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Movida, London by Qype User bravob…
Movida, London by Qype User bravob…
  • “The parties here are always awesome, loads of celebrities come to party here all the time, just a great place go and go nuts and dress up!” in 4 reviews

  • “I definitely recommend checking this place out while in London; it is definitely VIP for a very good reason!” in 4 reviews

  • “The music is fantastic, and the layout, while quirky, works well giving you space to sit and chat, observe, dance, mingle, or escape.” in 3 reviews

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  • 4.0 star rating
    23/4/2010

    I came here while visiting London for the birthday of my friend's boss and had a fantastic time.  Being from the US, I had no idea what a Member's Only Club was or why one would call them that.  I am assuming it is similar to the clubs/lounges in the US where essentially, you are either really good-looking, pay for a table to get in or you name drop like crazy.  Feel free to correct me on this if I am incorrect in my understanding.  

    Since we were with someone who was on some sort of list and knew someone we were easily allowed entry.  I cannot speak to how expensive the drinks were, as I did not pay for one myself but judging by the decor, I assumed they were probably quite expensive.

    We entered upstairs, I believe we checked our coats and then headed downstairs.  The decor was amazing!  There was one small entryway flanked by tables, which I was not sure were VIP, as it would have been quite an inconvenient spot and not one I would have wanted to pay a ton for.  Beyond that is a bar area and then a huge room where music is blaring and tons of people are dancing.

    Some of the clientele are quite interesting!  Let me just say, there was definitely someone there trying to impersonate Lady Gaga's style, to a T; outfitted with a tiny top hat and everything.  This is definitely not something that should be done unless you are in fact a notable icon or can really pull that look off.  This girl was definitely not either.  I really regret not snapping a pic of her.

    This place reminded me of the clubs/lounges that you find in Meatpacking in NYC.  I always have a good time when I go out to these clubs, people are always dressed nicely and they are not full of trash but the scene is definitely not for everyone.  If you can get in, you are guaranteed to have a good time, just remember what you are getting yourself into.  This is not a place to wear your ripped out of style jeans, flip flops and t shirts, wear that and you are guaranteed to NOT get in!  Make sure you are dressed to the nines, in the latest fashions and look the part.  Even then, you may have to name drop like crazy.  And if all else fails, which from what I have heard it probably will, be prepared to hand over that credit card and sign your life away.

    I definitely recommend checking this place out while in London; it is definitely VIP for a very good reason!

  • 2.0 star rating
    9/8/2009 Updated review

    Do NOT, I repeat, do NOT come to Movida sans table.  Even if you are supposedly on the "VIP List" (whatever that means, pretty much nothing, from what I can tell...) the door staff, who are always a little obnoxious, suddenly don't even see you.  You simply don't exist.  

    Seriously, we were barked at by the woman with the clipboard to make room for the "table folk" and dismissed to the back of the queue - despite the fact that I was actually visiting the club in an official capacity and it was the head of Movida PR who put me on her so-called, completely bogus "VIP List."  Ha.

    Someone said you can come here without a table.  Really?  REALLY - you can't.  The GOOD music - the kind you want to dance to - is only being played in the room with the tables... and you can only stand in that room in front of the little bar with all the staff shoving past you with the endless parade of champagne crowned with spritzing sparklers for so long before you start to feel freakin' AWKWARD.

    This club is bitchy.  Like, really bitchy.  Which I KNEW, but when you're seated at a proper table it doesn't bother you so much.

    So... Movida with a table = 5 stars.

    Movida without a table = 2 stars (and really, pretty much don't bother)

    Oh, and Movida, I strongly suggest that you get your idea of "PR" sorted and aim to make it more aligned with some of London's other more "it" clubs... even though they're newer and hipper, their PRs still treat people who are reporting on their venues like gold.

    5.0 star rating
    20/11/2008 Previous review
    I ended up here for the very first time on Halloween.  I came with a large table party and found… Read more
  • 2.0 star rating
    2/12/2008

    I'm not really a huge fan of Movida, simply because it is the ultimate in pretentiousness when there are other clubs in London that have more reason to be.

