Party Earth Review The unassuming and easy-to-miss Walton Street entrance may not promise much, but what lies behind it is Eclipse, a posh lounge and perennial hotspot that consistently attracts some of London’s hippest clubbers. A bongo... ... read full review
111/113 Walton Street
London SW3 2HP
Circle, District, Piccadilly Lines: South Kensington
020 7581 0123
Kensington / Chelsea, London –
The unassuming and easy-to-miss Walton Street entrance may not promise much, but what lies behind it is Eclipse, a posh lounge and perennial hotspot that consistently attracts some of London’s hippest clubbers.
A bongo player jamming by the bar and the cool beats of funky house music contribute to a lively atmosphere, while the dark and moody lighting and sleek, minimalist décor create a stylish vibe.
In the back, a more tranquil area and a few cordoned-off private tables offer a more intimate environment for the well-heeled, sophisticated, and attractive clientele that doesn’t think twice about the price list.
Popular as an early evening hangout before the ultra-cool guests head to Chelsea’s fashionable nightspots, the bar’s inviting vibe draws customers to the plush sofas to sip sublime cocktails, or to the elegant dining area where a gorgeous wait staff caters to their every need.
Far from subdued, Eclipse is usually loud and grows only more vivacious as the sultry crowd revs up to carry the party on into the early morning.
The lounge has a similar feel to Boujis, which is owned by the same group, but while Boujis’ “in” status has slipped a bit with the fickle club crowd, Eclipse and its famous watermelon martinis remain as popular as ever.
Incredibly diverse, affluent, and international, quite sophisticated, with a vast age range from late teens to 50s+.
Bongo musician Fridays through Sundays starting at 10pm. Other music is funky, noncommercial house.
Menu includes sushi and sharing platters, served until 11pm, and the best watermelon martini in town.
Food £3.50–£10. Beer £4.50, wine £5/glass or £18+/bottle, mixed drinks £6, signature watermelon martini £7.50–£9. Table service Th–Su £25 minimum/person.
Any night for dinner or pre-club drinks.