This recently opened venue is one of London's most up-and-coming gentleman's clubs, on the cusp of Shoreditch and the City.
Located on the main strip (no pun intended) between Old Street tube station and Great Eastern Street, The Horns is a newly-renovated and extremely well-appointed gentleman's club that belies its rather grubby surroundings and boarded-up exterior. The intimate venue is located entirely on the ground floor, although plans are afoot to do up the building's upper stories and roof garden as well. The brightly-lit stage, housing a DJ booth and several poles, can be found near the entrance, with a more sombre, luxuriously-equipped private room through the exposed-brick arches to the left-hand side - plush sofas and embossed black wallpaper feature prominently. The mirrored bar is hand-crafted and offsets the oak floorboards and overhanging chandeliers nicely, adding to the club's distinguished feel. Seating is limited but there are sufficient bar stools for those looking to take the weight off their feet, and a smoking area is available out back.
Open from midday to midnight six days a week (and surprisingly busy around lunchtime), The Horns is home to a wide variety of clients from neighbouring Shoreditch and the City, and the atmosphere is generally very laid-back and convivial, with low lighting and a crowd-pleasing playlist – stag dos are common, as are after-work groups. The dress code is fairly relaxed, although it's best to make an effort to be on the safe side. The bar staff are extremely welcoming, as are the girls themselves, who breezily converse with regulars in between floor shows, which occur every ten minutes. Televised sporting events also vie for attention, often unsuccessfully as you would expect, but it's nice to have the option... Somewhat of a rarity among such establishments, there is no cover charge for entrance, although fully nude floor shows entail a £1 donation, and a private dance is £15, or £10 before 5pm.
A well-stocked and reasonably-priced bar is the icing on The Horn's cake, as it were, with a solid selection of bottled and draught beers and ciders, including Stella and Bulmers, retailing at standard pub prices (£3.50-£4). There is also a great variety of spirits and mixers from which to concoct your tipple of choice, and a whole fridge's worth of champagnes for special occasions.
The Last Word
Friendly, inexpensive and easy on the eye in more than one sense, The Horns is well worth a trip if you're planning a lad's night out in east London.