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Baroque at the Playboy Club London presents ‘The Cabaret Troupe’: An intimate & seductive cabaret show in the heart of Mayfair launching Thursday 2nd May.
Since its launch in October 2012, Baroque at the Playboy Club has showcased a host of top music talent: The likes of Grace Jones, The Kills and Mark Ronson have all taken to the stage of the intimate venue and now guests will be able to enjoy an awe-inspiring array of live entertainment every week.
The cabaret fun commences each week on Thursday night when comedian Steve Furst’s alter ego Lenny Beige takes to the stage. The show allows guests an exclusive peek inside his legendary ‘Little Black Book’ where Lenny will unveil his handpicked troupe of singers, musicians, comedians and cabaret characters that he has encountered over his three decades on the London entertainment scene.
These thrilling all-night, interactive showcases sit perfectly in the lavish surroundings of Baroque at Playboy Club London. Highly-skilled sword swallowers, contortionists, Tango and Burlesque dancers come together to form The Baroque Cabaret Troupe who transform the luxurious night spot into a “rock ‘n’ roll circus” experience every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
Salvatore’s Bar Named Best Bar at London Lifestyle Awards
Salvatore’s Bar at Playboy Club London, owned by the world’s leading cocktail expert, Salvatore Calabrese, has been awarded the prestigious title of Best Bar at the London Lifestyle Awards.
Salvatore’s Bar triumphed over runners up – The Montpelier, McQueen, Archer Street and the Sanderson’s Purple Bar at the third annual London Lifestyle Awards. Hosted by Capital FM DJ Greg Burns, the event was attended by representatives from London’s key businesses and a whole host of famous faces such as TV presenter Kate Garraway, Dame Kelly Holmes, TV personality Arlene Phillips and entrepreneur Duncan Bannatyne.
Salvatore Calabrese said, “I am overjoyed to receive this award and am extremely grateful to all those who voted for my bar.”
It has been a fantastic couple of weeks for the bar and Salvatore has much to celebrate after he officially broke the Guinness World Record for the World’s Most Expensive Cocktail at £5,500 a glass, ‘Salvatore’s Legacy’ is now on sale at his bar.
Opened in June 2011 at 14 Old Park Lane, the bar’s enviable drinks menu includes Salvatore’s own signature cocktails such as the ‘My Martini’, developed by him in the 1980’s and said to be one of the best in the world! Another is the ‘Breakfast Martini’, which uses the unusual ingredient of orange marmalade, and the ‘Spicy Fifty’, a unique cocktail made with Stoli Vanilla vodka, elderflower cordial, fresh lime juice, honey syrup and chilli pepper. Salvatore has the largest and most expensive collection of vintage spirits in the world, some stretching back to the 1700s.
Salvatore Calabrese has over 30 years experience as a bartender, having developed his talent for combining flavours at an early age while working in a bar in Maiori, a small village on Italy's Amalfi Coast. Once Salvatore came to London he took a position at Dukes Hotel in St James's and developed a niche market for special cognacs, starting the concept he calls Liquid History. Salvatore then moved to the illustrious Lanesborough Hotel in Knightsbridge, where he further developed his unique style behind the bar, using his great passion for classic cocktails which has led his career. His performance arena then became the glamorous Salvatore at FIFTY in London’s St James's, which attracted celebrities from around the world, all keen to sample the legendary cocktails that he is famous for. Salvatore has served a range of A-list celebrities and dignitaries over the years such as Her Majesty The Queen, Nelson Mandela, Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Lopez.
This new award joins Salvatore’s long list of achievements and major honours including the World’s Best Drink Selection at the Spirited Awards 2012, Class Awards 2011 Outstanding Achievement to the Industry, the prestigious Keeper of the Quaich accolade, Drinking Out Excellence Awards’ Spirits Personality of the Year 2009 and the Italian equivalent of the OBE.
Put the date in your diary now! The most exciting new nightclub on the London scene opens right here at Playboy Club London on October 4th. Baroque is sophisticated, luxurious - and strictly for grownups.
Created by nightlife entrepreneur Gerry Calabrese, it fuses the extravagant glamour of a bygone age with an uber-cool 21st century vibe. Watch this space!
We are delighted to announce that not only have we been nominated once by the London Lifestyle Awards, but twice - for Best Bar and Best Members Club!!
The awards are nominated by the public and business owners alike, but are voted for by the public before final judgement by the London Lifestyle Awards committee. Now in their third year, the awards are more hotly contested then ever, delivering media and commercial benefits to the winners in 2012, no doubt London’s year.
Please vote for us at: http://www.londonlifestyleawards.com/london/vote/vote2.php
Salvatore Calabrese’s Bar Wins Prestigious World’s Best Drink Selection
Salvatore’s Bar at Playboy Club London, owned by the world’s leading cocktail expert, Salvatore Calabrese, has won the prestigious title of ‘World’s Best Drink Selection’, at the 2012 Spirited Awards at Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans.
The best bars and bartenders from all over the world competed in the 6th annual Spirited Awards, which celebrates international excellence. From 12 categories the UK triumphed, winning six trophies. The Awards are part of the Tales of the Cocktail event, which also includes lectures and demonstrations from leading bartenders.
