VIP Night Out: Le Peep Boutique
Le Peep Boutique opened in October 2014 with a spectacular launch party attended by Suki Waterhouse, Camilla Rutherford and Mary Charteris. Before it was even opened, Harvey Weinstein threw a party for his wife’s fashion brand, attended by former Dr Who, Matt Smith and rock offspring model, Georgia May Jagger. There is no doubt Le Peep Boutique is a VIP celebrity hangout, so I was intrigued to try it to see what the magnet was for the celebs.
Until recently, the only way into this exclusive club was a membership card. This ensures the clientele is of a high calibre as you couldnt just walk in off the street. You had to know where you were going and you had to have made an effort. However, the good news is that the opening of a restaurant inside the club opens it up to us all. You can book a table for dinner and get to experience what the stars experience.
If you’re anything like me and appreciate the finer things in life (and if you don’t why are you reading this blog) then you’ll be impressed the moment you walk in the door at the Marble Arch end of Park Lane. My date and I went for a drink first in London’s Cumberland hotel – an open spaced, cavernous bar in which is impossible to feel cosy or due to the size of the place. In Le Peep Boutique’s opening hall, your eyes are overwhelmed by an array of gold, feathers, cages and fashionable and pretty things. The theme of Le Peep is Paris in La Belle Époque and it certainly felt more lavish to the slightly stiff reception when you walk through other clubs.
(1) The tables / booths
These are not only ideally spaces out – so you can see people watch but without feeling you’re so on top of people they can hear your conversation – but they’re designed for hedonism. The sofas are upholstered so that you can dance on them in stilletos, our waitress explained to us. Behind our table there was a cage, which we were actively encouraged to dance in whenever we wanted. Of course, I couldn’t let that go to waste!
Every detail of Le Peep makes you feel like you are in a monument to pleasure and decadence. This even includes the uniform the waitresses wear as when everything else in the club is spectacular, there’s no way the staff could wear boring black. Instead. they wear beautiful corsets – a pretty incredible staff uniform!
(3) The set menu.
I often feel like I make the wrong choices when I eat out as I’m so busy chatting to my friends, the waiter has to keep coming back to ask if I’m ready to order. I never am so I inevitably panic into a food choice and I always regret it when seeing what everyone else has.
Le peep offers a set menu so the food magically comes out of the kitchen. And there’s nothing on the menu that I didn’t enjoy. Again, it fits it with the whole luxury / decadence vibe of the club as it’s a five course tasting menu. You feel like you’re at a banquet as more and more dishes appear at the table. Cheers to that!
When I saw the length of the menu, I was worried I would feel full but it’s all very healthy and light. It’s been designed by leading nutritionist Christian Coates so it’s blanced, organic and locally source. It’s a gastronomic adventure, but healthy at the same time.
I could talk about it all day, but the photos would show off how good it all was.
Beef tartare with a runny quails egg
Yellowtail sashimi and salmon ceviche
Japanese style fish appetisers. On the left is a topping of fiery wasabi)
Black cod in miso sauce. (Just as good as Nobu)
Succulent lamb chops with wasabi mash
We also had a divine truffle risotto. And there was a trio of desserts (including yuzu mousse, a white chocolate mochi and a chocolate and wasabi bite) that disappeared so quickly I forget to take a photo.
These cocktails were our second dessert:
The cocktail menu here is truly unique and adventurous. If variety is the spice of life, Le Peep is Spicy with a capital S.
As we ate and pleasured our senses of sight and taste, there was a live band to treat our ears.
On a Thursday night, the club was delightfully busy. The crowd was fun and good looking but also happy and positive. In the bathrooms, someone apologised to me when she thought she was in my way for the mirror. I’m not sure if that’s ever happened in a ladies loos before. The toilets are also on the large side. I despise clubs that only have two or three toilets and then a member of staff staring at you and handing you a cloth to dry your hands. These loos were vast, with plenty of cubicles, space and mirrors.
And what was most interesting is that I bumped into three separate people, who I had no idea were at the club that night. A woman from my gym was in with a group of her friends. A PR who I often work with was doing business. And there was a London nightlife entrepreneur checking out the club vibes. London nightclubs can often feel anonymous, with tables of people from out of town jetting in for a monthly blowout and then returning to their boring life to save up for the next blowout.
Once you’ve tried Le Peep, it can’t be a monthly (or less) occurrence. It has to be a way of life. Why can’t you have decadence every week of your life in a place where you know people and you are actively encouraged to dance on the tables? Why should you have to choose what to eat when something healthy and tasty can be brought to you? If you’ve worked all week, you deserve to live like a VIP in a place where you’re guaranteed no nasty surprises. But shhhhh, don’t tell everyone about Le Peep Boutique!
(For tables call 020 7629 8666). The five course set menu is £55 / head)