|Caroline ✰ Mary|
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!
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!