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  • “The DJ plays a bit of everything and you can certainly sing to more than half of the songs.” in 3 reviews

    Music: DJ

  • “I especially like the chain room my friend held her birthday in the chain room and we have some great photos with us hanging from the chains.” in 4 reviews

  • “-Cool, large, multi-level club part of the Cumberland hotelin 2 reviews

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  • 4.0 star rating
    30/10/2012
    1 check-in

    It was close to 12 o'clock when I showed up here and the bouncer gave us a bit of a speech about letting four lads in without any girls, told us we were lucky to be getting in. I thought that was a bit rich because the place was not very busy, I'd happily take my money elsewhere. Although I guess that is the bouncers job, nobody likes the bouncer.

    The fire alarm went off so everyone in the club had to leave, that was annoying. But when we got back in all the drinks were half price to compensate. The drinks were half price for at least an hour. Excellent.

    The music was good, not a huge crowd but enough for a good atmosphere. I would definately come back.

  • 3.0 star rating
    4/4/2013
    1 check-in

    -Cool, large, multi-level club part of the Cumberland hotel
    -No cover or queue when we went
    -Everyone is welcome, no members only policy
    -Good DJ, played harlem shake and then a song from the 60's
    -Open late (3AM the Saturday we were there)
    -Seriously everyone smelled like BO - not the club's fault, but honestly gross!

  • 1.0 star rating
    1/6/2014

    Yes. The place is nice, we'll decorated and big enough to dance BUT I've been twice and was the worse experience ever. First time my husband hired by  e-mail the chain room for my birthday but when we came to the place Chain Room was reserved for a big group and they didn't want to recognise our previous booking. We had to stay in other area of the place. I was really disappointed because we really made sure that my birthday would be in chain room. Second time was birthday's friend of mine and the service was awful. We asked for food (pizza) and 45min later we had to ask again what happened with our pizza and they said we didn't order, when they were checking in the kitchen they find out the pizza, almost cold at that moment. It's important to say that day the place was completely empty, the only customer there were us. To make two cocktails they took the whole life and they did wrong, we had to said," that is not a Negroni" and they had to make it again. In my point of view there is the worse service ever, super bad customer service. I will not come back ...

  • 2.0 star rating
    24/1/2010

    This is probably the classiest hip-hop club I've been too.  There wasn't a metal detector in sight!  The interior is very industrial.  The floors are concrete and the air ducts are exposed.  There are even steel chains which hang from the ceiling to delineate the ground floor VIP area. The bar is massive.  It takes up the entire club.  And everyone is dressed in their best...well at least the girls are.  The guys mostly wore t-shirts, jeans and trainers.  I'm sorry but that go well with my sequin dress and stilletos.  But thanks for trying.

    The music was a mix of old school, hip-hops latest, R&B, reggae and funky house.  It was okay but there is only so much reggae that I can take.  The staff are not very helpful.  You aren't allowed in the club unless you are on a guest list.  Luckily we were but we still had to pay 15 quid to get in.  Now I've been to some of the poshest members only clubs in London and didn't pay a dime to enter.  So I wasn't too happy about that at all.  I was also pre-warned at coat check that the lady working there will try to rip you off.  Basically, show up only with one pound coins and she's less likely to charge you a fiver to check your coat when it really should only cost 2 GBP.  

    The clientele was an interesting mix of young club kids and people in their forties trying to re-discover their youth.  It was okay to a point.  The place wasn't too croweded and everyone was in a party mood. But it got to a point where there were too many drunk people falling all over the place and guys were trying to fight.  We left just in time.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/7/2011

    I've visited Carbon Bar a handful of times, to celebrate birthdays, to meet new significant others' over cocktails, to dance after one too many cocktails.

    It's got an interesting look. It's not overly luxe and the bar is huge. If you can't get a drink you're here, you're not doing it right. The bar-tenders are happy to make you anything you want and seem to have painful addictions to getting talked into giving out free drinks by groups of pretty girls.

