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Published on July 16th, 2014 | by Francesca Baker


Prohibition 1920s Party, Bloomsbury

In 2014, all we want to do is party like its 1924. Twenty four hour licensing and booze on every corner? No thanks, we want prohibition and illicit drinking. Nonchalent head nodding to a pounding beat? We’ll take a Charleston to the downbeat. Jagerbombs? Let’s have gin in teacups. The good times of yesteryear are what we hanker for, and thankfully there are no shortage of vintage themed nights ready to entertain us.

Bourne & Hollingsworth, that wonderful underground cocktail bar decorated like your grandmother’s living room but with better drinks on offer, curate some of London’s best parties, including the famous Blitz Party, and have been organising the Prohibition Party since 2007. The 28th June saw the 50th event, and as befits such a milestone, it was a gloriously decadent and delightful evening of all that glitters.

Prohibition Casino

Burlesque Dancer

Taking place at the lavish Bloomsbury Ballroom, the effort and attention of the curators was matched by punters, who arrived in feathers, floor length gowns, draped in furs, drop pearls, tuxedos and ‘taches, braces and trilbies.

Swing bands had the floor grooving, and the quality of dancing is testament to just how far the swing scene has infiltrated London. Whilst the main hall convulsed to the music, the foyer bar was home to gambling and roulette, whilst hidden out the back were busy drinking dens hosted by Vintage Mafia, all sumptuous velvet and (formerly) smokey. The whole thing was wonderfully styled and artfully matched, so whilst DJs played on gramophones, cupcakes were served, and as fizz frothed you could have your portrait painted.

Flamboyant, impressive and respondent, this is one clandestine celebration worth finding. Make sure you seek the next one out. But shhh, don’t tell a soul.

Prohibition Party


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Francesca Baker is curious about life and enjoys writing about it. A freelance journalist, event organiser, and minor marketing whizz, she has plenty of ideas, and likes to share them. She writes about music, literature, life, travel, art, London, and other general musings, and organises events that contain at least one of the above. You can find out more at www.andsoshethinks.co.uk and follow her on https://twitter.com/andsoshethinks

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