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Best exclusive London bars for a first date

July 29, 2016 Capital A List – Celebrity club news

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With London being the third biggest city in Europe with more than 8 million citizens it is very multicultural and offers much to discover and see. However sometimes you just need a nice and cosy place to meet someone very special out of these 8 million people. We present to you the best exclusive London bars for a first date. A first date is always stressful as you have probably just met this person once in a club or through online dating like Tinder- so maybe not even once. Nevertheless you want to get to know this person. There are a lot of things you have to deal with, such as finding a suitable outfit, an appropriate welcome gesture, decent communication topics - or even just a date you both can agree on. With this article you will never have problems inquiring an adequate location to go to again! You want to impress your date, so the place should be memorable and exciting, yet comfortable and quiet, so that you are able to communicate easily.  Maybe have a little distraction to help avoid pressure. We recommend dressing up, not just to impress your date, but also for entry purposes in these exclusive bars.

Rumpus Room

Our first recommendation would be a date at Rumpus Roomwhere both of you can enjoy the great view of London’s Skyline and the River Thames from the Rooftop bar and lounge which is located in the 12th floor of the Mondrian Hotel. It has floor to ceiling windows, low glass and marble tables, blood red sofas and dangling dandelion chandeliers which create a very intimate atmosphere. The interior will remind you of a modern interpretation of the 1920's, when partying was still a lifestyle. It’s one of the best exclusive London bars for a first date, since you can just use the view as distraction if you have a pause during your conversation. Rumpus Room is open between Tuesday and Saturday from 5 pm, and Wednesdays are highly recommended as there are live bands playing great music which always ensure a good mood. If your looking to impress and for more of a romantic atmosphere then open-air balconies are also available with dimmed light and a 360° views. On top of all this you can also order two glasses of the world’s finest champagnes that Rumpus Room has to offer.

Experimental Cocktail Club

Our next recommendation would be the Experimental Cocktail Club in Chinatown, Soho. In this bar you don't have to worry about the start of the conversation, considering that they have a huge menu with a lot of different drinks and cocktails you and your date might want to explore together. The location itself is incredibly suitable for a first date. The lightning is dimmed there is calm background music and the seating areas are very comfortable- so it is a perfect place to get to know each other. The staff are very pleasant and the interior and the menu have a Parisian touch which makes the place even more cosy. If the date works well you might want to extend the casual drinks to a more committed dinner on the floor upstairs which has a very romantic feeling through its lighting and the clandestine atmosphere. There's even a piano! You can sit back and relax as the bar has a 3 am license. You can plan your date for any day of the week although you might want to book a table in advance as it is one of the best exclusive London bars for a first date.


Soho Sky Terrace

The Soho Sky Terrace would be a great place for a date between April and September at the Courthouse Hotel you can enjoy the view and the amazing cocktails during the day or watch the stars together at night.  Can you imagine something more romantic? Whilst enjoying your drinks and snacks you can listen to some Mellow groove which ensures a quiet but relaxed atmosphere and still gives you the opportunity to talk one on one. It is open between Tuesday and Saturday from 3 pm until 10:30 pm and is located right by Oxford Circus station so it should be a venue everyone can agree on. The white furniture creates a modern feel and every group or couple has its own little area which gives you a lot of privacy meaning you should be able to communicate without any awkwardness. One advantage of this bar is that you can expect exclusive drinks but also normal drinks such as beers or ciders at appropriate prices. It is one of the best exclusive London bars to go to if you like going on your dates during the daytime, watching the stars at night or just prefer a lot of privacy during the first date.


Purple Bar

The Purple Bar is also located at the heart of Oxford Circus and lives up to its name as everything in this bar shines in a nuance of purple. Including violet silk opera curtains, lavender Queen Anne chairs, purple etched Venetian mirrors and a bar which looks like a meteorite that just fell from the sky. Everyone knows that the colour purple stands for luxury, sophistication and especially romance which makes it perfect for a first date. The bar is very cosy and intimate allowing only 20 people. So you should consider making a reservation for your dream date in purple! The lighting which is very low also suits the atmosphere. The bartenders specialise on Martinis, champagnes and the most expensive cocktails in town. If the date goes extremely well ( like truly well) they offer a drink which is called “The Proposal” and includes a diamond ring. So if your date’s favourite colour is purple then you have already won them over but even if it's not you can still impress her/him with this intimate and cosy bar and evidently your good taste. The purple bar must definitely not be missed in our guide for the best exclusive London bars for a first date.


