Since last December when Public opened, this super stylish venue on Lots Road has been descended by sloanes, royals, officers and pretty much anyone who’s anyone in London. Guy Pelly confidently decided that despite some direct rival competition in neighbouring nightclubs he was going to make his mark on Chelsea. No other opening caused such a sensation in the area, and reviews started to flood in thick and fast from friends and colleagues. Having visited a couple of times following the opening, I decided it was time to return now the dust had settled and see whether Public had staying power for us non royals.
The week I chose to visit turned out to be quite an exciting one for the esteemed nightclub, they had just been named the winner of London's Best Nightclub at the London Lifestyle Awards 2011 and had announced Public Verbier was opening. Jess and I had been wanting to visit on a Friday night for ages and so I got in touch with HUB London, a Chelsea based nightlife company run by a bevy of glamorous girls who really know how to throw a party. They organized a guest list for us so we avoided any embarrassment upon arrival and were treated like royalty all night. With clubs such as Public that are renowned for their selectivity and queue’s scaling the length of New Kings Road HUB London puts the fun back into Chelsea clubbing.
We had a great table opposite the bar which was perfect for people watching and immediately started to enjoy the fun, glamorous atmosphere. It was mere moments before a strikingly beautiful hostess wearing a white shirt and braces, à la Britney Spears, presented a ‘WarHead’ at our table. This concoction which is festooned with orange straws arrives in an army style bomb container and is made up of Grey Goose La Poire Vodka, pear and green apple purées, apple liquor and fresh lemon topped with a bottle of Moët. This to me signifies the fun element that Public has got so right; the VIP room is called the ‘sweet room’ and is decorated with old fashioned glass sweet jars, they have a fairground style photobooth and painted horses (which I don’t think you are technically allowed to sit on but everyone does!).
Thanks to HUB London the whole evening ran as smoothly as possible and we partied the night away carefree. We were also lucky enough to spy a sort of X Factor celebrity in the VIP room but sadly no Prince Harry on this occasion. Looks like Public is here to stay, horray!
|Not recommended after a few cocktails!|