Bollywood is the hugely successful Indian form of Hollywood, complete with movie stars and lots of music and dance. Although Bollywood is based in India, Britain's huge Indian population means that there is no shortage of clubs in London that play this music. Known as Bollywood clubs, they also tend to serve Indian food.
This Asian/Indian restaurant turns into a club at night. What music do they play? No surprises here: Bollywood and Bhangra music. The restaurant is decorated in black, with black walls, black lights, and staff dressed in black. The effect is glamorous, says newspaper the Independent: "Tamarai brings a little Bollywood glam to the low-ceilinged room."
Tamarai 167 Drury Lane London WC2 011-44020-7831-9399
This big complex houses a restaurant, wine bar and night club that rocks out to Bollywood tunes. The restaurant has Indian specialities like Chilli Paneer and King Prawn Masala. Sides include Basmati Rice and Tandoori Naan. But the highlight of the experience is the dance club, which hires international DJs to spin Bollywood classics and Bhangra.
Mangos 110 Pennington St. Wapping Lane London E1W 2BB 011-44-079-444-92-444 mangos-london.com
As straightforward as its name suggests, this bar loves to spin Bollywood music. People get into the spirit by dancing the traditional moves from the movies that have gained a cult following. A few nights a week, the bar adds comedy shows or belly dancing into the mix.
Bar Bollywood 34 Dover St. Mayfair London, W1S 4NG barbollywood.net