Oxo Tower

The Oxo Tower offers you not just one but three locations where you can plan your first date: The Restaurant, the Brasserie and the Bar. So depending on the mood you can decide if you prefer a relaxed lunch on the 250 ft outdoor terrace, drinks in the stylish cocktail bar or a romantic dinner in front of the London skyline at night. From each of these places you can enjoy the panoramic view out of the 8th floor of the iconic Southbank building. Keir Berry and Jeremy Bloor will amaze you and your date with a typical British cuisine on all seven days a week. The terrace is perfect if you want to set your date on a sunny day during daytime as you can enjoy some drinks or a light lunch where you can become acquainted with the person. If you prefer a date at night then Oxo Tower is the best exclusive London bars for a first date with its luxurious interior, amazing cocktails, dimmed lighting, quiet music and of course the view!  You can get to know each other in a really comfortable and relaxed place without any pressure but you will definitely impress your date. 


Juju has become the place to be in Chelsea’s bar scene with it being recognized for its elegant and stylish interior, the best and most creative cocktails and a very relaxing atmosphere. So it might be one of the best exclusive London bars for a first date especially if you or your date lives in the South of London. It is open in the evening hours between Tuesday and Saturday and is located in the heart of Chelsea. You can learn a lot about each other whilst enjoying cocktails and a tapas dinner in a very intimate place until the DJ starts at 10 pm. You might want to dance the to the amazing music after drinks or just continue your conversation whilst enjoying the atmosphere. JuJu is one of the favourite cocktail bars in London and has won a lot of awards in the past. The music is commercial, RnB and hip hop but still so quiet that you can talk without screaming at each other. You can share a tapas menu with your date and explore one of the bar’s own cocktail creations like the "Juju Midnight." This bar is very suitable if you looking for a truly elegant and intimate atmosphere- perfect for a first date. 


Sky Gardens

Watching the sunset together 150 meters above the city must be the most romantic date you can imagine- Sky Garden makes this possible! You might forget to talk whilst enjoying this incredible view but you will definitely impress your date and have a mutual memory forever. After being impressed by the spectacular views you can have a drink at the Sky Pod Bar and finally start your conversation. They have a private area which is available for 10-50 guests with the bar offering you bar snacks and the most exclusive cocktails. It is the perfect place for a little intimacy and sharing each other’s secrets. According to the motto “the more you pay, the worse the view”, the visit to the Sky Gardens is indeed free but it is highly recommended to book a slot in advance. During this time you can join the Sky Pod Bar without booking a table but if you would like to invite your date to dinner as well you should reserve a table in one of the Restaurants. Sky Garden is one the best exclusive London bars for a first date if your looking for a romantic and special experience. 



Sketch is located in a 18th century building in Mayfair and was the dream of “Momo” Mazouz who wanted to establish a center which combines art, music and food. This is in fact the most interesting place for a date with so much such variety. There are four different spaces you can choose from and every place is unique. You can either enjoy a relaxed afternoon tea or a European cuisine dinner from the world's best chefs. Like it was the wish of “Momo”, you have three date opportunities in the same place: First you can have a look at all the rooms and the art that you can find there, and even if you don’t have to go you should have a look in the bathrooms ( You have probably never seen something like this before) Then you can choose a restaurant where you would like to eat and after you have the opportunity to listen to great music in the bar.  This might be not a very romantic date but it is definitely an interesting and exciting one that you and your date will remember. It is recommended to reserve a table and plan your visit in advance as its one of the best exclusive London bars for a first date.

Aqua Shard

This exclusive London bar for a first date is located on the 31st floor of the Shard which is the highest building in Western Europe. Even if your visit to the Shard needs to be planned in advance you don’t have to reserve a table in this stunning atrium bar. If you are not a professional in knowing the different kinds of drinks and cocktails that is no problem because the friendly staff will help to explain all the drinking opportunities that are available. Aqua Shard could be just part of one of the many places to visit within one evening as the prices also include the view. So even if you just stay for one drink you will definitely impress your date as he/she will be very grateful for this amazing pre-drinks idea. The elegant bar, exclusive drinks, dimmed lighting and also incredible view will ensure a good mood during the first date and might increase your chances for a second one! This exclusive bar might be the most impressing and exciting idea for a first date so you should take a very special person.


