Decades after its closure in 1981, London’s very own Playboy Club is back, and it’s got a few tricks up its sleeve.
There aren’t many few names that ring quite as familiar as the famous Playboy brand, and for many, the name automatically connotes good times with great people. As Playboy founder, Hugh Hefner, once so famously said, “Life is too short to be living someone else’s dream.”
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— Playboy Club London (@PlayboyClubLDN) January 11, 2016
The Playboy Clubs are an international sensation, which began in London in 1965, coinciding with the UK government’s decision to finally legalise gambling. With the opening of Playboy Cub London, British high-rollers suddenly had a new place to call home. Owning membership to the Playboy Club became something of a status symbol in the 1960s, and some of the biggest names in the city would often be seen relaxing in the Playboy Club.
Following various labour strikes and disputes, however, the Playboy Club was forced to close in 1981. It wasn’t until 2011 – thirty years after the iconic club closed its doors in London – the new Playboy Club London was established. Now the casino is better than ever, having become an amalgamation of all the things right with the Playboy Clubs located all over the world. Membership may not be seen a status symbol any longer, but the name Playboy still equates to good times with great people.
— Playboy Club London (@PlayboyClubLDN) November 20, 2015
One of the things that made the Playboy Club London so unique in the 1960s was that it was the first Playboy Club to allow gambling. Carrying on this tradition, today’s Playboy Club London has 22 gaming tables for Roulette, Blackjack, and Poker. All the tables are serviced by Playboy Bunnies who have been selected from thousands of applicants for their charm, wit, and general appeal.
Dining at Playboy Club
Executive chef Judy Joo manages the Playboy Club London’s Dining Room, the club’s in-house restaurant, which is open from 12pm – 1:30am. Chef Judy Joo has amassed quite an array of culinary styles and created a menu that is as much a reflection of her as it is of the many different cultures she has witnessed and experienced. Menus are available online, and it’s also possible to make a reservation through the casino’s website.
Something that everyone who visits the Playboy Club London should try, however, is Salvatore’s Bar. It’s was voted the “Best Bar” in the Exclusive London Lifestyle Awards in 2012, and has continued to impress thousands of patrons throughout the years. It is a piano and cocktail bar that boasts a fine selection of vintage cognacs, the likes of which cannot be found anywhere else in the UK. The bartender, Salvatore “The Maestro” Calabrese, is extremely passionate about his liquor, and he has created special blends of custom cocktails for the Playboy Club London.
Events and Activities
There are regular events being held at the casino, ranging from Cigar and Cognac Pairing Classes to sporting event coverage with the Playboy Bunnies. There is even a Burlesque Night, and music nights that showcase the best of local and international talents. Of course, the Playboy Club London’s function rooms are also open for reservations and bookings, should you want to celebrate your special occasions in style.
Playboy Club Dress Code
Smart dress is required to enter the club, as the Playboy Club London has been working to create a club that is both classy and sophisticated, yet approachable.
Playboy Club Membership
When the first Playboy Club opened in Chicago in the 1960s, their membership fees were an exorbitant $25 a year. Today, there is a membership fee of £1,200 a year plus a £1,000 joining fee, with lifetime membership costing £15,000. These fees are put in place in order to regain the membership’s status as something of a status symbol among the most affluent British citizens. Lifetime membership, although steep, also awards complimentary spouse membership, an increased guest allowance, as well as complete lifestyle management, all in addition to gaining 24/7 access to the club, full sports coverage in their cigar lounges. In order to apply for membership, you can visit their website or approach any of the Playboy Bunnies at reception.
Phone: +44 (0) 20 3504 7972
Opening hours: Mo-Su