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Shimmy London (Club)

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58 Porchester Road, Westbourne Green, Paddington, London, W2 6ET
Cuisine: Asian
Tel: 0207 7279950 | Email to Shimmy London | Transport: Royal Oak | Write review

Shimmy London Review

Top 10 things we learnt about the Shimmy club when we visited:

1) Shimmy can be found in Royal Oak, near the train lines and in the midst of a largely residential area - an unusual spot for a glamorous after-hours nightclub, with a none-too-savoury past under previous owners to boot.

2) Inside, however, Shimmy is a world away from the staid Edwardian mansions nearby. The decorators have aimed for a surreal, “Wonderland” feel involving everything from murals and optical illusions on the staircase to a Scrabble-tiled bar.

3) The main basement room is all exposed brickwork and polished wood floors, with ample seating running the length of the far wall and the waistcoated barmen cheerfully ensconced in a raised corner alcove.

4) The flashy lighting scheme gradually reveals all manner of trinkets, mirrors, clocks, DJ booths and (why not) a giant painted owl on the main wall.

5) Table service is provided by the energetic and friendly staff, who are so unrelentingly upbeat and personable that you barely notice the place doesn’t really fill up before 11pm. They’ll even pay for your parking, to spare their neighbours any headaches.

6) When the venue does get going, expect to see the young and beautiful of Notting Hill filling the dancefloor and occupying the more secluded booths at the far end of the room, to an upbeat and effortlessly hip soundtrack.

7) Shimmy’s “healthy” cocktails are a revelation – highlights include the Sixth Sense (complete with optional “essence drops” to boost your creativity and/or confidence) and the Blind Bison, combining vodka and absinthe with wheatgrass and lemon juice.

8) The drinks gave us what seems to be an entirely natural lift, leading to an extended and wholly uncharacteristic foray onto the dancefloor – even my morning-after hangover had a certain get-up-and-go to it. I have since resolved to start every day with a stiff ginseng mojito instead of a coffee.

9) Food is a secondary concern, but Taiwanese nibbles and bar snacks are available to help absorb the deceptively potent cocktails and wide range of wines, spirits and champagnes.

10) Shimmy rises above its – admittedly scant - local competition by virtue of its chirpy atmosphere and mysteriously life-giving beverages: a godsend for boozehound health fanatics who want to have their alcoholic celery latte and drink it too.
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