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Ryan Bishti and After Dark – A History of London Nightlife Through the Ages

London, UK, 5 June 2022, ZEXPRWIRE, “Let I’ll take you by the hand and lead you through the streets of London” goes Ralph McTell’s 1970s hit song.

Now let us take you by the hand and guide you through the glitz and glamor of London’s nightlife history.

Endless, intertwining avenues of Gothic and ancient Roman splendor carry a vibrant and stimulating culture. A magical city of passions and character. The sky above London is gray – everything else shines in bright, radiant and electric colours. London, otherwise known as the “Big Smoke”, has a rich, multicultural history that spans 2,000 years, which has contributed to the city’s cosmopolitan and exotic character. London’s cultural vibrancy makes it the most international city and makes it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world.

Wherever you are on the map, you’ll find the city teeming with free-spirited individuals, with larger-than-life imaginations – adventurous to hedonistic. London is the shining ‘jewel in the crown’ in innovative theatre, visual culture, pioneering music, groundbreaking writing, poetry, architecture, design and culinary innovation .

London has it all. It is the “city of ideas” and the “city of dreams”, innovative in the fields of heritage, arts, culture, literature and music. Home to the “greatest of the greatest”, Charlie Chaplin, Virginia Woolf, Elton John, Alfred Hitchcock the “king of cinema”, and Ryan Bishti, his majesty, “king of the party– you name it, London has it and makes it fun too!

Let’s dive straight into the fun…

From Dusk Till Dawn – How London Never Stopped Partying

After two years of confinement, we can definitely say it – On London life, how we have missed you!

We missed it all, the overzealous bouncers in their hi-vis jackets standing upright at the entrance to the club, the overpriced cocktails in Sloane Square, the sparkling lights of Regent Street, the bright, festive colors of Carnaby Street, the eternal evenings along the flashy, graffiti-covered canals of Hackney – It’s great to see you again, London!

And that’s why we’ve decided to bring it all back, in words and pictures, through this account of London’s nightlife scene through the ages – We’ve got what it takes to party like it’s in the 1920s. Let’s make those Roaring Twenties the 20s to 2020s.

Nightlife in London is both reactionary and visionary, luxurious and diverse, thrilling and brilliant. London clubs have been a cultural force that has distinguished Britain’s vibrant and ever-changing party scene for decades. These clubs have been at the forefront of the most innovative music, culture and fashion scene of every generation.

1960s – Annabelle in Soho by Mark Birley

Mark Birley named Annabel’s in Soho after his then wife, Lady Annabel Vane-Tempest-Stewart. It was designed as a piano bar for high society folks to sip on before heading out to play their night (and capital) in the upstairs bedrooms. Birley was scrupulous, shrewd and wealthy, which helped Annabel strive and quickly become “the place to be” in the 1960s and 1970s. Birley’s fame remains today, though Annabel’s belongs now to fashion entrepreneur Richard Caring.

Annabel’s has attracted some of the biggest names in the celebrity galaxy, Frank Sinatra, Kate Moss, Jack Nicholson, Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Diana to its eclectic, gilded rooms.

1970s – Roxy in Covent Garden by Andrew Czezowski and Susan Carrington

The couple renovated the Chaguaramas Club in London’s Covent Garden district and turned it into The Roxy in 1970. It was the biggest (and funniest) punk venue of the 70s. Siouxsie and the Banshees, Generation X, Chrissie Hynde and The Clash were all regulars at the club.

1980s – Taboo in Leicester Square by Leigh Bowery

Melbourne-born, London-based Leigh Bowery founded his Taboo nightclub in 1985. Taboo was the place for extreme fashion, gender fluidity and personality expression. Taboo’s dress code was “Dress like your life depends on it, or don’t even bother”. Bowery’s styles ignited parties, and her looks were always the main show.

Major names in the Taboo club include Boy George, Nicola Bateman and artist Trojan.

1990s – Trade in Clerkenwell Road by Laurence Malice

Laurence Malice founded Trade in Clerkenwell Road in 1990. The club was the first 24-hour club in the UK and pioneered the gay scene.

Business hours were supposed to entice guys to hang out at the club instead of hanging out in the parks after parties. Tony De Vit and other prominent DJs popularized hard house at the club. Stars like Rupert Everett, Kate Moss and Alexander McQueen were often seen partying the night away at Malice’s club.

2000s – Jungle Fever in Brixton by Eastman

The oldest rave in the UK. Eastman pioneered jungle, which later morphed into grime and dubstep. Grime artists including Dizzee, Wiley and Riko have identified Kool FM as an inspiration – the pirate radio station developed by Eastman.

2010s – Dalston Superstore, Dance Tunnel in Dalston by Dan Beaumont

Dan Beaumont started his DJ career at the famous Disco Bloodbath gigs.

Dance Tunnel’s is undoubtedly one of London’s premier nightlife hubs and its jet-powered sound system makes it the largest of Dalston’s basement clubs. The club offers some of the best new house, techno and other dance music in the world.

But who “owns” the party now?

(Ryan Bishti)

2020s – Cirque Le Soir in Soho by Ryan Bishti

Ryan Bishti, also known as “The King of London’s Roaring 2020s” or “The King of Nightlife”, is the man behind the vision.

Cirque Le Soir, part of the cream group, is the nightclub of eternity in the streets of dreams. The eclectic but warm decor makes us all dream of yesteryear while its modern vision perfectly sums up the city that welcomes it. Young, dynamic, fun, yet elegant and dazzling. Just like its owner, the club’s promoter turned business magnate, Ryan Bishti.

Cirque Le Soir opened its doors to the public in 2009 and has since gained a celebrated and admired reputation around the world attracting the biggest names in show business, from Rihanna and Cara Delevigne to Kanye West and the “Kardashian Klan”. ”.

Cirque Le Soir was one of the very first venues in London to offer a truly spellbinding atmosphere and an unforgettable night. It was also one of the first places that managed to seamlessly integrate live entertainment into its nighttime offering, which delighted both the city and its customers.

Screenwriter: Marianna Civitillo