Mysterious, dark yet colourful, Raffles caters for Chelsea’s finest party harders, tastelessly celebrating their wealth with an extensive range of luxury drinks. An exclusive private members' club, the only way you will be allowed to step inside is if you are a member or a guest of one.
Situated on the Kings Road, Raffles is between Sloane Square and Kensington tube stations. It is comprised of one main room with several private booths and a VIP area where you can have some intimacy. The bar, separated from the main room by stairs, dazzles with its 15 metre long shelf supporting every liquor you can imagine.
The black walls give a sense of privacy while the square-shaped multicoloured lights delineating the dancefloor from the extensive seating area seem to be begging you to rock your body until late (or at least until 6.30 in the morning). The main focal point of the club is a mirrored column in the middle of the dancefloor inciting you to be narcissist.
Expect to mingle with Chelsea and Kensington’s richest and slickest inhabitants along with top-notch celebrities who appreciate the exclusiveness of this private members club. It’s hard to get in, but once you’re inside it’s never completely packed so you can always circulate smoothly and dance like crazy. That said, if you’re bothered about spending £9 for a shot of vodka then this is not the place for you.
Raffles attracts rising Ibiza and French Riviera style DJs playing a rather unexpected funky house oriented mix of pop, electro, RnB and indie tunes, which can be considered as pop music now.
The private members' club offers a stunning variety of drinks, from Cristal to Cognac and everything in between. The cocktails are well made, large and extremely alcoholic (there are no 25ml or 35ml limitations here, just say when you want them to stop pouring). For the amount of alcohol they're reasonably priced too and start at £12 for a basic mojito and rise to £20 for more sophisticated ones.
The Last Word
Raffles is a great members' club with a really funky dancefloor, delicious drinks and good albeit unoriginal music. A great place to party until late with wealthy friends before contemplating the London sunrise. Having said all this, that's only provided you get in. This is a private members' club for the very wealthy who value their privacy so security is understandably strict.