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Behind Closed Doors at Bunga Bunga Pizzeria and Bar

Italian Melodrama in Battersea

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Politics is serious stuff — until party antics steal the spotlight.

Contributing to the chaos: Bunga Bunga, a lively pizzeria, bar and karaoke joint opening tomorrow in Battersea. Co-founders Duncan Stirling and Charlie Gilkes (Maggie’s, Barts) named the spot after the Italian prime minister’s infamous X-rated parties.

Tabloid newspaper cuttings and kitsch souvenirs cover the walls. There’s a bar shaped like a gondola, a bicycle hangs from the ceiling, Vespa helmets are used as lamps, and Italian-language tapes play in the toilets. Get the party started by sharing cocktails served in a china horse’s head and keep it going with flamethrowers, opera singers and a cheesy Euro DJ. Expect classics like bruschetta, cured meats and a variety of metre-long pizza named after Silvio’s underage girls.

Upstairs you’ll find a private dining room for 30 and an event space for 150, complete with bar, karaoke stage and fancy dress box.

A Berlusconi-inspired political statement? Nah. Just some funny business.

Bunga Bunga, 37 Battersea Bridge Road, SW11 3BA (020 7095 0360 or bungabunga-london.com).

Photo: Courtesy of Bunga Bunga

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37 Battersea Bridge Rd
London, UK SW11 3BA