Prohibition in London, UK
Masterminded by Mark Holdstock, these über hip prohibition nights in Central London take us back to the ‘Swinging Twenties’.
On January 16, 1919, the eighteenth amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified, which prohibited the “manufacture, sale, or transportation of intoxicating liquors.”
Though drinking itself was not illegal, the ‘prohibition era’ quickly became synonymous with large scale organised crime. Infamous criminal figures such as Al Capone made millions of dollars through the illegal selling of alcohol. With no alcohol available from bars or restaurants, so called ‘speakeasies’ were created. Here, the general public could arrive and drink their fill; hidden away from the police – who were often bribed to stay away, or indeed took a drink themselves – behind closed doors.
Now we have the opportunity to re-live the rush and exhilaration of the era. Reviving the hedonistic antics of the 1920s, Prohibition guests are invited to enjoy delicious cocktails served in tea cups (from bottles hidden in pot plants), live bands, dancing, DJs on gramophones, silent cinema, live piano room and gambling tables.
Completely hidden away from the prying eyes of police, the venue (revealed 2 weeks before each event) is always an apt setting for Prohibitions bootlegged alcohol and flamboyant floorshows. The next event is Saturday 23rd June.
Hide yourself away in a Central London Speakeasy. Enjoy cabaret acts, burlesque performers, showgirls and Charleston danders as you marvel at floor shows, shimmy across the dance floor, hedge your bets an the roulette and blackjack tables and immerse yourself in what has become a legendary fixture on London’s social calendar.
There is a strict dress code. In the 1920s denim was the uniform of prisoners, not the attire of suave gentlemen, and trainers are totally inappropriate footwear for dancing the Charleston.
To find out about the next Prohibition event on 23rd June, please click here
Images from the Prohibition website