Last weekend, on a sassy and very sunny Saturday evening, my sister and I took a trip to Volupté, a classy little joint near London’s West End offering a world of decadence, delight, cocktails and sumptuous food.
We were heading there for Volupté’s monthly Vintage Ball after being promised an evening of dining, burlesque, cabaret and dance. And we weren’t disappointed.
On arrival, we were welcomed into Volupté’s Bon Bon Bar, situated on ground level above the Volupté Lounge. Styled on the sweet shoppes of old, the bar offered a wide selection of sweet cocktails to match so we were truly spoilt for choice when selecting our first cocktail with which to kick off the evening’s frivolities. In the end, we opted for two Can-Can cocktails – a heady combination of gin with elderflower liqueur and Vermouth. A strong start to the evening!
After sipping our cocktails in the evening sun, we were escorted down to our dinner tables below ground level in the Volupté Lounge. The space had a real speak-easy feel to it, with a selection of intimate, candlelit tables. It was then that I truly felt I had stepped back in time and couldn’t wait for the evening of vintage fun that was about to begin.
Our three course dinner began with a sharing starter, appropriately named ‘The Tease’, which featured chicken liver parfait with maraschino cherries, chargrilled English asparagus with rapeseed mayo and barbeque Cornish mackerel and pickled fennel with burn lemon purée.
As our delicious main courses of Welsh lamb with fregola, peas and mint hollandaise and pan-fried Pollock with langoustine bisque, samphire and clams came out, so did the first of the evening’s performers, Miss Fifi Fatale, giving us our first taste of vintage hedonistic glamour.
Compere for the evening, Spencer Maybe, entertained us with banter and a tune on the piano, before introducing us to further stunning and sexy performances from Bambi Roux, Millicent Binks and an impressive bit of ‘boylesque’ from Juggling on Tap, who wowed us all with the skill of expertly juggling three balls whilst tap dancing.
Fifi Fatale returned for a raunchy striptease and fire act, which had us all gawping in awe, before we were treated to our ‘Sweet Temptations’ dessert, featuring English strawberries and panna cotta, iced honeycomb parfait and a rich chocolate marquise that was to die for.
The evening ended with us all being encouraged to get up onto the intimate dancefloor and shake our stuff to some vintage classics, which we were all more than happy to do after cocktails and wine – luckily no nipple tassles, fire breathing or complex juggling acts were required of us, though!
All in all, I’d definitely recommend Volupté Lounge for a truly decadent vintage evening out, if you’re ever in the London area. The only downside to the fabulous evening was that it ended quite early and I could have happily spent a little longer in the vintage haven.
For more information about the Volupté Lounge, visit the website here.