Club review: Brixton Club House
Every time a new area of London creeps onto the map, things snowball at a rapid pace as developers get their hands on empty properties and spin some life into them. We’ve seen it happen across the east of London and now things are moving south. Places like Lewisham, New Cross, and Camberwell have developed their own firm following of fans who have imparted each place with its own up-and-coming identity.
The last couple of years have seen the south of the river plume into a more inviting version of its already vibrant former incarnation. In answer to the call for tarting-up buildings, providing top entertainment, and catering to a well-heeled crowd, Brixton Club House has had a recent revamp which was revealed last week. The beating sun of the evening helped to illuminate the impressive double-tiered white balcony where Brixton’s beautiful people will no doubt be sunning themselves from now until winter. When the sun goes down for the year there’s the new Gold Room which is both a delightfully decedent lounge, and a for-hire venue.
Club owner Bronia Buchanan tells me how Brixton has become home to her and also about the labour of love that went into turning the previously unloved club house into a stand-out venue. Her love for the area and enthusiasm for the project are completely infectious and as a club owner she has all the right attributes down. Bronia understands the need to be aware of long standing locals and their reaction to the changing area, but carefully caters to what the more affluent Brixton crowd are looking for.
The Brixton Club House has an exciting calendar of events planned this year, with club nights like Torture Garden taking place throughout the summer. The introduction of The Gold Room has been the addition which the club needed in order to draw in promoters who needed a slightly larger venue than Brixton Club House offered previously. The decadent gold room is a startling but welcome addition which contrasts to the stark white summer vibe of the Club House’s rooftop bar.
While the summer rooftop is perfect for hot tubs, barbecues, and sparkling cocktails, the Gold Room is set to be a backdrop for more clandestine and debauched affairs. The darker feel of The Gold Room I attributed to its sensuous interior and low lighting,m which is all perfectly complemented by a winning menu of classic and contemporary cocktails.
If the opening night is anything to go by Brixton Club House could certainly be the only place to spend a summer evening in 2012.
Promoters are invited to make proposals for both the Gold Room and the Roof Bar at Brixton Club House. Anyone wishing to visit can check upcoming events on the Club House website.