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Welcome to the Twisted Circus Halloween Party at @ Morton’s

Welcome to the Twisted Circus Halloween Party at @ Morton’s

October 24, 2013 By Nick Savage Clubs

On Halloween night, the entirety of Morton’s private members’ club will be transformed into a circus themed extravaganza with outrageous performers, circus animals, flame throwers, stilt walkers, absinthe bars, special effects make-up artists, and, of course, DJs. Halloween revellers will be treated to free cocktails and beer complimentary of Havana Club, Pernod and Asahi as well as devilish canapés created by the chefs at Morton’s. Over seven hours of hauntingly good fun, guests will be able to investigate areas of the Grade II listed building transmogrified into The Graveyard, The Tunnel of Horrors, The Big Top and The Fluoro Hall of Mirrors. Tickets, which are usually only allocated to Morton’s members, will be made available to you at £79 per person. There have been no expenses spared in putting this event together, so we fully recommend it. If you’d like to attend please contact us at [email protected]

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Bodo's Schloss

Bodo's Schloss

October 17, 2013 By Venetia Shephard Restaurant,

One Glühwein away from après ski hilarity - this bar/restaurant/club offers an escape from the busy streets of W8.  Bodo’s Schloss is designed to make you feel like you’ve stepped into a warm Austrian alpine ski lodge and it certainly delivers on that front.  From the wooden panelled walls, the kitsch furniture and Austrian gingerbread to the good-looking staff dressed in lederhosen and the shots from the bar served on a ski for added amusement, Bodo's Schloss is a guaranteed good time.

 

The menu reads smoothly, with classic Austrian dishes on offer as well as the usual fish and meat seen across the board in London restaurants.  The entrées; charcuterie board, salads and soup deliver great flavours to the palate – the goat’s cheese salad was delicious with a good amount of tangy, fresh cheese combined with the sweetness and crunch of the red cabbage.  The mains saw a battle of ‘Schloss Classic’ veal Schnitzel versus sea bream; both well presented on the plate and equally sensational on the taste buds. The veal was crisp and golden, served with a lemon wedge to cut through the richness of the buttery bread-crumbs and a dollop of sweet cranberry compote, paired with a new potato and spring onion salad.

 

The general atmosphere at Bodo’s is awesome. The place comes alive around 11pm after all the tables are cleared and it morphs into the nightclub.  Cow-hide booths and tables laden with chilled bottles of Ciroc vodka await the party crowds eagerly queuing.  The music is what really gets the place going, with the DJ hitting the decks in an impressive mountain cable car.  From Dire Straits and Michael Jackson classics to chart topping tunes, you can’t help but grab your drink and head to the dance floor for a very memorable night.


 

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Zinc

Zinc

October 10, 2013 By Nick Savage Nightclub

Compared to other cities, London has always experienced a bit of a dearth with its rooftop lounges and clubs. However, the Centre Point building is offering to remedy this plight with new lounge bar and club Zinc, which is perched above Soho on the 31st floor. Designed by Studio Wick, the room features a serpent-inspired chaise longue wending its way across eastern wing of the lounge, fretworking on the walls, elliptical lighting and a bar crafted from zinc by Tom Dixon. The real stars of the show, however, are the floor-to-ceiling windows which let in intense panoramas of London’s cityscape. Come here on Friday and Saturdays, drink one of bar manager Gregory Ballester’s prized mixological creations, and get ready to party all night to house and electro tune-age.

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INK

INK

September 4, 2013 By Nick Savage

INK

 

Professor Green (rapper, brewer, MIC dater) and Gerry Calabrese (nightlife impresario responsible for Baroque and Hoxton Pony) are flexing a little London muscle and attempting to retrieve Leicester Square from drunken backpackers and sloe-eyed tourists with their newest opening, INK. Channelling the wideboy attitude of an East End tattoo parlour, this saucy new venture will cobble together killer cocktails with a painstakingly cool playlist to blast some E2 into WC2H. The design will be counterculturally astute, with artwork from famed tattoo artists Nikole Lowe (London Ink, I Love Good Times) and Neil Ahern (Ibiza’s Inkadelic), as well as graffiti murals and neon sculptures aplenty courtesy of Dimension Interiors.