    It is very expensive for drinks which aren't really anything special. The cocktails taste very average and the bar staff are not particularly friendly and seem to lack any personality other than being moody. It is always full of celebrities and footballer wife types (excuse the stereotype but it is true) and people who aspire to be part of the rich and famous clan and just try too hard. There is just something falsely unreal about Movida and I felt quite uncomfortable here.

    The music is good but you can't really let yourself go and have a fun time as you feel people are judging you. Definitely not my favourite club.

  • 2.0 star rating
    9/5/2011

    A club. An expensive club that doesn't justify the price. Small, lots of steps which doesn't help if you are drinking! Standard cocktails menu, apart from the prices which are rip-off. I wouldn't mind paying over £10 for a mojito...if Fidel Castro would make it himself, which I'm sure he wouldn't. He is a respectable man who wouldn't be involved in making cocktails anyway, and if he would - they'd be free and much better than here! My point is - there are better cocktails if you dig deeper in Soho.

    Location is good, you can't take it away. Security guards are also nice, which doesn't happen very often in posh places like this :) You do feel safe there too (probably the entry fee applies some sort of a filter!), but it also means you can't meet COOL people like you would, for example, in Shoreditch - simply because they don't go to plain places like this. Music is good dance type - that I liked.

    Tip - if you come just before 10, you'll manage to get a table and it's super sweet sitting down whereas everyone stands :)

    Overall verdict - average, nothing WOW about it.

  • 5.0 star rating
    22/3/2009

    I must say, I'm pretty shocked by all the negative reviews.
    Movida is one of the best VIP clubs I've been to so far in London. Yeah, it's a little pretentious, and yeah, it's expensive, but seriously, what do you expect? You either like member's only clubs or you don't.
    The interior is amazing, the club was done by the same interior designer who designed Baoli in Cannes and VIP Room in St Tropez, for those of you who spend their summers in the South of France (in that case, you'll definitely love the crowd too). The music is really good, a good mix of house and r&b. Also, unlike other clubs, the club is not only VIP, meaning that there are tables at which "regular" people can sit down. So it's a club you can enjoy even if you're not willing to spend thousands. Best nights are Wednesdays.
    Overall, I really liked Movida, and would reccomend it highly.

  • 2.0 star rating
    5/8/2011

    Why is everyone who works here so damn miserable? Your greeted at the door by surly security and a couple of girls with clipboards who just look like their sucking on lemons. Once inside the Cloakroom attendant looks like he would much rather be somewhere else and a waitress serving a large table full of girls having dinner, looked like she was serving tables in a backwater diner somewhere in the middle of nowhere.

    Maybe their misery is due to the lack of light downstairs. This club is dark! Walking around I could see lots of bodies dancing, but struggled to properly make-out peoples faces.

    And what's with the layout of this place? Movida was always a VIP Members Club, with different levels of VIP areas inside, but for normal customers you spend your night in a tight corridor-like area stuck behind a bunch of leather sofas.

    It sort of reminded me of being very young and getting lost behind my grandmothers sofa.

    There is no dance-floor as such, just a lot of seating, and various girls dancing around focusing all their attention on the men sitting on these seats.  

    Sure, there are lots of pretty girls, but once you get up close and wait for one of the occasional flashes from a disco light so that you can see her face, you suddenly realise that the hot blond in the beautiful designer dress will probably be wearing a school uniform on Monday morning. Yep, this club has lots and lots of girls, but very few women.

    I actually got bored, especially when the DJ dropped another banal remix of a pop song that you could hear in any club around the World. London has such a vibrant music scene, but it seems all the VIPs in this City just want to dance to Rhianna and Euro-pop.

    I left, but couldn't resist one final glance at the clipboard girl standing outside the door, and grimacing at anyone who came near her.

    • Qype User Sian…
    • London
    • 415 friends
    • 752 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    18/8/2009

    i haven't decided if I like this place or not. I like getting invites to celebrity parties with red carpets, but that's not really a reflection on the place itself. It doesn't happen very often.

    It's a very showy place, but it's dull. Very pretty but no substance. Not disimilar to the girls who were hitting on the staff for free drinks until some rich man came along to buy them one. It wasn't even slightly subtle.

    And I don't understand why you can't sit in certain areas, why you have to walk around one area to get to another if there's no one sitting there. Pisses me off.

