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Salsa Reviews: Mondays

Listed here are my favourite places to salsa on Mondays.

Learning to salsa is a great way to combine getting fit with a fun night out - it really is good for you.

It’s good to know that in London there is somewhere to salsa every day of the week. See reviews for Mondays below or choose another day for all the relevant club info. Enjoy!

Salsa Tropical with Maria Palmieri

Attlee Youth And Community Centre, 5 Thrawl Street, London, E1 6RT
This night is brilliant! The venue has four levels and all were packed; the atmosphere was great. I tried Maria Palmieri’s improvers’ lesson and learnt a few new techniques to use in my dancing. At the end of the lesson all the groups were put into one room, and each group danced the routine they were taught to the cheers and applause of everyone else. Afterwards the guys formed a circle and the girls had to pick a guy to dance with during the first song. Then everyone was asked to change partner, which was a great way to practice your moves and try dancing with other people.
Date Visited:
September 2008

Nearest Tube Station: Aldgate
Salsa Style:
LA Cross Body style, dancing on the ‘1’
Admission: £10 for one lesson (loyalty card scheme available)
Info: www.salsa-tropical.com

Bar Salsa

196 Charing Cross Road, London W1
This is a lively location with a great vibe. It’s very busy for a Monday night, and is hosted and taught by Super Mario and Susanna Montero. It’s great value for money at two lessons for £8. All of the teachers are talented and the club is respectable too - apart from a couple of sharks who go there for more than just salsa... girls you have been warned! The music is very Latin with perhaps a few too many Merengue and Bachata tracks played. If you like Cross Body & Cuban styles then check it out.
Dated Visited: August 2007
Nearest Tube Station: Leicester Square

Salsa Style: LA Cross Body style, dancing on the ‘1’
Admission: £8 for two lessons
Info: www.barsalsa.info

Bar Latina

673 Tottenham High Road, London N17 8AD
Travelling to Tottenham to salsa seemed to be a mission but boy it was worth it! This place was packed to the rafters and had a great atmosphere. I tried the beginners’ lesson and observed all the other levels being taught. All were busy and all were being taught to a very high standard. The venue got even busier once the club started, so if you live in North London and you need your salsa fix this place is the one!
Date Visited: December 2007
Nearest Train Station: Bruce Grove
Salsa Style: LA Cross Body style, dancing on the ‘1’
Info: www.barlatina.com / www.salsafasttrack.co.uk

Salsa in Penge

The Royston Club, 85 Royston Road,Penge, London SE20
I heard about this venue through another dancer so thought I’d check it out. I’m glad I did: this place was popular and all the levels were being taught very well. I took the intermediate lesson and was taught a nifty routine which is leadable on the dance floor. Later the venue became a club and was quite busy for a Monday night. The floor was wooden and spacious and the drinks were very cheap. They also have a massive free car park for drivers. The tracks played were inspired and overall this night is well worth checking out.
Date Visited: June 2008
Nearest Train Stations: Kent House, Clock House

Salsa Style: LA Cross Body style, dancing on the ‘1’
Admission: £6 for one lesson or £8 for two hours
Info: www.salsadanceclub.co.uk

Salsa Caribe

Buffalo Bar, Highbury Corner, London N1
A very Cuban night! Things here got going much later then the time stated but both levels were very busy. The teachers really broke the moves down and nearly everyone got them. Afterwards when the social dancing started the atmosphere was friendly with the DJ playing some first-class Cuban tracks. The only problem is that the venue is a bit small. One other thing: if you’re a Cross Body dancer don’t expect the women to follow your lead! All in all this is a very enjoyable night.
Dated Visited: April 2008
Nearest Tube Station: Highbury & Islington

Salsa Style: Cuban style
Admission: £7 for lesson including club or £4 for club only
Info: www.salsacaribe.co.uk