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Ruski's Tavern

Ruski's Tavern

September 25, 2013 By Nick Savage

Serial entrepreneurs Diego Bivero-Volpe and Antoin Commane hit zeitgeist levels of popularity last year when they set up the kitschy Bodo’s Schloss in Kensington. Now, almost exactly a year later, the dynamic twosome have returned to the scene of the crime (literally across the street) to create Ruski’s Caviar & Vodka Tavern, a tongue-in-cheek take on Russia’s opulent edibles. The dining club-cum-nightclub will double as Dynasty, a period wherein the room plays host to relaxed drinking and gourmandising, and as Revolution, where the lights dim and the vibe becomes a bit more debauched. The room itself recalls the storied and tumultuous history of the country itself with a regal yet distressed design scheme. Wood cornicing, parquet flooring, red velvet seating and long tables with copper tops are all well-worn yet elegant, begging for caviar and elevated dancing alike.

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Casa Negra

Casa Negra

June 19, 2013 By Nick Savage

Casa Negra

 

Soho’s moody Bodega Negra was one of the hottest openings of 2012, luring droves of London’s glitterati behind its sex shop façade and droves of paparazzi outside of it. BN’s newly launched sibling Casa Negra is well situated to produce the same buzz. For those looking for high quality Mexican food, there simply is no substitute. Brooklynite Brad Macdonald of the trendy Grand Electrica and Governor restaurants will be heading up the kitchen, creating an array of sumptuous sharing plates including carnitas de lechon, a suckling pig served nose to tail with fresh salsas and traditional garnishes. The upstairs bar area has a slightly dark and debauched vibe and the bartenders are terrific at filling tumblers with intense tequila-based cocktails. There’s rumoured to be a basement club in the pipeline, which could well become one of the neighbourhood’s most fashionable dancefloors.

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Bag O'Nails

Bag O'Nails

February 28, 2013 By Nick Savage

Bag o’ Nails

 

For anyone interested in experiencing a bit of living history, Bag O’ Nails provides it in spades. Hosting musicians hailing from the halcyon days of rock ‘n roll greatness including The Beatles, The Stones and Elton John, the venue now pays its respects to the era with a design scheme that conjoins the traditional feel of cherry wood panelling with retro detailing including purple snakeskin velvet banquettes and gothic style lamps. Operating as a high-spec private club, members will be invited to dine on sophisticated Italian cuisine at their table whilst R&B, jazz and blues acts perform on the very same stage that hosted Jimi Hendrix. Bag O’ Nails is currently showcasing the venue with a launch slated for early Spring.

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Apartment 58

Apartment 58

February 28, 2013 By Nick Savage

Apartment 58

 

Apartment 58 popped up on Poland Street in 2012 and made a mark on London’s creative scene, quickly outgrowing the venue. It has now resettled in a more salubrious environment – New Oxford Street’s famous Centre Point building –where it boasts a large ground floor bar and first floor mezzanine private members’ area complete with carefully curated furniture collections which will cycle in and out every six month. They’ll additionally play host to a variety of pop-up dining experiences, with Pizza Pilgrims and Big Apple Hotdogs already on the docket. For any creatives looking for an office environment in which to work and play, this is most likely the best of them!

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Hide London

Hide London

February 6, 2013 By Nick Savage

Hide London

 

Club openings in London are on the rise at the moment, however this one is being kept on the downlow, in a basement on Jermyn Street to be precise. Hide London has bragging rights to one of London’s best sound systems, a newly tweaked VOID, with the world’s most enviable array of EDM and House DJs lined up to crank tunes over it, including Seth Troxler, Ben Pearce, Mekanism and Jordan Peek as a start. Billing themselves as ‘not your average West End venue’ Hide London will be jettisoning the usual formula of dress codes, ropes and rules for an experience that prioritises a more personalised musical experience. Sounds like it will be well worth the descent!

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Upper West

Upper West

February 6, 2013 By Nick Savage

Upper West

 

New York City has been experiencing a bit of a nightclub renaissance of late. New King’s Road opening Upper West aims to borrow some of its key ingredients to create a contender for Chelsea’s late night throne. Taking cues from Manhattan clubs like PH-D and Marquee, Upper West will boast a roof terrace complete with olive trees and cascading fountains, a partnership with London’s West Bank art gallery, Elton John’s retired piano, and a selection of Big Apple inspired small eats. The nightclub, Madison’s, is accessed by a grand staircase and will feature house and techno DJs, floor to ceiling bronze mirror panelling, and an avante garde lighting system. This is how the west was won.

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