Should you find yourself on the way to Earls Court - you may think that the Exhibition Centre there is the place to go - your journey consisting of exiting the tube, crossing the road and going straight towards that very gargantuan building. Let me give you a word of advice, as good as the Exhibition Centre is, your trip into Earls Court will not be complete without a trip to the Troubadour.
The reason is simply because The Troubadour is many things to many people, and it is pretty darn good at all of them. First and foremost I would recognise it as a coffee house, with its history supporting this (it is one of the last remaining London coffee houses), but it is so much more than that too. It is a live music venue, a restaurant, a wine store...there is an Art Gallery too, and to top it off, should you want somewhere to crash for the night - well there's The Garret too - a rather swish apartment which can sleep up to four people.
As you can imagine with all of the facilities provided, this place is a hive of activity - this is fully supported by the live performance programme - don't be surprised to find out that there is something on practically every night of the week - running from poetry to live rock acts, via singer/songwriters and folk. Don't worry if none of this sounds like your cup of tea, as for even the most calm-loving people, the lovely garden provides a peaceful haven to relax and sample some of the food from one of the rather delicious menus.
Offering so much to so many, and with the added benefit of being a really lovely building too (1954 was the date of it first opening as a coffee house), it is hard to imagine how anybody could be disappointed by this place. So remember, once you've finished at Earl's Court, don't head for the tube straight away - find the Troubadour and take a seat - you'll be glad you did.