Neil Frame 07/01/70
Public Nightclub London
Sorry, Public has now closed.
While those living in West London have traditionally been inclined to avoid travelling too far from home at weekends, given the misery of their commutes during the working week, the constantly evolving nightlife in Central and – particularly – East London has, over recent months, lead to an increasingly noteable migration East of a Saturday night.
While this has been great news for Addison Lee, it was clearly quite depressing for Guy Pelly who – understandably – was keen to spend less of his pocket money on taxis and more on apple brandy, lemon, Curacao & cider punch.
So he did what any self-respecting London nightclub impresario would do and brought the NYC / East End warehouse vibe straight to Chelsea, in the form of Public Nightclub.
Located in a 5000 sq ft underground industrial warehouse space just off the King’s Road in an old antiques shop. Public contains all of the aesthetic trimmings you’d expect to find if you were, instead, on a night out in the Meatpacking district: cast iron beams; the standard exposed brickwork; red leather seating and an attention grabbing 15 metre copper bar.
Public boasts a huge dance floor complete with merry-go-round horses, a fancy dress room with a photo booth next door and a VIP room overlooking the dancefloor known as ‘the sweetshop’ (for the tins of boiled sweets filling its walls).
Doubtlessly taking inspiration from the popularity of the “Treasure Chest” sold at Mahiki, the club isn’t shy when it comes to innovatively concocted sharing drinks. From the Mojito Pyramid and the Jagerbomb Mousetrap to the Warhead, which you’ll only be able to unlock with a code from your waitress, there is a lot on offer. It’s also not as expensive as you’d be forgiven for expecting – the Warhead, shared between 8-10 people, is £100.
Sorry, Public Nightclub has now closed.
Check out the Nudge’s guide to the best pop up bars in London instead…
533 Kings Road, Chelsea, West London, SW10 0TZ
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