Lipsy loves...London nightclubs
Wed 27 Oct 2010
Lipsy loves...London nightclubs
Celebrity reporter Zoe Griffin gives Lipsy an exclusive insider's guide to London's hottest clubs - essential reading for all party girls!
Where? Built into the basement of the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane, celebrities love Whisky Mist as they can leave through the underground car park or book a room upstairs.
Why? Club owner Nick House is one of Beyonce's best mates and she always pays a visit when she's in London. This is the place to come if you want to party on a Monday or a Tuesday when DJs tear it up with funky house and electro.
Who? A-list central due to its location near all the five-star hotels, Rihanna, Beyonce, and Paris Hilton have all booked booths in the past six months. It's also convenient for parties - Chelsea FC had its Christmas party here and JLS threw a bash after their album went to number one.
Wear? This is the classiest club due to its Park Lane location, so ooze elegance and style in a chiffon dress or a frill-detail dress. Lace and corsage detail would add to the ladylike vibe you'd want to show off here.
Celeb-spotting: As a Chelsea fan, it was a dream come true to dance with Frank Lampard and John Terry in the club's intimate VIP area. But the best night ever? A Monday night when Rihanna had played a gig in London and invited Jay-Z, Beyonce (and me) to the after-party.
Where? A short hop and a skip from Oxford Circus tube, Movida is located in the heart of central London on Argyll Street, right next door to the famous London Palladium theatre.
Why? The décor is ultra-luxurious, designed by French designer Sammy Chams who created the glamorous VIP Rooms in St Tropez and Baoli in Cannes. This is the club where you are most likely to see a celebrity and a footballer or two.
Who? Divas that like to party in style! Pixie Lott hosted a Lipsy party here, Gwyneth Paltrow celebrated her birthday in the VIP room with Madonna, Stella McCartney and husband Chris Martin, and lovely X Factor winner Leona Lewis is often spotted on the dancefloor with a group of her girlfriends - just letting her hair down!
Wear? Dress to impress in one of the latest bandeau dresses or turn heads in a one-shoulder dress. Pixie Lott always wears dresses from her Lipsy Pixie Party range - sensible girl! If you really want to stand out, try adding some embellishment detail or pick a metallic colour as this is a club where you can go all out to look glamorous.
Celeb-spotting: My favourite ever night at Movida was when Kylie ended up dancing on the tables following her 2008 Brit Award win for Best International Female.
Where? Opposite The Ritz Hotel in London's posh Mayfair area, Mahiki attracts a monied crowd looking to unwind after a long day of work, or of spending their trust funds in Fortnum and Mason and Harvey Nics.
Why? Mahiki bills itself as a Polynesian paradise. You'll find a huge cocktail menu including drinks served out of coconuts and the club's famous treasure chest cocktail - a mix of Mahiki rum, schnapps and fruit juice topped off with an entire bottle of Champagne. Every night is party night at Mahiki!
Who? Princes and Princesses. The bar was set up by Prince Harry's best friend Guy Pelly so both Harry and older brother Wills like to try the samba here. Party princess Paris Hilton is a regular and pop princesses Girls Aloud attend to watch Sarah Harding's boyfriend Tom Crane as the resident DJ.
Wear? There is no strict dress code at Mahiki. Just wear something you can dance in, like a baby doll dress or a harness dress.
Celeb-spotting: My favourite night at Mahiki was when I got kissed on both cheeks by Prince Harry. He was so happy that I told him he was better looking than Prince William that it got me a smacker on both cheeks!
Where? Just off Bond Street in fashionable Mayfair, Jalouse on Hanover Square is the perfect post- dinner club as it's near the celebrities' fave eateries Nobu Berkeley, Cecconi's and Sketch.
Why? This is the most extravagantly decorated club in London - even more bling than Movida. The large crystal droplet installation on the ceiling above the dancefloor is reportedly worth £1 million! Toilets are made from black marble and you can freshen up at silver sinks.
Who? Gorgeous people. Celebrity regulars include Kelly Brook and Alexandra Burke, and Mariah Carey recently hosted a Champagne launch party here.
Wear? Jalouse has a strictly-enforced dress code, with the emphasis on dressing to impress. Girls must wear skirts or dresses and no flat shoes. Show you've made an effort by picking something fabulous from the Lipsy VIP collection or add feather, jewel or sequin embellishment. At Jalouse, there's no such thing as less-is-more. If it shines and it sparkles, wear it!
Celeb-spotting: Jalouse expand the brand by throwing parties in conjunction with different nightclubs around the world. Paris Hilton hosted one in Ibiza, and I saw Mickey Rourke and Snoop Dogg at their Cannes Film Festival celebration. Total decadence!
Where? In the basement of London's St Martin's Lane hotel in Covent Garden, Bungalow 8 is ideal for actors and actresses wanting to let their hair down after a West End show or dance off the dinner they had at the nearby Ivy restaurant.
Why? Only members and their guests can frequent this super-exclusive boutique club so celebrities can let their hair down in private. What goes on in the Bungalow stays in the Bungalow! It's owned by Amy Sacco, who set up the Bungalow 8 chain in New York.
Who? Hedonistic honies like Kate Moss (who prefers the booth nearest the DJ) and Lindsay Lohan.
Wear? Look like you haven't tried too hard to be cool. Think Miss Sixty skinny jeans or denim shorts, a tight vest and heels. Add aviator sunglasses just in case you have to leave after being too wild!
Celeb-spotting: Bungalow 8 has been brave enough to let me behind the DJ decks! I entertained Mark Ronson, Daisy Lowe and Alexa Chung.
For more celeb gossip, and reports from the most exclusive parties, check out Zoe's website www.zoegriffin.co.uk.