Mina Queen of Salsa

Finchley United Services Club, 307 Ballards Lane, Finchley, London N12 8LY
This night takes place at the Finchley United Services Club, and at first I was a bit concerned about the room chosen. However a lot of people turned up while the guy on the door explained to me which styles of salsa were going to be taught that night. We started with a few Colombian footwork moves to get us in the mood, as well as doing a thorough job of warming us up! They were two levels, of which I chose Mina’s class. I have to say it was very useful – she did a good job of breaking down the moves, and was good at spotting people needing help, and teaching them the correct way to lead and follow each step. I stayed for the next lesson, which all levels took part in. Again it was a fun routine which everyone seemed to enjoy. After the lesson I stayed and had a few dances, which was entertaining enough, but there was no proper sound system or DJ, just a little stereo system and a collection of CD’s. Overall it was a pleasant night spent learning salsa with a lovely bunch of people.
Date Visited: July 2008
Nearest Tube: Finchley Central

Lesson Time: 8.15pm-9.30 pm
Salsa Style: LA Cross Body, Cuban, Colombian, and Puerto Rican styles
Admission: £7 for one lesson or £12 for two lessons
Info: www.queensalsa.com

Streetbeat Salsa

The Salsa Cellar, The Kings Head, Crouch End Hill, London
Taking place in the cellar of The Kings Head pub this night has a friendly vibe about it. I tried two lessons which were pretty useful. The people here were amiable, and many stayed afterwards for some social dancing.
Date Visited: February 2008
Salsa Style: Cuban style

Admission: £7 for one lesson or £10 for two lessons
Info: www.streetbeat.co.uk

Salsa Fusion

The Gate, 87 Notting Hill Gate, London W11
I took two lessons here which costs £8 pounds. They were fun and informative except that the teacher kept changing the routine. The venue only has a small dance floor, and although it fills up fast everyone is good-natured. Afterwards they put DJ Johnny G on the decks and it’s free entrance to the club till 1.30 am.
Date Visited: February 2008
Nearest Tube Station: Notting Hill Gate

Salsa Style: LA Cross Body style, dancing on the ‘1’, Cuban style
Admission: £5 for one lesson or £8 for two lessons
Info: www.salsa-fusion.com

Slug & Lettuce

Broadway, Wimbledon, London SW19
Sadly this night has changed and not for the better. The numbers have dropped and the vibe isn’t the same. The only reason I can give for this is the new salsa night on Tuesdays in Wimbledon. However, Miguel de Puerto Rico & Mayana teach here and the lessons are very worthwhile. Also joining in occasionally is John Hylton from Salsa Comes 2 U. This guy brings sunshine and enthusiasm into learning salsa and the dancers really enjoy his lesson. The sound system here could be better and the selection of salsa played could be improved.
Dated Visited: September 2008
Nearest Tube & Train Station: Wimbledon

Salsa Style: LA Cross Body style, dancing on the ‘1’
Admission: £7
Info: www.migueldepuertorico.com

Salsa At The Patch with Chandy

67 London Road, Twickenham
This night is above a pub and has an friendly feel to it. I took the improvers’ lesson followed by the intermediate lesson. Both were okay but I noticed that a lot of people turned up to take the advanced level with Chandy. The advanced level looked comprehensive and the people doing it were pretty skilled dancers. Afterwards music was played for practice but it wasn’t that popular for social dancing. Overall a good venue and solid lessons, taught very well.
Date Visited: October 2007
Nearest Train Station: Twickenham

Salsa Style: LA Cross Body style, dancing on the ‘1’
Admission: £7 for one lesson
Info: www.salsaheaven.co.uk

Epsom

Unity Hall United Reformed Church, Church street, Epsom, KT17 4PW
I didn’t take any of the lessons but watched all of them: all were well attended and all were packed with useful tips and ideas. There was a congenial vibe and all the teachers were teaching some good salsa moves. Afterwards people stayed around for some social dancing.
Date Visited: July 2008
Nearest Train Station: Epsom

