Boujis 2.0 launches TONIGHT: Revellers prepare to relive glory days
Boujis 2.0 launches TONIGHT: Revellers prepare to relive the glory days of notorious ‘Noughties’ club – when Prince Harry was fun and Kate and Prince William knocked back Crack Baby cocktails alongside Paris Hilton
- The famous club was closed down in 2014 after breaching licensing conditions
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It’s the nightclub where royals and celebrities would regularly mix – all cramming on to the tiny dancefloor after knocking back their favoured Crack Baby cocktails.
Prince Harry notoriously fell out of the South Kensington hotspot and into the gutter, Kate Middleton, now the Princess of Wales, would go ‘fairly wild’ and regulars included the pop star Prince, Cameron Diaz, Paris Hilton, Will Smith and Lady Gaga.
Harry and Prince William had a regular table which was often surrounded by pretty girls, including Kate and her sister Pippa.
With such a star-studded guest list, perhaps it was no surprise that the club, Boujis, became so raucous it ended up breaching licensing conditions and it was shut by Kensington and Chelsea Council in 2014.
But now the young Royals’ favourite haunt is returning – with B London, referred to as Boujis 2.0, starting with a launch party tonight before its official opening tomorrow.
Prince Harry in 2006 leaving the exclusive Boujis nightclub in South Kensington
With such a star-studded guest list, perhaps it was no surprise that the club, Boujis (pictured), became so raucous it ended up breaching licensing conditions and it was shut by Kensington and Chelsea Council in 2014
Prince Harry infamously hit the front pages by landing in the gutter in 2007, in the days when it was a regular occurrence to find the royal stumbling on to the street after a night quaffing Crack Baby shots – the club’s blend of vodka, passion fruit puree, Chambord and champagne.
The club, which opened 20 years ago, will have an identical cocktail and clientele list and initially be called B London, with the aim to use the Boujis name after legal action with another former owner this summer, reported The Mail On Sunday.
B London co-owner Carlo Carello, who was an employee at the original club, recalled to The Times: ‘It was a time when the rock-star lifestyle was still going ahead. Celebrities were clubbing weekly. You could go there any night and some magic would happen.’
The club’s website reportedly had 40,000 hits within 24 hours of the B London’s opening being announced.
But Mr Carello suggested he isn’t surprised guests are keen to relive their glory days at the club, saying: ‘It was the epitome of London nightlife. It’s probably the most special club for me that I’ve had anything to do with.’
He recalled Lady Gaga arriving at the venue in a white leotard before asking if she could perform.
However, not everyone could get into the club, with Kate’s brother James Middleton allegedly among the clubbers who were regularly rejected.
‘It was a constant juggling act of which calls you picked up and [which] you didn’t’, admitted Mr Carello.
Prince William and Kate pictured together leaving the Boujis nightclub in 2007
Singing sensation Rihanna at the Boujis nightclub, London, in June 2013
Kate leaving the nightclub in London in 2007. The new venue will be on the metaverse to allow people to experience Boujis online and a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II sits at the club’s entrance
The new venue will be on the metaverse to allow people to experience Boujis online and a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II sits at the club’s entrance.
Mr Carello said in January: ‘Everything from the plug sockets to the banquette seating is being rebuilt down to the millimetre.’
He recalled hosting ‘wall-to-wall’ Royals at Boujis, adding: ‘Royalty always used to have table 11, which was often surrounded by pretty girls, and we will be recreating that for them.’
One of those pretty girls was Kate who would often join the Royal brothers with her younger sister Pippa.
A B-London insider said: ‘They were the original Fab Four. We were thrilled when they all came together.
‘It’s amusing to look back at pictures of those days and see the Princess of Wales looking a bit bleary-eyed. We aren’t used to seeing her with a single hair out of place these days, but there was a time she was fairly wild.’
The club was renowned for its ‘Boujis Tuesdays’, filled with a clientele so wealthy they didn’t need to worry about work on Wednesday morning, if they had any.
Other regulars included Hugh Grant, Charlotte Church and James Blunt. Pictured: Hugh Grant with three girls as he took a taxi from Boujis
Co-owner Jake Parkinson-Smith recalled walking into Boujis on a week night to find US rapper Missy Elliott had brought all her celebrity friends along after the MOBO awards.
‘I remember doing a head count and realising there were more A-list stars than staff,’ he said, ‘and we had no advance notice.’
Another time the heavy metal band Metallica pulled up in a fleet of five blacked-out limousines, one for each band member, and bikini-clad girls.
The club regularly played host to the pop star Prince, who turned up in the rain and requested to leave by the back door under a purple umbrella.
Other regulars included Princess Beatrice, Hugh Grant, Charlotte Church and James Blunt.
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