Donald Trump was first elected in 1994.
Only back then he was Italian. And named Silvio Berlusconi. And he inspired the term ‘bunga bunga’ to refer to a debauched, wild party. Which inspired a couple of Londoners to open Bunga Bunga in Battersea. Which inspired a lot more Londoners to go there in droves…
…hence that fact that many years on they’ve moved to a bigger, better, crazier venue in Covent Garden. Based in Drury Lane, this huge space is separated into two main areas. Starting with the more sedate of the two:
Housed on the ground & 1st floors of Bunga Bunga, this all-day pizzeria and deli serves breakfast pastries in the morning, pizza & paninis cut from foot-long homemade focaccias in the afternoon, and Negronis, bellinis, spritzes, and Vermouths in the evening. But down below? That’s where you’ll find the real…
Okay, here goes.
You’ll enter via a huge industrial meat locker, complete with blast chiller, hanging carcasses, and a butcher who you’ll have to negotiate with to pass through the room. After that, you’ll be greeted by a slick gangster who’ll lead you down a magnificent marble staircase with a grand chandelier and into the venue, where you’ll find…
1) A central stage which plays host to an eclectic mixture of tongue-in-cheek acts each night, including musical performers, actors, and dancers.
2) Risqué Roman statues, dark polished wooden tables, and staff attired in white dinner jackets & bow ties.
3) Classic Italian food (antipasti, pasta, pizza) from a wood-fired oven.
4) Cocktails served in everything from a martini glass, to a model of The Colosseum, to a four foot high statue of David.
5) Two bars, including a polished, dark-wood replica of Harry’s Bar (where the Bellini was invented), and a casino bar complete with roulette wheel.
6) The Emperor’s Box; a private dining room in which you’ll also get an entrance to the club held aloft in a sedan chair, a seat on a throne overlooking the entire room for the night, and the chance to give the gladiatorial thumbs up or down for the entertainment.
7) A table that’s also a speedboat, in prime position in front of the stage; perfect for showboating.
8) Another private dining room – The Martini Private Dining Room – with sliding doors allowing you to slip easily in and out the main room.
Looks like you’ve come up trumps.
NOTE: Bunga Bunga is open for dinner Wed-Sat until 2am, with brunch on Saturdays. You can book a table for a six-course meal and live entertainment right HERE.
Bunga Bunga | 167 Drury Lane, WC2B 5PG
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