Our evening at WYLD Club London began on the top floor of The Hilton at 10° Sky Bar. Alongside my generous glass of champagne we enjoyed a table-full of tempting snacks all prepared by Marc Hardiman in the award-winning restaurant, Galvin at Windows. A leather-bound drinks menu showcased a plethora of cocktails, premium wines and spirits, fine whiskies and vintage champagnes. A twenty-eight-page menu for a bar on the twenty-eighth floor. The delicious food, fast-flowing drinks and breathtaking views of the city made it difficult to leave, but eventually, it was time for us to head to WYLD.
Fervent London nightclubbers will remember Drama on Park Lane; a Friday night hotspot which for many was about seeing and being seen. The club has since rebranded and been renamed WYLD, and rather than boasting its celebrity clientele alone, it also now prides itself on being ecologically sustainable. Wyld has also become the first late night venue in London to receive the prestigious Butterfly Mark certification for its commitment towards sustainability.
Being by the entrance to the underground parking also meant that queuing took place under shelter (a luxury for February). Once security had scanned our IDs, we were escorted from the door to our table. We helped ourselves to Grey Goose vodka and soda water which we drank from a plush glass. Nota bene: no single use plastic. Behind the tables was a large cushioned banquet, which was used later on by those wishing to give their feet a brief but well-deserved rest from dancing.
We arrived around 11 pm and the DJs were already churning out the best of R&B and Hip-Pop. It certainly didn’t take long for the nightclub to fill up and the atmosphere to rise thereafter. Despite being on the small side, WYLD has a capacity of 300 people; sufficient in number to constitute a lively dance floor but few enough to lend an exclusive quality to the nightclub’s clientele. The dress code is also tailored towards a discerning London crowd and states ‘sexy, elegant and high heels for the ladies’ and ‘collared shirts and shoes for the men.’ Vague enough to imply that if you know, you know.
As well as being sustainable, WYLD describes itself as a nature-loving nightclub. With its animal print walls, huge centre-piece LED tree and girls in zebra print dresses dancing under silvery disco balls, you’re taken out of Park Lane for the evening and thrust into the wilderness. A small sectioned-off room consisting of a leopard print chair and neon lights provides an aesthetic backdrop for guests to take Instagrammable photographs. Ladies queued up in groups while the gents flocked towards a basketball machine located near to the entrance of the club. Racing against the clock, you had to flip your basketballs through the net. The electronic scoreboard counts each basket meaning each player compared their score to the last – the club’s competitive corner.
A striking bar serving unique cocktails created an opulent lounge for club-goers to take the weight off their feet and get to know one another. With eye-catching interiors and exceptional drinks, who knows where the night will take you?
To discover more, visit: wyldclub.com
All images courtesy of WYLD Club London.
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