This is our last but a very extraordinary and exotic recommendation for one of the best exclusive London bars for a first date. Invite your date to a journey through all the tastes and unexpected combinations of the award winning cocktails by Mr. Lyan. Whilst you enjoy your cocktails you can relax on the dark purple velvet and candy purple leather sofas in front of the all- chromes bar, which was designed by Tom Dixon. If you take a look outside you can see the Thames and also the St. Paul's Cathedral! Try one of the world famous cocktail menu’s which are fresh and full of botanical's and even comes with suggestions as to what time of the day you should drink them. If your date does not want to drink alcohol on your first date there is also a non-alcoholic section which includes cocktails, Chai, and cold brewed coffee. After you have enjoyed your evening together at Dandelyan, you should see the lift for and take a picture with Queen Victoria, male models or an astronaut - it could be the first of many pictures you take together.

These are the ten best exclusive bars for a first date specially selected as they offer something unique and special, so you and your date can share an unforgettable experience together. These exclusive bars are working together with the world's best chefs or bartenders have a creative and luxurious interior or just offer you an amazing view above our loving city. So don't miss out on going to one of these exclusive and high-end bars today! 

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London Club Dress Codes

July 14, 2016 Capital A List – Celebrity club news

London Club Dress Codes


London is an extremely multicultural city as it attracts more than twenty million visitors each year. The city is famous for its exclusive nightlife as it has everything to suit everyone’s needs with a great selection of VIP clubs. Capital A List works with the most luxurious boutique nightclubs including the famous celebrity hotspots- Cirque Du Soir, Project and The Box and offers you the best guest list experience.

As these are the top exclusive clubs in London it is extremely important that the crowd matches the image of these high-end venues. Therefore when its comes to the London club dress codes it is known for being rather strict. London clubs dress codes is defined as the expected type of clothing to be worn by people and is usually set by the management of a specific club. In contrast to New York City VIP nightclubs, guests in London may face refusal for ignoring the London clubs dress codes stated on the website of a venue. However less exclusive and well known clubs such as Fabric, Ministry Of Sound and Heaven are not focused too much on what people wear. Therefore the dress code is more casual even allowing guys to wear jeans, T-shirts and trainers. Despite that girls often dress up anyway to show off their newest outfits and to keep up with the latest trends.

It seems thats West End clubs have stricter rules in terms of London club dress codes as most of the exclusive high-end nightclubs suggest a smart casual dress code or a smart sexy dress code. Smart casual being smart jeans, T-shirts and trainers are allowed. Whereas a smart sexy London clubs dress code usually means ‘dress to impress’ as you choose your best outfit for a night out. It is interesting to highlight that some clubs actually use the image of their crowds in order to brand themselves. For instance, a huge part of the allure of NYC nightclubs is the crowd that they attract. NYC VIP clubs such as Le Baron, Red Egg or Le Bain are very selective about who is allowed in, especially where A-list celebrities and stars love hanging out. Even though NYC’S most exclusive nightlife spots do not have a definitive London clubs dress code everyone is aware that dressing up is a must in order to gain entry. High heels is a must for girls for entry purposes.

In contrast, the doorman/door girl has a discerning eye for guys’ taste for fashion and therefore it has a huge impact for them getting in. For example button down shirts and smart leather shoes is a perfect combination to be part of the elite crowd. The aim of London’s top clubs doorman/door girl is to tailor the look of the venue, get the right crowd in and keep big spenders happy. High-end venues such as The Box and Tape are two of the most exclusive clubs in London which are often chosen by celebrities as favourite establishments for a night out. For example, The Box is beloved by Kate Moss and Prince Harry and Tape is often attended by Rihanna and Drake. Therefore bouncers must be very strict in terms of the London club dress codes and often face the challenge on deciding who can enter the venue. Their aim is not to just recognise people who are likely to misbehave inside the venue but to also judge guests’ dress code as it often reveals their likely behaviour. Therefore the way a person presents herself/ himself is very important. According to (2016), above-the-knee dress and high heels is the standard girls’ dress code for London clubs parties, however elegance and appropriate appearance should be involved to the overall look.

With reference to the London club dress code for guys it is worth knowing that many top clubs in London take on different approaches about wearing T-shirts. Therefore is its advised to wear blazers, leather jackets and smart long sleeve shirts. Denim is also allowed as long as its very smart and classy.

