A velvet rope sways in Soho
Glitzy, glamour-loving and low-lit lounge club veering towards a Studio 54 sensibility, with intimate but roomy and party-friendly booths overlooking a sunken illuminated dance floor right out of 1979. A hefty mirror ball dangles above, like a kind of religious icon. Alcove booths are black and aloof, with one of the seven devoted to VIPs. This is a very together club — not too big, great sound sytem and nicely detailed — and occasionally attracts famous people (Elton John, Kylie Minogue etc). Features include guest star DJs and end-of-the-month theme nights. Fridays have a sophisticated house vibe (Playground) and Saturdays go all Top 40 à la remixes and upbeat house sounds, hosted by Johanna Londonium (SHADOWMASOCHISM). As of May 2015, Tuesdays are BOMBSHELL!, for transvestites, transexuals and their friends and admirers. Sportswear, trainers and ripped jeans do not make it beyond the Shadow Lounge threshold. Opened in July 2001 in a space previously occupied by gay/straight-porn Astral Cinemas. Refurbished in early 2012, then rebooted in 2014.