Playboy Club London review
The first thing to do when visiting the Playboy Club is leave your preconceptions at the front door. What’s inside does not include table dancing or striptease, there’s nothing sordid or sleezy and it’s far removed from the Hugh Heffner bunny binges of old. Of course there are a few bunny girls around, but their role is purely as waiting and bar staff, while pictures of old Playboy covers are used as a design feature in vintage and retro artwork, giving it a stylish air of old fashioned glamour.
The first floor of the Old Park Lane site is home to the members-only Club but there is also a private dining room for up to 12 which can be used by non-members, as can the two spectacular ground floor bar and dining areas, Salvatore’s and Baroque, which are also open to the public and available to hire for exclusive and non-exclusive private events.
The private dining room has views –through sheer net drapes – of the Club’s gaming area, buzzing with roulette tables and slot machines. The room’s dark walls and studded black leather banquettes give the room a snug feel, while the blood red inside of oversized black lampshades and playboy cover wallpaper on the ceiling add a cheeky sense of fun. The distressed mirrors and glass partition also ensure the room is as often used for local business meetings and discrete discussions during the week, as it is by private guests for personal celebrations at weekends.
Open from 5pm – late Monday to Saturday, The Tale Bar is open to the public and attracts an even mix of male and female guests, being designed with stylish sensitivity and flair. The nods to the Playboy brand are subtle – tiny bunny shaped lights in the shutters and carpet design.
Semi private receptions can be held for up to 70 guests in The Tale Bar (200 for exclusive use), making use of the L-shaped room. The area features curved banquettes, orange chairs and black leather wingback chairs, which can be used or removed depending on the type of event.
The food offer in SThe Tale Bar includes canapes, sliders and bar snacks but for full dining options Baroque in the adjoining room might be more appropriate. A specially designed events space for 80 seated or 200 standing, the room is true to its name and features striking red velvet and gold décor swagging, ruches and sashes in its curtains, banquettes and ceiling. The glamour is complemented by black tablecloths and a full stage, which can be used by guests during their private events, but is also used in Playboy’s public monthly events. State of the art AV includes a high tech sound system, intelligent lighting and ‘GoBos’ to provide a funky disco feel. Bunny girls are also able to provide champagne towers and it’s possible to hire in roulette and black jack tables on request.
Open only to over 18s, the venue is large and flexible and often used during the day for product launches and corporate meetings, while other popular uses are wedding receptions, engagement and birthday parties, as well as after-parties because of the site’s late license.
Three course private dining menus cost £35 or £65 per person, while bowl food costs £8 each and canapes £2.50 per item. There’s also a working lunch option available for £25 per person which includes sandwiches, salad and dessert.
The venue works on a variable minimum spend depending on time and date of event but exclusives start at £5,000K for either The Tale Bar or the Baroque room or £10,000 for both. The private upstairs room has a minimum spend of £1,000 for non-members.