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Cuckoo Club

On the site of Swallow Street’s old Stork Rooms, the Cuckoo Club (note the avian theme) is more glam rock than other shiny West End clubs in London and usually, without a single beat of R&B. Inside, set over two floors with two bars, life is dark and slick – gentlemen’s club classics (such as brass-studded button-backed leather banquettes) mixed with Studio 54 disco kitsch (flashing electric-coloured LED light installations, etc.). Rock chick waitresses serve the secluded dens around the dance floor, while back-to-back floorfillers – be they retro (Prince, T-Rex, Blondie) or the biggest indie rock tunes – uproot the able. The vibe is more like a private party – so it’s no surprise that entry is so micro-managed (although the Euro crowd seems to have considerable rights here). Officially it’s a members’ club, but non-members can, well, wing it – on weekdays, try your luck in the queue (dress cool, be cool, ruffle no feathers), but there’s no walk-in trade at the weekend – try booking a restaurant table (the earlier the easier). Be aware that you will be vetted – so be armed with a chic-sounding job and rockerati associations.

Swallow Street,
+44 20 7287 4300
Opening Times
7.30pm-3am Weds-Thurs; 8pm-3.30am Fri-Sat
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