If like me you enjoy the buzz of the late nightclub scene, then you would have to search hard to find any better than that of the Underground Club. So just imagine my excitement when my editor Janey Bracken asked me to write an article about the club. Situated in the Knightsbridge area of SL London you will find, upon your arrival, that the doors are always open, and only a few metres up the road is a convenient bus stop, I was told that there is also a reliable taxi service and with a regular trains stopping at the staion near by, you have plenty of transport to get you to and from the club.
As you walk towards the club entrance you can’t help but notice a handy placed zebra crossing to help you over the road, just in case you've had a few to many drinks! I’ve heard a rumour, that on the odd occasion, you can see people playing hop scotch on it! Lol (laugh out loud).
Sometimes its fun to stand outside the club for awhile chatting to friends and watching some of the newbies spilling out of the club still dancing, having forgotten to click the dance ball to stop, hehe, I know how easy it is to do though, I’ve done it many times lol, and that’s all before you go into the Underground Club. Regulars to the UGC (underground club) will know all about it, but for those of you who have yet to have the pleasure, here’s a brief description of the place.
Upon entering the club you will notice that to the left there is a raised platform where the dj's (disc jockeys) ride their musical horses long into the night to the joy and delight of the dancing clubbers. Sharing the stage, you will always see one of the many hostess of the club, making everyone feel welcome and whipping up the crowd. Oh and don’t forget if you have a tune you've not heard for a long time, or a song that brings back that special memory, just Im (send a message) the dj and they will do their best to play it for you.
The staff work very hard to keep the clubbers happy, so if you feel like rewarding them there are tip boxes about the place for which they will be very grateful. If I have one criticism there’s only one thing missing, in my opinion, and that is that there is no pole to dance around on stage! Now I know this area is for staff only but, I’ve always wanted to dance around a pole on stage! Maybe if I put on a sexy outfit one night they might just install one and let me fulfil an old dream! lol. Moving round the room you cant help but notice all the dance balls, there’s many styles to choose, and they range from, a just legal slow dance for couples, to a do your own thing, the ceiling dance ball is usually the most popular though. But having said that my favourite, by far, is the line dance balls, where everyone does the same routine step for step move for move, even if the dj plays the wickedest rave tune, lol, its great fun.
After dancing up a thirst, there’s a well stocked bar in the back corner of the room, there’s also some iconic posters adorning the walls, and with pictures of all the hosts and hostess running almost the entire length of one of the walls, you can see what your favourite one looks like!
But by far, the most interesting pictures for me are on the wall above the entrance. Its the very famous image of the Beatles crossing the road, but this time seemingly walking into a proud Union Jack flag instead of the Abbey road studios. There is a small area upstairs if you just want to stand and chat. The UndergroundClub is owned by the stylish Debs Regent, who told me “Opening the club around the end of 2006 was one of the first things I wanted to do, and because the sim is in Knightsbridge SL London. I wanted to epitomise the 1960s, so we decided on a club based on a retro concept. The original club was built underground, tucked away behind the underground station (hence the name).”
Debs kept some early photos of the club, which she very kindly allowed me to use for this article. They are of the underground club in its early days As you can see it’s completely different to the UGC you see today. For those of you who can remember the 1960s these photos might bring back some long lost memories. I think there was a saying that went something like, ‘if you can remember the 60s you wasn’t there!’ is that right? I don’t know I will have to ask my gran. lol. Debs said there’s no immediate plans for the UGC at the moment. She is, however, planning to open a club in each sim, but to open them out to other types of music.
I got talking to TX Barbara Bailey, she has been one of the hostesses of the UGC for about a year now, and she told me that dj Janis and dj Rusty have played at the UGC longer than anyone, closely followed by dj Seany and the beautiful Brie.
The underground club puts on many events over the year, for example, Christmas, new year, Halloween etc, and I know they are planning a special valentines ball coming up next month. That’s February the 14th just in case any of you men forget! They also have weekly competitions for example, Madi Gras costumes, best in blue, best big hair etc. All with cash prizes ranging from L$200 to L$1000. You will often find the dj's and the host and hostess adding to the prize pot. So why not put on your best dancing shoes and go along to the Underground Club, where you will be amongst the friendliest people you’re likely to meet.