The London Pavilion, Piccadilly Circus. London, W1V 9LA
Tel: 020 7287 8008 „
This place is run with military precision. Security staff, complete with CIA style in-ear communications system walk in crack teams across the floors. Property police in combats patrol the place looking at your belongings and trying to scare you into using the cloakrooms with stories of how people are watching you all night and will steal your stuff. You are not trusted to have glass at any point - with wine decanted into plastic bottles as if it was a pool party. Totally paranoid and rather unpleasant. They also seem to be a little unclear on which country this is. I pecked my boyfriend on the cheek and was immediately confronted by one of the security (present in a line of security staff sweeping the floor) who told me "stop that, this is not a gay club". When I asked him to say that again he did. I told him that he was not allowed to discriminate like that and he told me that this was a private club and he could say what he wanted. I reminded him that he couldn't actually discriminate on any basis of race, religion or sexual orientation in the UK. At this point he literally dragged me to the end of the room by my arm (out of the eyes of the security cameras) -I can only guess what he was going to do as I got away. My boyfriend was then thrown out of the club as I watched. So, if you want to go to a scary, discriminating, unpleasant club that thinks it's a self-governing island in the middle of London then go ahead. I personally think we need a wakeup call on what's acceptable in 2010. Behaviour like this makes a mockery of civil liberties.
On Anon is a great bar/club which is excellently situated right next to London's Piccadilly Circus. I first discovered it on a works do and have been back many times since. It is set over 3 floors and has loads of different bars, most of the time I have been however I have stayed on the ground floor. When the weather is good , if you can get a seat outside it is brilliant sitting there watching the world go by with all the hustle and bustle of Piccadilly circus, it's a shame they don't have more outside seating as it is a great spot. You want to get there for happy hour which I think is between 5 and 8 which is great value, the cocktails are excellent especially the mojitos. I have not eaten here but from what I have seen from other people the food looks very nice and is well priced. On Anon is a good place for all kinds of events/nights out, being works party, birthday, night out clubbing or just a few drinks.
On Anon is a good place to go if you are with a group of people who can't make their mind up or have a variety of places to go. It's a "generic" type nightclub / bar . Central London location right next to Piccadilly Tube station. Plays a variety of music, chart/ dance / RnB. Lots of areas to sit and relax and dance. The area on the top floor is great for a group of friends as there is music but its quiet and places to sit and the bar doesn't get busy. On the middle floors is great to go and dance. The prices of the drinks are expensive as in most London clubs/ bars but inconsistent. At one of the bars upstairs we were charged £6 for a vodka and red bull, at the bar downstairs £10.60 for the same drink!!! One thing I did suspect is that the wine by the glass is watered down just because of the taste. I drank 6 large glasses of wine and did not feel drunk or have a headache the next day which is very unusual. One of my friends also felt the same and noticed that all of the bottles of wine were opened/ corked and the bar staff never had to open a bottle of wine in front of you Its over 21's and the door staff are very tough on this policy. I went here with a group of people aged up to 35 and everyone in the group got asked for ID so make sure you carry some otherwise you will be turned away. The dress code is smart casual during the week and on weekends so sportwear which means don't wear bright white trainers but general dressy trainers are fine. Its free entry on a weekend until 9.30pm. After 10pm you will pay £10. During the week its free entry until 10pm and you are looking to pay around £4 depending on what night you go on. During the week the place doesn't et packed but on a weekend it does get really busy and slightly cramped! Overall a good place to go but can work out expensive.
On Anon is an impressively large building situated about two minutes from Piccadilly Circus. It boasts five floors, each with their own unique decor and bar areas. It's a great place to go for a few drinks, especially during the week, as it tends to get a bit crowded on a Friday and Saturday night. On the first and second floor, there are standard, well lit, seated bar areas where you can chat to friends in relative comfort. The third floor houses a 'trendier', bar with chrome and leather seats, jazzy paintings on the walls and funky lighting. There's also a club on this floor, which only opens on certain days of the week and not until 9.00pm. On the fourth floor there are more bars, each slightly different - one has colourful plastic seating, one has no seating at all... On the very top floor is the best bar of all - the 'Lodge' which is built like a hunting cabin with small round windows, huge moose heads on the wall (I know it sounds weird but it looks really good!) and little round wooden stalls and tables to sit at. The drinks are, predicatably for the area, quite pricey. Expect to pay upwards of £5 for a cocktail, £3.50 for a bottled beer and £4 for a spirit and mixer. They do, however, have a great happy hour policy from 5.30pm to 8.00pm, where you can get bottles of wine for half price and cocktails for £3. I recommend the raspberry schampagne cocktail, a mixture of champagne and raspberry liquer, it's delicious! The Vodkatini, a chocolate flavoured vodka cocktail, is also yummy and surprisingly unsweet. On Anon does bar snacks such as chips, tortillas with salsa and stuffed baguettes. These are also quite pricy though - a plate of chips will set you back £3.95. I recommend you pop into the Mcdonalds across the road instead! There is a restaurant attached to On Anon, but I haven't tried it, so can't comment on it's quality or value for money. As I've alrea dy mentioned, On Anon can get very crowded on a Friday and Saturday night, so I'd recommend you either head there for a midweek drink or get there early to grab some seats, it can get rather unpleasant otherwise. The clientele is mainly professional city workers, mid 20's to 30's. The atmosphere is usually relaxed and vibrant, heading more towards mad and noisy on a Friday night. It isn't a bad place to start a night out, that way you can catch happy hour and stock up on drinks before heading somewhere less crowded. If you're planning to stay there all night, get there early and grab seats, or wear comfy shoes, as you might find yourself standing quite a bit.
On Anon is just by Piccadilly circus and at first look it appears to be an excellent bar, many different levels, each with its own distinctive decor and style. I was in the Lodge Bar on the top floor for a while which is really cool It's done out like a mountain lodge with moose heads and bear skins on the walls and windows that over look picadilly circus. The drinks are pricey, but pretty much what you would expect from a trendy central London bar. Up until about 8pm on the Firday night I was in there it was really good, then came the crowds. They pack them in, it's very hard to get your own space, and going to the bar later in the evening was a mission in itself. There's also a club section that played cheesy pop and chart R 'n B which opened later on and unbelievably that was more packed than the bars, wall to wall people dancing on top of one another. Alot of the clientele were stereotypical city types and I had the misfortune of over hearing one have an argument with a barman and come out with the cliched "I earn more in week than you do in a year etc etc". For novelty it's not bad, but if you want a proper night out with real people then I'd recommend you steer clear. Happy drinking.