Notting Hill Arts Club

Art Gallery / Club / Live Music Venue
Notting Hill Arts Club A grand wooden door marks the entrance to Notting Hill Arts Club, where guests descend into the deep shadows of the basement to find shape-shifting light illuminating the canvas-like walls, the exuberant art exhibits, and the... London England 51.5096448 -0.1933838
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Notting Hill Arts Club - Art Gallery | Club | Live Music Venue in London.
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Party Earth Review A grand wooden door marks the entrance to Notting Hill Arts Club, where guests descend into the deep shadows of the basement to find shape-shifting light illuminating the canvas-like walls, the exuberant art exhibits... ... read full review

  • Tube:

    Central, Circle, District: Notting Hill Gate

  • Phone:

    020 7460 4459

  • Links:

  • Hours:

    M–F 7pm–2am, Sa 4pm–2am, Su 4pm–1am

  • Recommended as:

    • Night Spot

Party Earth Notting Hill Arts Club Review

The Scene

A grand wooden door marks the entrance to Notting Hill Arts Club, where guests descend into the deep shadows of the basement to find shape-shifting light illuminating the canvas-like walls, the exuberant art exhibits, and the...

A grand wooden door marks the entrance to Notting Hill Arts Club, where guests descend into the deep shadows of the basement to find shape-shifting light illuminating the canvas-like walls, the exuberant art exhibits, and the creative crowd, who are as much a part of the display as the art itself.

A circular bar and funky urban décor set the backdrop for the live bands and other events that make this club a hotspot for trendy, liberal Londoners and knowledgeable music lovers who crowd the dance floor and lounge area to support hip new artists.

A staple of London’s music scene for over a decade, Notting Hill Arts Club most recently helped launch the careers of Lily Allen and La Roux, just to name a couple, and is also well known for its popular club nights like yOyO and Alan McGee’s Death Disco.

From its undeniably cool underground vibe with a refreshing lack of pretense to its ever-changing schedule of music, films, art, and theater, Notting Hill Arts Club should be a regular destination for any lover of the arts.

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Tip from Jonah:

Once the club reaches capacity, a ‘one in, one out’ rule is enforced at the door, so it’s best to arrive before 11pm to avoid the line. Another great way to enjoy a gig here is to show up at the free RoTa sessions on Saturday afternoons when the club isn’t as packed.

  • Crowd

    Primarily those in the creative industry and art lovers of all forms. Hip, modern, and opinionated, 20s to 30s.

  • Entertainment / Music

    Various live music acts perform throughout the week. Most shows begin at 7pm or 8pm, though there are free live sessions at 4pm on Saturdays.

    The club also hosts film screenings, theater, and live performances. Check the website for the calendar of events.

  • Food / Miscellaneous

    Organic, healthy bar snacks including platters of hummus, olives, carrot sticks, and toasted pitas. The cover charge is often waived or less expensive in the early evening, then gets more expensive as the night wears on.

    Happy Hour M–F 7–9:30pm, Sa 4–9:30pm, and Su 4–8pm.

  • Prices

    Cover charge £6–£8 depending on event, usually free for the first two hours. Bar snacks £2.50, platters £4. Beer £3+, wine £3+/glass and £13.50+/bottle, cocktails £6.90+.

  • What to Wear / Dress Code

    Casual. Dress code: no business suits or team colors.

  • Hot Nights / When to Go

    The wide variety of music draws a different crowd every night. Check the website for the schedule, and show up around 10pm.

Notting Hill Arts Club User Reviews

Average rating:
Hate To Say I Told You So
LaetitiaA C. Aug 11, 2013
I'm not one to think too much about the formality of my footwear before a night out. In fact, the scruffier the comfier and the comfier the better so part of the reason that I love Notting Hill Arts Club (NHAC) so much, is that my holey, once white trainers are more than welcome. Contrary to many other London hotspots, NHAC attracts all sorts of weird and wonderful people and I can't think of anywhere better for tourists to see what London is really about. It's not full of the suited and booted, nor is it a public school hang out or a favourite of dodgy characters. In one recent night, I found myself samba-ing with Pablo from Peru and then making friends with a girl who was having weave problems in the Ladies. Don't expect a quiet place for a drink; NHAC is anything but a classy bar and instead offers a hugely varied selection of music depending on what night you go (check their website beforehand). The Pretty Reckless are a recent guest and the in-house favourite is the greying DJ Derek who must be nearing his 75th birthday. The drinks are inexpensive-ish but expect to wait your turn; the place is normally packed out resulting in a strict entry and exit system (although you are allowed out to smoke). For a good nightclub that doesn't make you feel under dressed and offers more than just Tattinger, you might consider the varied clientèle to be a daunting prospect but in years of going, I have never met anyone who wasn't good fun and genuinely nice. Forget your coat, grab a £20 and don your dirtiest disco boots, you will need all the energy you can get. Who knew you could twerk to the Rolling Stones?
Notting Hill's Dance Cavern
Sarah C. Sep 23, 2012
Notting Hill Arts Club attracts a fun mix of locals, students, and the artist-strays that London attracts. As such it is not prey to crazy students in fancy dress descending en masse, nor is it so local that a new face can't slot right in. It's cool, relaxed and a welcome change from the more obviously commercial London clubs. The drinks are reasonably-ish priced, if you're on sprits and mixers here's an important bit of information- THEY SERVE DOUBLES! You have to ask if you want a single measure. Also, take cash, the bartenders do not appreciate people with debit cards at their bar. That said, the staff and fun and chatty if it isn't too busy. The club nights themselves are a strange mix of dubstep/electro, indie, and then whatever else takes the DJ’S fancy that particular evening, which means after Oasis you could be dancing to a remix of a Parisian folk song. It’s fun and almost everyone is happy to go with the eclectic flow. One a practical note, this is a small and very popular club, so plan ahead and get there before eleven or be prepared to endure the tedious queue operating on ‘one in, one out’ and make sure you look up the address properly- there’s no signage outside and you’ll be wandering around all night!
Comfortable Atmosphere
Madeline R. Aug 7, 2012
As you walk into Notting Hill Arts Club you may be initially underwhelmed by your surroundings however the upbeat musical acts are sure to transform this grungy, dark basement into a bumpin’ …cave? The club has two rooms, one with a stage and the other with wooden booths and a wrap-around bar. Notting Hill Arts Club is a comfortable atmosphere with relatively inexpensive drinks (hard to find in London…) and locals that are down to dance. I suggest that you check out the club’s website before arriving because the musical acts rotate each night.
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