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2 Great Gatsby Dining Experiences in London

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Spend an Evening Like Scott Fitzgerald
the candlelight club, a night in old havanna


The latest adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby (1925) came out on the 10th May; starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the film has gained great publicity, and there is a renewed interest in this classic Jazz Age story.

Scott Fitzgerald wrote The Great Gatsby after being inspired by the parties he used to go to in Long Island, New York. And he and his wife, Zelda did love to party. They spent many a night in speakeasy joints, which you can tell from the atmospheric bars he sent his characters to.

Instead of just reading and imagining, you too can now share the 1920s experience at two secret parties happening in London.

A Night in Old Havana

The Candlelight Club is a 1920s theme cocktail bar, and holds numerous soirees for those who love to swing. Named after another great novel, A Night in Old Havana is a hush-hush event on the 31st May & 1st June, starting from 7pm. It is set in a secret location that you will find out by email after you have booked tickets(£16.54-£19.69). As well as a strict 1920s dress code, to get in, you'll also need to give the secret password.There will be Cuban and American jazz music, plus a fancy cocktail menu. Choose from a Hemmingway special with grapefruit and cherry liqueur, a Cuba Libre with Coca-Cola, Miss Joan Ketchum's apricot brandy special, or your traditional Mojito or Daiquiri.

Prohibition 1920s

On the 1st June, London's famous Prohibition Party will begin at 8pm. There will be live bands & pianists, gambling tables, and a floorshow. And because booze is strictly prohibited, the cocktails will be disguised in tea cups. You can book tickets to this secret event for £20, and the location will be revealed shortly before the event. Make sure you are wearing top hats and spats; anyone in denim will be shown the exit.
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Why? Dine like Gatsby
When: 31st-1st June
Phone: 020 7724 1617 (Prohibition)
Where: Secret
Cost: £16.54-£20
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