Clubbing

London-Clubs

1. Grey Goose Winter Ball in aid of the Elton John AIDS Foundation on Saturday 10th November at Battersea Power Station.

The party theme will be 1950s Cote D’Azur and a specially designed Grey Goose cocktail reflecting this time and place will greet guests on arrival. Michelin-starred head chef at The Connaught, Helene Darroze, will also be curating a Mediterranean-inspired three course menu whilst three bespoke portable cocktail bars will be auctioned that night. More information and tickets.

2. Interior Design Masterclass on 24th November at The Saatchi Gallery. If you’re looking for inspiration and/or a bit of help with redesigning a room in your house or flat, this could be the class for you. From 1pm – 4.30pm, it costs £60. More information.

3. ‘High Profiles’ exhitibiton at The Sloane Club on 5th and 6th November. This exhibition which will showcase 35 sculptures of the great and the good aims to raise money for the Renton Foundation, a charity initiative, set up by Mencap to offer leisure opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

Details: The Sloane Club, 52 Lower Sloane Street, SW1W 8BS. Monday 5th November, 6pm – 9pm; Tuesday 6th November, 6pm – 9pm.

4. Do you know about Deuxième or its sister shop Deuxième Too, both on New King’s Road? They are both dress agencies which sell designer clothes, shoes, bags and accessories that are all nearly-new, second-hand or vintage. Well they’re having a Christmas styling event on 20th November from 7pm to 9pm, which you might be interested in. More information and tickets.

5. Dukebox’s Carn-Evil ends on Saturday 3rd November with DJ Rich Stone, so there’s still time to head down for some wicked fun which will be going on until 3.30am.

 

There’s nothing I like better than getting behind a bar and shaking up my own cocktail. It’s the sign of a good party – even if I don’t know what I’m doing, ha!

So you can imagine my delight when I was invited to a cocktail-making masterclass at Mahiki: Mayfair’s Tiki club and a haven for delicious tropical concoctions.

Before the evening kicked off, we enjoyed some cocktails and canapés in the bar.

Aren’t these pretty? I have a thing for cocktail umbrellas and maraschino cherries.

Once downstairs, we had to choose our favourite cocktail to make up. At first I picked a Dirty Martini and then I thought, ‘duh, maybe I should remember where I am. So I decided to go for a Mai Thai, my favourite tropical tipple.

And under the guidance of this lovely barman I managed to pour in the right ingredients before shaking them up.

Me trying … It’s so much harder than it looks!

This feels like a bit of a coming out post with the first photo of me on my blog (the eyelashes pics don’t count) – and how appropriate. My most populated blog category seems to be Cocktails. Oops. Well at least you know what I look like now. 😉

And let me introduce you to another cocktail-loving local: Fiona aka Kensington Doll blogger, who made a Tom Collins which was very good.

Have you also checked out the VIP room at Mahiki: a motel room with its own double bed and shower room where you can sing karaoke? There’s also a mini bar, which you can hire for 2 hours at a time. Let me loose on that please!

Unfortunately I couldn’t stay all night because I had a birthday party to go to. But it was definitely a lot of yummy fun. Thank you so much Mahiki. See you again soon!

Eyebrow threading at Strip Wax Bar.

Loving the new spin studio at my gym!

I also love my new eyelash extensions by Boudoir Lashes!

Tommy’s Margarita at 86.

The Wellesley Hotel opens in Hyde Park later this year. The building used to be the legendary jazz club Pizza on the Park – and its jazz legacy is set to continue with this stunning art deco boutique hotel, which will also be a massive draw for cigar fans. Watch out!

Street art in Clerkenwell.

Saturday morning cupcakes from Storm in a Cupcake, Chelsea’s latest cupcake shop.

The John Williams’ 80th Birthday Concert was amazing. The concert kicked off with Superman’s theme tune and ended with Stars Wars. In between, there was a string of Williams’ classics. Schindler’s List was hauntingly beautiful whilst E.T., magical.

Last night, I returned to Barbarella after the launch party, for dinner. The food was fantastic and the atmosphere was yet again buzzing, so there was no way we were leaving after the food. We stayed and danced the night away instead!

And right now, Sleepless In Seattle is on in the background. Love!

If you’ve ever walked past Stamford Bridge either to or from Fulham Broadway, you may have spotted a blue restaurant canopy along the way. The white writing says Barbarella and you may be forgiven for wondering what was beyond it.

I know I’ve been wondering. I’ve been intrigued for years and yet I’ve never had the initiative to pass under the canopy to investigate. To me the place had a 70s vibe. It felt stuck in time and I probably feared having to walk straight back out.

But last night, my curiosity was satisfied when I attended Barbarella’s relaunch party – and in three words, I loved it!

As I descended down the stairs and stepped into the venue, the vibe was already at ‘eleven’: an extra notch up. It was heaving and buzzing – and there was a lot of excitement in the air.

Taking a walk around, I was pleasantly surprised at the layout. It was bigger than I’d expected which meant plenty of space for the dance floor, chill out areas and the bar area. And I loved the mirrored walls. But then again, what did I expect? Jack Freud had enlisted the help of  Alice Wilson, of Raffles and The Brompton Club fame as well as Nick Valentine who co-founded of The Cuckoo Club.

Most of the night was spent on the dance floor: great tunes!

But Barbarella is also a restaurant, which I am intrigued to try too. How great to have somewhere to go to for dinner and a dance – literally. The seating areas have a glamorous touch so it won’t feel weird just getting up and dancing.

As for the staff, they are truly awesome. Admittedly, I was flattered by the barman who stopped serving everyone to make me a rose out of a paper napkin. What skills. He so knew how to wow a crowd. But it wasn’t just him. Everyone was so lovely and seriously, this is a big thing for me. I love places that don’t have attitude – where you can have a great time and not have a care in the world. Barbarella is one of those places.

A huge win! x

UPDATE: I have returned and I did try the restaurant. You can read about my experience, here.

So the word is finally out, one of the orginal team behind Public is bringing DUKEBOX to Chelsea in September 2012!

DUKEBOX, which will hold about 250 people, will aesthetically juxtapose a New York warehouse-style interior with eccentric theatrical touches featuring a series of nods to fantastical, and idiosyncratically British design.

The overall effect will invoke a grown-up’s playground, celebrating the elements of fun and surprise with nostalgic details prominent throughout, including carousel horses, a roundabout podium, caged jack-in-the-boxes, booths in the guise of Waltzer cars, a giant duck-on-a-spring and private dance floor caves.

The name, inspired by recollections of unimpeded childhood fun, is reminiscent of both the 17th century nursery rhyme “The Grand Old Duke of York” and a jack-in-the-box toy, whose surprise is featured following music. Other influences and reference points include The Magic Roundabout – in particular the character Zebedee, a jack-in-the-box, who operated as a kind of master of ceremonies within the surreal land created by Serge Danot.

DUKEBOX staff will be distinctive in 18th century style military coats, whilst sharing cocktails include the “Egg and Soldier” – a giant egg cup painted with a soldier, which opens to reveal a vodka-based cocktail for six to ten people. The drink will have its own soundtrack, and be delivered to the table by marching soldiers carrying sparklers. “The Present”, an oversized, brightly painted gift box containing a cocktail for six to ten people, will be wrapped in a big bow and served with a confetti bomb.

DUKEBOX will be open until 2.30am Thursdays to Saturdays and will be located at 266 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London, SW10 9EL.

See you there! x

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