The Underworld, Camden
'The Underworld' (as it h... show more
'The Underworld' (as it has commonly come to be known within the local scene) has become the heart of the alternative and metal. show less
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26 reviews of The Underworld, Camden in English
Really good venue in the centre of Camden...struggled to find it first time I went, even though you can see it as you walk out of Camden Tube.
Its downstairs under the World's End, several rooms, bar area, and balcony area leading into the pit with the band behind that. Pretty dark and grungey but thats what makes it soo good. Seen very good bands there like Enter Shikari and also bands that I've never heard of or remember now!
If you like a venue to have very good air conditioning, don't go to the Underworld, the atmosphere can get very hot and sweaty. If you love the moshpit it is amazing!
Loved this place, visit London frequently with friends and we have seen bands and been to the club and its awesome! I like the more intimate venue for bands so this place suits me down the groud and Ive had many a drunken and fun night in the club.
Staff have always been friendly and Ive never had any problems with the doorstaff and we have visited this place on several occassions, yeah its pricey but its London! Well worth a visit if your in Camden
big old pub. very Camden.
its the ideal place to meet people at the start of the night as long as u have a specific location to meet! as the place is HUGE. ideal to take people who have never been to London before…and well located within Camden.
A great place for gigs. Never been to the “club”, but went to a fabulous gig there last night. Classic dark, dingy feel but the way the stage is set up, it makes the gig feel quite intimate and close. Best place for viewing is up on the rails, so get there first if you want a prime spot, as these are the first to go - you’re not as close to the stage, but you get a 100% clear view than peering through people’s heads down on the 'dance’ floor.
Nothing special inside - all very tatty as is typical in Camden, but what do you expect for £10 gigs (prolly much less for local bands)? Bar is basic, pricey but not outrageous. Coat check costs £1.50/item by the way, but worth it not to be sweating & weighed down by your crap all evening. Got quite hot inside towards the end, but what do you expect for a basement?
Very small, good if you want to see your favourite band up close or even get on stage with them. Good for alternative/ rock styles as it situated in the heart of camden. There is always good gigs going on there, and it is usually not sold out so you have space to breathe when you go watch a band you like. Easy to get to, buses and tubes nearby. It’s a nice little venue.
A mostly decent venue in Camden, across the street from the Camden Tube stop and under the World’s End pub. When entering, the first room has the square bar area with some bits of seating. The next section has the cloakroom and toilets, with part of the floor slanting down towards the stage area. The next section is a few steps down to the dancefloor/main floor and stage. If you get there early for a gig, the prime viewing is along the railings but watch out for the post in the middle of the floor which can cause sightline problems.
I have seen various gigs there for the past 10 years and it’s a good place to see up and coming bands or foreign bands who don’t have a huge following in the UK. Depending on the promoter, the sound and lights can be good.
The only downsides are: barstaff can be good or bad and drinks can be pricier than the local pubs; the pole in the middle of the floor; being shooed out after a weekend night gig to make room for the club night crowd, and, the worst thing of all are the metal seats in the toilets (especially bad in the colder months) though the toilets are much better than at the Barfly.
Even with the downsides, it’s a fun place to see bands, and you may spot celebrities in the crowd too.
Cool little club, usually with a bit of a cue outside to get in. Have been here before with friends and been very drunk and I remember having a great night. This place won’t be for everyone as it is quite dingy and “underground” but for the type of music I like its great. One of the places to visit if your in Camden and up for some dancing around like an idiot.
Possibly the venue within most walkable distance of Camden tube station, The Underworld is a pretty good venue for catching intimate gigs in. Everytime I’ve been there the sound has been above average, and that’s with the quirky two tier layout. For those who want to get sweaty and bouncy take the setps down into the moshpit, and for those who want to keep their drinks in their plastic cups hang around the second smaller bar and watch the bands in saftey. It has to be said that your not going to have the best night if you end up stuck around the one post on the moshpit floor.
It’s slightly less dinghy then the Barfly, which means you don’t have to fear getting mugged by the local cockroaches when you take a leak, but you are going to have to deal with club type prices when it comes to drink. Oh, and don’t expect a smile from the bar staff, it seems to be staffed by the harrassed student types. It also doubles up as an alternative club when the bands aren’t playing. It also tends to lean more towards the metal/heavy rock type of acts.
The underworld in camden is a nice enough venue. It’s nothing special, but people seem to like it for the camden tag (hence it being full of slightly irritating studenty types). The sound quality is alright, and it must be said that the venue is surprisingly spacious. However, I have a serious problem with the security staff, who cannot speak any English and do not care about the people inside the building. Last April I was at a gig there and was headbutted (unprovoked) during an interlude, and had blood all over my face. I dragged the man who had done it to the security and told them what happened, and asked them to take me to the first aid room as my two front teeth were wobbly and were about to fall out and my face was bruised. At this point they told me it was clearly an accident (even though the man in question was 6ft and I am just below 5ft), refused to call the police, let the man go back inside and sent a female attendant to the toilet to get me some tissue. They were completely unhelpful and clearly didn’t care. In the end I had to kick up a fuss and demand to see the manager just for an accident sheet so they had it on record. I was utterly disgusted with the way I was treated that night, and after a police enquiry into the assault and the possible illegality of the staff working there, they asked the manager to see the security tapes of them dealing with me, only to find out they had been “accidentally” wiped. I will not be going back there again. (Not that I could afford to anyway, with a 2 grand dental reconstruction bill to pay.)
Very awesome small venue, the pillar in the middle is annoying since it restricts the view. Overall it has a good atmosphere being small and dark and I got in for free. It is quite close to the tube station.
There is a bar area and disgusting toilets as you would expect. The bar staff is very friendly but it is quite expensive.
If you’re in Camden you can’t leave without visiting a music venue. A very nice atmosphere whether you are seeing a concert or are just visiting on a club night. The prices are always very good compared to most London venues. The price of the bar is standard.
This is a good place to see bands in so it merited a * review. The problem is the people at the bar are not friendly and bouncers pretty heavy. What’s worse is how the management treat some of the bands that play there. I witnessed one band who had driven over 100 miles trying to get the £50 they were due to be paid for an hour after one event - the guy in charge was mucking these poor people about something rotten and the musicans told me afterwards they would never play there again. But the sound here is Ok and you can normally see the stage so it’s Ok as a music fan as long as you don’t have to talk to anyone who works there!
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