts one offs from the likes of lazy Dog, the great house extravaganza hosted by Everything But the Girl's (don't let that put you off) Ben Watt. The queue's are never ridiculous, and the staff always inform you how long you will have to wait and tell you if you will get in. The security are reassuringly burly, but not threatening and while the drinks are expensive being a London Club, they are not astronomically so. The interior is fashionable and there is plenty of room to dance and very little attitude. The toilets aren't too bad either. You really should check out the End if you want quality music in a quality venue rather than just banging tunes.
Remember Ebeneezer Goode? Of course you do. Remember Mr C, the Shamen's frontman? Of course you do. (Naughty naughty, very naughty). In fact if you believed The Sun, he and his cheeky tune were responsible for the whole of the UK's drug problem in the early nineties, so I jolly well hope (young man) that his name is now ringing bells. Sorry, there was a point to all this. After a time, Mr C became (inevitably) rather bored of inciting EVIL DEALERS TO SELL DRUGS TO CHILDREN AS YOUNG AS THREE OUTSIDE NURSERY GATES, and decided to open a perfectly respectable nightclub instead. The End. ...no wait, I didn't mean I'd finished, that's the name of the club...ho ho... For me The End represents all the best things about London clubbing, not least the music. They mostly cover techno and hard house, with a trance chill-out room - but have also been known to have D&B nights, and Twice As Nice (garage) is a regular Sunday afternoon event. Their sound system must surely be the best in the city (if you lean on a bass bin it practically spits you off). It's quite a small venue, but it merged with its sister bar AKA last weekend (literally, not in business terms) which should allow a whole lot more lounging space. The main part of the club consists of only one main room and a chill-out area (containing the only bar). They tend to be sensible about the door though, and only let enough people in to give the club a cosy, rather than crowded, feel. But don't imagine you're going to be able to sit down. For really big DJs (who generally appear in the summer months) buy your tickets in advance, or get there stupidly early. Last year we failed to get tickets for Laurent Garnier and Sven Vath (on the same night! - price £15, which is quite average for The End). We began our own queue at 9pm, feeling kind of geeky, and were finally let in at 11.30. Most of the queue behind us were turned away, which just goes to sh
ow...um...it's good to be a geek. (That was actually one of the best nights out I've ever had. Garnier had a live saxophonist with him for tunes from his most recent album - Unreasonable Behaviour - and it sounded absolutely divine). Security at the door is surprisingly tight (though no dress code), but once inside they overlook a multitude of sins. Yes, you do get a lot of pillheads in there. If you like that scene you'll make friends for life; if you don't, I think you'll find you're having such a good time that you don't even mind the bloke next to you giving you clamped-teeth smiles every few seconds. What you don't get is drunken twats, and that is surely something to be thankful for. If you behave yourself (or not?) you might even meet Mr C. He plays regular early-night sets (well, 9-10) and then wanders about the place smirking at people. Hurrah. HOW TO FIND IT! Get off at Tottenham Court Road tube and go down NEW Oxford Street (not the one with the shops). You should pass Centre Point on your right (that really tall building). Walk for about 5 mins until you get to an unmbrella shop (no, really!) and turn into the next road on the right (West Central Street). All you can see is a scary-looking car park, but turn left round the corner and hey presto! Boom boom boom...
The End was one of the first clubs i found in London when i first arrived here 1 year ago. The Event that night was 'prototype' and from that moment on i knew that i had found the club to go to for Drum and Bass!!! A medium sized club with an awsome sound system, and a crowd of people of take their music seriously. My only gripe is that sometimes they fill the club to the point where you cant dance on the floor... theres nothing more annoying that getting into a tune and getting bumped around by the ppl around you. Advice: line up early !!!! Check it out!!! Drumloop