    Last time I was invited here, my friend and I sent an hour here before going to sit outside a dingy pub and drink cider. It's not my cup of tea, but while I keep getting invited to swanky parties here, I'll pop my head in. Would I pay to go here? Not a chance.

  • 3.0 star rating
    13/11/2009

    This club is in a great location, not far from the hustle and bustle of Oxford Circus. I've heard many things about the club but you can never really know until you see something for yourself.

    As you walk in, be prepared to break your neck on the extremely poorly lit stairway and spend the next 10 minutes getting your bearings. You'll then feel a glow of fluorescent pink lighting radiating from the general bar areas. I always find that clubs that are underground are never quite as good as the ones that aren't underground. Sweeping generalisation I'm sure, but I feel I've been to enough to make that distinction.

    I've been here to events so the crowd was much more friendly than what appears to be the usual. I wouldn't say the door staff are particularly helpful either, but then I didn't really expect them to be.

    Like a lot of other people, I'm undecided about this place. I think if I took a gang of my mates there we'd have a good time, but it's not the sort of place that you accidentally fall into and have an amazing, unplanned night out.

    I wouldn't go out of my way to spend an evening there.

    • Qype User akeel…
    • London
    • 62 friends
    • 114 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    7/5/2010

    Horrible horrible place. My friend and I were excited to be attending a celebrity event here, but it was wholly disappointing.

    Cheap and tacky interior with a bizarre and annoying layout. A lack of seating, unless you've been invited into the VIP area, which is in the centre, making it rather awkward to get around. The drinks are ridiculously expensive. My friend paid at least £15 for each cocktail she had. The music too leaves a hell of a lot to be desired.

    Although my friend and I were on a guest list and at the front of the queue, we were told to wait outside the queue until everybody else had been let in. We waited nearly an hour. I'm sure it had nothing to do with the fact that we were the only brown people in sight!

  • 2.0 star rating
    23/2/2009

    A true poseur's club.

    Dark, modern goth decor, pretty girls in golden bikins swaying to the music on lit pedestals, house music blasting from a multitude of speakers And a waiter crossing the room with 2 bottles capped with flares held high in the air, sparling away in the club's pulsating darkness.

    If you feel you want attention, then this is the club to go.

    Make sure you've got your labeled clothes and handbags, as there seemed to be clear segregation based on clothes and accessories. Must admit, it made for good fashion-watching (people weren't nice to look at. Then again, since when are rich people pretty?) and laughing at the vainness of it all. Oooh, one girl in the VIP room I swear had no knickers on and was dancing on the ledge above (and behind) the tables. Fun!

    I have no idea how loaded (with various definitions of the term) the crowd was, but they definitely seemed to want people to know when they were spending their money! (Cue the flares)

    The VIP room is smaller than my living room (and i live in a tiny flat) and very very dark. We were squashed worse than sardines and I'd recommend you stay out of it, even if you're invited in. The music is no better, and unless you have a drunken rich-boy (or drunken old man) buying you drinks, don't bother trying. Apparently, the minimum spend is in the thousands. No idea why even a blind man can mix vodka and cranberry or pour champagne!

    Amusing Friday night, despite the £20 entrance fee, £3 (+15% service charge) bottles of water, and the i-cost-a-lot-but-can-be-bought crowd.

    • Qype User Jessy_…
    • London
    • 64 friends
    • 79 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    24/6/2009

    This club will be not my favourite in London, people are rude and the crowd is not good enough
    if you are going with friends, then it can be nice

    • Qype User buster…
    • London
    • 17 friends
    • 46 reviews
    2.0 star rating
    13/7/2007

    Movida, or Mo*vida, as the sign says is an enigma...here is what you get: a younger crowd, somewhat mixed but the club has sections - hip/hop urban guys hang out in the way back, the VIP has older men and young Essex-type women (think Girls Aloud), and the rest of the place is packed with "bridge & tunnel" essex dressed guys & girls. The crowd is kind of like China White from a few years ago, only a notch or two lower.

    The layout is weird an uninspiring - be careful when you walk into the toilets has there is an unneccessary step down that many people trip on. Lines are long to get in, and doorstaff are exceptionally rude.

