Before moving to the UK, a friend of mine introduced me to Peaky Blinders. I absolutely fell in love with the show. The history, the costumes and the romance of 1920’s gangsters. I’m definitely a sucker for a historical gangsters with morals like the main character Thomas Shelby. With this in mind I couldn’t think of a better way to spend my Friday night than at The Tick Tack Club. Thanks to ‘A Place In Time’ I was able to immerse myself in the year 1921 and into the world of the Peaky Blinders.
No detail is left out from the moment you reach the entrance of the bar. Costumes, decorations and decor are all spectacular. Seriously every employee is in character and they never break out of character. From the scary looking security guard giving guests the hard word if the secret password isn’t uttered to the bar staff who will have a shot of sambucca or tequila with you at the bar. If I haven’t made it clear already, be prepared that upon entering The Tick Tack Club you are leaving modern day London behind.
We were taken upstairs and seated in the dining room. A five course dinner awaited us and my friend and I were excited to try this. With me being a fussy eater and my friend Coeliac, we were slightly worried about the food which would be served. Fortunately we had nothing to worry about! Each course was stupendous and it’s safe to say one of the best meals I’ve ever eaten in London. Even despite the short notice, kitchen staff obligingly made Rodney’s five courses, gluten free.
Throughout dinner, we were serenaded by a gorgeous singer singing modern day pop songs in 1920’s style. Her rendition of ‘No Diggity’ was on point! We would have been happy sitting enjoying the atmosphere upstairs but we were both itching to explore the downstairs area.
Now downstairs is where the magic continues to happen. Created to look like a replica of an illegal gambling den with it’s own piano man ready for a sing-a-long. We missed the nightly races and getting to place our bets but luckily managed to play some of the other games on offer. I even managed to win myself a little prize. After being downstairs, guests are invited back upstairs to dance the night away.
Trying to pick my favourite character of the night is a hard job. From Mr Kimber… Danny Fingers… Harry to Jack. Each of the characters at the Tick Tack Club were fantastic. Handsome Jack particularly, made the night even more entertaining. He had me in stitches when he covered for the Fortune Teller at the back of the venue.
This isn’t just a bar or a restaurant. This is an experience. One, I can’t recommend enough. Guests are encouraged to dress up in 1920’s costumes and for those that arrive in plain clothes are shown to an impressive dress up box. I can’t wait to go back and the best part is that ticket holders are welcome to return another night to dance in the upstairs bar after diners have finished their meals. This is provided they let A Place In Time know first via their website.
The Tick Tack Club is open every Friday and Saturday Night until the end of June. At £45 pounds for a 5 course dinner and an immersive experience, it’s definitely worth every penny.
We can’t disclose where The TickTack Club is located in Central London but it is Zone 1, 5 minutes walk from the Tube and a Mainline train station. Your ticket purchase will reveal the “illicit” address, and instructions on how to gain entry. This just adds to the excitement!
Reporter: Tegan LeBon ¦ @toogs1
Website: aplaceintime.co.uk/1921 ¦ email@example.com
Twitter: @William_Kimber ¦ @A_Place_In_Time