    This is a fun place to go on a date. It's very darkly lit and intimate. I have never seen it overly crowded. The DJ plays a bit of everything and you can certainly sing to more than half of the songs. Everyone is usually pleased at this bar. Boyfriends have something strong, girlfriends have cocktail after cocktail, and groups of friends can eat late into the night with bar food that isn't greasy, unappetizing, or painful to look at.

    It's a staple place and central for all of us to visit. Many nights you're one of a sea of beautiful faces and on others, you're part of a good crowd that wants to dance all night.

    • Qype User marshc…
    • London
    • 26 friends
    • 79 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    5/6/2010

    I can't figure this place out. I've been here late night & early evening, and would say it's definitly suits being a late night venue. The interior is very urban.. think copper, chains and wooden barrells as is the music, with r'n'b and garage spanning the last 10 years to present. However it seems to lack a certain atmoshphere, and really doesn't get busy until after 11pm, when you will need to pay £15 on a weekend to get in.

    Drinks are pricy... only a couple of beers on draft, much more a cocktail, spirits and wine venue. Staff are also quite slow, at both getting served and being served. And if you do go for cocktails then depending on who serves you can make a huge difference to the quality of the drink.

    I want to like this place, but seems like a lackluster effort each time...

    • Qype User sophis…
    • London
    • 58 friends
    • 62 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    3/7/2008

    Carbon isn't in the best location - Old Quebec Street is sat squarely opposite the giant Primark and venturing there invariably requires the Oxford Street battle, which is never fun. However, once you get there, you soon forget what's going on outside in the real Marble Arch world.

    The decor is what you might call urban chic - chains and cages are combined with sleek surfaces and a sparkling bar for a look which is fairly unusual if not taken slightly too far. It occasionally feels more like a film set than a comfy bar.

    The staff are super helpful and mix a mean mojito - always the litmus test. Might be worth repeat visits and certainly fills a niche if you're in need of a very large drink after a trawl round the shops.

    • Qype User NilliJ…
    • London
    • 30 friends
    • 60 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    20/4/2008

    Carbon is one of them places I like to call backup places. Its one of those places wich are moderately good every week. Different, calm, cool crowd. Every one seems to have a good time at Carbon, not many fights and so forth. It is a good place, but it is not very interesting. Nothing really big ever happens to these clubs and they are very similar every week. Carbon is like one of these places. It has a fun atmosphere to it, it is just the same atmosphere every week. It is a fun club to go to if you just want to skank out and have fun lol. You can go crazy in Carbon and dont think any more of it. I recommend Carbon to people in big groups. It isi a fun place for big companys.

    Pro's: Good music, good prices, good crowd, fun atmosphere and nice interior.

    Con's: Nothing very interesting, very predictable and not different from other basic clubs.

  • 4.0 star rating
    23/3/2009

    Great hip-hop and reggae, including some old skool goodies. No cover or queue if you go early and pretty much everyone is dancing unlike many clubs where people just stand around holding their drinks. Generally a good night out although nothing else really around the area if you want to bar hop beforehand.

  • 4.0 star rating
    25/10/2012
    1 check-in

    Nice place. Good variety of music, nice decoration (industrial style writings in the wall, lots of wooden barrels and a few nice places to sit and stand. Pretty interesting crowd mixed from very old to very young jeans and Tshirt to full suit and tie. Bar is ok but slow.

  • 2.0 star rating
    27/1/2010

    I should have known not to rely on a youngsters tip about clubs. Carbon is in the Marble Arch area. Decor was nice, It had a bunch of Barrels for decoration. Open area and some VIP area but i was hoping that since it was in the CIty that it will be diverse enough for me to have a good time but when i got in it was very one dimensional and basically pretty much a Classless Nigerian Affair and some random folks of African descent. Drinks were spilling all over the floor and the bar staff took forever to clean it up. It was hot in the place and i wouldnt say the crowd was that young but they were obviously young minded. After about an hour and a half i had to jet and get the hell out of this whack joint. Hope they have a more diverse crowd on other nites since i went on a Friday nite.