    When you get down the steps, you enter an multiple arches cavern type room that lacks soul - sparsely populated tables where dinner was served earlier...and a long bar that has no vibe. Then you enter the main dance floor area past the coat room and there is this void of black dancefloor that is part transitway, part loitering area...there is a thin crowded & narrow corridor where the bar is, and couches where the VIP section is...tables at the back./ Very poorly laid out...there is also a super-VIP private room with its own music that is never really that great.

    All this being said, if you have a few drinks, you can have fun. And the music is fantastic - great DJs. Essentially, this is a meat market and makes no apologies for what it is...

    • Qype User anthon…
    • Toulouse, France
    • 4 friends
    • 49 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    18/4/2011

    I was my first time in that club last saturday night and that was so amazing ! I could met French footballers of my city im France that's why I think that's a good place to meet celebrities ... I was greeted by a french promoter who was very attentive.
    An amazing place with amazing people in !

    • Qype User SlickT…
    • London
    • 3 friends
    • 6 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    10/3/2008

    One of the most exclusive clubs in London, but definitely worth the hassle once you get in. The parties here are always awesome, loads of celebrities come to party here all the time, just a great place go and go nuts and dress up!

    Word of advice: get a table or you'll be standing up most of the night!

    • Qype User miss…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 24 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    31/1/2008

    I have been going to Movida since it opened.
    Located just behind Oxford/Regent St it is popular with people from inside london and out. A regular haunt of the celebs too.
    The club gets busy but never feels over-crowded although the crowd does vary from night to night. Mid week is a good time to visit Movida with a more relaxed atmosphere wheras Saturday the crowd tends to be younger and alot less dressed. I have noticed a sudden influx of eastern europeans frequenting this club especially on a wednesday.Always a fun night, dancing on the chairs and waving champagne in the air like you just dont care is definitely the way forward in Movida. The resturant is actually very good here.Movida offers the perfect package for a night out.

    • Qype User flashv…
    • Manchester
    • 0 friends
    • 34 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    13/7/2008

    MoVida is a bit of a London enigma, spouting a variety of opinions from those who love/hate what the venue is about.

    The best way to experience Movida is to plan ahead (call/email to make sure you book a table or are on the list, especially if you are not a mixed group) and then go with an open mind!

    The crowd is beautiful and a mix of london's party scene, international party people, and more. The music is fantastic, and the layout, while quirky, works well giving you space to sit and chat, observe, dance, mingle, or escape. Service is sharp and the drinks selection is fantastic.

    As with ANY club, you will get a certain 'meat market' element (as the previous review says) but Mo*vida is large enough as a venue where you can make of it what you want.

    This is one i always try and hit when im in town, and can safely say that neither myself or my friends has ever had a bad night here!

    • Qype User Marya_…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 4 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    12/9/2013

    The club is very nice if you have money to spend. The door security should smile more, but I guess it is a policy of all such poshy clubs. Anyway inside its really nice  good looking people, famouse faces, really cool music. The dance floor is small but its not that bad. Pricey drinks as can be expected in such clubs.Well it is possible to pay less if you up to just check out movida. Once you into glist  you dont pay . I using this one  lux guest list 077 7509 2749.
    Cheers!

  • 3.0 star rating
    15/8/2010

    having been dragged to Jalouse and Vendome i kind knew what to expect: a very neft lay out with lots of multi colored lights, lit up dancefloor, not particularly great (but not bad) remixes of mainstream songs, pretty girls wearing very little, creepy guys buying them drinks and thinking they were 'the man.'

    it held up to what i expected.

    the drinks are rediculously priced. oy. pain. get drunk before you go. or get table service, but i have no clue what that would set you back.

    really its only fun if your in the VIP area to dance , with the lit up floor that makes it feel like youre in a movie. otherwise youre just shoved in these little hallways with people trying to push by you all the time.

    over all, the people were less rude then at the other mainstream clubs like this ive been to. which was a bonus.

    eh. i wouldnt pay to get in (£20 = ouch), and i wouldnt maybe choose to go there, but i wouldnt outright refuse either.

