Phew, it's been a while since our last post...too much partying maybe? Dancers know how to party. But as we’re in the business of fun and original entertainment, we like a little more creativity these days then the standard drinks+music combo - a night out has to have something extra to keep our short attention spans entertained! So we thought we’d share with you our top 5 innovative parties and venues - we’ve also performed at all but one of these fantastic nights, so who knows, you may catch us there again if you take our advice…
This slick, soho venue is not only an unusual space, but it also puts a lot of weight on live entertainment, and the food here is fantastic. Ticks all the boxes, especially if you love the latin - it’s a brazillian themed venue, so you can often find Brazilian entertainment acts…and we had a fantastic time performing there last summer.
4. Evans and Peel
This ‘detective agency’ speakeasy bar may be a little on the pricey side, but so worth the experience and a perfect place to bring out-of-towners. Without wanting to ruin too many surprises, there is no sign over E&P’s door, and you must make an appointment with the detectives before arriving - they’ll let you in, but only after a short interrogation about your ‘case’ will you be allowed into the real bar to drink. Leave your inhibitions at the door with these guys - and try some of their sliders. Delicious.
3. Regression Sessions
After working with the Regression Sessions founders in October 2014, we knew we had to go on a night out to give them a try - as the name implies, they’re all about reliving your childhood, but in a fun, boozy, adult sense. The venue changes from event to event but is always Narnia-like — with multiple rooms for different moods - even ball-parks, face painters and space hoppers have featured. And look out for live entertainment - we performed at a Halloween night there, and after dancing grabbed an ‘audience member’ out of the crowd and ‘killed’ them live - when RS let us do that, we knew they were cool.
2. KOKO, Camden
Our favourite permanent venue in London has to be KOKO. It holds a special place in our heart as Club Mob’s first ever performance was there in 2014 for University College London. An old theatre with levels all over the place, you can get lost in there for hours. And call us old, but we actually like having room to dance, and KOKO never feels too full and packed. Drinks are super affordable as well - although be careful which night you go - certain ‘live’ nights have questionable bands. But you can’t go wrong with Club NME, Annie Mac, Button-Down-Disco and Antics nights.
1. The Mansion
Ssshhh. The Mansion’s parties are very exclusive. With their formula of secrecy, you won’t know where you’re going until the day of the party…adding to the intrigue of the night. Like Regression Sessions, they source their venues well, and transform them into a maze of whimsy, with a different variation of a theme in every room, and enough entertainment to keep you intrigued until the wee hours. But get in quick as they only hold 2 or 3 parties a year. Seriously. That’s how good they are.