IN&OUTTONIGHT 26 Friday, 23 October 2009 London Lite CLUB TALK By Scott Manson E VER sat in on a focus group? We used to consult them on a website I worked for, and heres what I learnt users wanted: everything. They wanted shorter stories, but also longer stories. More international stuff, but also more local stuff. And fewer female- friendly articles. But more female-friendly articles. And maybe, say, Angelina Jolie on the home page. Its useless to ask people what they want, as nobody knows until they have it. Clubland is the proof. Great nightclubs grow organically, starting small-scale, then picking up followers until theyre offered a room of their own at a bigger, more established club. The bigger club gets the kudos of an underground night under its wing, the smaller club raises its exposure -- all without a spendy branding agency to explain what young people seek from their nightlife experience. Great clubs run on instinct, trend WEEKEND FOR BIG APPLE LOVERS Apple Day CHEW on a toffee apple or munch on a Hounslow Wonder at this festival celebrating the pomme and challenge mates to an apple-peeling competition -- the length to beat is 50 metres. Sun, Borough Market, 8 Southwark Street, SE1 (020 7407 1002, boroughmarket. org.uk), 11am, free. Tube: London Bridge FOR FILM BUFFS HMVCurzon FROM today you can watch new releases and buy classic DVDs in the same shop, as Wimbledons HMV is the first record store to get its very own art house cinema. Screenings this weekend include Fantastic Mr Fox, The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus and Up. HMVCurzon Wimbledon, 23 The Broadway, SW19 (hmvcurzon.com), times and prices vary. Tube: Wimbledon FOR A GIRLY NIGHT Women Of Manhattan JOHN PATRICK SHANLEY penned this play about three career-driven girlfriends more than a decade before Sex And The City first aired. Perfect for a girls night out. Until 7 November, Old Red Lion, 418 St John Street, EC1 (020 7837 7816), Tue-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat & Sun 4pm, 13-16. Tube: Angel LAUREN PAXMAN LAIDBACKANDLOWKEY Foxy: Fantastic Mr Fox H AS London been engulfed by melancholy? Judging by the slew of blues bars opening dur- ing the past six months it would seem so. In reality, youre un- likely to find a man in the ad- vanced stages of abject misery caterwauling on stage in these bars; instead they celebrate the spirit of the blues and many of the sounds that followed in its wake, including jive, rocknroll, swing, R&B, rockabilly and soul. Heres our pick of the best places to wallow in your blues for a night... THEBLUESKITCHEN THE team behind pubs Old Queens Head, Paradise and The Westbury have overhauled Camdens Oh Bar and re- opened it as The Blues Kitchen. Distressed wood, faded posters (Elvis, John Coltrane), frayed record sleeves and a diner-like area conjure up images of Southern Americana. Mint juleps (a deep south classic made of bourbon, mint, sugar and ice, 6.50) are stiff, and the long bar stocks more than 40 bourbons. Theres live music every night of the week and an open mic night on Sundays. Food plays a big part at The Blues Kitchen. Order break- fast (pancakes, 5, steak and eggs, 7.50), soul food ( b a r b e c ue r i b s, 1 2 ) , Depression-era PoBoy subway sarnies (9) and milkshakes (4). 111 Camden High Street, NW1 (020 7387 5277, theblueskitchen.com) CHARLOTTE STREETBLUES TUCKED away at the top of Charlotte Street is Charlotte Street Blues. Music concentrates on top- end blues and forthcoming dates include The Yardbirds (20 November) and American i c o n J i m my K a l b ( 2 1 November), while Sundays are BY RAHUL VERMA DROWN YOUR SORROWS WITH ing the past six months it would seem so. In reality, youre un- likely to find a man in the ad- vanced stages of abject misery Queens Head, Paradise and The Westbury have overhauled Camdens Oh Bar and re- opened it as The Blues Kitchen. Distressed wood, faded posters (Elvis, John Coltrane), frayed record south classic made of bourbon, mint, sugar and ice, 6.50) are milkshakes (4). 111 Camden High Street, NW1 (020 7387 5277, theblueskitchen.com) CHARLOTTE STREETBLUES TUCKED Charlotte Street is Charlotte Street Blues. end blues and forthcoming dates include The Yardbirds (20 November) and American i c o n J i m my K a l b ( 2 1 November), while Sundays are In the swing: The Blues Kitchen Bluesis index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html