This multi-storey gentlemen's club in Bethnal Green has to be seen to be believed, offering an extraordinary mix of dancers, drinks and, oddly enough, dune buggies.
Situated opposite Cambridge Heath rail station to the north of Bethnal Green, Metropolis isn't much to look at from the outside, but holds all manner of surprises once you get past the small reception. Central to the main room is a circular stage complete with a distinctive twin pole set-up that spans two floors, flanked by a spiral staircase with zebra print carpet. The ground floor acts as a relaxed bar setting, with comfortable armchairs, flat screen TVs and a team of bartenders on hand to keep your drinks topped up, but private rooms are also accessible behind the stage.
On the second floor several more circular booths are available for dances behind semi-transparent ball-bearing curtains, as well as a second bar and a full-size replica dune buggy in a watertight room used for inimitable car wash dances – be warned, it can get quite wet (ahem). The third and final “penthouse” floor is especially impressive, with a desert theme that sees the floor covered in several tonnes of sand, while a central bar and harem-style tents provide a unique amphitheatre for group functions and private dances.
Open from 4pm to 4am, Tuesday to Saturday, Metropolis can be extremely versatile in setting the mood of your evening – from the boisterous set-up of the ground floor through to the more discreet penthouse and the downright crazy car wash room (a big hit on stag nights), the club has something for everyone. The venue's proximity to The City, and more recently the Olympic Park, ensures a healthy attendance, consisting primarily of businessmen and tourists. The staff, managers and line-up of 200 girls who work on a rota are welcoming and extremely friendly, and for such an out-of-the-ordinary experience, prices are eminently reasonable, with a £10 cover charge after 8pm, and a further £10 for private dances.
Drink prices at Metropolis remain manageable, with a selection of draught lagers and bottled ciders such as Heineken and Bulmers (£4-5) available at the main bar, and a host of spirits, mixers and shots (£3-6) never too far away on all three floors. Champagne and prosecco are distinct possibilities as well, with a selection of vintages on display on the ground floor.
The Last Word
Entertaining, innovative and affordable, Metropolis ticks all the right boxes for a guys’ night on the town in east London; highly recommended.