Saturday night I attended one of Bourne and Hollingsworth’s 1920’s Prohibition Parties. I was wowed by the amount of effort organisers put in to creating this event and making guests feel like they’ve stepped back in time. The 1920’s is an era that London appears to not want to forget and it’s really no wonder why. The fashion, makeup, hairstyles and mystery of the era is definitely something that is timeless. Half the fun I had that night was getting pampered and dolled up in my finest 1920’s attire. The 1920’s Prohibition Party appears to be a regular event which began in 2007 and has progressed from a small intimate event to an extravaganza. Each Prohibition party is held in a secret location, with April’s event was held in The Laundry in near London Fields Station. The venue was perfect for ensuring that guests felt like we were in an illicit and hidden venue away from the prying eyes of those in support of the prohibition.
Dancers from the Swing Patrol entertained guests with elaborate dance moves and a crazy amount of energy. I was luckily enough to get taught a few steps by Rich (one of the teachers with Swing Patrol), however, this girl only managed to master being swung around before I needed to hang up my dancing shoes. A few more lessons are definitely needed before I’m cutting a rug and wowing the crowds with my fancy footwork.
Other entertainment during the night included a band playing 1920’s style music and a stunning burlesque show. Guests were also given ‘paper money’ to ‘gamble’ with at the event which looked like a lot of fun. Unfortunately there was only one gambling table and my friend and I couldn’t get close enough to see, let alone play some Black Jack.
Cocktails being served on the night included the Jim Dandy and Raspberry Collins. Both of these appeared to be the favourites of the night with many guests being witnessed consuming these drinks while dancing the night away.
Overall the Prohibition Party was an extraordinary night out and one that I’m already planning to attend again on September the 17th 2016. With all female guests looking incredibly stunning in their pearls, feathers and gorgeous flapper dresses and guys looking dapper in their three piece suits, braces and hats, it made the party even more fun. So if you’re ready to shake out those tassles, don those pearls and flaunt those feathers, make sure you head along to their next event.
Reporter: Tegan LeBon ¦ Toogs1