New London nightclubs
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There are some new kids on the block for you to discover, and these lot stay up late…

New private nightclubs seem to be a trend in London, here are three of the best for you to discover…

Charlie
Charlie nightclub

A Mayfair private members club, taking inspiration from Charlie Chaplin…

The club (which replaces Funky Buddha) is open Thursday to Saturday, with a capacity of around 180-200 people features artwork by London based glamour artist Richard Zarzi. The £1M refurbishment was one of the most decadent and luxurious to be undertaken in the capital in recent years, by the London Hospitality Group, who also run Project and Toy Room.

The main inspiration comes from Charlie Chaplin and then the group developed the idea using inspiration from other famous people with the name including: Charlie Sheen, Ray Charles, Charlie Brown, Charlie’s Angels and Charles Darwin. Expect an eclectic interior (blending of modern and old fashioned) of warm woods, rich leathers and vintage furniture (including a pool table).

Ideal For
Late night revellers, a night cap, icon types…

Highlights
The club features a private members’ room in collaboration with David Beckham’s Haig Club whiskey called The Haig Room and features a pool table and a fireplace.

Tape
Tape nightclub

This members club (founded by Grammy-award winning producer, Dallas Austin) is the “home” for London’s music industry, designed as “a central hub of creativity and celebration”, also serving as a live music venue with its own recording studio…

The private members hangout (formerly Jalouse, Crystal and then Cafe Kaizen) offers a 150-capacity club space, ‘Little Tape’ where you can enjoy food, a bar (with a late night license), as well as a Baby Grand piano, guitars, and musical equipment for use by all guests. It is the only private members space in London, offering a fully equipped, sound proofed recording studio. Designed by Munro Acoustics (behind studio projects such as Abbey Road, AIR Studios and Tile Yard), the walls of Little Tape are adorned with musical memorabilia such as Sir Paul McCartney’s original contract for Live and Let Die, Kurt Cobain’s denim vest, a hand written poem from Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry’s Cherry Red Gibson 335 guitar. Tape Studio also has its own in house technical teams.

Separately, there is a 250-capacity nightclub space, ‘Tape London‘ which is open to the public, complete with a fully sized stage for performances. As DJ and promoter Jacobi Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe (of Housekeeping), explained that “TAPE was going to be all about the music”. Open initially from Wednesday to Saturday, with Wednesdays set aside as an open-format evening, hosting live music and record launches.

Ideal For
Musical talent, record breaking, a new concept, groupies…

Drama
Drama

Art is key to this “hallucinatory vision”, so expect neon, a splash of PVC and bespoke pieces by local creatives – all enhancing the ‘drama’ of this Kensington hotspot.

Located in the site which previously housed Whiskey Mist, DRAMA (from the minds behind Cirque Le Soir, Mahiki, Steam & Rye – Nick House, Tom Berg and Ryan Bish) mainly focuses around deep house and hip-hop (expect big-name celebrity DJs) and is “more outrageous, extravagant and flamboyant” than anywhere else in town (expect scratch and sniff wallpaper and staff dressed in fetish gear).

Each night is themed and includes a range of elaborate performance art and “neon shopping trollies delivering bottles to the tables”. There is also a VIP Gold Room – a ‘shimmering beacon of extravagance and debauchery’.

Ideal For
A whole lotta drama…

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