Last Saturday I was lucky enough to attend the Casino Royale Ball at The Kensington Roof Gardens. It was an event hosted by the Late Night Cocktail Club – a company that takes pride in throwing elaborate parties – this particular one containing burlesque, ballerinas, fire shows and live DJs, a sax player and percussionist. The founder, Alex, invited both Tom and I to come along to experience the event for free, to be able to write this very post. The tickets would usually cost £35 which, admittedly, would have been the most I’d ever spent to gain access to a venue, but my goodness would it of been worth every (money)penny.
The doors opened at 7:30 and despite being a tad late we were still one of the first to arrive. We headed up the lift and were greeted with several people, one of which handed us a free cocktail token and $100 currency for the roulette table (or blackjack, your choice!).
The free cocktail, much to my delight, was a fruity punch – easy on the tastebuds just as cocktails are supposed to be.
We spent a good portion of the night talking to and getting to know some of the other attendees of the event. It was nice to see that everyone had taken the dress code pretty seriously. As the night aged the space filled up and the performances started. Burlesque, stilt walkers, ballerinas.. you name it. The atmosphere was incredible.
That’s what really set this event apart, the atmosphere. I’ve never been on an evening out and felt so, entertained? As lovely as the drinks were, unlike some nights, alcohol really wasn’t the motivator for having a good time. We weren’t just at a party in London anymore, we were in our own little bubble of time. Anything seemed possible, and so we wandered over to the roulette table after being given some tips by a couple we met and gambled the night away…
Now, I don’t want to endorse gambling whatsoever, it’s not cool and to be enjoyed needs an unhumanly amount of self-discipline, but the Roulette table really was one of the stars of the night. Knowing the currency was fake, but still being motivated by a free bottle of champagne for the highest winner, really enabled both Tom and I to thoroughly enjoy playing. Standing around the table really became an icebreaker when meeting other people, and we truly did get to know some interesting folk.
Coming away from the event we both knew we’d experienced something quite special, and thoroughly enjoyed every moment. From the dancers to the roulette table, to the people we met, to the overall tone of the atmosphere, it really was worth getting dressed up and going out to. We both knew leaving that we’d be back again, as it really was a night to remember.