The Blitz Party is a semi-regular night event in London themed round the 1940s wartime. We decided to go as a special New Years Eve treat – while the tickets were a bit pricey at £40 it was well worth the money due to the immersive experience and quality of the entertainment.
There is a strong suggested dress code encouraging everyone to put the effort in to match the era. I picked up this cherry print dress from Collectif in their 50% off sale. While more 1950s than wartime, I thought it was a more versatile piece I would re-wear to have in my wardrobe. To make up for the era faux pas, I rolled my hair around a headscarf and curled the rest to one side.
The event was held in some railway arches on Great Suffolk Street, near Borough tube station. As any Londoner knows, railway arches act as a great spaces for any big events. When we walked in we were amazed at the transformation – there were misty red hues over every surfaces, with fog and spot lights illuminating the bars and dance floors. The event comprised of two arches with different live bands, swing lessons and DJs in on rotating schedules, and another archway of a relaxed sit down bar area. There was also a smaller room between the two main dance floors which hosted a beauty station and bars.
To add to the atmosphere, the bar menu was made in the style of a ration book and had tasty 1940s style cocktails and champagne. Beer was also available, but fortunately that was very modern. I tried the Raspberry Collins and Mary Pickford throughout the night. The New Year was celebrated by a 10 second count down and an explosion of large confetti before heading right back into live swing belters.
For more information about The Blitz Party or to keep an eye out for upcoming events, you can visit their official website www.theblitzparty.com