Salvatore's enviable drinks menu includes his own signature cocktails such as the ‘My Martini’, developed by him in the 1980’s and said to be one of the best in the world! Another is the ‘Breakfast Martini’, which uses the unusual ingredient of orange marmalade, and the ‘Spicy Fifty’, a unique cocktail made with Stoli Vanilla vodka, elderflower cordial, fresh lime juice, honey syrup and chilli pepper. Salvatore has the largest and most expensive collection of vintage spirits in the world, some stretching back to the 1700s, which he creates vintage cocktails with.
Salvatore Calabrese said, “This is such a fantastic honour for the bar. It has taken years to create my perfect menu and it is humbling for this to be recognised worldwide.”
This new award joins Salvatore’s long list of achievements and major honours including the Class Awards 2011, Outstanding Achievement to the Industry, the prestigious Keeper of the Quaich accolade, Drinking Out Excellence Awards’ Spirits Personality of the Year 2009 and the Italian equivalent of the OBE.
The Watergate Gallery is showcasing a series of exhibitions at the Playboy Club, starting with a photo exhibition by iconic sixties photographer Philip Townshend. Last night saw the launch of his work, which was a roaring success! The shots really capture the zeitgeist of the era and the rock 'n' roll characters that shaped such a unique time in history, including the Rolling Stones having a cheeky beer outside a Aussie pub in 1963.
Just some of the feedback we have received on the press launch of the Wine Tasting events starting at Playboy Club London.
Tim Badham (innerplace.co.uk & City AM).
The new wine tasting evenings at Playboy Club are a great idea and thoroughly enjoyed. The accomplished James Lloyd was a convivial host and a very knowledgeable sommelier who kept us entertained as well as introducing us to some cracking wines. The menu was also superb and for multiple courses with paired wines it is amazing value for such a top notch offering. I missed the Disco Duck Fries and Truffle Mac n Cheese but the refined menu certainly went well with the wine. For example the 2006 Recioto della Valpolicella Classico was an interesting choice with the Roasted Foie Gras but worked perfectly. It’s also a great introduction to this normally members only club, as many people don’t realise how good the food is at Playboy, thanks to Judy Joo.
Jerome Taylor, The Independent
The Playboy club may not immediately strike you as a venue for wine connoisseurs. But Sommelier James Lloyd brought out a host of interesting bottles to go with a meal put on by executive chef Judy Joo. It's clear that the club is keen to attract new members which is why they are planning to hold an array of upcoming wine tasting evenings which will be open to both members and non-members alike. For £50 a head, it's a great way to get a sneak peak inside the club and decide whether membership is for you.
Fiona Sims, Wine Critic
The Playboy club's new wine evenings are as delicious as they are informative. Sommelier James is a whizz at finding the best food matches, even when chef Judy throws the odd curve ball, as she did in a scallop ceviche with miso. James's pairing of a South African Sauvignon Blanc was spot on.
Victoria Sheppard, Chartwell Estates
We are welcomed into The Private Dining room, nestled away at rear of The Playboy Club London’s buzzing casino, it seats just 12 guests for an intimate meal in a quintessentially Playboy themed setting.
Head Sommelier James Lloyd hosts the fine wine evening alongside executive chef Judy Joo. Joo’s choice of cuisine perfectly compliment each of the selected wines by James: we were fortunate to taste a 6 course menu, ranging from Hand Dived Scallops and Foie Gras to Cinnamon Beignet with wholemeal ice cream. Each course was cooked and presented to finesse. The passion and knowledge of both Joo and Lloyd shines throughout the evening, and we can certainly detect the drive that brought Judy Joo from a successful career in the city, starting at Goldman Sachs, to following her love of food at working with Gordon Ramsey and at the renowned Fat Duck. James selected a varied range of wine, and provided an educated guide through the flavours and history between each wine and its region.
We certainly look forward to returning to for another wine evening at The Playboy Club: 10/10 for taste, ambiance and hospitality.
James Buttery, Your Docklands & City Magazine
Playboy Club London’s new food and wine pairing evening makes for a flawless night out. Executive chef Judy Joo and Head Sommelier James Lloyd have created some truly uncanny matches, a real treat for the senses and, at £50 a head for food and wine, it’s perhaps the best value wine tasting the Capital has to offer.
October 10th saw International super star Snoop Dogg put on a special performance at Playboy Club London. The hip hop legend wowed onlookers at the private gig as he performed some of his top hits. He was cheered on by stars including David Haye, Linford Christie, Banksy, Damon Albarn and Bobby Womack. Snoop spent the rest of the evening chilling in the VIP area of Cottontail with the Chelsea team and close friend Ashley Cole where he was later presented with a Playboy membership card and key.
Cee Lo Green is everyone's new best friend! He charmed both bunnies and his audience as he performed a selection of his most popular songs before spending the night chatting to guests and chilling in the VIP area. Cee Lo's visit to the club marked the launch night of our 'Playboy goes pink in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness Month' campaign.