Libertine club is a collaboration with the already established brand, Chinawhite. Relaunched by Hootan Ahmadi, a fully qualified surgeon with doorman experience, Chinawhite has had a complete shake-up and now holds three distinct rooms, with Libertine offering a place to party into the small hours.
Expect the usual red ropes upon arrival outside this very discreet club entrance. The stairway descends down to the start of three rooms that make up this newly rebranded night club. The first door you come to opens to the bespoke molecular cocktail bar Reason and Mankind, which is where many party goers start their evening. A long corridor stretches from this bar into the club, with the walls mirrored on one side and holding a frosted, glittery, silver 3D effect on the other.
The layout is a square room made up of stylish banquettes that are tiered to give everyone the chance to see the dance floor sitting in the middle. Oak tables with a dripped gold effect have champagne buckets installed, and these mark the way for an expensive evening. Circular LED rings hang above your head and a huge disco ball twirls above the dance floor. Along one wall is a 50ft screen used for projecting visuals throughout the evening or for specific events. Hexagonal, light-up shapes add more detail to walls and dark, mirrored columns create a sense of space to the seating area. A long bar takes up one side as you walk in and has all the spirits you could dream of on display. A secretive VIP room is just seeing the final touches before it opens, offering a discreet space for the privileged few. The interior no longer resembles the moorish style it became famous for – it’s a world away, to be truthful - but its slick interior feels updated and in keeping with the club’s Fitzrovia post code.
With Reason and Mankind opening from 5.30pm, there’s already a buzz about the place as Libertine opens its doors. The crowd definitely matches the stylish interiors – a glamorous set that like to party. The staff here, however, are friendly right through from the door to the floor. There are guest DJs and different hosted nights, so check listings before arriving. The music again depends on both the DJ and event, but it’s generally a mix of RnB, commercial and club classics.
In a gesture almost as ostentatious as the content on its pages, the drinks list lights up when you open it, revealing a vast list of Champagnes and spirits that are sure to put a huge dent in your wallet. The house Champagne, Dom Perignon, is £350 with the rose version going for £600. The list even extends to a Methuselah of Louis Roederer Cristal at a breathtaking £32,000! A bottle of Belvedere Vodka is a much more manageable (well, for some) £240 and Patron Tequila costs the same again. If it’s cocktails you are after then either venture into molecular mixology courtesy of Reason and Mankind, or simply ask the bartenders to whip you up whatever you fancy.
The Last Word
Rebranding such an iconic venue is a bold decision, but it seems to be working as the crowd packs out this place. Expect to part with some serious cash, especially if you intend on booking a table for your evening at Libertine. And don’t forget to try some of the theatrical cocktails in Reason and Mankind bar beforehand.