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From Goldfrapp to Bloc Party to the BBC Symphony, the Royal Albert Hall gets top billing. Adjacent to Hyde Park and Knightsbridge Tube station, this centrally located venue has no less than 13 bars and 3 restaurants.
Formerly the Hammersmith Odeon, the carling Apollo as it's officially know, has played host to a legion of greats, including Bowie, Queen and Thw Who. Recent acts to have belted bout hits to the 9000 ticket holders have included Black Eyed Peas and Velvet Revolver.
Another venue with the Carling prefix, the Academy hosts launch parties and radio station bashes, as well as concerts. It's as much the venue of choice of the Indie stars of today (Kaiser Chiefs, Arctic Monkeys, The Streets, Editors, Death Cab, Maximo Park) as for the indie stars of yesterday (Richard Ashcroft, the Charlatans), who still play sell out gigs to the enthusiastic crowds.
Billing itself as Central London's premier music venue, the Astoria serves up an eclectic mix. Depending which night you go, you might be met by the dulcet tones of Anthrax or Saxon, or find yourself in the bugglegum pop world of G-A-Y, the country's most popular gay night.
The Mean Fiddler's excellent Garage is another indie venue with a strong reputation. Upcoming names play and the hottest indie clubs rock the place every week - don't miss Alan McGee's 'Now We're Off to Rehab' or all girl DJ night 'My Ex Boyfriend's Records.'