So I've found London club life very lacking when compared to New York and Paris, but had a great time at Raffles this past weekend!
Was I extremely drunk when we got there? Yes. Did the free bottle of veuve get me that much drunker? Yes. Could I tell you it was a fantastic crowd? Not necessarily, but certainly better than other nightclubs here.
Can't really judge re the pricing, but I had a great time, which is more than I can say about nights out prior...yes its not new, but compared to some brand new places I had high hopes for, Raffles far exceeded my expectations.
Ridiculously priced drinks, pretentious, cliquey. Everyone partying their hearts out yet somehow hardly anyone is drinking... clearly some extensive skiing going on.
Stumbled upon this "members club," after all the local bars had closed.
The crowd inside was, of course, very Chelsea though I found the scene to be quite welcoming and intimate. People would introduce themselves and even share their bottle service.
Everyone was out for a good time on a Thursday without pretense and it made for an enjoyable night.
This place is pricey, though if USD/GBP were 1/1 I think it would have been cheaper than New York
I had the opportunity to spend the evening (wee hours of the morning actually) at the invitation of friends here at this fabulous nightclub. Dancing and drinks in a very relaxing (the drawing / sitting room) atmospheretrying to be nonplussed by the celebrity and Royal) clientele was great fun.
The staff was quite friendly and fun. The music was greatthe DJ actually took a request or two. The drinks were bracingly strong and tasty.
If you get the chance (it is a private club), give it a visit. You won't be disappointed.
Honestly, I've been to Amika, Raffles, Jalouse, and some other clubs in London so far and Raffles is the best so far :)
I just love it!
Loved it! Much more of the scene I was looking for. Good doormen keeping the riff raff out. We met the owner of the bar Chinawhite, and made friends, so that probably helped the experience. Good table service, and the dance floor was great. The club is really small but the podium in the middle of the dance floor is a nice touch, and is really fun. All in all a good time, and if you can get in is well worth it. Not sure how much anythings costs in there, as all our drinks we bought for us, but I'm just going to assume that they are pretty pricey!
Raffles has really changed in the last year. There is new management, all new staff and a new crowd. The good reputation that once was, has been rapidly demolished and it has just become a place for thugs to get drunk and fight. Last time I went, the crowd I witnessed was dreadful. It's sad to say, but I think all the respectable Sloanies have long forgotten Raffles.
I hit Raffles recently to attend the launch party for the new "pretox" pomegranate drink, Alibi (alibidrink.com) . It was an epic night. I loved Raffle's disco dance floor and its swish lil nooks. The bartenders were more than competent too - always a plus! What I didn't realize until my visit is that PatrickCahuzac (formerly of Trader Vic's London) is the general manager at Raffles. That means cocktail aficionados are in good hands when visiting here. I'm not one for fancy schmancy nightclubs or dancy type venues ... and I rarely make it down to the King's Road. But, this is definitely one nightspot I'll keep in mind. I had fun here and would be happy to visit again.
unique, artsy and chilling .best palce to be on a Saturday night!!
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