Salsa Style: LA Cross Body style, dancing on the ‘1’
Admission: £8 for one lesson
Info: www.salsateca.co.uk

Salsa Moves In Richmond

Richmond British Legion Club, Park Lane, Richmond, TW9 9RA
This night takes place in a reasonably spacious room in the British Legion Club. I missed the first lesson due to the fact I was caught in traffic. I was taught some nice Cross Body moves by a good teacher and thought overall the place had a pleasant ambience. There was no real social dancing afterwards but I would go again if I was in the area just for the lesson.
Date Visited: September 2008
Nearest Train Station: Richmond

Salsa Style: LA Cross Body style, dancing on the ‘1’
Admission: £7 for one lesson or £10 for two lessons
Info: www.salsamoves.co.uk

Carlos Pez & Mundo Latino

Que Pasa, Tilly’s Lane West, 2 Rivers Retail Park, Staines, TW18 4ED
Salsa in Staines! Well I checked this place out and liked what I found. I took a Cuban lesson first followed by an advanced LA Cross Body lesson. Both were okay but afterwards there was no social dancing really, which was a shame as this place has got a lot of potential.
Date Visited: February 2008
Nearest Train Station: Twickenham

Salsa Style: LA Cross Body style, dancing on the ‘1’, Cuban style
Admission: £7 for one lesson or £11 for two lessons
Info: www.mundolatinouk.com

Salsa Nation with Robert Charlemagne

Thai Silk Restaurant, The 02, Greenwich, London SE10
Taking place in a Thai restaurant this night had promise. I took two lessons with Robert Charlemagne and have to say they were both valuable. If you like his style of salsa then check this place out. However, for an overall night of learning salsa and social dancing afterwards I would have to say don’t get your hopes up.
Date Visited: October 2008
Nearest Tube: North Greenwich

Salsa Style: LA Cross Body style, dancing on the ‘1’
Admission: £8 for one lesson or £12 for two lessons
Info: www.salsanation.co.uk

Come 2 Salsa

The Castle Pub, 38 Tooting High Street, Tooting, London SW17
I arrived at this venue for a 7.30pm start as stated on the flyer and was the only one there. At this point I was told the lesson was going to start at 8pm. By 8pm a few more people did arrive and after a warm-up we started the lessons. I took two lessons which were both very Cuban and very high worthwhile. Afterwards I practiced with some Merengue/Bachata and Cuban tracks. Other than the late start this place was not bad and I was told it is usually busier then the night I attended. Overall I would say it’s a decent place to learn some new moves and practice them afterwards.
Date Visited: January 2009
Nearest Tube: Tooting Broadway

Salsa Style: Cuban style
More Info: 07737 222 803
Admission: £7 for one lesson, includes a free beginners’ lesson
Info: www.come2salsa.com

Best Salsa with Barry Gordon

Fuego, 1A Pudding Lane, London EC3R 8AB
I saw Barry salsa once and was very impressed. He told me then about his salsa night so I decided to take a look. It wasn’t that busy as it was just after Christmas, but still I had a fun time learning some Cuban moves. I stayed around afterwards but things did wrap up early. If you’re into learning new salsa moves then you’ll find that Barry is a good teacher.
Date Visited: Monday 7th January 2008
Nearest tube: Monument Station

Salsa Style: LA Cross Body style, dancing on the ‘1’, Cuban style, Cha Cha Cha
Admission: £5 for one lesson or £8 for two lessons (online offer available)
Info: www.bestsalsa.co.uk

White Eagle Club

Balham, London SW12
This night was very quiet, perhaps because I visited during the holidays. At the start it lacked atmosphere, however the teachers were very knowledgeable. Overall I wouldn’t go again just yet.
Date Visited: August 2007
Nearest Tube & Train Station: Balham

Salsa Style: Cuban style
Admission: £8 for lesson
Info: www.salsacubana.co.uk