As might be expected from somewhere that has attracted the likes Madonna and Prince in the past, it is very distinctive and really quite special. The plush décor is suggestive of a baroque theatre and features old-fashioned furnishings, antique paintings, chandeliers and even bathroom fittings that were once part of the Orient Express. However, what is particularly appealing is the way that the somewhat unstructured layout and charmingly dishevelled little touches moderate the potentially overawing grandeur. Overall, the eclectic and comfortable interior exudes a certain nonchalant cool that suits the clientele very well indeed.
The venue comprises several distinct sections, the largest of which effectively operates as an excellent nightclub, with regular entertainment provided by a variety of fine DJs and top quality live acts. It tends to be very popular, especially at weekends when long queues for admission are not uncommon, so pre-purchasing tickets when possible is advisable. Meanwhile, there is also a quieter lounge area, where enjoying various drinks, including excellent cocktails, in more relaxed surroundings is possible without having to wait in line or book in advance.
Finally, there is additionally a well-liked and high quality restaurant, which is perhaps the best option around when it comes to eating late. The menu is truly international, offering choices ranging from Japanese and Thai dishes to more locally derived fare, such as steak, salmon and Weiner Schnitzel. Although it is not especially cheap, the prices are still more reasonable than many of the city’s more formal eateries, the food is just as good, and the overall dining experience feels much more fun.
London, United Kingdom
May 24, 2004
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