  • 1.0 star rating
    16/8/2012

    This is hands down the worst club I have ever been to (and I've lived in London 5 years). Movida door staff are pretentious and rude, the worst I've ever come across. I've never felt so unwelcome, nor have I felt so inferior and small. We called in to Movida on a sporadic night out on a Wednesday and called in advance to check they were open. They said it was free entry for girls. On arrival we were told it was £20 entry. We were also told that the guestlist we were on was full. I find that surprising seeing as the club had about 50 people inside.
    If you aren't in the VIP area (which has no VIPs noticeably inside) then you are banished to an empty area where no one is dancing or having fun. It kind of feels like a village hall versus a brothel.
    I can't reiterate how poor the service was here. The drinks are extortionate, and careful for the 20% service charge whacked on for some poor soul behind the bar having tooh unscrew that bottle of £37.00 house white wine for you (which tastes like vinegar).
    Usain Bolt may sip the odd bottle of cristal there but you couldn't Bolt me out there any quicker. The most awful night out in London I've ever had.

  • 1.0 star rating
    27/12/2008

    This is one of the most awful places in London. It has no redeeming features. The people are awful, the drinks are stupidly priced, there is no atmosphere and the music is crap. It makes me angry just thinking about it. A truly hideous night out.

    • Qype User Getup_…
    • London
    • 102 friends
    • 72 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    24/10/2008

    So£2.5m later Movida, uber-club, opened its doors on October 22 to a specially invited crowd of high spending party people. And when I say high spending, I mean stratospherically high - the club has become notorious for the super-rich (or super-stupid) regularly dropping £30K-plus at their VIP tables.
    So to thank them (after all they paid for the re-fit), the Italian bankers, the Russians, the Arabs, the celebrities, the glamour girls and the odd princess descended on the Argyll Street basement for major frolics.
    And what a basement. No Austrian kidnap victims in here - just glass floors lit from underneath, discreet alcoves smothered in purple, a champagne den, leather banquets and a VIP VIP room so exclusive you have to be specially invited from the VIP section only once you've demonstrated you could afford a £37,000 cocktail if you wanted it. Yes, they have a drink costing £37K. It has a diamond in it. I didn't order one.

    And the night itself? People drank everything and danced everywhere. By 1 a.m. the entire club was a mass of bodies shaking and gyrating. It was like MTVs The Grind but with worse teeth. And people were loving it. Me? This club is almost beyond rating - you either love that scene or can't stand it. I lean towards the later, hence the ratingbut if you can get in, go once and laugh. If you want to make a habit of going, then you're richer (and perhaps dumber) than me.

    • Qype User savo1…
    • London
    • 51 friends
    • 76 reviews
    3.0 star rating
    5/2/2010

    very nice club with nice people and the music is great. A must try

    • Qype User markra…
    • London
    • 16 friends
    • 16 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    11/1/2010

    Went for a freinds birthday and had an amazing nite!! wicked music and very plush venue. We were looked after very well on arrival and overall the staff were very accomidating.

    • Qype User mattni…
    • London
    • 31 friends
    • 141 reviews
    4.0 star rating
    20/3/2012

    Exclusive, sophisticated and vibrant!Lovely mixed crowd, amazing atmosphere, great music and drinks!

    • Qype User davidl…
    • London
    • 0 friends
    • 16 reviews
    5.0 star rating
    26/12/2012

    Quite a good place, lots of pretty girls over there, RnB music all night. Very rude staff on the door, screaming and shouting all the time. Additionally table costs are too high, i woudn't pay as much as 500 pounds per night

    • Qype User charit…
    • London
    • 27 friends
    • 84 reviews
    1.0 star rating
    2/2/2010

    i haven't even been in this club and the thing is i was suppose to so i will only mention what has happen!my friend has reserved tables for his birthday in this club so we were put on guestlist as the dj's guest!so we were in front of the guestlist queue and the guestlist lady was absoluetely rude.we mentioned that our friend was waiting for us downstairs only to be told that he went inside and then went out again.but THIS wasn't the case because he was inside.i thought what kind of club was this?only to realise that we were just pulled to one side and the bouncers were very arrogant.i dont know what it is about this club but maybe they just judge you on face value and the type of clothing you wear.i wouldn't want to come here especially if the service was like this.i was astonished that we were turned away.even people who arrived after us got easy access.i dont particularly like west end clubs because of this sort of treatment.

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