Tango Argentino > Londoners

Discussion in 'Tango Argentino' started by Heather2007, Nov 14, 2007.

  1. larrynla

    larrynla Member

    milonga advice

    In a few weeks I'll be in London, staying at a hotel near the University College London close to Regent's Park, where I'll be doing some research for an historical novel.

    Any pointers of nearby milongas to visit? Or stay away from? (Send me private emails for the latter if you don't want to reply publicly.)

    I'd like to go some place close by, but for a special night I'd be willing to take a cab, or even try the subway or bus.

    Is the floor craft in London as bad as some of you suggest? I've always thought of London as sophisticated, so I was surprised at some of the posts about that subject.

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  2. kieronneedscake

    kieronneedscake New Member

    Lucky for Larry, he's landing in (almost) walking distance of several of London's tango hotspots.

    Dancing in Regent's Park itself: http://www.tangoalfresco.com/
    Crowded but fun. Great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

    Corrientes: http://www.corrientessocialclub.co.uk/
    North of Regents Park. Probably a bus or tube ride. Slightly frosty, but generall good. Alternate Saturdays

    The Dome: http://web.archive.org/web/20060824155255/http://www.zerohouruk.com/
    Slightly further north and on Wednesdays. Worth the trip. I've had great times the last few visits I've made. Watch out for the rank of stern women who set up down one end, they will refuse invitations unless you're stunning.

    There are of course others close by, but I do not recommend them so readily. Once you're familiar with the tube and night buses, practically every milonga in London is within easy reach I think.

    Floorcraft kinda depends on what you're used to. In London, you're far more likely to be cut up than anywhere else in the UK. We all bad-mouth it because we're fed up of things being more difficult than they need to be.
     
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  3. Madahlia

    Madahlia Member

    In my very limited experience of London milongas - yes. When the floor is overcrowded, it's mayhem. Not pleasant to dance, in fact. Knowing no different (there is lots of space where I normally dance) I just accept it or sit and watch.
     
  4. TangoTricia

    TangoTricia New Member

    The wine bar is walking distance from where I think you will be, the best bet for a relaxed Tuesday evening: an interesting, rather than perfect, space, very welcoming with a very wide range of dancers.

    Traditional music, but played from CDs so that sometimes it becomes possible to predict what the next tune will be. Enjoy!
     
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  5. Heather2007

    Heather2007 New Member

    Free Tango Reminder

    This Thursday, 26th: Spitalfields Tango - Bishops Sq (off Brushfield St E1) Beginners 6.30, Milonga - 7-10pm). BR/Tube: Liverpool Street. The dancing takes place beneath the large canopy.
     
  6. Heather2007

    Heather2007 New Member

    Los Mareados at Royal Festival Hall

    Friday 26 June 2009, 1pm

    Los Mareados is a quintet of musicians based in London playing unique interpretations of Argentine tango music. The band has developed its sound and style in the dance halls of Britain and has gained a reputation as the most exciting tango dance band in the country.

    More details - FREE
     
  7. bordertangoman

    bordertangoman Well-Known Member

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  8. Dave Bailey

    Dave Bailey New Member

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  10. Heather2007

    Heather2007 New Member

    London *is" sophisticated. And real Londoner sophistication you won't find in a milonga. Only in places like Fulham, Kensington, Primrose Hill, East "Olymic Village" London, Notting Hill etc. in a lunchtime pub, or BBQing on Hampstead Heath/Greenwich Park, rowing in Hendon, traipsing around Camden followed by an evening soiree at some posh nosh on the King's Road or similar. This is how to enjoy London at its most sophisticated finest. But, back to tango. Not all the floor craft is appalling here, an act committed by just a few and so mostly it's easy to move round/manoeuvre your partner. Although I rarely visit the bigger milonga these days (preferring the smaller more charming ones on the fringes) they are worth checking out as some peeps have already pointed out - Carablancas, Negrachas, The Dome etc (Fridays) Crypt or Corrientes (Saturday), La Milonga de La Luna on the Gloucester Rd. Plus with summer (finally) here, there are plenty of freebies, open air milongas to look forward to. Keep checking the Londoners posting as I aim to keep all up to their necks with events overload. Welcome to Blighty and do, do get a chance to check out the many, many enjoyable non-tango stuff my city has to offer. Enjoy.
     
  11. bordertangoman

    bordertangoman Well-Known Member

    When they played in Warwick; a bunch of us were dancing tango;
    some Uni students were bopping and the majority were sitting down;

    best check with the venue if its possible to dance....

    if there's any flat floor available?
     
  12. Dave Bailey

    Dave Bailey New Member

    It looks like a standard music venue - I very much doubt it'll be all tango dancers, it's in Camden and I've not seen any flyers in the venues nearby (Dome, Carablanca etc.).

    I went to see Gotan in Hammersmith a couple of years back, they were the same, it was most frustrating being there, listening to the music, but not being able to dance.

    I'm not a musician, I'm a dancer.
     
  13. Madahlia

    Madahlia Member

    Surreal, wasn't it? The grungy youth doing their contemporary version of head-banging while the crinklies tangoed away in their little corner.


    On a totally different topic does anyone know if there's any tango events on on a Sunday evening in Central London? Classes, practicas, anything.
     
  14. Dave Bailey

    Dave Bailey New Member

    There's Tangology at the Negracha's venue in Holborn:
    http://web.archive.org/web/20090827124644/http://www.tangology.org/02.html

    There's also Bianca's thing in Farringdon:
    http://web.archive.org/web/20120423154500/http://www.rojoynegroclub.com/events/practica/

    And then there's tango at 33 Portland Place:
    http://web.archive.org/web/20110202155302/http://www.tangoat33.co.uk/

    There are some others (e.g. Mariposa and the Factory), but they're all outside Central London.
     
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  15. Madahlia

    Madahlia Member

    Ta, DJ. Well worth booking some of those cheapo Sunday night travelodge deals, then.
     
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  16. Captain Jep

    Captain Jep New Member

    There's open air dancing at Spitalfields this Sunday as well (apparently a one-off)
     
  17. Dave Bailey

    Dave Bailey New Member

    I shall be there - anything for a freebie :)
     
  18. Heather2007

    Heather2007 New Member

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  19. Heather2007

    Heather2007 New Member

    Free Tango at West India Quay

    http://westindiaquaycentre.co.uk/ - shows youwhat it looks like

    www.globalvillagedance.com - gives you a timetable

    Doesn't give any info on the milonga, but I understand from mates who knows Tony (tall grey haired chap with a ponytail) who'll be organising one.
     
  20. Dave Bailey

    Dave Bailey New Member

    River Tango's not on the river this year :(

    It's at Spitalfields instead. Mmmmm, it's not the same...
     
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