Even though most of the exclusive London clubs have a separate section on their websites for advice about a specific London club dress codes – it is standardised and often does not mention details. In those cases guys and especially girls can use their imagination and creativity in terms of designing their look. Most girls want to feel glamorous and sophisticated on a night out whilst keeping up with the latest fashion trends. Therefore the major influencer for annual fashion and style in London is London Fashion Shows. According to Hall (2015), London Fashion Week is a crucial element in fashion sector which affects the following trends and dictates fashion designs until the next show. It is not an exception for the celebrities either. Recently Rihanna has been noticed at Tape nightclub wearing a flirty cut-out blush pink dress. Cut-out dresses have been in demand season after season, however this year it has reached its peak and became as popular as ever (, 2016). Another hot trend in fashion world is crop tops which became a chic fashion staple beloved by model Abbey Lee (picture below) and by singer Rihanna. It can be worn literally on any occasion and creates a sexy yet sophisticated centric-look.

With such a variety of high-end clubs in London its seems that their management have different preferences on what crowd they would like inside their establishments. London clubs dress codes is one of the ways on how to attract the right elite crowd and maintain the concept and high standard of a club. Not everyone is fashion-inclined about what is expected in terms of the London clubs dress codes at these exclusive clubs. Therefore in it is important to do a quick research especially if there are any doubts in regards to proper attire. Alternatively contacting the concierge where you have booked a guest list such as Capital A list will erase any uncertainty as they will advise you on the correct dress code.


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Rumpus Room

May 16, 2016 Capital A List – Celebrity club news

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Rumpus Room

Looking to continue a relaxed evening after dinner within City of London? Make your way to the other side of the river close to Southwark station to Mondrian Hotel; where you will find Rumpus Room bar. Rumpus Room is not just an ordinary rooftop bar, it is located up high within the revolutionary boutique Mondrian Hotel, which is entirely the visual outcome of iconic design genius Tom Dixon. Rumpus Room bar in particular offers luxury cocktails at its best with a panoramic touch of London.

Rumpus Room bar and Mondrian Hotel holds the future of urban hotel culture, combining the needs of corporate commuters and hip travellers. The hotel’s carefully branded venues and facilities cater to every mood. Rumpus Room bar on the top floor of the hotel is for those who appreciate traditional glamour with a modern twist.

You enter a dark rectangular room with windows portraying the most spectacular views of city of London’s skyline. Inspired by 1920’s modernism, the signature look of this venue includes off-red leather seats throughout the venue with ‘firework’ chandeliers scattered on the tall ceiling. With the oak floors, it brings in a balance of a relaxed atmosphere, as the views tell the statement of the feel of this venue. Rumpus Roof bar is not just a typical rooftop bar, as their menus beholds as much quirkiness of swinging glamour as the atmosphere.

The grand, yet fresh interpretations of classic cocktails of pomegranate mojitos and elderflower cucumber champagne presentations stand strong and distinguished with the branding of Rumpus Room bar. An impeccable selection of legendary whiskeys, extensive list of champagnes for every taste and experimental variety of wines cross-continentally makes Rumpus Room bar the perfect hot-spot for an ideal sophisticated evening in style. Rumpus Room bar also offers a great variety of savory snacks as well, inspired by French and American dining culture.

Capital A List’s personal favourites include Billecart Salmon Rosé champagne and American Noah’s Mill whiskey. The Russian Spring Punch cocktail and Rumpus Mojitos are great examples of their fresh intakes of classic cocktails.

Rumpus Room bar is a rooftop bar located in Mondrian Hotel (which also is home to the Sea Containers restaurant), 5 minutes from Southwark station. Alongside with the breathtaking skyline and view of the river, local landmarks include Tate Modern and Tate Britain contemporary art museums, the Design Museum and London Television Centre.

Rumpus Room bar is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 5pm to 1am and from Thursdays to Sundays from 5pm to 1:30 AM.


Rumpus Room Dress Code & Address


Dress Code: Smart Casual

Area: Southbank

Address: 20 Upper Ground, South Bank, London SE1 9PD


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The Best London Clubs With Entertainment

May 3, 2016 Capital A List – Celebrity club news


The Best London Clubs With Entertainment


Capital A list presents it’s guide to the best London clubs with entertainment as they are world renowned for their lavish setting, high class crowd and stunning interior but their captivating entertainment is the main event that draws in so many guests from all over the world. Whether your looking to go out at the start or end of the week, there is a VIP venue designed for everyone, offering unique, exhilarating and chic late night experiences – everything you need to have on a perfect night out in the Capital.
Listed below are some of the most spectacular venues London has to offer, if you are looking for a high end yet eccentric night out then look no further, these clubs are worth getting on the guest list for.


