You’ve filed resurrecting the ’80s under ‘things that never, ever need to happen’. But if anything can change your mind, at least for one night, it’s Maggie’s, a kitschy valentine to The Thatcher Years.
The new nightspot opened last night in Chelsea, with nostalgic touches like disco balls and loaner leg warmers. Decor is over-the-top retro (zebra print, Beano comic wallpaper), but since it’s the brainchild of Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling of nearby speakeasy Barts, expect a similarly laid-back vibe.
The bar staff, who are trained to execute Tom Cruise-style tricks, serve until 3:30 a.m. — a closing time usually reserved for West End haunts. The only requirement: patrons must have been born in or before the ’80s, which keeps out the kids.
On the glittery dance floor, music starts with groove-your-heart-out ’80s favourites, then switches to contemporary beats after 1 a.m. Because no matter how devoted to the decade, nobody needs an entire night of cheese.
Maggie’s, 329 Fulham Road, SW10 9QL (020 7352 8512 or maggies-club.com).
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