25 May 2013

The Great Gatsby Night

It felt like I'd been waiting so damn long for The Great Gatsby to be released. Baz Luhrmann's stunning Romeo & Juliet is one of my favourites (as well as being in my top ten tearjerker moments). And the gorgeous Leonardo DiCaprio was back too! Surely this was destined be my movie highlight of my year!

Caroline         Mary
My partner in crime and I booked our comfy reclining leather seats (I  Everyman cinemas) well in advance. We decided to make a night of it - see an early showing of the film then head out for an evening on the tiles. But where to go afterwards? I did my usual internet venue investigation until what should I see pop up in my Twitter feed scheduled for just the night we'd booked the movie?

A Gatsby inspired 1920's event at Libertine club! Just perfect!

Other than the great seats, another lovely thing about Everyman cinemas is the tasty food and drink they offer. We ordered our complimentary member's glass of champagne, hummus, pitta, olives and popcorn. The more indulgent cinema experience.

This showing of the movie was in 3D so we put on our silly glasses and settled to enjoy the film.

And what did I think? Well, it was okay. I was a bit disappointed to be honest. Although it was as beautifully filmed as I'd expected and the soundtrack was awesome, it was just a bit...well, lacking. Leo was good in it but whoever decided to cast Toby McGuire in one of the lead parts deserves a good hiding. But despite being underwhelmed I still enjoyed the glamour of it all and it set us up very nicely for the Gatsby party! We popped to the ladies loos to do our makeup and put on our boas and pearls...

Libertine is a new addition to the London nightclub scene and is growing in popularity all the time. You may remember me mentioning it in one of my previous blog posts - Reason & Mankind is the club's exciting cocktail bar next door.

We arrived and were welcomed at the entrance with a bubbling glass of Moet. Suddenly we were surrounded by glamorous flapper girls and smart waiters in 1920's formal-wear. A great little jazz band played over in the corner.

We didn't have a table booked but still found ourselves somewhere central to perch and enjoy the colourful display going on around us. I was so glad that we'd made an effort to dress up. I'd half expected us to be two of few who'd actually bothered but pretty much everyone had got into the spirit of the evening.

The friendly waiters buzzed around offering canapes and refilling our champagne glasses from enormous bottles. This was brilliant!

Beautiful showgirls in feathers and sequins began to dance on the tables around the club dwellers. The gentlemen in the club seemed very pleased! 

Very glamorous! 

I decided to grab one of the girls for a photo. Always a surefire way to make you feel ordinary...standing next to a stunning twinkling model!

After the jazz band had departed the DJ kept the music playing and the revelers dancing. Confetti explosions occasionally rained down upon us.

Later on in the night, Kym Mazelle took to the floor. Yes, you know her! She did that 'Young Hearts Run Free' song and she looks like this

She did a really good job of putting on a show in what could easily be an intense environment - she was basically performing on the dance floor in the middle of the rather hyped-up crowd. Of course she ended her set on her biggest hit and everyone loved it! 

Then the venue turned a little more 'standard West End club'. The DJ played a mix of dance and R&B, the showgirls departed and the dance floor heaved. Mary and I danced and waved our feather boas until our high heels got the better of us.

We had a fabulous night. The atmosphere was fun without pretention, the club weren't stingy with the food and champagne (surprisingly!) and I was impressed at the effort that the organisers had clearly put into making the scene as close to the epic, debaucherous Gatsby parties as they could.

What could possibly make this indulgent night even better for Mary and I?

Ah yes, a late night/early morning Chinese in China Town......somewhat of a post-club custom of ours.

It's lucky for our waistlines that we don't go to nightclubs as much as we did!


Have you seen The Great Gatsby yet? Let me know what you thought of it!

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  1. I was surprised last night with my THIRD birthday and all my family showed up.., including my best friend from Amsterdam! We all had to dress up Gatsby-esque and partied into the morning with endless champagne. Looks like you had a fabulous time, those costumes are absolutely incredible. It's a shame you didn't enjoy the film as much as you thought you would, I'm still dying to see it and hoping that its at least better than the original?!

    Katie <3

    1. You're only 3? I thought you were older! ;) What an amazing night that sounds, how lovely! The 1920's theme is just so glamorous, I love it. The film was fine, I think I'd just expected more - feels like I was waiting for it for so long!

  2. Wow look at those costumes! I want one just to sit in my wardrobe and sparkle!
    Looks like an incredible night, I can't wait to see the film!
    Emily xx

    1. I know, aren't they incredible? They put our outfits to shame! :)


  3. I really want to see it but haven't heard very good things about it.. I do love a bit of Leo though!

  4. What a wonderful party, I love the fancy food in the cinema, such an improvement on normal options!
    Top effort with the outfits too, flappers is such a great party style, so many tassels!!
    Such a glamorous lifestyle you lead missy :)
    x x x

  5. I have been wanting to see the Great Gatsby for ages but every review I read says the same - that it leaves a lot to be desired. Still want to watch it though =)

    haha great late night chinese food tradition! better than getting some fried chicken for sure!

    Teffy || Teffys Perks Blog



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