Tonteria Mondays:
Party away those Monday blues at London’s Tonteria! Offering a Mexican Madness theme the club certainly does not disappoint from a toy train delivering an array of  mouthwatering cocktails and shots directly to your table to snake charmers and performers covered in glow in the dark body paint. The enthralling performers arrive in style with large traditional Mexican skull heads and lucha libre masks alongside outstanding fire dancers dressed in latex attire. Performers and waiters also appear wearing Day of the Dead inspired face paint and invite guests to get their face painted and join in the festivities! As Tonteria is one of the best London clubs with entertainment, it’s not hard to see why it attracts royals such as Prince William, Pippa Middleton and celebrities including Jessi J. A visit to Tonteria is certainly a night you wont forget, so join us at Muertos Mondays to experience anything but a typical club.


Bonbonniere Tuesdays:
Located a minute away from luxury department store Selfridges, Bonbonniere adds an elegant touch to London clubbing. With its luxurious interior and world class music and DJ performances, Bonbonniere offers the best guest service to their clubbers.  As the party goes on, guests are joined by Bonbonniere’s mesmerizing dancers and performers who dance is the middle of the dance floor on raised platforms. Dancers dressed in elegant leotards covered in metal netting offer the ultimate clubbing experience as they provide top class entertainment and amusement. During the night an array of champagne with sparklers is constantly brought out- this definitely adds to the high-end atmosphere of the club. Based on a Candy shop theme, the exclusive club offers a range of sweets and confectionery from their very own candy floss machine. To indulge in this VIP themed night join us at Bonbonniere Tuesdays for a sweet experience at one of the best London clubs with entertainment!


The Box: (Tables only)
Certainly not for the faint hearted, The Box has become known for its exhilarating and explicit entertainment ranging from exotic dancers, fire eaters and even acrobats. From its shocking sexual acts to raunchy cabaret shows attracting a wide range of celebrities and royals including Kate Moss, Keira Knighlty and even Prince Harry. While performers entertain in barley-there outfits and cause outrage and laughs amongst the elite. The Box has quickly become one of the best London clubs with entertainment as well as the hottest new venue around with it constantly teasing you with guilty pleasures ready to push the boundaries to the utmost. The entertainment is not the only thing that will entice you as the golden and red theater interior and lightning definitely sets the mood. So if your looking for a decadent and daring night out filled with surprises and mystery then The Box is the club for you!


Cirque Le Soir: (Tables only)
This one of a kind outrageous club has quickly become a famous celebrity playground haunt with its Moulin Rouge inspired interior to exhilarating entertainment including showgirls, fire breathers, gymnasts, clowns, dwarves and drag queens. Anyone who is anyone has witnessed this thrilling and decadent club from the likes of Cara Delevingne, Rihanna to Miley Cyrus. This circus themed club will sure to keep you busy from fortune telling to shocking and dangerous acts and even a decadent popcorn machine for your absolute pleasure. It’s a world of its own with everyone in fancy dress and keeping to their act- they are sure to entertain you and make for an unforgettable night out. Not to mention the club is famous for its outstanding international DJ’s as well as its fancy dress and censored night outs. Reopening this week, be welcomed to wonderland by the Ringmaster and enjoy a night of guilty pleasures only at Cirque Le Soir. (Rated as one of the best London clubs with entertainment)


Club 41 Friday and Saturdays:
This recently relocated luxurious club centrally located in Kensington is the new hype and place to be if you want an exclusive night out. You will feel like a royal from its Parisian decadence with stunning lighting interior as well as high class service with waiters ensuring you receive the best treatment. From international DJ’s to the best R&B, Hip Hop and Commercial house music its easy to see why this premium club is becoming so popular. Expect to be entertained to the early hours of the morning from exciting Cabaret Dancers in feathers outfits to exciting electronic violinists playing to the beat of the music. Not too mention its exciting range of cocktails on offer! Whether your a booking a table, on a guest list or celebrating a birthday you can expect a night of extravagance at Club 41 as it’s definitely one of the top best London clubs with entertainment!

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