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Electric Brasserie, London

191 Portobello Road
Notting Hill, W11
Tube: Ladbroke Grove
Tel: 44 20 7908 9696's insider take:

For a taste of members-only Soho House plus the Notting Hill scene simultaneously, come to SH owner Nick Jones's slightly less impenetrable westerly outpost for a glass of wine or three, snacks, and maybe even a movie, too. This was a much-loved old cinema (England's oldest, actually), a 60s subculture center, and a music venue. Now the movie house is flash with leather armchairs, footstools, cocktail tables and a bar that's open until five minutes before the main feature—art-house flicks mostly. The brasserie-bar provides food, drink, and buzz from 8 a.m. onward, and gets very busy at night. Unfortunately, the quieter upstairs scene is members-only.

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