  • 4.0 star rating
    16/12/2008
    First to Review

    Carbon is different, it is actually a part of a hotel and attracts a massive crows. I had never heard of this place till my friend invited me to visit his friend who was staying at the Cumberland Hotel. They had planned to meet in bar, we had to pay and when we met up with his mate inside, we found out that he got in for free, as he was staying in the hotel. He should have got us in for free too! Oh well.

    It was a good night, there were a few birthdays at a few tables, and mostly everybody was dancing. I actually didn't buy any drinks that night as the guy we visited just wouldn't let us, he paid for everything. Played a good mix of music to suit a generic crowd and there was a real good vibe. It definitely sticks out in mind, it had a rustic metallic wooden décor with massive text on the walls, with loads of seating, and when we arrived, people were eating. To be honest I don't know why I haven't been again.

    • Qype User macaro…
    • London
    • 122 friends
    • 127 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    This is quite a cool bar in a weird part of London for going out - the only other bars near by seem to be boring hotel bars, so it's a good meeting place. They seem to hold some fun events - I went to a fashion launch party here and it was a fab venue for it. It's quite dark and moody and trying a little bit too hard to be trendy, but it sells champagne and plays good music, what more could you want!

    • Qype User nienie…
    • London
    • 2 friends
    • 32 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    20/11/2008

    Celebrated my birthday here this year. Hired out the 'chain room' which was unique and very funky, only problem was that nearer the end of the night, people didn't realise it was a private party and just barged in. The 'tab' was difficult to keep track of as we didn't have our own bar and we were not sure when we had reached the £1000 needed to be able to hire out the chain area.

    • Qype User mestis…
    • London
    • 1 friend
    • 1 review
    3.0 star rating
    3/9/2009

    Good club and cool ambiance.Really empty before midnight but good music at any time.I met a lot of great people there.cool dj and cool place, really!!!And i love their cocktails..;UP!!

    • Qype User no1pur…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 1 review
    4.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    I went to this place about two months ago and it is the nicest place to chill with your friends. Its not sort of place where you go around to flirt, instead its beautifull and the staff are very helpful. I would suggest its worth visiting atleast once even though the area where it is located isnt that famous. We had few problems with the toilets since the flushes were not working and the whole toilet was in the mess. But this is just once in a while and does not reflect the bar as its own as it got large collection of drinks including Dalmore Gran Reserva, Taliskar and Nikka Yoichi. Over all its fantastic place to go on a date as well as good catch up with old friends.

    • Qype User anitan…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 5 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    24/3/2009

    Great hip-hop and reggae, including some old skool goodies. No cover or queue if you go early and pretty much everyone is dancing unlike many clubs where people just stand around holding their drinks. Generally a good night out although nothing else really around the area if you want to bar hop beforehand.

    • Qype User Justfa…
    • London
    • 9 friends
    • 11 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    8/8/2008

    I love carbon and its a regular little hit for me and the girls and the bar staff know us well. They serve us up with some fantastic cocktails and they are Just Fab!! My favourite is morphine its a champagne cocktail with Vodka and strawberry liquor its divine! I especially like the chain room my friend held her birthday in the chain room and we have some great photos with us hanging from the chains.

    • Qype User swoo…
    • High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
    • 0 friends
    • 10 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    19/11/2008

    My favourite London club in the West End where people are NOT pretentious they are just out to have fun and party. Music is a total mix, they play rnb, funky house and old skool! I love it. The design of this club is so different to any other club i've been to. There is a chain room which is sectioned off to the other parts of the club by chains hanging from the ceiling to the floor and VIP room upstairs which overlooks the downstairs bar. Loads of toilets so never have to queue very long. If you don't get there early you should expect to queue to get in and also for the cloakroom, but get there for 10pm and its more or less straight in. Friendly promoters/door staff and bar staff. Drinks prices are average, cloakroom is £2.

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