After months of build up and numerous teasing trailers, Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby finally hits our cinema screens next week. A classic novel you must read, set in one of the most glamorous eras, you can fully expect London to be swept up by ‘Fitzgerald fever’ this month. Whether you’re excited about seeing the film like me, or you couldn’t care less about it, either way it’s a great excuse to enjoy 1920s sophistication. So I’ve picked out five Great Gatsby inspired evenings from some of the great things going on this month and beyond.
1. Sip cocktails from a by gone era at Coq D’Argent – On the menu at this D&D restaurant you’ll find three cocktails with a decadent flavour of the past. The Mother in Law (aromatic bitters, Amer Picon, orange Curaçao, maraschino liqueur and simple syrup), Rhubarb Sour (Chase Rhubarb liqueur shaken with Russian Standard platinum vodka, homemade rhubarb purée, lemon juice and bitters) and Plum Royal (Umechu Japanese plum wine with Tio Pepe, lemon juice, apricot brandy and finished with Champagne).
2. Dance the night away to jazz music at The Candlelight Club – 1920s outfits, cocktails and an unknown venue take you back in time for a great alternative night out. I really enjoyed The Candlelight Club last year (I wrote about it here) and highly recommend getting a group of friends together, glamming up and dancing to the live Jazz band all night long.
3. Enjoy the luxury of Bob Bob Ricard – Great Gatsby is all about opulence and Bob Bob Ricard is a place you can enjoy it. Order champagne at just the touch of the button and soak up the sophisticated atmosphere.
4. Head to Harrods for their Great Gatsby Cocktail Bar – One of the city’s most iconic stores has transformed its Tasting Room and Wine Shop into an opulent art-deco pop-up experience. Attend one of their events and learn how to mix classic cocktails from the era.
5. Watch the film in style at the Electric Cinema – A classic cinema where you can enjoy Baz Luhrmann’s latest film in comfort and for £35pp get an Afternoon Tea and cocktail. It might be more expensive than a trip to the Odeon but it’s a pretty good way to enjoy what will hopefully be a great film.
Are you looking forward to seeing Great Gatsby?