Discreetly situated on a quiet street just to the north of Oxford Street, Sophisticats has been providing adult entertainment for more than a decade, as well as being one of the first West End clubs to gain a 24-hour licence.
Walk downstairs from street level to the Bedouin-themed club in the basement. It‘s darkly lit, with candles on the tables, and the main focus of the room is the stage where three women at a time perform to a soundtrack of Top 40 hits and R&B. As well as the tables around the stage, where most sit and have their drinks brought to them, there are various roped off VIP areas and low key booths around the edge of the room.
The clientele is a mixture of regulars, many of whom have been working into the small hours elsewhere in the West End and head here for a late drink, along with businessmen from all over the world. While you wouldn’t want to mess with the door staff their approach seems friendlier and more relaxed than at some of their competition, giving the place an air of being a real club that you belong to rather than just a venue that you go to. As for the ladies, there are literally dozens on duty at any time, personable and chatty but less likely to hassle you remorselessly to take you for a private dance than at other places.
There’s no charge for watching the floorshow, but personal dances performed at your table cost the standard £20, and there are various other options to spend more time with one or more of the women in more secluded surroundings (£100 per 30 minutes). There’s strictly no physical contact, though, so sitting on your hands (either metaphorically or literally) is probably advisable.
Food isn’t top of their agenda but there are mini pizzas (flavours include pepperoni, margherita, ham and pineapple etc) at £5 each, for those in need of sustenance.
Comes at a premium, as is usually the case in gentlemen’s clubs. A Jack Daniels with or without a mixer is £9 for a single shot or £11 for a double. A bottle of Beck’s is £7.50, a glass of house wine £6.50, or if you’re in the mood to splash out, then a bottle of Tattinger Vintage or Laurent Perrier Rose champagne costs you £135 - but also gets you a private booth (maximum four people). The champagne menu goes all the way up to Cristal Rose at £615.
The Last Word
Certainly a bit more relaxed and laid-back an environment than some gentlemen’s clubs, both in terms of the staff and the dancers.