Proud Brighton Ballroom
The Brighton Ballroom was never going to be ordinary. Housed under the
green trumpet roof of the mausoleum built in 1892 by the exotic Sassoon
family, it was originally covered in gold leaf, and decadence and
excess has run through its metaphorical veins ever since.
Through its time as an elite gentleman's club to its most recent incarnation as the Brighton Ballroom, the venue has been about having fun in a quirky, offbeat sort of way. For a while this remained behind closed doors but Brighton isn't a place for the easily shocked, and ever since the previously members only Hanbury Ballroom flung open its silk curtains to the public, those looking for a debauched, glamorous night out have been flocking in.
The Ballroom is a place of escapism, with a packed programme of music, cabaret and burlesque, the highlight of which is Friday evening Supper Club, where guests are transported back to a 1920's speakeasy. Diners glammed up to the max in feathers and pearls are ushered to dimly lit tables, tempted with delicious cocktails and everything feels vaguely illicit.
The evening is hosted by Veronica Blacklace a pocket sized, potty-mouthed, Jessica rabbit, clad in skin tight sequins, who squeezes between the tables, teasing the guests and belting out classics from the likes of Etta James, Billie holiday and Nina Simone.
While your taste buds are taken care of courtesy of a three-course meal- pre-selected to make the service seamless - your eyes are dazzled by a bevy of beautiful burlesque performers. The pick of the bunch is the pin-up style, hula-hooping Chi Chi Revolver and the gorgeous Lashes, who impresses with her array of costumes – and the way she removes them!
When Super Club wraps up the tables are pushed back for a night of dancing under the ballroom's domed roof, adorned with a colourful Arabian fresco. If Mr Sassoon's family remains hadn't been removed some years ago he surely would have been dancing in his grave too!