Pubs & Bars


We here at The Guide to Notting Hill are very sad to hear that one of the institutions of the Notting Hill nightlife scene – blagclub – is shutting its doors next month after 14 (count ’em!) very full and fun years.


Determined to go out with a bang, blagclub are determined to keep the party going strong until they depart the area, with their very last night on the 20th September. They’re also surely the place to keep the party going after Carnival (which is this coming weekend, in case you’d forgotten!), so make sure you head down for their last ever Carnival celebration in Notting Hill.


Since it opened in 2001, blagclub Notting Hill became something of a pioneer of the intimate, small-club scene, especially at a time when super-clubs where all the rage. Offering up a bespoke service in a funky setting – but without the over-inflated prices of other places – blagclub was home to many a fun night for so many people over the years.

If you’d like to book a table or space for the Carnival weekend or at any time over the next month, please contact the bar directly on 020 7243 0123 or email info@blagclub.com.


To find out more about blagclub’s closing, please see their newsletter, or check out their website for a sneak peek at their recent stylish refurb!

Keep the party going at blagclub Holland Park!

Don’t forget that the Holland Park venue is still very much around and will be keeping the party spirit strong in the future! With that venue also undergoing an exciting refurbishment soon, it will be the place to go to for a lively night out in the local area.

First Floor
68 Notting Hill Gate
W11 3HT

After an exciting build up across the country this year, Oxjam 2013 comes to a close on the 19th October with venues all over the UK showcasing the best up and coming talent this country has to offer – whilst also raising money for the very worthy cause, Oxjam, of course!

And, of course, Notting Hill isn’t missing out on any of this! A number of well-known venues in the area will be hosting gigs as part of Oxjam Notting Hill on the 19th October, including Mau Mau, Portbello Gold, Trailer Happiness, The Globe and The Castle. Artists appearing on the night include Pyrelli, Latala, English Flaws, Gamer, V-Device, The Bedroom Hour, Jessica Symonds, Clencha, Lizzie Nightingale, The Sofa Explosion, B-Liz and Ray Domingo, plus many, many more musicians and DJs as well.

Oxjam Notting Hill Takeover

Tickets to the entire night cost only £10 (great value!) and this guarantees you entry to all venues. Every penny raised from the night goes directly to Oxjam to fight against poverty and global suffering. Tickets can be purchased in advance online from We Got Tickets or from any of the venues on the night.

Be sure to also follow Oxjam Notting Hill on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest news as well as live updates on the night!

Oxjam was started in 2006 as a way of raising money for Oxfam through music – since then, over 3,500 Oxjam events have taken place (attended by a staggering one million plus people!) that have raised £2 million for the cause. Oxjam also showcases some of the best up and coming musical talent this country has to offer, from a very diverse range of musical genres – everything from folk to funk, afro beats to blues…and much more besides. Oxjam Notting Hill promises to be more than just a musical festival – they aim to be an institution.

If you’d like to contact Oxjam Notting Hill directly to receive any further information, please drop them a line on  oxjamnottinghill@gmail.com.

Oxjam Notting Hill Takeover
from 3pm, Saturday 19th October 2013
various venues

Next Thursday, 22nd August, Hartlepool’s finest band The Jar Family will be hosting a free gig at the very fine Notting Hill pub, The Elgin on Ladbroke Grove.

As one of the most unique live bands of 2013, and fresh from tours with Jake Bugg and Alabama 3, this gig is sure to be a cracker and right up the street of anyone that likes a bit of rock – or want to hear some industrial folk, a musical genre that The Jar Family are the proud inventors of!

The Jar Family Gig

The Jar Family are made up of five prolific singer-songwriters and listening to some of the tracks it’s not hard to see where some of the influences to their rocky-folksy-bluesy mix of music comes from – a bit of Dylan, some Jim Morrison, smatterings of Fleetwood Mac (I personally also felt some of Steven Tyler’s harmonica intros!), with even elements of more recent British rock such as Oasis, Kasabian and Pete Doherty all coming into play.

Next Thursday at The Elgin, they’ll be launching their forthcoming album Jarmalade, which will be released a few days later on 26th August. They’ll also be top of the bill at the free evening gig at The Elgin that night, so do also come down then for a rocking night out!

You may well have heard their recent storming single, Machine, used in the BBC’s Formula 1 coverage – and it may come as no surprise to learn that the song has also been adopted by their home town team, Hartlepool United, as the anthem that the players run out onto the pitch to. Take a listen to the song here:

The band are also being honoured at the Darlington Beer Festival on 24th August – where they’ll also be performing – with a beer named ‘Jarmalade’, after their album.

Check out the Jar Family’s website for more information on the band, or catch up with a host of their videos on the band’s YouTube channel.

The Jar Family – Free gig
8.30pm, Thursday 22nd August 2013
The Elgin
96 Ladbroke Grove
W11 1PY

Notting Hill residents and regulars may have heard rumours in the area of a new nightlife secret…something different from the norm. We’re pleased to be able to reveal a little more…

Launched last month at the newly refurbished blagclub on Notting Hill Gate, new and unique entertainment brand Roxx brings to you a unique vibe, attitude and spirit that West London’s late night bar and club scene has been crying out for! With a venue that resembles a rock star’s den, it’s where you can party in true rock and roll style four nights a week. The “backstage” concept at Roxx provides a debaucherous atmosphere amongst its dark corners, where you can sample one of the amazing cocktails carefully crafted by their skilled bartenders – you won’t be able to resist the signature champagne Roxxstar skull sharing vessel. With the best rock and roll music mixed in with modern house remixes, there’s also spontaneous live entertainment including a bit of sax, harmonica, guitar and trumpet – their tunes are sure to get the party going. All of this is set against a backdrop of floor to ceiling street art designed specially for Roxx by artist Richard Simmons (Imitate Modern).

Roxx, Notting Hill

If all this hasn’t convinced you enough that Roxx is where you need to be each week, we should add that the concept is brought to you by those who really know how to party – the team behind global events for Boujis and Formula 1 (F1 Rocks).

Roxx is open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 7pm to late, delivering late night revelry like no other… It’s hard to find, harder to get to into but you’re you’re in, anything goes – after all, it is the bands’ afterparty!

For bookings and reservations, please contact Forlan on 07966 160 042 or info@roxxclub.com.

Roxx @ blagclub
68 Notting Hill Gate
W11 3HT

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