Published on September 19th, 2014 | by Francesca Baker1
Swinging Through The Blitz, Shoreditch
Walking around Shoreditch on Saturday night, you might have thought that you’d stepped back in time. A faint sound of swing music coming from the alleyway, faint glowing lights in a blackout, the gentle rumble of dancing feet and chatting friends – it’s Bourne & Hollingsworth’s Blitz Party.
Founded in 2009, the Blitz Party has become London’s leading vintage event, tapping into the nostalgic and make do and mend spirit that has swept over the country. Twenty somethings who are far too young to remember reality all thrive on the spirit and carpe diem hedonism of the era that the Blitz Party trades upon, and make the most of a night out that is just that bit different.
Taking place in the arches of Shoreditch’s Village Underground- exposed walls, old suitcases, wooden crates, bunting, sandbags and ration books all set the scene, and the authentic pop-up bars serve classics such as Spitfire Ale, Gin Fizz and an array of inspired cocktails such as ‘The Blitz’ (a mouth-watering concoction of Tequila, Triple Sec, peach liqueur and fruit juice) and hearty sausage rolls, scotch eggs and delicious cakes (no refined egg whites here) to keep spirits up and energies fuelled.
Getting ready for the night is a highlight, and there are even on site hair parlours. Eye pencil, Victory rolls, red lips and drawn stocking seams were almost de facto from the women, with smart clothes and military gear from the men keeping up the style synonymous with the era. Morale boosting and feet pumping big band brass from live bands starts to let the stiff upper lip drop and the camaraderie fire.
People are packed in, as they would have been as the bombs rained down above, and so sometimes things are a little too cramped to really get the community spirit flowing, especially as the swing dancing really starts and legs begin to flail. I’d definitely recommend investing in a few classes before you go. Whilst the spectacle is amazing, to really make the most of the night and become involved rather than merely observe, it did sometimes feel as though we were watching other people rather than being able to totally immerse ourselves.
Keep an eye out for the next event on the Blitz Party website..Share This Post