Bowie, punk, the expansion of Paul Raymond's erotic empire in Soho - the 70s had it all. Relive all that excess at these hot spots in London.
The Palm Tree
Prepare yourself for a great night at the Palm Tree, and a real trip down memory lane to a pub that hasn't changed in decades. It's steamy inside, often rammed, there's invariably some live music on the tiny stage, and with the complete lack of neighbours thanks to the canalside location, things can get loud and late. Conversely, sometimes it's just a quiet, low-key boozer with locals sipping lager at the red-lit bar. It's well worth taking a chance on it.
Bethnal Green Working Mens Club
Two for one at this East End mainstay - you've got the pub upstairs, with the 70s laminate and formica everywhere, and then the Basement Bar, with its unreconstructed pub grub and weekly quiz. Be in no doubt, here be hipsters, but the events calendar packs in a lot of cabaret, sleaze and general raunch to take you back to the 70s, whether you're doing it ironically or not.
Michael Caine and Peter Langan opened this iconic spot in 1976 to try to emulate French café culture. It quickly became one of the premier celebrity haunts in Mayfair, frequented by the likes of Marlon Brando, Muhammad Ali and David Hockney. The quality of the food is... variable these days, but if you want a slice of quintessential London indulgence, with ageing socialites having the kind of long lunches that leave them falling off chairs, then this is the place.
Bob Bob Ricard
Are there three sweeter words than 'Press for champagne'? So read the gold-effect plaques adorning every table in this Soho fixture. The menu is a mixture of Russian and English cuisine, the dress code is 'elegant' and under-12s aren't allowed in. It's all booths in the rather extraordinary dining rooms: blue, inspired by the Orient Express, and red, plastered with ornate backgammon motifs. Not a sliver of natural light will make it in here, and nor should it - take a few hours to sink into a booth and work that champagne button for all it's worth.
The Glory is clinging on as one of the last great queer pubs standing in the area, what with the George and Dragon sadly closing down the road in Shoreditch. Happily the Glory is still glorious, its stage hosting multitudes of glitter-fuelled performers, plus London's biggest lip sync drag battle. Don't miss it.
This ex-servicemen's club (Memorable Order of the Tin Hats) was revived in 2015 and is firmly committed to that finest of decades - just consider some of its regular events: Krautrock Karaoke, Ballroom Blitz, Heard it Through the Grapevine - you get the picture. The vintage dancefloor and eye-catching ceiling make it an excellent choice for event hire too.