Party Earth Review Full of separate rooms – each with its own menu – not to mention a flamboyant decor and ever-quirky themes, Piccadilly Institute is a labyrinthine club that’s equal parts kitsch and glam. Noir, the first small dance floor... ... read full review
1 Piccadilly Circus
London W1J 0DA
Bakerloo, Piccadilly Lines: Piccadilly Circus
020 7287 8008
M–Sa 5pm–3am, Su 5pm–12:30am
Central London, London –
Full of separate rooms – each with its own menu – not to mention a flamboyant decor and ever-quirky themes, Piccadilly Institute is a labyrinthine club that’s equal parts kitsch and glam.
Noir, the first small dance floor, goes for a sultry vibe with crystal antler chandeliers, skull-patterned wallpaper, and DJs spinning soulful house – perfect for the students who pop in early to chat over half-off Happy Hour specials and get a little frisky in one of the black studded booths.
Older retro lovers make for the Decadia room, where 90s hits dominate the video screens and folks get funky on a tiny LED dance floor reminiscent of Saturday Night Fever.
The cozy Chamber beckons curious tourists and mellow barhoppers with its science lab approach of cocktails steaming with dry ice and a background of indie music conducive to conversation.
A sort of English-countryside-on-acid space awaits upstairs in the Fruit Box, where a leaf-lined ceiling, tree-themed décor, and low divans create an unusual vibe for groups of friends sipping cosmos.
Perhaps the biggest party happens even further up in Clinic, where white mannequins hang from the ceiling, sexy go-go girls promise plenty of eye candy, and rave-set revellers throw shapes to the high-energy funky house music.
And on the last level there’s Shrink, an intimate space designed with a doctor’s office/insane asylum in mind. High-end cocktails dominate the menu, so spendy guys and gals can sip champagne as they recline on hospital beds, listening to the sounds of Motown and peering through portholes to admire the view across Leicester Square.
No one would define Piccadilly Institute as subtle, but with a plethora of rooms and theme nights catering to all different tastes, everyone should be able to find their night inside.
Rowdy college students, party-happy tourists, Happy Hour seekers, club kids, and a more moneyed set upstairs, 20s to mid-30s.
Music varies by room and includes R&B in Noir, old-school hip-hop in Chamber, 90s music in Decadia, funky house in Clinic, and Motown in Shrink. Guest DJs and varied theme nights can alter music throughout venue, so patrons are advised to call ahead or check the official website for the lineup.
A selection of sharable plates featuring madras chicken skewers, BBQ chicken wings, and giant potato wedges, and larger dishes including British beef burgers and fish finger sandwiches. Happy Hour daily 5–7:30pm.
Cover £0–£10. Bar snacks £4.50–£9.95, entrées £7.50–£9.95, pizzas £5.95.
Beer £4–£5, wine £4–£11/glass or £17–£49+/bottle, cocktails £7–£8.50+, shots £5–£7.50, bottle service £115–£220+.
Casual in the early evening: jeans, sweatshirts, after-work business attire. Dress to impress later on: sharp shirts, sequined dresses, sky-high heels.
Different DJ bookings can determine the hot night, but any day for Happy Hour to get the lay of the land, and Thursdays through Saturdays for the wildest crowds flitting between the multiple packed dance floors.
The Queen’s Head (15 Denman Street) makes for an easy pre-game spot with classic pub grub and a good selection of beers and ciders.