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The Church
Reviewer: mac

Reviewed on the: 15/02/2007 08:58:28

Overall Rating: 82%
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Church. On a Sunday. It sounds good, doesn't it? Well, up to a point. When you realise that this church turns into a debaucherous celebration of being young and foreign, it hardly becomes the kind of thing you'd be describing in detail to more upstanding members of society. The Church is actually a 28 year old party icon amongst london's backpacker community. Most of you will have heard of it and many of you will have actually been to the weekly event at the Forum in Kentish Town. For those rare few of you who know nothing of the Church, I will elaborate. Starting at twelve noon on a Sunday, you will probably have to wait in line from 11 to be able to get in early enough to witness the massive venue fill up with well over a thousand people, all joining in the revelry. The atmosphere is almost beerfest-like, with alot of mingling between groups and plenty of action (including the comedian with 16 inch plastic phallus introducing strippers). It's not exactly upper-class partying, but it certainly is fun. There isn't much decor apart from the large church sign flanked by Australian, Zimbabwean, New Zealand and South African flags, the organisers have decided to decorate by drinking. This means that the drunker you get the better things look... Call it the beer goggles concept of decorating. Speaking of beer goggles, the Church is a well renowned place to 'meet' fellow antipodeans. The door charge of £6 is not excessive, considering all the entertainment, nor are the beer prices. But, having said that, it's not a cheap day out. The bouncers are generally friendly and polite, and the bar service is really quick, which is good because the event only lasts four hours, and it's not the kind of place where you want to be without Fosters in your hand. Actually the short duration is probably the most disappointing thing about this event. There's tons of space to move around, mingle and meet new people, of course it's not empty by any means, just not too cramped. VIP? None. None what so ever, in fact you'll be lucky to find a place to sit at all... of course you're not going for a quiet drink, are you? You're going to the Church on a Sunday to have a raucous time with some fellow antipodeans and international travelers. So yes, this is something for the slightly younger, wilder crowd, with the classic rock anthems, comedian, strippers and cheap drinks, it's something that you have to do at least once while you're in London. I get the feeling that once you've been there once, you'll be back for more. Just don't forget if anyone asks, just say, "I was at the Church on Sunday."

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