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Bunga Bunga

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:

BungaTINI

BungaTINI

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…

Bunga Bunga

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.

Bungatini

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.

Bunga Bunga Covent Garden

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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Bunga Bunga


167 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, Central London, WC2B 5PG
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